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the mystery of universe September 26, 2008

Posted by Neelam in Articles, Spiritual.
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Astrology is said to be an incomplete knowledge; science only gives us half truth. There are instances and incidences which astrology doesn’t understand and science will not comprehend. Can we explain all behaviours, mechanics, and principles of common or uncommon occurrences through astrology and ancient knowledge, or we have to look up to modern science, or get into the fields of quantum physics or metaphysics, mystics or just leave it to God? Or else, it is time we learn to integrate all existing knowledge as there must be a governing principle, a reason behind every happening.

There are a trillion such things we observe and marvel at everyday. Suppose we talk about distance. We know that distance is measured in metres, kilometers, even light years… but what is distance? We see no concept of distance when we compare the astrological impacts of sun and moon. When we hold the nakshatras as responsible for our innate being, we don’t see how far they are from us. The same applies for two local bodies, people on the planet, living near or far, each one must be impacting the other. We all understand the positive-negative vibes, the interactions, the telepathy, the love and hate between the people. Astrologically, we try to find these meanings in the planetary positions at birth of the two bodies. How and why do we relate to each other in the manner we do? This is one such question, among the many, we ask everyday.

When West was sufficiently intrigued, including Einstein, it came up with Quantum Physics and metaphysics which dealt in the ‘may be’ or ‘could be’ of science.

Einstein told us that there was no concept as distance. All objects intersect each other. Any action simply becomes an interaction because of this intersection of two objects. This becomes identical with the coordinate system extending infinitely and astrology giving us a basis for non-local interaction with heavenly bodies. This also becomes the basis of individual equations then.

What do our bodies represent? The theory says that all existence is in the form of sub-space particles in the sub-space plasma. The laws show that force, field, and energy are geometric properties directly related to quantum geometry. The sub-space particles demonstrate the necessary measures, conditions, constraints and conditions which explains wave-like behaviour and the particle like behaviour. Hence we explain the interaction between two people. When we remain in particle form, we do not interact from a distance. When we assume wave form, distance is lost.

Einstein says: A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.

Physical objects are not in space, but these objects are spatially extended. Effectively, matter, space and universe are one and the same thing, which leads us to the theory of relativity. Theory of relativity in one sentence would mean that time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter. The Metaphysics of Space and Motion and the Wave Structure of Matter (WSM) explains this necessary connection between matter, forces, space and time, and thus how matter is connected across the universe.

In his famous equation outlining the equivalence of mass and energy, Einstein proved that the energy in any particle of matter is equal to its mass or weight multiplied by the square of the velocity of light. The release of the atomic energies is brought about through the annihilation of the material particles. Light-velocity is a mathematical standard or constant not because there is an absolute value in 186,000 miles a second, but because no material body, whose mass increases with its velocity, can ever attain the velocity of light. Stated another way: only a material body whose mass is infinite could equal the velocity of light.

Einstein had mathematically proved something which our enlightened masters had experienced and demonstrated many a times in the past. The ancient yoga philosophy seemed to be saying much the same thing about reality as the emerging Quantum Theory. I quote here from one of the masters who I love, admire and remain devoted to. I am sure many of you would know him.

“I sat on my bed in the lotus posture. My room was dimly lit by two shaded lamps. Lifting my gaze, I noticed that the ceiling was dotted with small mustard-colored lights, scintillating and quivering with a radium like luster. Myriads of pencilled rays, like sheets of rain, gathered into a transparent shaft and poured silently upon me.

At once my physical body lost its grossness and became metamorphosed into astral texture. I felt a floating sensation as, barely touching the bed, the weightless body shifted slightly and alternately to left and right. I looked around the room; the furniture and walls were as usual, but the little mass of light had so multiplied that the ceiling was invisible. I was wonder-struck.

“This is the cosmic motion picture mechanism.” A voice spoke as though from within the light. “Shedding its beam on the white screen of your bed sheets, it is producing the picture of your body. Behold, your form is nothing but light!”

I gazed at my arms and moved them back and forth, yet could not feel their weight. An ecstatic joy overwhelmed me. This cosmic stem of light, blossoming as my body, seemed a divine replica of the light beams streaming out of the projection booth in a cinema house and manifesting as pictures on the screen.

