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Anyone who has explored the modern physics of the West or the ancient philosophy of the East is well aware of the strange concepts and ideas expressed. They will have a head start in seeing the intuitive beauty of the parallels, and those who have long been on the quest for spiritual understanding will find that the connections illuminate key concepts. Yet the most amazing and important ideas can be grasped by anyone with the desire to explore the deepest mysteries of the Universe. Keep in mind it is not necessary that all concepts come clear right away. Each individual must navigate their own path through shifting perspectives and major realizations.

The foundational principle of the mysterious wisdom of the East, and of all the great world religions, is Nondualistic Mysticism: There is only one True Reality. It is responsible for 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.

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

This mystic vision of Oneness from the ancient teachings, as has often been pointed out, parallels modern 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.

The reason we can talk about higher-dimensional realities within three-dimensional space is because, in the same way we understand that 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 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 used because the metaphysical foundation of these ancient texts 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, or to Universal Consciousness and individual consciousness. It should be understood that the underlying principles are universal and are the same for all spiritual traditions. Likewise, all bioforms in our universe are, by necessity and definition, sourced from the same Universal Life Force as are we.

It should 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. It should also be noted that a metaphysical system is not about offering visual models for worship. It is a tool to help expand the mind and bring forth realizations of higher realities which can help deepen the sense of what worship is about.

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. Logos (Om, the Word) is the 'perfect creative expression' of Mythos, and is the First Cause of Creation and the polarity which makes everything happen. We experience it constantly, even though Logos itself remains in a state of transcendental wholeness, right along with Mythos. Metaphysical systems, then, offer a vision of Logos, not Mythos. Even though they are of one reality, there is a distinction. If Logos were a sphere, Mythos would be its central point.

The study of metaphysics, and even conventional physics, 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 are at 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 the Gnostics and Kabbalists, within monastic mystery schools, and in the nondualism of Shankara, which goes directly to the 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 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 does indeed point directly to the possibility. For those of us not willing to ignore the scientific perspective in order to see the possibility of a spiritual reality, a modern metaphysical system of understanding is invaluable.

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 its best know feature, and probably its most bizarre.

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 some 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 the time-zero of today's Big Bangmodel.

Yet, it is difficult for scientists, or any of us, to let go of the assumption that space and time are universal absolutes, that they physically exist whether or not we are here to experience them. In fact, science is based on that very assumption. Hopefully, as a metaphysical understanding reveals that assumption to be a limited perspective of a more real level of reality, the intuitive beauty of such realizations will help wash away any uneasiness that may arise from such a bizarre strangeness. The ancient mystical wisdom tells us that, while the field of creation is an important and real-enough experience, material objects and the space around us have reality only within the experience of individual consciousness, as does time itself.

The mathematics of Relativity and quantum theory is complex, but it is all based on geometry -- the geometry of spacetime filled with the geometry of interacting force fields. The geometry is arguably even more fundamental as a representation of reality than is mathematics.

Key Connections

The Gnostics of the 12th Century had a geometric vision of Logos as "an intelligible sphere whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere".(Joseph Campbell) Today, this geometric mind-bender could be represented by an infinite hypersphere, a higher-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. In fact, we should not think of this higher-dimensional infinity as existing other than as it is defined by the infinite polarity -- by the infinite number of infinitely-long polarity vectors radiating in every possible direction from the central singular point.

Intriguingly, modern physics suggests that a hyperspherical polarity could be the most fundamental essence of existence which can be realized from the physical plane, a sort of geometric Logos. In this picture, all quantum processes which define matter and energy, along with the seed of individual consciousness, are represented by elements (radius rays and equatorial rings) of the hyperspherical geometry. (A ring on a four-dimensional hypersphere appears as a sphere in three-dimensional space.) From the perspective of the hypersphere, nothing is ever really separate.

A hyperspherical force 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.

The possibility is actually an interpretation of the Kaluza-Klein model, a classic unified field theory which 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). 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, covering every point in spacetime. Taking an extra step for this particular interpretation, it is entirely possible that each of those Planck-scale spheres are a ring on the same sphere in that fourth dimension.

This interpretation provides an explanation and mechanism for the strange effects of Relativity, quantum entanglement, the 'quantum foam' of empty space, the wave-particle duality, the male and female movements of Creation, consciousness and freewill, and even psychic abilities and reincarnation. Perhaps most interesting, the spherical geometry, from the central singularity to the radius-rays to the void of unfoldment, beautifully represents the metaphysical nature of the Trikaya, the three-bodied unfoldment of Creation from the One Reality.

 

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

 

 

 

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