Thursday, March 27, 2014
Note: The following is the draft of an essay I have contemplated for many years. As far as I can determine, most contemporary scientists are unaware of the interesting parallels I present here.
Did ancient wise men know what present day science is just now discovering?
As I hear of the many exciting breakthroughs coming forth from the field of astrophysics today, I am struck by the many parallels with ancient cosmology, particularly as these are set forth by the ancient rishis (wise men of India) and Hindu philosophy.
Here are some of the similarities:
The Big Bang--Recent discoveries at the Hadron Collider appear to prove what before was merely a theory--that the universe began with a "Big Bang" and is constantly expanding. Some scientists also posit (unprovable) that the universe will also reach an end point and at that moment shrink to its original minute size and so cease to exist.
The Rishis (ancient "channelers" of divine knowledge) affirmed much the same notion, but one expressed in metaphor. They held that the many universes come into being and then are terminated when "Brahma opens his eye, then closes it again." (Brahma was held to be the supreme god, the ultimate creator and destroyer of the cosmos.)
Just think, Vishnu sleeps in the cosmic ocean, and the lotus of the universe grows from his navel. On the lotus sits Brahma, the creator. Brahma opens his eyes, and a world comes into being, governed by an Indra. Brahma closes his eyes, and a world goes out of being. The life of a Brahma is 432,000 years. When he dies, the lotus goes back, and another lotus is formed, and another Brahma. Then think of the galaxies beyond galaxies in infinite space, each a lotus, with a Brahma sitting on it, opening his eyes, closing his eyes.
JOSEPH CAMPBELL, The Power of Myths
Vibration and Maya
Contemporary science tells us that nothing we perceive as material reality actually exists as we see it--all is vibration masquerading as things. Vibration alone is real. Most of what we think we see is in fact empty space,
Hindu philosophy likewise asserts that only Maya exists, not the items that appear to occupy our field of vision. Maya is the "veil" that covers the universe, shielding things as they are from accurate perception and leading us to mistake "seeming" for "reality."
To understand this it is important to know that everything is energy. Science, through Quantum Physics, is showing us that everything in our universe is energy.
When we go down on a sub-atomic level we do not find matter, but pure energy. Some called this the unified field or the matrix. Others talk about pure potentiality - all being energy.
According to string theory, absolutely everything in the universe—all of the particles that make up matter and forces—is comprised of tiny vibrating fundamental strings. Moreover, every one of these strings is identical. The only difference between one string and another, whether it's a heavy particle that is part of an atom or a massless particle that carries light, is its resonant pattern, or how it vibrates.
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
― Nikola Tesla
Physicists now use a class of theories called quantum field theories, or QFTs, which were first postulated in the late 1920s and developed over the following decades. QFTs are intriguing, but they take some getting used to. To start, let’s think only about electrons. Everywhere in the universe there is a field called the electron field. A physical electron isn’t the field, but rather a localized vibration in the field. In fact, every electron in the universe is a similar localized vibration of that single field.
Electrons aren’t the only particles to consist of localized vibrations of a field; all particles do. There is a photon field, an up quark field, a gluon field, a muon field; indeed there is a field for every known particle. And, for all of them, the thing that we visualize as a particle is just a localized vibration of that field.
The Matter of Curved Space
Modern physics states that at some point a slight curvature of space occurred, allowing space/time as we are familiar with it to come into being.
Likewise, ancient Hindu thought posits a "bending" of the vibratory field, resulting in the
universe as we experience it.
Einstein's theory of general relativity describes space as curved, with the "curved space" being the four-dimensional space-time conceived of by Minowski. The curvature of space results in the effects of gravity.
The Franklin Institute
The Universe as Constant Motion
As we know, all contemporary theory posits a universe that is in constant motion--for all is composed of subatomic particles that constantly dance about in what we term space. Likewise, in ancient Hindu theory, the same notion of a constantly changing, forever vibrating universe is expressed through the symbol of Shiva--the great creator/destroyer--who ever dances to keep the world alive.
First, it [the representation of Shiva dancing] is seen as the image of his rhythmic play which is the source of all movement within the universe. This is represented by the circular or elliptical frame surrounding the Lord. (Wikipedia)
(Image from Hubble Site)