Universal Cosmic God-Laws
Any true science would reflect the Cosmic Laws that bring the universe into being God-Laws. There would naturally be a correlation between metaphysical laws that are the eternal substratum of the manifested universe and the physics of the external manifested realms. Theoretically, if you know the basic God-Laws, then the various applications of other sciences will fit harmoniously into them. Knowing the one substratum leads you to understand them all, at least in principle.
The metaphysical principles that govern our own inner reality, the mechanics of enlightenment, our spirit or astral body with its seven chakras, the three gunas, the mysteries of five-sense perception, and our eternal interconnectedness to the All, will resonate in harmony with the physical sciences to the degree that theses sciences express the Universal Cosmic order, the Laws of God. Any true real science must be founded upon and in complete harmony with primordial metaphysics.
Bruce Cathie quotes the genius inventor Nicola Tesla from an unpublished article: "Long ago he (man) recognized that all perceptible matter comes from a primary substance of a tenuity [a rarified state] beyond conception, filling all space, the Akasha or Luminiferous Ether, which is acted upon by the life giving prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never ending cycles, all things and phenomena. The primary substance, thrown into Infinitesimal Whirls of prodigious velocity, becomes gross matter; the Force subsiding, the motion ceases and matter disappears, reverting to the primary substance." This statement from Tesla sounds as if it has been taken verbatim from a Sanskrit text! Cathie himself says, "Matter is nothing more than a complex matrix of wave-forms locked together by harmonic resonance." ['The Energy Grid']
Rene Guenon has written extensively about the disconnect in modern times between the primordial metaphysical principles and what he terms the profane sciences: "...most of these sciences, even insofar as they still correspond to some reality, represent no more than simple debased residues of some of the ancient traditional sciences."
Guenon explains that numbers have lost their real meaning. He states that our contemporaries are ignorant of what number truly is and understand number only its strictly quantitative sense, reducing number to "calculation in the narrowest sense of the word, that is, to a mere collection of more or less artificial procedures, which are in short only valuable with respect to practical applications to which they give rise." According to Guenon, only geometric form can be legitimately considered to constitute the true body of a number. This is in "accordance with the fact that all 'embodiment' necessarily implies a 'spatialization'." The science that is exclusively quantitative distances itself further and further from reality.
The Inter-Connected Substratum
The Universal Cosmic God-Laws are the substratum of the manifested realms. In others words, the appearance of the solidity of material forms in varying densities rests upon a metaphysics that reflect the eternal harmonics found in primordial God-Laws. This explains why so many theoretical sciences can be seen in the Rig Veda, and also why there are so many varying translations. The Rig Veda was composed in the older Vedic Sanskrit, the meaning of which scholars cannot agree on. I have concluded that I am able to discern the mechanics of electricity, electromagnetism, plasma physics, and now magnetic fusion technology right along with the inner esoteric ancient Wisdom-Knowledge in these ancient hymns because of eternal harmonic resonant correspondences between the inner 'invisible to the five senses' realms and external apparent manifestations.
Pratibimbavādah: The Mirror of Consciousness
The outer realms are a reflection of the eternal Law. Therefore the more closely the outer material solidity expresses, corresponds and harmonically resonates with the inner Universal Cosmic God-Law, the more perfect the technology will be meaning the technology will be elegant, efficient, not wasteful or producing toxic side effects.
The concept of the outer manifested universe reflecting the inner substratum is found in Kashmir Shaivism's theory PRATIBIMBAVĀDAH. The great philosopher saint Swami Lakshmanjoo explains the 'Theory of Reflection' - Pratibimbavādah thus:
In the ordinary worldly course, sound is reflected outwardly in Ether and inwardly in the ear, touch comes through the air to the skin, external forms are perceived in the eye, taste in the tongue, smell in the nose. These are all reflections of the external that are received and perceived by the five senses just like a reflection in a mirror. These reflections [pratibimba] take place individually, but are observed at once. We rarely consider one perception coming to our senses without another. Thus it is the awareness found in consciousness - not in the organs - that allows us to connect and interact with the external objects of the senses.
God's Free Will
"The universe, therefore, is reflected in the mirror of consciousness, not in the organs nor in the five gross elements. ...the real reflector is consciousness. In consciousness, however, you see only the reflected thing and not the object that is reflected. That which is reflected (bimba) is in fact svāntantrya [God's free will 'play'] in God Consciousness. ...There can be nothing outside the mirror of God Consciousness. ...Svāntantrya is the mirror. Svāntantrya, the absolutely independent will of God, is the cause of this reflection."
The metaphysical idea that the appearance of the universe is a reflection in the mirror of God Consciousness makes the spherical layers of meaning the ancient Vedic Sanskrit perfectly reasonable. Each word contains many possible meanings that reflect various states of consciousness from the most mystical, sacred geometry, Sanātana Dharma to electricity, electromagnetism, astrophysics, plasma physics, and magnetic fusion technology. Linear thinking is a limitation we need to leave for a more complete inclusive holistic thinking in harmony with Universal Cosmic God-Laws.
