Thursday, May 1, 2008
What the Bleep do we KNOW!!
SCIENCE & SPIRITUALITY:-
Einstein with Rabindranath Tagore.
Science without religion is lame.
Religion without science is blind.
- Albert Einstein
From the Ocean’s bubble this sound arose,
That you and I are not different;
Do not think I am separate from you,
You and I are not different...
Hide not the fairness of your face from me,
Yes, remove the veil and come,
You and I are not different.
Since the time when science stepped into the arena of humanity, we’ve seen that science & spirituality have had different approaches to life & our cosmos. Science took the road to ignorance by accepting our creation to be a machine like mechanism which works on set laws & this thought was the foundation of classical physics. Spirituality took the road to imprudence by accepting mythology & weird belief systems to altogether take humanity far away from the truth which was known only to the masters. Fortunately for us there is a supreme being taking care of our evolution as souls & as we’ve seen from time to time science & spirituality have finally come to a point where both are becoming an inseparable part of the same whole we call “Truth”. From classical physics to quantum physics & from weird mythology to practical spirituality we’ll journey into the world of metaphysics, quantum physics & sant mat (Path of the Masters) to see how amazingly today science & spirituality are merging in the same path which leads to the absolute truth.
Why did science & spirituality took so long to get along?
Dean Radin Ph.D. – on The Stupidity Hypothesis
When we see the kind of education most scientists go through, we understand that things like psychic phenomenon & things like it such as mystical experiences & soul travel etc. are nothing but nonsense for them. Since these scientists never read about such phenomenon in their course they tend to believe that people who actually say that such things are real & have evidence for it, are stupid. By this the scientists mean that since they are not trained in the principles of science they are not capable to understand why such phenomenon can’t be true. Dr. Dean Radin Ph.D. calls this “The stupidity hypothesis”. He calls it this because usually people believe that those who are more educated & more into science, such people will not believe in psychic phenomenon as much as people who are not well educated , but the facts are that the more you are educated & understand science, the more you will believe in psychic phenomenon. High percentage of scientists, psychologists, physicists etc. believe in such psychic phenomenon (even though main stream science denies its existence) because of their own personal experiences. Many scientists in various fields of neuropsychology, psychology, physics etc. are very much interested in such phenomenon & are even conducting their private experiments but we don’t hear about these results because in the scientific community such topics are considered taboo & this notion has continued for over a century.
ADVANCEMENTS IN SCIENCE:-
Einstein's theory of general relativity results were confirmed that the architecture of space time is curved & dynamic & not flat & static when Edwin Hubble used his telescope to confirm the fact that the universe was actually expanding & the galaxies were moving away from earth which gave rise to the theory of Big Bang that the universe began with a cataclysmic explosion. The revolution of cosmology began from great scientists as Nicolaus Copernicus & Johannes Kepler to Galileo Galelei to Sir Isaac Newton. Pioneering work of George Gamow & his colleagues was done on Big bang theory & Fred Hoyle worked on origin of the elements which gave better understanding of how this universe evolved. Much scientific advancement have been seen like space satellites, lasers, gravity wave detectors, X-ray telescopes & high speed super computers. Superstring theory & M theory have given us the major first step beyond Einstein's original theory. They gave us evidence that our universe is one of many. According to the new theories in science our universe is like a bubble in the ocean of consciousness or nirvana of the eleven-dimensional hyperspace. There can be many more such bubbled universes. Satellites like WMAP (Wilkinson microwave anisotropy probe) have captured detailed pictures of the afterglow of the big bang of our universe when it was just 380,000 years old.
This is a “baby picture” of the universe, as it was when it was only 380,000 years old, taken by the WMAP satellite. Each dot most likely represents a tiny quantum fluctuation in the afterglow of creation that has expanded to create the galaxies and galactic clusters we see today. The age of the universe is 13.7 billion years old with an uncertainty of about 200 million years.