For a long time I experienced this motion picture of my body in the dimly lighted theater of my own bedroom. Despite the many visions I have had, none was ever more singular. As my illusion of a solid body was completely dissipated, and my realization deepened that the essence of all objects is light, I looked up to the throbbing stream of life-trons and spoke entreatingly.

“Divine Light, please withdraw this, my humble bodily picture, into Thyself, even as Elijah was drawn up to heaven by a flame.”

This prayer was evidently startling; the beam disappeared. My body resumed its normal weight and sank on the bed; the swarm of dazzling ceiling lights flickered and vanished. My time to leave this earth had apparently not arrived…”

We owe a lot of our understanding to these enlightened souls… about our universe, both physical and biological as well as those unseen forms which we witness at times, such as in our dream state and altered states of our being.

So far, I had been discussing ‘How’. Still there is a big question of why? For this I would like to quote again from the same master,

“To surmount MAYA was the task assigned to the human race by the millennial prophets. To rise above the duality of creation and perceive the unity of the Creator was conceived of as man’s highest goal. Those who cling to the cosmic illusion must accept its essential law of polarity: flow and ebb, rise and fall, day and night, pleasure and pain, good and evil, birth and death. This cyclic pattern assumes a certain anguishing monotony, after man has gone through a few thousand human births; he begins to cast a hopeful eye beyond the compulsions of MAYA.”

The theory of relativity, which proves that matter, space and universe are one and the same thing, is something we’ve known for ages. The transmutability of matter and energy in space was also not new to us and has been demonstrated by our Yogis from time to time.

We have always said that Brahma is the Universal Substrate. In the Upanishads, Brahma is the name for the ultimate, unchanging reality, composed of pure being and consciousness. Brahma lies behind the apparent multiplicity of the phenomenal world, and is ultimately identical to the atman or inner essence of the human being “Eko Brahma, Dwiteeyo Nasti”.

The derivatives of this universal state are then all other objects and hence the expression, ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ and ‘tat twam asi’ Hence it may also be derived that there is no God. There is only the universal principle that makes the world go. Brahma is considered the all pervading consciousness which is the basis of all the animate and inanimate entities and material. All beings are the Absolute Fullness of Brahma. There is total non-separateness. Complete Oneness.

It is said:
Purnamadah, Purnamidam, Purnat Purnamudachyate;
Purnasya Purnamadaya, Purnameva vasishyate.

(That is full, this is full, out of that fullness has come this fullness,
If this fullness is taken out of that fullness, what remains is still fullness)

And, as you say, we see the truth of Lord Krishna’s words,
… the entire universe is from a part of his. It was by his Maya that he created the world as he says in the Bhagavad Gita and we cannot see through this Maya due to the prevalence of the Rajas and Tamas in us. If we can cultivate the Sattva then and then alone we can get over our Avidya and see through the Maya of the Lord and see the non-separateness and that is the way to realise the ultimate truth too.

The Advaita equation is simple in this context. It is due to Maya that the one single Atman (the individual soul) appears to the people as many Atmans, each in a single body. Once the curtain of maya is lifted, the Atman is exactly equal to the Brahman. Thus, due to true knowledge, an individual loses the sense of ego (Aham-kara) and achieves liberation, or Moksha.

There is an interesting example I read somewhere, about this Lila,

Making universal bread

Ingredients: 1) Lila 2) universe Flour 3) universe Water 4) universe Yeast

Instructions:
1) Start Playing Lila
2) Mix the flour and water (Prakriti)
3) Add the yeast (Maya)
4) Let Dough rise for a millennium
5) When done rising cook the Bread (Purusha)
6) Eat or Let Decompose

7) The minerals are still there
8) Start Process again (may be something other than bread)
9) Continue the cycle, repeat and repeat
10) Eventually realize that the bread isn’t bread, after several tries, just a bunch of flour water and yeast (Avidya)
11) Lila stops playing at this point
12) Bread reaches Moksha
13) No more bread (i.e. the minerals in the flour, water and yeast)

Enjoy the bread… but also strive to reach for moksha