The verses in hymn I.164 by the Rishi Dīghatamā are a goldmine of layered meanings from the most esoteric spiritual to space era science. For example we find the theory of Pratibimbavādah in the Cosmic Wheel of Time, which is said to have two existences, to be in pairs:
Rig Veda I.164.11
The Wheel of 12 spokes
[divisions of the heavens/zodiac]
that does not decay,
revolves again and again,
repeatedly goes round the heavens,
the Cosmic order like the sons of fire [Agni]
that reside in pairs here [in this wheel]
as the seven hundred and twenty
[2 x 360 degrees of the external wheel mirrored in the internal]
A Torus in Rig Veda I.164.2
One [eko] chariot [aerial ship - ratham] carries, bears along [vahati],
allied, connected [yuńjanti] to the wheel [cakra - torus] having three axle-holes [trinābhi - the axis of three geometric toroidal forms],
[which is fueled by] the named seven powers [of the gaseous state of plasma - vāyu]
that generate velocity [ashvo - horse power],
that is un-decaying, unlimited [a source of perpetual energy].
All the worlds [bhuvana] stand and remain supported in these wheels [the torus geometric form].
The above verse I.164.2 contains the Sanskrit words trinābhi-cakra defined by some scholars as three axle-holes. The verse is perplexing indeed and when I read the statement by one Indian scholar that, "In fact no commentator is helpful in correctly understanding the meaning of trinābhi-cakra - three axle-holes." I became more curious.
The Sanskrit root √nabh is defined as the navel, a navel-like cavity, the nave of a wheel; nābhi means 'to burst asunder or into a hole'. The eka-cakram 'one wheeled' source of power the Rishi Dīrgatamā was writing about was a torus.
In this aerial ship [ratham] stand
the seven wheels of seven velocities [ashvah]
[that] carry well, bear along [as] one velocity,
[suspended in space] over the seven sisters [Pleiades];
in which [is] placed the seven names
[cosmic powers of] the lord of the rays [Agni].
Dr. Tulsi Ram says verse I.164.3 is a "highly mystical, symbolic and scientific mantra; astronomy, cosmology, physics and mechanics. Still the meaning would remain open."
Galactic Cosmic Rays: Move in spirals owning to their high speeds, they have large gyro-radii (gyral = moving in a circle or spiral; radius = the straight line from the center of a circle or sphere to the circumference; any set of lines, rods, spokes, diverging from a point.)
Galactic Cosmic Rays: propagate from the heliopause towards the inner heliosphere and are hindered during solar maximum due to increasing solar activity. Like solar particles, galactic cosmic rays travel field parallel, they can drift in the large-scale structures of the field, and they are scattered at the magnetic field irregularities. In addition, the particle in galactic cosmic rays also experience convection and adiabatic (involving or allowing neither gain nor loss of heat) deceleration, and they are blocked and reflected at transient inhomogeneities such as magnetic clouds and shocks.
Galactic Cosmic Rays: Their drifts can be several times the solar wind speed; thus, drifts can by far exceed convection with the solar wind. [Space Physics]
This says to me that the 'Mother' in the heart of any galaxy can overpower the ray emissions any star whenever she needs to 'feed' her planets by emitting highly energetic cosmic ray particles and an intense outpouring of electromagnetic emissions of radio waves, infrared rays, visible light, ultraviolet rays, X-rays, and gamma rays [P.A. La Violette]. The invisible interactions, gyrations of plasma and particles colliding in spirals in space are intricate and intensely complex. No wonder a supercomputer is required for their mathematics!
Approaching the Sacred
There is also, I confess, a marvelous sense of approaching the sacred when I am working with these verses. I completely understand why they were protected, kept intact throughout the centuries, and held in such high esteem. It is a shame that a few western scholars have seemingly misunderstood the deeper meaning hidden within their spherical layers. These mantras truly express the ineffable, something so highly subtle that flows in the consciousness of the Rig Veda, and one can't quite ever put into words. It is as if I am reaching back into time, into the previous cycles of time, when perhaps linear thought was not the norm but rather beings communicated multiple layers of meaning simultaneously. One might say the Rishis 'download' multiple levels of information in one word.
My way of finding the meaning is to compare the interpretations in five translations with the definitions I find in Sanskrit Dictionaries and Vedic Etymology, and then intuit my own understanding. It is a meticulous puzzle, a slow process, time consuming, and frankly sometimes a bit tedious. I am not a scholar. However I continue my pursuit, for the rewards are great. My sense of connection with the Rishis is reward in itself and there is the subtle elusive state of being more at Home with their thoughts than with my own times, which often bewilder me. I feel blessed to be able to study the Rig Veda. I hope my humble renderings communicate something of this joy I experience in my journey into the sacred Rig Veda.
The verse translation-renderings are mine, but based on the translations of Indian scholars and Sanskrit dictionaries. I touch their feet in respect and gratitude.
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