Truth and Perspectives
This site explores the depths of human knowledge and belief, scientific and spiritual, modern and ancient, in an attempt to show that the convergence of scientific and spiritual thought is inevitable, and has in fact been happening for some time. Such a synthesis would certainly require a profound paradigm shift away from a logic-oriented objective view of the universe, or more precisely, a shift toward a perspective in which our "normal" understanding of the universe is recognized as a rather limited view of the way things really are. This is precisely the sort of emerging worldview which scientific physics has been struggling with for the past 100 years, and is precisely what mystics have been telling us ever since we can remember.
The discussions will move quickly to the heart of the concepts involved, leaving a more detailed exploration of any point in question up to the reader as needed, and will introduce a metaphysical geometry which can be related directly to both modern field theory and ancient sacred geometry. Today's physics and the ancient wisdom cannot help but to be concerned with the same universal principles, and the parallels between their descriptions of these universal principles have become very interesting. As the inevitability of such a synthesis becomes more clear, so does its importance to the evolution of consciousness in the current age. Ideally, we can come to see that even the most profound truths of science and philosophy are primarily a matter of perspective. After all, the real Reality, the ultimate Truth, has always been the same no matter how we believed.
It should be stated at the outset that no metaphysical system can claim to fully represent the Transcendental State of Being in its true form. To say that any geometric or other form in the physical plane represents the true transcendental is idolatry. By definition, transcendental reality is unknowable from the perspective of the physical world. The reason we can talk about higher-dimensional realities while in three-dimensional space is because, in the same way we understand that a circle on a page can represent a ball, we can use the conceptual space of our higher-mind to understand how a limited objective model can represent a higher reality. This conceptual mind-space resides within the dimensions of the soul, and those dimensions do indeed go beyond three-dimensional physical space.
Language and Traditions
References to the Sanskrit classics are throughout. These ancient Vedic texts are particularly useful 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 Holy Spirit and the individual spirit, respectively, or to Universal Consciousness and individual consciousness, and are understood to be fundamental and transcendental principles. (Brahma is the name of the creator god, and is the first body of the Hindu trinity. Brahmanism and the Vedic texts predate Hinduism, and are also the core teachings of Buddhism.) It should be understood that the underlying mystical principles are universal and are the same for all spiritual traditions. Likewise, all bioforms in our universe, physical or higher-dimensional, are, by necessity and definition, sourced from the same Universal Life Force as are we.
The study of metaphysics in general provides insight along the path of Jnana Yoga, one of the three primary classifications of yoga, all having the purpose of helping us to realize and experience, and ultimately to identify and unify with, the spiritual state of our being. They are called Bhakti Yoga, the way of devotion, Karma Yoga, the way of good works, and Jnana Yoga, the way of the intellect, and in one combination or another they form the foundation of all schools and systems of yoga, past and present. For example, the highly regarded Raja Yoga uses primarily Bhakti and Jnana practices.
Jnana Yoga is an exercise for the mental body. The abstract multi-dimensional logic of metaphysics provides a sort of left-brain understanding for the strangely illogical right-brain realizations which arise from transcendental experience, helping with the integration of the realizations and thus nicely complementing all other forms of yoga. At the same time, Jnana Yoga itself is a powerful tool for inducing transcendental realizations which can have a profound affect on the emotional body -- for example, it will completely restructure what was thought to be common-sense logic. Integration is key and its importance cannot be overemphasized, whether talking about the left and right brain, physical senses and super-sensual experiences, concrete logic and abstract concept, intellect and intuition, material and spiritual.
Jnana Yoga ... 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 ...
Shankara's Crest-Jewel of Discrimination
Physics and Geometry
It seems that modern science is providing us with a new mathematical language to more easily follow this steep and ancient path. Today's physics cannot provide proof of a spiritual origin or a timeless center to our Universe, but with core concepts right in line with the central principles of nondualistic mysticism, it certainly points directly to the possibility. Modern physical theory, as well as experimental evidence, suggests that the quantum processes that define matter and energy extended through space and time are somehow all unified in a way that is independent of that spacetime separation. Originally called nonlocality, referring to nonlocal (spacetime-independent) connections, it is now generally referred to as quantum entanglement.
In the early days of quantum theory, because the math worked so perfectly, the Copenhagen interpretation simply set aside any need to interpret what these strange implications really meant. It was generally believed that such things arose from the use of wave mechanics (or matrix mechanics), and that a more rational interpretation of those implications would someday become clear. However, repeated testing of what is known as Bell's Theorem has shown that nonlocality is indeed a physical characteristic of reality, so the need for a real interpretation becomes more apparent. Still, it is difficult for scientists, and most any of us, to let go of the assumption that space and time are universal absolutes. In fact, physical science is based on that very assumption, as is common-sense logic. Hopefully, as a metaphysical understanding alters that assumption, the intuitive beauty of the realizations will help wash away any uneasiness that may arise from such bizarre strangenesses.
Fortunately, an understanding of the mathematics is not necessary to develop some sort of intuitive understanding of the concepts involved. Geometry can be used as a very effective visual 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 the time-zero of the Big Bang in modern cosmology. Such models help us understand how we are actually unified at our core while appearing separated in spacetime, and to even think of ourselves, at our innermost level of existence, as being more like different rings on the same sphere, or each of us as one of an infinite number of rays of pure spiritual force radiating from a Universal Singularity.
This perspective simply implies that a hyperspherical polarity (the polarity between singularity and infinity, in a higher dimension), is the most fundamental essence of existence as realized from the physical plane, a sort of geometric Logos. All quantum processes of matter and energy are represented by the interaction of Planck-scale ring and ray elements of a hyperspherical geometry. (A ring on a four-dimensional hypersphere appears as a sphere in three-dimensional space.) The depth of space, for example, is represented by a phase-angle rotation from a reference ring (or ray), the reference representing the origin of a coordinate system or the consciousness of an observer, etc. Ancient mystical wisdom tells us that, while the field of creation is an important and real-enough experience, spatial extension has reality only in the experience of individual consciousness, as does time itself, and this holds true even in the higher dimensions of the individual soul's experience.
For those of us not willing ignore or marginalize the scientific perspective in order to see the possibility of a spiritual reality, a modern metaphysical system of understanding is invaluable.
A hyperspherical force polarity provides a Fourier series generator, the force-field wave mechanics of matterenergy in spacetime, including all possible realities in an unmanifest state. Many will recognize the key significance of these connections to quantum theory and the way matter and energy seem to behave. The geometry is actually an interpretation of the Kaluza-Klein model, a classic and beautiful unified field theory which adds a fourth dimension of space at the Planck scale, and forms of which are used in string theory today.
Relativity and nonlocality, wavefunctions and the quantum foam of empty space, the force fields of creation and the wave-particle duality, even the mystical essence of First Cause and the male and female movements of Creation: all are represented in the geometry. The experience of time (the fundamental polarity of consciousness) is represented as a spherical polarity, rather than simply a linear polarity, accounting for the wavefunction behavior of physics and the existence of freewill.
Modern science has realized that the quantum vacuum of space is far different than what we would intuitively understand to be an absolute void. Interestingly, ancient Sanskrit has two different words, concepts, for infinity: the infinity we experience with individual consciousness and the higher-dimensional infinity experienced by Universal Consciousness. Geometric metaphysics represents this distinction beautifully, as well as the Trikaya (three-bodied) unfoldment of Creation from one Reality. The geometry can display the perspectives of both Dualism and Nondualism, though it is ultimately a geometric form of nondualism.
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. 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 mind-expanding 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
(as "of Quasars & Quanta")
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