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In search of perpetual motion, universe after universe

A perpetual motion machine is one that operates or produces useful work indefinitely, while producing the same or more energy than it consumes.

The dream of such machines has tantalized the human psyche for years.   Although considered on par with alchemy (transmuting copper or other base materials into gold), physicians, scientists and others have tried in vain to create them.

In 1159, Bhaskara, a noted Indian author, described a machine that essentially was a round wheel with vials of Mercury attached to its rim.  As the wheel would spin, the circular motion would allow the Mercury to flow under the influence of gravity, to the “heavier” side of the axle.  But once set in motion, the wheel quickly came to a stop.

Villard's Wheel

Villard de Honnecourt was born in the late 12th century and lived in France.  By 1250 he completed a manuscript with many drawings, and one in particular showed the design of a wheel with hinged mallets (hammers).

In theory, as the wheel turned each mallet would flip over on its hinge and thereby weight down one side of the axel.  But in actual practice the wheel stopped spinning quickly no matter if there were an even number, or odd number of mallets on the wheel.

This was followed by multiple designs and other variations (by other people) of “mass shifting” devices.

But the physics to support this hypothesis just does not add up – shifting weight on a wheel would add to its gravitational torque, but since the moment of inertia (the measure of an object’s resistance to changes to its rotation) of the wheel also increases, the net effect is zero.

Leonardo da Vinci (most likely enlightened) was a prolific inventor.  He looked at several of the existing perpetual motion machine designs and concluded that “shifting weight” on a wheel would not work.

However, Leonardo did play with the idea of perpetual motion and designed a corresponding water pump.  It consists of a screw (Archimedian) dipping into a pool of water which when turning lifts the water upward.   At the top of the screw the liquid pours over a water wheel (with paddles) causing it to turn.  The water then falls to the lower pool to be once again lifted up by the turning Archimedian screw.

Over time other inventors have tried their hand at creating such machines, but all have failed.

* Mark Anthony Zimara (1460-1523) – tried to create a wind mill that turned by forced air (via bellows) blowing across its paddles. The rotating windmill, connected to a shift with gears, also provided the work (energy) necessary to operate the bellows.

* Agostino Ramelli (1531-1600) – created a variation of the Honnecourt wheel, with a curved 2nd inner compartment wheel.

Closed cycle mill

* Vittorio Zonca (1568-1602). – created a mill which was to lift water from a lower level to a higher level, by siphon action.

* Johann Ernst Elias Bessler (1680-1745) – turning wheels that were actually powered by pendulums and falling weights.

* Today there are “super conducting materials” that circulating energy within a closed circuit indefinitely.  But unfortunately, an outside source of energy is needed to keep the materials in their super conducting state (at very low temperatures, around -200 °C).

Perpetual motion machines are thought to violate the first and/or second Laws of Thermodynamics.

The First Law of Thermodynamics:
Energy can be transformed, altered from one form to another form, but cannot be created or destroyed.

This is also referred to as the Law of Conservation of Matter.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics:
In an isolated system (no external addition of matter or energy), any physical process once started ends with less usable energy.  Over time, the quantity of energy remains the same (1st law), but due to processes of spontaneous energy distribution and equilibrium in nature, the amount of “usable” energy become less.

* Heat flows spontaneously from a hot body to a cool one.
* One cannot convert heat completely into useful work.
* Every isolated system becomes disordered and irreversible in time

An example is; over time a new car will turn into a pile of rust, but a pile of rust will never turn into a new car.

If a moving device is in a closed system, like that of a clockwork mechanism or a battery-driven electric motor, clearly the limited energy will run down and motion would cease. 

This is also referred to as the Law of Increased Entropy; all energy shifts incur entropy, meaning that something is lost (mostly in the form of heat).

This stipulates that a perpetual motion machine is an impossibility, in either an open or closed system.  But this conclusion holds weight only if we deem the universe to consist of relative conventional time and space (no absolute), created 13.7 billion years ago with an initial but limited amount of energy.

Superconductor Lab

Since all of creation is an expression of consciousness, supported and permeated by absolute existence (that which is beyond the realm of time and space), what can we infer about the longevity of our universe, or for that matter the possibility of perpetual motion?

It is estimated that human beings have 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day.   A large part of meditation (and even psychotherapy) deals with what to do about excessive and compulsive thinking.  This internal dialog is often self destructive, which continuously feeds on past impressions (samskaras) and negative attitudes.

Time and space are born as consciousness manifests as energy (the vibrational “Om”) and matter (a solidified alternate form of vibration).  Thought is the movement of that energy with direction (intelligence).   As such, thought can only exist in the field of time/space and causation.

Through the regular practice of meditation the mind slows down and thought becomes more intelligent and life supporting.  During the experience of Transcendental Consciousness (TC), a 4th state of human awareness, there is no thought – since the field of mind is completely transcended.

Superconductive and superfluid materials exhibit extraordinary attributes (i.e., helium climbs upward). They are at the ground state of physical matter. When the mind has no thoughts as in Transcendental Consciousness, it also displays extraordinary attributes (see Patanjali’s siddhi abilities as mentioned in a prior post).

The same laws of nature that support thought in an enlightened individual’s mind, awareness being fully aware of itself and living in coexistence with the relative world, are the same laws of nature that would support “qualified” perpetual motion.  That is, perpetual motion that would last for the duration of the universe.  When the universe ends, that motion would also cease.