A very interesting fact is that every high school book teaches the students that the universe is made up of 100 different types of atoms when in fact recent studies have showed that the visible matter around us such as mountains, planets, star, galaxies etc. are made up of paltry 4 percent of the matter & energy content present in this universe. Rest of the universe is made up of invisible material of unknown origins. According to the WMAP 23 percent of the universe is made of a strange, undermined substance called dark matter, which has weight, surrounds the galaxies in a galactic halo & is completely invisible. But the most amazing thing is that 73 percent of the remaining universe is made up of a totally unknown form of energy called the dark energy or invisible energy hidden in the vacuum of space or “shunya”. Interestingly in the epic book Anurag Sagar Saint Kabir talks about a negative entity & how this entity called Kaal & his forces work behind the curtain of invisibility & runs this great show we call creation of the 3 worlds (Physical, astral & casual). No one at the present time has any understanding of where this “energy of nothing” comes from. “Frankly, we just don’t understand it. We know what its effects are [but] we’re completely clueless . . . everybody’s clueless about it,” admits Craig Hogan, an astronomer at the University of Washington at Seattle.
Once Huzur Maharaj Sawan Singh ji, one of the previous satgurus of the Radhasoami Satsang Beas described an experience of seeing the universe from above as a kind of cosmic foam or many bubbles of universes.
The great masters of the past have always shared amazing accounts of their journey into higher dimensions. Science & general public on the other hand always took these accounts as fake or looked upon them in suspicion. Still the masters & mystics hold true the fact that there are many such universes & worlds beyond our physical world.
There are millions and millions of galaxies
and solar systems in the universe.
The phenomenon of creation
has occurred so many times.
But the one Lord remains for ever and ever.
- Guru Arjan Dev ji
According to the theories proposed by Russian physicist Andrei Linde of Stanford University there may be multiple universes sprouting out from our universe or even our universe maybe the result of such an event from another ancient universe. Amazingly now the ideas that there are more than 4 dimensions (3 of space & 1 of time) scientists have started to believe that there could be many universes right above our own universe & we won’t be able to see them since they are vibrating at a higher frequency level than ours. A very nice example which is given by the masters is that this life or creation is a stage where we merely play our parts as actors. But in light of the new theories proposed by science we can understand that there may be multiple stages right above us & we’ll carry on playing our part as if nothing else exists beyond our realm. The cosmic inflation theory or the inflationary universe theory states that at the time of big bang the inflationary expansion was so intense that there are whole regions of universe beyond our visible universe that will forever be beyond our reach.
Theoretical evidence is mounting to support the existence of the multiverse, in which entire universes continually sprout or “bud” off other universes. If true, it would unify two of the great religious mythologies, Genesis and Nirvana. Genesis would take place continually within the fabric of timeless Nirvana. Scientists at Cal Tech, MIT, Princeton, and other centers are trying to calculate whether is entering other parallel universes consistent with laws of physics.
Thus is the excellence of God magnified
and the greatness of his kingdom made manifest
he is glorified not in one but in countless suns
not in a single earth, a single world,
but in a thousand thousand
I say in an infinity of worlds.
- Giordano Bruno
STRING THEORY & M THEORY:-
Previously scientists looked at the ideas of parallel universes, higher dimensions etc. with suspicion & such ideas were usually associated with mystics & occult realms. Usually we see that science didn’t take these concepts of mystics very seriously at all. Infact scientists were hesitant to even venture into these realms of study as it was viewed as a fatal mistake for their careers. It’s only recently that the most brilliant minds on the planet today are rocking the world of science & spirituality with amazing theories known as string theory & it’s latest incarnation the M theory. These theories would unravel the subtle mysterious of our universe & may eventually help us “read the mind of God” as Einstein once eloquently put it.
Now let us try to understand what is String Theory.
Einstein once said that if a theory did not offer a physical picture that even a child cannot understand, then it was probably useless.
String theory is an as-yet incomplete mathematical approach to theoretical physics, whose building blocks are one dimensional extended objects called strings instead of previously used zero dimensional one point particles which formed the basis of standard model of particle physics. In simple words ever since greeks, philosophers thought that the ultimate building blocks of matter in our universe are tiny particles called atoms. So everything in our universe at its core is made up of atoms according to their speculation. Today with the advancements in technology we have powerful atom smashers & particle accelerators which can break the atoms into electrons, protons & neutrons, eventually leading us to nuclei which can be further broken into subatomic particles. The distressing part was that we find many different types of subatomic particles like neutrions, quarks, mesons, leptons, hadrons, gluons, W-bosons etc. The problem was that at such a core level nature did not have a standard fundamental aspect, instead it had a mixture of bizarre subatomic particles.
