HINDUS ARE TRULY SMART PEOPLE, NO WONDER THAT THEY ARE DOMINATING TODAYS PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS AT WESTERN UNIVERSITIES.
On Monday evening, I looked at my bookshelves and my eyes settled on: Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, The Holy Science; written in 1894. It is 120 pages long. It was published in the USA by Self -Realization Fellowship in 1949; it was edited by Yogi Yogananda, the author of the autobiography of a Yogi.
The thesis of the book is familiar Hinduism and Buddhism. According to these Hindu religions, there is Brahman, God. God has infinite parts, infinite sons, each son is called Atman. Brahman and Atman are one shared self and one shared mind. This is the way it is eternally and will be that way forever and ever.
Somehow, we, Atman, the sons of God had the delusion that we can separate from God and from each other. We cannot do so but, as it were, we cast a magical spell, Maya, on us and went to sleep and dream a universe of separated things, space, time, matter, and house each of us in a body made of matter.
Unified Spirit (Atman, the son of God, each son of God, like God, contains God and all other sons of God) projected out the physical universe and seems to live in it.
In bodies Atman forgot that it is spirit and part of Brahman and now sees itself as a separated self, an ego (called Ahankara in Sanskrit).
We are now lost in our dream and believe that the dream is real; we forget that we are the dreamer, not the false ego selves we project into the dream.
The goal of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism and Zen is to awaken the dreamers, to get us to shut out the empirical and phenomenal universe, stop seeing it as real and then go inwards and in meditation remember our real selves, Atman, who is one with God.
The sense of oneness is attained in Samadhi, Nirvana or Satori; it is an experience that takes us out of this world to the world of God (Brahmaloka, heaven).
Very few persons have had this experience. I have not had it. However, I have had what Hinduism calls partial awakening, I have seen me in the world of light forms, what Hinduism calls Astral world. In it one sees a world that looks like our present world, but everything is made of light and has no flesh; you can see through people’s, animals, trees bodies, for they do not have solidity.
You probably will not believe it, and that is as it should be, for no one should believe what they have not experienced; all I have to say is that that intermediate world of light forms is real, as real as our world of dense matter, but it, too, is a fiction, not true; it is just our world reinterpreted by the Holy Spirit, it is our world where we have allowed love and forgiveness to enter.
The light world is also called the Gate of Heaven, Purgatory, Paradise; call it what you want, it is not heaven. From it if one gives up all desire for separated existence one is supposed to extinguish one’s ego, separated self and experience oneness with God, our real self. As noted, I have not experienced Nirvikalpa Samadhi; however, I suspect that it is true.
The objective of these notes is to observe how Hindus before the dawn of modern science (from Copernicus, 1543 to the present) were able to use pure thinking to figure many things out.
If you have studied quantum Mechanics, physics and General Relativity you would be forgiven if you believe that those western ideas were plagiarized from Hinduism.
Hinduism explained matter to several levels. In the West we reduce matter to the ninety-two elements in nature; each element is a different arrangement of particles in the atom; each atom has electrons, protons and neutrons; electrons are light with some mass; protons and neutrons are composed of quarks and quarks are made from light.
During the big bang, 13.8 billion years ago, light came out from nowhere and fragmented into photons, particles, and combined into electrons, quarks, protons and neutrons; later protons and neutrons combined into the nuclei of atoms; 400, 000 years later nuclei captured electrons to form atoms (mostly hydrogen and helium).
Atoms combined into molecules/matter. Our bodies, animals, trees, planets, stars everything in the phenomenal universe is composed of the ninety-two elements in the universe (scientists have produced about twenty other elements in laboratories but they do not last more than a nanosecond before they disappear).
I am utterly amazed that Hindus were able to use pure mentation to figure out what we now call science.
Classical physics is the study of mechanics, heat, light, electricity and Sound; new science is the study of quantum mechanics and general and special relativity that modified Newton’s conception of gravity.
I am simply awed that Hindus were able to accomplish the feats they did without telescopes, microscopes and the other instruments we now employ in doing science. They even talked about how the universe would end. And new ones rebound from dead ones. They call each epoch Yuga or Kalpa.
Contemporary Cosmology hypothesizes that the universe will end in a few trillion years; the galaxies are expanding away from each other, the expanded distance would lead to heat loss in the stars and they die (explode) and eventually all stars, galaxies, and planets would decay to atoms and atoms decay to their particles and the last to decay would be protons; protons would decay to quarks that would immediately decay into light, so the universe ends in cold light (Big Chill). Some say that the universe might recontract and end in a Big Crunch.
What Hinduism said in this regard are conjectures; all their science are conjectures, not the facts of modern science; what fascinates me is that they were able to have even such conjectures three thousand years ago?
All that I can say is that Hindus are impressive, they are very smart human beings! I raise my hat to them.
I am agnostic. However, if I were to recommend a religion for anyone who is prone to theism, I would certainly recommend Hinduism and its offshoots (Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism and Zen); Gnosticism seems a product of Hinduism, for reading Plotinus’ Ennead is like reading classical Hinduism!
December 9, 2021