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Anyone who has explored the ancient philosophy of the East or the modern physics of the West is well aware of the strange concepts and ideas expressed. They will have a head start in recognizing the intuitive beauty of the parallels, yet the most amazing and important ideas can be grasped by anyone who is ready to explore the deepest mysteries of the Universe.

Our worldview is typically based on logic and objective reason, but it turns out that those deepest mysteries of the Universe challenge its very foundation.
Today's physics, for example, shows us that the Universe is *not* actually composed of separate particles scattered around in space. The experience of separateness does indeed
seem to be illusory, just as sages and mystics have been telling us since before we can remember.

The central principle of the mysterious wisdom of the East, and in fact of all the great world religions, is *Nondualistic Mysticism*: There is only one True Reality.
It is the source of *all* aspects of Creation. It is that which has always been the same no matter how we believed,
and is that elusive essence of existence upon which philosophers ponder and mystics meditate.

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transcendental, yet omnipresent
timeless, yet the source of spacetime
formless, yet the creative essence of all form**

It has often been pointed out that this mystical vision of Oneness from the ancient teachings finds a modern parallel in science's vision of a Universal Superforce which creates everything. This however is not the only parallel which suggests that science is rediscovering an ancient understanding. The most exciting parallels are in the principles of the creation process, and that is where the two disciplines can shed light on each other. For those of us not willing to ignore the scientific perspective, a modern metaphysical system of understanding is invaluable.

The reason we can talk about higher-dimensional realities within three-dimensional space is because, in the same way we can understand how a circle drawn on a piece of paper
can represent a sphere, we can use the conceptual space of our mind to understand how a limited objective model can represent a higher reality. This conceptual mind-space, which gives us the
capacity for abstract and conceptual thought, is called the *higher mind*. In metaphysics, the higher mind is understood to reside
within the dimensions of depth-consciousness known as the soul, and those dimensions do indeed go beyond three-dimensional physical space.

### Language and Traditions

References to the Sanskrit classics are used because their metaphysical foundation is well-preserved and the terminology is familiar to all who have studied comparative religion
and philosophy. *Brahman* and *Atman*, for example, refer to the Universal Spirit and the individual spirit, or to Universal Consciousness and individual consciousness.
In the Hebrew tradition, the equivalent to Brahman is called Ein-Sof (The One). Brahman is not the Creator God Brahma (Jehovah), but contains all aspects of the Trikaya (Trinity) within
itself. Metaphysically understood, the Trikaya represents the creation process, which happens continuously. It should be understood that the underlying principles
are universal and are the same for all spiritual traditions.

It should also be noted at the outset that no metaphysical system can claim to represent the transcendental in its true form. By definition, transcendental reality
is *unknowable*, and to attribute any form whatsoever to the One Reality is *idolatry*. A metaphysical system is merely a tool to help bring forth *realizations*
of higher realities which cannot be fully represented in three-dimensional space, let alone in a two-dimensional image.

In the language of philosophy and metaphysics, the term *Logos* is used to refer to that dynamic character of the unknowable *Mythos* which *is* actually discoverable
and experienceable. By definition, Logos (Om, the Word) is the *perfect expression* of Mythos. It is the First Cause of Creation and the creative polarity which makes everything happen.
We experience it constantly. As the creative expression of Mythos, Logos has no reality independent of Mythos. Geometrically thinking, if Logos were a sphere, Mythos would be its
central point. Metaphysically, Mythos and Logos are equivalent to the first and second bodies of the Trikaya.

The study of metaphysics, and even conventional physics for that matter, provides insight along the path of **Jnana Yoga**, one of the three primary classifications of yoga:
*Bhakti Yoga*, the way of devotion, *Karma Yoga*, the way of good works, and *Jnana Yoga*, the way of the intellect. In one combination or other, these three yogas
form the foundation of all schools and systems of yoga, past and present, and they apply to *any* religion or spiritual teaching. Jnana Yoga is most prominent among Gnostics
and Kabbalists, within monastic mystery schools, and in the teachings of Shankara, which go directly to the nondualistic foundation of the Vedic tradition.

Jnana Yoga is more suited to those whose intellects mistrust the emotional fervour of worship. It is the Yoga

of pure discrimination. It transcends the intellect through the intellect. It needs no Iswara, no altar, no image,

no ritual. It seeks a more immediate approach to Brahman. This path may perhaps be more direct, but it is also hard and steep.

Swami Prabhavananda

from the Introduction to

Shankara's Crest-Jewel of Discrimination

It seems that modern science is providing us with a new language to more easily explore this steep and ancient path. While physics, by definition, cannot provide scientific proof of a spiritual origin or a timeless center to our Universe, with core concepts right in line with the principles of nondualistic mysticism, it seems to point directly to the possibility.

### Physics and Geometry

The mathematics used to describe quantum theory suggests, and cannot avoid, the very strange notion that the *quantum processes* which define matter and energy are somehow
all unified in a way that is independent of their spacetime separation. Originally called *nonlocality*, referring to nonlocal (or spacetime-independent) connections,
it is now generally referred to as *quantum entanglement*. Today, this implication of the theory is probably its best know feature. Equally bizarre, another feature
arises from the *quantum wavefunction* which implies that all possible outcomes must somehow actually exist before a measurement or observation is made.