Previously physicists saw electrons as point particles so in other words matter was made of many small point like particles & they had to introduce a new particle for every subatomic particle which became very confusing. But according to the string theory if we look at the electron particle with a super microscope which can take us at a much deeper level of the electron we’ll see that at the very core it is not a point particle at all instead it’s a tiny string like particle vibrating so fast which gave the illusion of solid point particle. It only seems as a solid particle because our instruments don’t have the capacity to take us deeper into its core. These strings can be understood as strings which are used in the violin which when vibrate at different range & frequency produce different sound & variation, although these subatomic strings are not some normal strings, they are vibrating in the 10th & 11th dimensions. Similarly just like the strings of the violin when struck at different range produce different frequency & resonance, these small string particles which make up the subatomic particles could vibrate at different frequencies & produce different types of subatomic particles, so in other words one single fundamental object could produce different types of subatomic particles just by changing its frequency. So instead of using different point particle for hundred different subatomic particles, now we could use one single object called string. However there are 5 different string theories each with different aspects & competing to be the theory of everything, which was another problem faced by physicists since it was hard to believe that the universe would have so many different ways to bring the creation into being.
So after understanding this unique new theory we understand that laws of physics are nothing but laws of harmony, the laws of chemistry are melodies which one can play on these strings, this grand universe is nothing but a symphony of strings & the mind of God is the cosmic music, the sound current of mystics, the word or shabd of sant mat, music of the spheres of greek philosophers, the celestial music of the masters, resonating throughout hyperspace. Ofcourse the master musician is that supreme being himself which we call by many names as GOD, Waheguru, Bhagwan, Allah or Quantum Self, superstring field & unified field.
Here we see the music analogy with string theory counterparts & understand the complete grand orchestra & it’s player.
Now let us have a look at M Theory.
In the 1980's, a new mathematical model of theoretical physics called String Theory emerged. It showed how all the particles, and all of the forms of energy in the universe, could be constructed by hypothetical one-dimensional "strings," infinitely small building-blocks that have only the dimension of length, but not height or width. Further, String Theory suggested that the universe is made up of multiple dimensions. We are familiar with height, width, and length as three dimensional space. However, String Theory supported the possibility of nine, eleven, twenty-one, or even as many as 26 dimensions--which we can't detect directly. These "strings" vibrate in multiple dimensions, and depending on how they vibrate, they might be seen in 3-dimensional space as matter, light, heat, or gravity. It is the vibration of the string which determines whether it appears to be matter or energy, and every form of matter or energy is the result of the vibration of strings.
String Theory then ran into a problem. Another version of the equations was discovered. Then another, and then another. Eventually, there were five major String Theories, all based on a 10-dimensional universe, and all of them appeared to be correct. That was a problem, because science can't have five seemingly contradictory sets of equations to describe the same thing.
In the mid 90s, a String Theorist named Edward Witten of the University of Maryland and other important researchers considered that the five different versions of String Theory might be describing the same thing seen from different angles. They proposed a unifying theory called "M-Theory", in which the "M" is not specifically defined, but is generally understood to stand for "Membrane." M-Theory brought all of the String Theories together so they agreed. It did this by asserting that strings are really 1-dimensional slices of a 2-dimensional membrane which is vibrating in 11-dimensional space.
M-Theory is not yet complete, but the underlying structure of the mathematics has been established, and is in seamless agreement with not only all the String Theories but with all of our scientific observations of the universe. Unfortunately, until we can find a way to mechanically observe higher dimensions (impossible with our current level of technology) M-Theory has a very difficult time making predictions which can be tested in a laboratory, so technically, it may never be possible for it to be "proven." However, many cosmologists, including Stephen Hawking, are drawn to M-Theory because of its breathtaking mathematical elegance and relative simplicity. Physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku has remarked that M-Theory may present us with a "Theory of Everything" which is so concise that its underlying formula would fit on a T-Shirt.
Einstein would write that his search for a unified field theory
would ultimately allow him to “read the Mind of God.”
