The Universe.

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My late mother used to tell me often that when I was born, the first and that too a male child, I was the center of the universe. I don’t remember my father telling me this in my younger days but, in the initial days of his moving in with me, he used to say the same thing while reminiscing about those days and how he bought a brand new car to fetch me from the nursing home. My late wife was a captive audience and could understand this well, as when our son was born, he was the center of our universe too.

Two sons followed me and the novelty wore off I suppose. With three males in the household the future of the lineage was assured and so my parents decided to try till they produced a daughter to pamper. Six years after my birth, that ambition was achieved and we were blessed with a sister, the apple of all our eyes and yes, the center of our universe again.

With growth, all of us had our centers of universes in due course. And all of them, with a bit of luck are flourishing.

For all these centers, the universe itself kept expanding, as I am told on excellent authority, our real universe too is. It is an ever expanding entity with apparently no limit to its growth. Like my family’s centers, our earth which is for us the center of the universe is yet to come to grips with the fact that there could well be other centers of the universe. By that I mean of course that there could be other planets with life in them who may well be thinking exactly as we do about our own planet. I am sure that like my family’s flourishing centers, the other planets also must be flourishing.

In the Indian philosophical system, the Universe is called Brahman.

The word “Brahman” is traditionally derived from the verb ((brh)) (Sanskrit: to grow), and connotes greatness and infinity. The Mundaka Upanishad says: “Auᚃ- That supreme Brahman is infinite, and this conditioned Brahman is infinite. The infinite proceeds from infinite. If you subtract the infinite from the infinite, the infinite remains alone.”

In other words, the center and the infinite are the same. David Bohm compares the phenomenon to a hologram. He describes all matter, and everything really, in an implicate order that we cannot perceive. The implicate order is like an interference pattern of energy waves, interacting with itself. He then goes onto say that consciousness receives these waves like a radio antenna receiving radio-waves and translates it into the explicit order: The world we normally experience. He also states that it provides explanation to phenomena such as quantum tunneling and, the one with particles being in two places at the same time.

Bohm was very much into Indian mysticism when he made this startling statements that has left the world of science in quite a conundrum.

For me, as a Vedantin/Advaitist, it makes eminent sense. I AM THE UNIVERSE AND THE UNIVERSE IS ME. There however cannot be a center!

After all that pontification, here is some food for thought.


Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where Anu, Ashok, Conrad, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Magpie11, Padmum and I write on the same topic. Please do visit the linked blogs to get nine different flavours of the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Grannymar.

I would like to call ‘thing’ as anything that is or may become an object of thought. Therefore, nothing would imply no thing. In other words, a void or emptiness with no thing in it. Say like the skulls of many people that I am sure all of us know, and like mine is considered to be by some very full skulls.

I started my spiritual journey in early 1978 and by 1985 was deeply into Vedanta, an Indian system of philosophy and Buddhism. I found no contradiction between the two and concluded that they were two sides of the same coin.

By this time, Fritjof Capra had already published his Tao Of Physics which was a best seller for that time and I believe continues to be in print even now, thirty years after its publication. Some little scepticism left in me was completely removed when I read that book which I repeatedly read even now.

What has that got to do with today’s LBC topic? Let me try and explain.

Science is reductionist in its approach to finding the ultimate building block. The smallest thing in nature, matter. Let us call that matter a thing. Eastern philosophy calls it Anu, the nearest equivalent in science being atom. Now, even atom has been reduced to protons, neutrons, quarks and leptrons. It still has not found the smallest. There is a problem however in that the sub atomic particles that make up the smallest particle, which is atom, appears to be some form of energy.

Mathematicians have calculated that 99.99percent of an atom is empty space, or NO THING. Since atoms make up every THING, 99.99 percent of everything including us human beings, is also empty space, or NO THING.

The appearing and disappearing nature of sub atomic particles is called ANITHYAM meaning, impermanence in the Eastern philosophical systems. In other words, since the smallest particle of matter is impermanent and the atom itself consists of such impermanent particles, even the atom is impermanent. In other words, every thing that is seen as matter appears for verification by our senses only when there is a perceiver. If there is no perceiver, there is no matter.

In Capra’s book I first understood this principle and the difference between Subject and Object. Since object is impermanent, the philosophical systems call all matter as MAYA or illusion, or NO THING.

Since our body/mind/intellect complex is also objectifiable, it cannot be the Subject. The mistake we make is in identifying the subject with the object and considering that the I is the body/mind/intellect complex, which we have seen as NO THING.

Then, what is the Subject? It is obviously the I, the perceiver. Eastern philosophical systems insist on dis-covering the real I. The method is meditation. In meditation, one can find that stillness, or the witness, which is again, NO THING.

The NO THING is called Emptiness (Shunyatha) in Buddhism and Limitlessness (Brahman) in Vedanta. This is what I meant when I said that they are two sides of the same coin. One uses a positive and the other the negative. The Yin and the Yang or the Male and Female principle.

Have I caused enough confusion? It is NOTHING but intellectual kite flying.

In other words, I am NOTHING. So are you.