In the early days of quantum theory, because the math worked so well, the *Copenhagen interpretation* simply set aside any need to interpret such strange
implications. It was generally believed that they arose from the use of *wave mechanics* (or *matrix mechanics*), and that a more rational
interpretation of those implications would someday become clear. However, experiments in recent decades continue to show that nonlocality is indeed a
physical characteristic of reality. It is now even routinely used in certain electronic devices.

Obviously, the need for a real interpretation has become more apparent. Fortunately, an understanding of the mathematics is not necessary to develop an intuitive understanding
of the concepts involved. Geometry can be used as a very effective aid to represent the most profound scientific and mystical principles. Using multi-dimensional models we can
visualize how separate atoms are actually unified in the quantum realm, and how our entire universe radiates from a single point in a higher dimension, a timeless
*Universal Singularity* realized both in the *zero-point Superforce* of unified field physics and in the *time-zero* of Big Bang cosmology.

Modern science is working on a number of *Grand Unified Theories* which attempt to mathematically describe how our entire physical Universe seems to arise from
a single Universal Superforce. Each theory has its own supporters yet none seem to be provable to the satisfaction of the scientific method.
Which model is 'most correct' is probably not as important as the realization of universal oneness to which they all point.

The mathematics of Relativity and quantum theory is multi-dimensional and complex, yet it describes a reality which is fundamentally simple and based on geometry -- the geometry of quantum force fields within the geometry of spacetime. As a representation of reality, geometry is arguably even more fundamental than the mathematics which describes it. The geometry of spacetime existed long before Einstein developed the equations of Relativity. The exact value of pi is intrinsic to the geometry of the circle, yet it cannot be precisely expressed as a number.

The Gnostics of the 12th Century had a geometric vision of Logos as "an intelligible sphere whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere".*infinite hypersphere*, a four-dimensional sphere with infinite radius. Rather than a typical spherical plane
with a radius and a surface, this is more like a *spherical state of polarity*, the polarity between singularity and infinity, with the infinity being a dimension beyond
our three-dimesional experience of infinity.

Intriguingly, an interpretation of unified field physics suggests that a *hyperspherical polarity* of the Universal Superforce is
the most fundamental expression of existence which can be realized from the physical plane, like a **geometric Logos**. In this picture, all quantum processes which
define matter and energy, along with the seed of individual consciousness, are represented by simple geometric elements (radius rays and equatorial rings) of the hyperspherical geometry.
(A ring on a four-dimensional hypersphere appears as a three-dimensional sphere in our normal space.) From the perspective of the hypersphere, nothing is ever really separate --
the rings which define quanta have a spacetime-independent (nonlocal) connection to each other. The idea is very much like imagining the condition of the Big Bang as a timeless process,
continuously creating our experience of a dynamic Universe while remaining whole and unchanged in its own dimension.

### Key Connections

A hyperspherical polarity, through the interaction of the ring-ray elements, and from the perspective of any one of those elements, provides a
*Fourier-series* source for the wave mechanics of matterenergy in spacetime, while maintaining a underlying level of *all possible realities* in an unmanifest state.
Many will recognize the key significance of this to the wavefunction of quantum theory and the way matter and energy seem to behave. This possibility actually makes more sense than
having to imagine that there must be an infinite number of parallel universes, or something of that sort, in order to account for the quantum wavefunction.

The basic idea is an interpretation of the *Kaluza-Klein* model, a classic unified field theory from Einstein's era, forms of which are used today in string theory.
It unifies the electromagnetic and gravitational fields by adding a fourth dimension of space at the Planck scale (about 20 orders of magnitude smaller than a proton).
The unification is so mathematically beautiful that Einstein was very intrigued, though seemed to not know quite what to think of it at the time.
In the Kaluza-Klein model, we are living in a five-dimensional (or more) spacetime in which the fourth dimension of space is confined to tiny Planck-scale spheres,
an infinite number of them, filling all of space.

Taking an extra step for this particular interpretation, it is entirely possible that all of those Planck-scale fourth-dimension spheres, apparently scattered all over three-dimensional space, are actually different rings on the same sphere within that fourth dimension.

This possibility, the omnipresence of a hyperspherical force polarity, provides an explanation and mechanism for the strange effects of Relativity, the quantum wavefunction, quantum entanglement, the 'quantum foam' of empty space, the wave-particle duality, the male and female movements of Creation, the polarity between spacetime and consciousness, even psychic abilities and reincarnation. Perhaps most interesting, besides representing the unity of and distinction between Mythos and Logos, the spherical geometry beautifully represents the metaphysical nature of the Trikaya, the three-bodied unfoldment of Creation from the One Reality, from the central singularity to the radius-rays to the void of unfoldment.

The hypersphere itself can be thought of as a ring on a higher-dimensional sphere, which could be a ring on an even higher-dimensional sphere, and so on, all centered on the same Universal Singularity. In the realization of transcendental unity in a hypersphere of infinite possibilities, we are linked immediately to the realization of an infinite series of other sets of infinite possibilities. At the least, a very interesting possibility.

**And the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started,
and know the place for the first time.**

**T. S. Eliot**

**FIRST DAY: August 1, 1996
as "of Quasars & Quanta"**

(from writings begun in 1984)

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