If string theory is correct,
we now see that the Mind of God represents cosmic
music resonating through ten-dimensional hyperspace.
Dr. John Hagelin Ph.D. – on consciousness and superstring unified field theory.
What is the physics of consciousness? What is consciousness? Where does it come from? What are the origins of consciousness? What are the limits of human potential? Today modern physics can actually give us answers to these very fundamental questions although there’s no consensus yet in the scienctific community about that but with real cutting edge knowledge & discovery of unified superstring field we now understand that life is fundamentally ONE!! That oneness is universal consciousness. Previously many believed that consciousness is created by the brain but today we understand that consciousness is the very core of nature which science calls the unified field & the masters call GOD. Kabir the great mystic very rightly says “Ek noor se sab jaag upja” from the one light of consciousness came into being everything. Today through modern physics we have discovered that at the base of everything, at the very core of nature is a single universal field of intelligence, an ocean of existence at the base of everything mind & matter. How ironically this is the same concept saints & mystics from time to time have revealed to us that beyond mind & matter also known as MAYA there is SAT PURUSH or realm of SAT known as SACH KHAND (true realm) the eternal Ocean of consciousness. According to quantum physics everything is nothing but waves in this universal sea of consciousness known as superstring field or unified field or GOD. Similarly sant mat masters have been teaching us this same fundamental truth throughout the ages that there is one shabd which resonates throughout different dimensions & realities & creates everything by changing it’s frequencies & giving us this vast variety of creation. We only individualize our own consciousness through the filter of our nervous system but in reality everyone of us is united at the core & everyone is in fact the same ONE consciousness. Our very own core which is one, knowing this by virture of experience is called Enlightenment. In quantum mechanics the idea of particle or building blocks of everything is replaced by idea of wave function. A wave function is a vector in a linear space which means it’s made up of the same stuff thoughts are made of. Now a very interesting understanding dawns upon us that this creation is nothing but thoughts of GOD & exist in his MIND or waves in the ocean of superstring field coming into existence in hyperspace. Quantum physics tells us that the deeper you go in the structure of natural law the less dead & inert the universe becomes & it gets more alive, more intelligent, more conscious. The superstring field is a field of pure being, pure intelligence. It’s intelligent because it’s the fountain head of all the laws of nature & all the fundamental forces of nature. They have their unified source in the unified superstring field. This makes the unified field the most concentrated field of intelligence in nature. No wonder why saints call GOD all knowledge the source of everything. Non-material, dynamic, self aware, intelligent etc. these are the properties of the unified field or GOD.
A very interesting example I read in Michio Kaku’s book Parallel Worlds made me realize how Sach khand (realm of truth abode of almighty) is perfect in comparison to other lower realms & our physical realm. It’s like the water when it is in the liquid form it is uniform & smooth, quite like perfect in essence. As it freezes it changes it originality & uniformity & becomes more broken with all the cracks, crystals & bubbles, which is similar to the description santmat gives us that as the shabd power travels to lower realms the purity & perfection of these realms decreases & that’s why none of the other realms are as pure & perfect as Sach Khand (realm of truth).
A question asked to John Hagelin is if this knowledge has been there since ages & as a student of sant mat I can see many vanis of great saints referring to SHABD or NAAM the eternal sound current, the celestial music resonating in various realms, the superstring field which brings into existence this creation simply by vibrating at different resonance, how can it be lost through ages? The answer is that this knowledge is not lost because it is difficult to practice or achieving enlightenment is complicated but because they are too subtle. In order to transcend & experience unbounded awareness the consciousness has to settle down completely which the masters call dhyan or meditation. When we see what is the self, the atma or soul we understand that the self or soul or consciousness or our very subjectivity is the one thing in our life that has never changed. Intangible though it may be & very difficult to comprehend, it’s the one aspect of our self that has been with us since childhood. Everything around us from our beliefs to friends to body etc. changes, but our consciousness or feeling of being or our subjectivity never changes. We may appear different & diverse in physical sense but as we go deeper to the molecular level, the atomic level, the nuclei, the sub atomic levels we find that our source is the same ocean of ONE consciousness.
The most fundamental thing is that we are all connected. We swim in a sea of life, which is the zero point field.
