Friday, September 20, 2013

Transcending the Limitation of Fragmentation

In Bhagavad Gita chapter 7:2 Lord Krishna declares “I shall now declare unto you in full this knowledge, both phenomenal and numinous. This being known, nothing further shall remain for you to know.”
As in the commentary of this verse, Swami Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, says;
“Complete knowledge includes knowledge of the phenomenal world, the spirit behind it, and the source of both of them. This is transcendental knowledge. One should be intelligent enough to know the source of all knowledge, who is the cause of all causes. When the cause of all causes becomes known, then everything knowable becomes known, and nothing remains unknown.”
The Vedas (Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad 1.3) say, When the cause of all causes becomes known, then everything knowable becomes known, and nothing remains unknown.

Now having quoted from the scriptures and from eminent scholarly guru, I would like to provide a meaning of this verse from contemporary knowledge from a cosmic perspective. The three modes of nature that are defined in the scriptures, which tie us down to lower levels of consciousness , are Rajas (Passion), Sattva (goodness) and Tamas (ignorance). But these three modes are caused by something inherent in the human manifestation. Every human being is born into this world and inherits the soul or consciousness based on the past karma (Original sin). The body becomes a vehicle in a new incarnation with the sole purpose of consciousness purification (Purgation). As pointed out by Swami Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, complete knowledge comprises of the knowledge of the phenomenal world, the spirit behind it and the source of them both. Which means one must obtain the knowledge of the very source from which all entities are derived.

Quantum entanglement and the Super String Theories have pointed the way to the fundamental implicate order being a pure energy field and geometry. As of this month, Quantum mechanics just got easier to understand. A team of physicists have released a paper showing their discovery of a jewel-like geometric structure that takes equations, which can be thousands of terms long, and simplifies them to a single term. This discovery is poised to dramatically simplify the equations particle physicists use when calculating particle interactions. It also proposes the uncomfortable idea that space and time are not fundamental aspects of our reality, and it brings us much closer to unifying gravity and quantum theory under one comprehensive model. (for detail article see: )

This has a familiar ring to the Hua-Yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra: Francis Harold Cook describes the metaphor of Indra's net from the perspective of the Huayan school as follows:
“Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each "eye" of the net, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering "like" stars in the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process occurring.”
Regressive process of trying to unravel the fundamental reality leads one to grasp the infinite singularity which is the cause of all manifestation in the phenomenal world as well as the spirit behind it.

I would like to conclude by quoting a renowned Zen Buddhist whose insight is a great revelation.

"Even the absolute universality of the law of causality does not necessarily limit a person’s freedom, because the law of causality not only enables him to explain the past and predict the future, but also encourages him to use his intelligence to create new causes and attain new results." .........Hu Shih

Love to you all.

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