Tuesday, January 21, 2014
"The Net of Indra is a profound and subtle metaphor for the structure of reality. Imagine a vast net; at each crossing point there is a jewel; each jewel is perfectly clear and reflects all the other jewels in the net, the way two mirrors placed opposite each other will reflect an image ad infinitum. The jewel in this metaphor stands for an individual being, or an individual consciousness, or a cell or an atom. Every jewel is intimately connected with all other jewels in the universe, and a change in one jewel means a change, however slight, in every other jewel."
Stephen Mitchell--"The Enlightened Mind"
Alan Watts expressed this notion as follows:
"Imagine a multidimensional spider's web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so ad infinitum. That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image." –Alan Watts
Many in modern science agree with this view. Today, these scientists often use the
term hologram to refer to the phenomenon by which the part can replicate
the whole, no matter how small the sample.
If we carry our thoughts on this further, we might conclude that each of
us carries the interior pattern of all the rest, including both the human and
"material" sphere. This notion, in turn, reinforces the idea of the "field" in
which all of us and everything in our universe is contained. Thus the "I am you" experience becomes real in a literal sense. And we might even add that each of us, in this view, is merely a small portion of a larger reality which, perhaps, expands into infinity.
(picture from internet)
Our unique nature is that we are--as far as we know know--the only element
of the totality which is aware of itself as a member of the larger unit, and
conscious of the vast cosmos (or at least portions of it) in which we are contained.
Kundalini, as cosmic energy, runs through all of these individual parts, but
we alone (again as far as we know) are the only members of the "net" who
can possess awareness of the role it plays.