- Lynn Mctaggart
Fred Alan Wolf Ph.D. – on “Poppin the quiff” (Quantum Wave Function)
Dr. Fred Alan Wolf refers to God as God self or our own higher self, the supreme soul. When asked about what is the relationship between our God self & his God self he says that there is no relationship in your God self & my God self because it’s the one & only, same ONE GOD SELF which became many & creates the illusion of us being different with our different personalities. Many people often ask that if we are essentially one & we are part of this supreme consciousness, then how can I as an individual affect the universal consciousness & the answer is that we can affect the universal consciousness by touching & being in touch with the God self or supreme consciousness. Which better explains why masters & mystics can do amazing things with the power of their mind because they do not operate from the level of self in fact they are ONE with the supreme consciousness & that’s why they have the amazing ability to affect universal consciousness. Coming from someone like him who is from the scientific community & although he most probably came to such a profound understanding due to quantum physics & his own scientific knowledge it is important to see how this correlates to what Kabir, Nanak & other saints have been saying that all came from the same ONE supreme soul & it is HE who became this world & brought everything into existence. We live in HIM & yet he is beyond this creation. Another very interesting comment which he makes in the movie “What the bleep do we know” is that there must be a realm, an underlying realm from which our reality comes into being. This is so similar to what masters & sant mat have been telling us since ages that the various realities from SACH KHAND or the true realm are projected as reflections of the realms above & superior to it which explains why many times astral travelers & masters as well, say that our physical reality comes into being from the astral dimension, & not the other way around. Which also explains the phenomenon of aura healing etc. which is done on a subtle level of our astral body & its effects are manifested in this physical realm.
SANTMAT & STRING THEORY:-
Search for the Sun which never sets ,
Listen to the Music which lasts
- Jalal-u-’Din Rumi
Now let us look at how sant mat masters have been telling us this secret of a vibration called shabd which is responsible for the creation of everything. String theory has shown us that these strings are responsible for the creation of our universe & they vibrate at a certain frequency. This vibration of the energy produces music as well which is not heard by us but mystics talk about this energy which produces sound as shabd & they also tell us that it has 2 aspects to it, one of sound & the other of light. The masters teach us the way to meditate & get in touch with this amazing harmony of music of the universe resounding throughout hyperspace. This shabd power as it descends from the highest dimension changes its vibrations & a whole new realm is created by it. Just like the theory, masters tell us this information with confidence that this shabd power does actually work in this way & it’s not a theory but a fact only understood by those who venture into the realms within. Masters also tell us how this shabd has countless melodies & variations & how it creates, sustains & destroys the known creation. They also tell us that this shabd eminates from the supreme being himself which is known as superstring field or zero point field or quantum self or unified field in quantum physics. This shabd which saints speak about is not only sound & light but it’s the creative power of the supreme being. It’s no wonder that our science is slowly getting closer to the truth spoken of by the saints & mystics many years ago.
Dr. Quantum meeting a 2 dimensional entity.
The problems faced by masters in order to explain to us about these higher realms can be understood very well from a wonderful example I saw in the movie “What the bleep do we know – down the rabbit hole” where Dr. Quantum who is in the 3 dimensional world tries to explain to the little entity living in the 2 dimensional world that there are more worlds with higher dimensions it’s living in.
Directors of the movie “What the bleep do we know”.
Painting by Arran Stephens
artist website http://www.arranstephens.com/
Its a pity that the followers of santmat also becoming a
prey to misconception. The teaching of the saints is see with
your own eyes. If you do not see with your own eyes,
do not even believe your master.
- Maharaj Sawan Singh ji
QUANTUM PHYSICS & CONSCIOUSNESS:-
Amit Goswami Ph.D. – On quantum physics & consciousness.
“The meaning of quantum physics is really in terms of giving us a new world view that shows clearly how consciousness can be and is the ground of our being. In other words quantum physics enables us to see directly that we can make sense of the world only if we base the world on consciousness. World is made of consciousness, world is consciousness, consciousness is the ground of being, quantum physics makes this as clear as day light.”
By using quantum physics we can calculate the possibilities not the actual outcome. So the next question comes who chooses the result whether which possibility to choose & thus we see clearly that consciousness or an observer is a must for this to happen. With quantum physics we can describe the object & not the subject. So by this we understand that consciousness is more fundamental than the object & thus it’s the ground of being of which objects are part of & not all of it.
A very interesting thing in sant mat & teachings of the masters is that ONE Supreme Being became many & thus the play of the world is created. The masters also tell us that when we reach enlightenment we experience oneness with the universe & we understand that fundamentally all are ONE. Now when we see ourselves from this level of physicality & duality this concept that we all are ONE is hard to comprehend but here’s a very beautiful example about a painting called Drawing Hands by M.C. Escher where the left hand draws the right hand & the right hand draws the left, now according to the picture both come into existence because of the other but the ultimate reality is that both the hands are in reality drawn by M.C. Escher who is outside of the picture & transcends the picture similarly ONE consciousness projects as both subject & object giving rise to duality & in reality both of them come from the same ONE source the Supreme Consciousness which science calls by many names as unified field or superstring field or quantum self. Spirituality & sant mat call it GOD or Supreme Being or Sat Purush which both creates the subject & object & transcends them both.
Drawn by M.C. Escher.
Ramtha – on consciousness
Ramtha is an ancient warrior, conqueror, and ascended Master who lived 35,000 years ago who is channeled by JZ Knight. When asked a question who or what is he? Ramtha answered “I am reality borrowing a body”. Another very interesting explanation Ramtha gave which made me realize why masters don’t judge others & bypass their flaws & show them the path to light, why we judge everyone else around us, it’s because we have the desire to feel superior & the only way mediocracy can feel close to originality is to suppress other mediocracy. It’s never a climb out of mediocracy it’s simply a con game of abuse. The masters on the other hand do not judge us simply because they understand that they already KNOW what we are yet to KNOW. The masters are already superior to us & the fact is that the more you know the greater the love you have for others because the greater one understands everyone. Another very interesting question Ramtha asked JZ Knight must also be answered by everyone one of us & the question is “Are you going to stay in your body & avoid death or you wanna leave it & see that you’ve conquered it”. Saints often tell us to learn to die while living & regain our lost immortality. This process of dying while living is called meditation.
TRAVELING INTO HYPERSPACE:-
In the Book Parallel Worlds Michio Kaku discusses about how in the future trillions of years later, the civilizations will probably be so advanced that they will create systems & technology by which the living can transport themselves to other hotter universe by traveling through hyperspace, wormholes or travel back in time when our own universe was hot enough to survive. This according to sant mat is not something to look forward in the future but infact has been happening in the past, is happening right now & will continue to happen in the future as well. Those who practice meditation under the guidance of a living master travel to various different dimensions at will & return back to this earth plane. Not only is the travel to other dimensions possible but many know exactly in which dimension they are suppose to go & journey further to higher realms after they die. Scientists under estimate this human body & its technology very much. Since ages saints have been singing great praises of this human body & the wonders within it. Our consciousness is the fastest traveling vehicle in this universe, our body is the best launch pad for travel in higher dimensions & our soul is the perfect entity to accomplish this amazing task without a problem.
Time is reduced as you travel in higher dimensions.
Many times we hear a mystic saying that they travel to far away dimensions & realms when the time of meditation it took them to achieve this amazing voyage is relatively small like 1 or 2 hours. Saints say that as you go higher the duration of time reduces so for example 20 hours of earth time would pass instantaneously on astral & casual regions within a few seconds. To us it would seem like a story blown way out of proportion but does science agree to it?
Amazingly according to Einstein in the spring of 1905 he discovered that time beats at different rates, depending on how fast you move. According to Newton the universe had a constant time clock which ran universally throughout the universe but years later Einstein’s discovery changed the way we look at time, when he combined time with space & gave us space time. Looking at such examples from science it makes us wonder how true the masters & saints are in their amazing discoveries & yet we look upon their revelations from a skeptic’s view.
Andy Newberg M.D. – mystical experiences & reality
Many mystical experiences are often looked at with some degree of skepticism by many but today numerous studies in science & documented cases of these experiences have shown that when a person or a mystic has access to those higher realities his or her perception of this physical reality changes BIG TIME!! It’s like when we see a dream although while the dream is going on, everything in it seems real & vivid but as soon as you wake up in this physical reality the degree of this reality determines the realness of the dream state. So we say that dream was not as real as this reality feels to our consciousness. Similarly when people who meditate & mystics travel to higher realities & have these mystical experiences the degree of realness they experience in those conditions & realities is far more than this physical reality. So when their consciousness returns to this reality & even when they are no longer connected to those higher realities, they consider this reality to be less real then those experiences they had, much like we consider our dream reality less real than the physical reality.
In the movie contact Dr. Arroway tells Palmer Joss about Occam’s Razor which states that "All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best." which is a basic scientific principle. Then she asks the question whether what’s more likely that an all powerful mysterious God created the universe & then decided not to give any proof of his existence or that he simply doesn’t exists at all. A wise question & that’s exactly what saints from time eternal have been telling us that yes there is an all powerful God & he does give evidence about his existence & proof by sending his beloved souls or spiritual masters who explain to us the mysteries of the cosmos & show us a direct, simple & natural way to reach that supreme being.
In another very interesting scene Palmer asks Dr. Arroway why was she willing to give her life to take such a risk to travel into outer space at the speed of light which could take her life, she answers that as long as she could remember she had been searching for some reason some purpose why we are here, who are we? If this voyage gave a chance to know a little bit of that answer & solve the eternal question of mankind, of why we are here, then she says that it’s probably worth a human life. That’s exactly what history has shown us that saints & masters in different times & era gave their entire life for the pursuit of truth, to answer this question & many times they had to give their lives whether it was Jesus, Guru Arjun Dev ji, Guru Teg Bahadur ji or Mansoor, still they never gave up on human race & since ancient times saints have been coming here & giving us the eternal teachings of our origins only to suffer from our hands because we couldn’t understand them. But yet there has always been hope for the ones who hear the eternal calling of saints & masters & chooses to investigate their realizations by going within & finding out the truth for themselves.
The next interesting part of the movie is where Dr. Arroway tries to tell everyone else that she did take that journey into the unknown, she saw the wonders of the universe, celestial events, other life forms etc. but she has no evidence to prove her realization. It kind of reminds me of how masters & mystics must feel, when they travel billions of light years into our universe, when they travel to many different dimensions & after seeing the spectacles in those realms come back & try to convince us about their existence & truth. We on the other hand always look upon their realizations as myths & concepts. But we never think about the fact that what if all those higher realms & dimensions which these mystics & masters talk about were actually true, what if we all could go there & see their reality firsthand, what if undertaking this grand journey through various creations was the divine plan all along. I think we must listen to the inner navigator of our soul, the inner explorer who wants to explore the wonders of this universe & take the leap of faith because in reality we have nothing to loose, instead we might gain so much more than we ever thought possible.
William Tiller Ph.D. – on how to know more?
He suggests that in order to go deeper into these amazing findings of quantum physics & to really understand it at a deeper level & experience it yourself we must learn to appreciate meditation practices so that we can reduce the noise level inside. Next would be to play with our internal energies with better understanding of our chakra system. Knowing the treasures within our own body shall reveal a whole new world of astonishing realities & amazing experiences. Its only through meditation that our evolution of the soul can be complete.
PARLAY OR DISSOLUTION:-
Amazingly our universe which was expanding at a considerable speed has now increased its speed of expansion, which previously astronomers thought should slow down & within next 150 billion years 99.99999% of the nearest galaxies to our Milky Way will be so far away from us that our telescopes won’t be able to observe them anymore. The same anti gravitiy force which gave rise to the big bang is going to be responsible for its demise leading the universe into a big freeze.
However there are more possibilities to this end. Another scenario is where our universe will stop expanding & achieve a state of equilibrium but that will be very unstable & will cause end of all living beings. The third posibility is that our universe after expanding to a certain level will start to collapse & would return to the singularity point where it all started thus giving rise to another Big bang & a new beginning to a brand new universe. Which also solves the question of what was before the Big bang & gives rise to the possibility of never ending cycle of creation & destruction of universes which is again what masters have been telling us that the creation process continues & this universe has been created many times before & it will continue to be so. Very interesting fact similar to this theory is seen in sant mat where masters define the event of parlay or maha parlay (dissolution or great dissolution) as when the Lord wishes he pulls back his current of shabd or sound current from the creation & the whole creation returns back to him & gets absorbed in him. So we can see how this shabd or sound current or music in the hyperspace is responsible for the creation, it’s sustenance & finally it’s destruction, which is exactly what the teachings of sant mat is. Masters have been telling us about this unique power called shabd or naam which is the creator, destroyer & sustainer of not only this physical universe but also the astral, casual, super casual & spiritual regions & how the dissolution happens only till the realm of super casual regions & sach khand or true realm is eternal & never changes much like the superstring field of quantum physics but as far as I see quantum physics may refer to that superstring unified field of existence but it cannot understand it completely just by virtue of knowledge because even physics doesn’t venture in the singularity field which was before the Big bang as it is out of physical comprehension & this is exactly what saints & masters have been telling us that God or even the astral regions are far beyond the grasp of human intellect & you need to transcend mind & intellect to actually experience those higher realities & understand them from a different level of being.
I assume that our Universe did indeed appear from
nowhere about 1010 years ago
I offer the modest proposal
that our Universe is simply
one of those things
which happens from time to time.
- Edward Tryon
Interestingly ancient wisdom in the Vedas & other scriptures has also pointed us towards this direction that our universe is a part of an ongoing event of creation, sustenance & destruction. Sant mat also tells us how when this shabd is pulled out of this creation we witness what is called parlay (dissolution) & maha parlay (great dissolution) & again when another creation is created the lord manifests the shabd from sach khand again & as it travels down towards the grosser creation, our physical universe is again formed & the evolution process continues. As these numerous waves upon waves travel from Sach Khand (Pure spiritual region) to our physical realm it produces many creations along the way. Thus when we see that our universe is expanding it explains how our universe is another ripple of those great waves of shabd or superstrings of quantum physics resounding in the entire cosmos & how the wave of shabd or sound current is the driving force behind this expansion & big bang.
GOD MY ETERNAL FRIEND:-
Even after seeing the amazing things in front of us, even after we are amazed on every step by this wonderful creation, even after so many advancements in science & technology & still we are totally dumbfounded by many mysteries of this cosmos & even after understanding it without a doubt that the mastery & precision with which this creation is created, it is impossible for such an amazing event to happen without an intelligent being governing each & every process of it, we still raise a stupid question of whether God or a supreme being is a fact or a fantasy. In the conclusion to Principia, Newton declares, “The most beautiful system of the sun, planes and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.” If Newton discovered the laws of motion, then there must be a divine lawgiver. Einstein, too, was convinced of the existence of what he called the Old One, but one who did not intervene in the affairs of men. His goal, instead of glorifying God, was to “read the Mind of God.” He would say, “I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this phenomenon or that. I want to know God’s thoughts. The rest are details.” Einstein would justify his intense interest in these theological matters by concluding, “Science without religion is lame. But religion without science is blind.” How can we as souls not be amazed at the grand design, I think now is the best time in history for our spiritual advancement & it’s time for us to realize in its truest sense that “We are spiritual beings going through a human experience.” Our destiny was not to wander about in this ocean of creation aimlessly but infact our creator had a specific design planned for us so that we may learn in this school called earth (and many others like it) & realize our true potential & return back to our source, our true home & fulfill the divine plan. One line in the movie Contact which is an answer to the question asked by a child to Dr. Arroway whether, is there life on other planets, which I find really cool is as follows “The universe is a pretty big place, it’s bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So if it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.” Being a skeptic is not bad but if it prevents us from putting the teachings of the saints to practice & see firsthand their truth then it’s not a healthy sign. I hope you enjoyed this journey through metaphysics, quantum realities, sant mat & essence of spiritual truth. When science & spirituality are converging towards one point I think it’s time for us to stop being a skeptic & dismiss the magnificent truths & revelations of the saints & mystics & listen to our inner explorer & undertake this journey into the cosmos ourselves & realize the ultimate reality & be one with IT.
By Thy Grace I remember my Light,
and now gone is my delusion.
My doubts are no more, my faith is firm;
and now I can say 'Thy Will be done'.
- Bhagavad Gita