Laws of nature generate fluctuations in the vacuum state.  Perhaps this is the source of “dark energy,” but we will need to wait and see what physicists turn up.     But these fluctuations are a source of energy.

The Casimir Effect is a small attractive force that acts between two close parallel uncharged conducting plates.  It is due to quantum vacuum fluctuations of the electromagnetic field.

According to quantum theory, the vacuum contains virtual particles.  Dutch physicist Hendrick Casimir in 1948 found that by moving the plates closer together, the energy density decreases, which implies that there is a small force drawing them together.  The force was measured in 1996 by Yale physics professor Steven Lamoreaux.

When we look at ourselves in a mirror, we see our reflection.  Our image bounces off the mirror and returns to us.  But in reality the photons of light hit the mirror, are absorbed into the vacuum state, and new photons are emitted at the correct reflecting angle.  A challenge to physicists across the globe is to better understand how energy and matter interact with the vacuum state.

Recently open perpetual motion systems have been proposed that would draw “zero-point energy” from space.   Space is filled with large amounts of electrostatic potential, in continuous flux.   And quantum physics recognizes that every point in space is a potential source of energy.

In a closed perpetual motion system external energy from an outside resource cannot be used.  In an open system it can. 

The 2nd law of Thermodynamics as we understand it today, pretty much predicates that perpetual motion machines can never be built.  However, if one day we could tap, and then learn how to utilize the quantum fluctuation energy within the vacuum, we could possibly build qualified perpetual motion machines.

The 2nd law of Thermodynamics operates on the gross physical level of existence; while other laws of nature function on more subtler levels.  Just as Newton’s theory of gravity was superseded by Einstein’s Relativity, so to it is possible that the 2nd law of Thermodynamics will be superseded, as we learn more and are better able to manipulate the “finer” levels of creation.

Can we consider an atom, with spinning electrons, to be a qualified perpetual motion machine?  The half-life of 238U (Uranium) is 4.5 billion years.

In roughly 10 seconds, 200 trillion neutrinos from the sun pass through our body and we don’t even notice it.  Many particles created at the beginning of the universe are still traveling through space unimpeded.

Our universe ends and the next one begins.  Close the eyes, meditate, and raise your awareness to that sublime level of the eternal now.

Posted by on April 11th, 2011 Comments Off on In search of perpetual motion, universe after universe

Transcending the World of Duality

“If”, by Rudyard Kipling …

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

(visit allthingsif.org for more information on Rudyard Kipling and “If”)

This beautiful poem demonstrates how to live a well balanced human life.  Since we live (via physical body) in a world of opposites, being grounded in the foundation of life (the universal SELF) provides us with strength and a proper perspective.

When we open our eyes in the morning we see the surface value of life, filled with vibratory motion and distinct individual entities/events.  We identify ourselves with body, greet our siblings and parents, and then venture out into the world where we meet strangers.

We may travel across the city, or travel across the globe.  We may visit plains, mountains, deserts, seas, and islands.  We may speak in French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, English, or Hebrew.  We may wear a Sari or a long formal dress, with high heels or flats.  Dress in a winter parka, or a swim suit.  We may study science, economics, mathematics, social studies, psychology, or literature.  We may work in a coal mine, a fashion studio, a car assembly line, a school cafeteria, or a dentist office.

We are young, tweens, students, parents, grandparents, and great grandparents.  We are the multiple and ever diverse expressions of the One, absolute eternal foundation of life.

But why is it that difference predominates in our awareness, and we do not see the underlying unity?  Simply put, it’s due to our current ego-centric consciousness.

Scientists tell us (The Standard Model) that our entire world is composed of combinations and interactions between just 12 different particles:

• 6 quarks (up, charm, top, down, strange and bottom)
• 6 leptons (The best-known lepton is the electron; the muon and tau which have charge, and 3 types of neutrinos)

… with the aid of force fields.

Protons and neutrons are composed of quarks.  The electron is a lepton.  These combine to form atoms and chemical elements (118 discovered so far), the basic building blocks of the Universe.

How small are these particles?  Just take a look.

Size in Atoms Size in Meters
1 atom 1 10-10
nucleus 1/10,000 10-14
proton 1/100,000 10-15
Quark and leptons (e.g., electron 1/100,000,000 10-18

Matter consists of particles and antiparticles (the same thing except with an opposite charge).  But since they annihilate each other on contact, for some reason (scientist still don’t know) matter has come to predominate.  Antimatter has been found in high energy laboratory collision experiments.

Gravity affects particles and antiparticles in the same manner, because it’s not a charged property.

Another way to classify matter:
Hadrons (composite particles made from quarks).  The two classes of Hadrons are:
• Baryons (made from 3 quarks; protons and neutrons)
• Mesons (composite of one quark and one anti quark; pion, kaon)

The Four Forces:
• Gravity
• Electromagnetic
• Strong
• Weak

Gravity Electromagnetic Strong Weak
Carried by Graviton (not yet found) Photon Gluon Z0 ,W+ , W
Acts on Everything Quarks and charged Leptons Quarks and gluons Quarks and Leptons

The three forces (Electromagnetic, Strong and Weak) merge together at about 1018 GeV (Giga Electron Volts).

A Grand Unification Theory is still in development.

Democritus

Democritus (c. 400 BCE) has said …

By convention there is color,
By convention sweetness,
By convention bitterness,
But in reality there are atoms and space.

But interwoven and permeating all these individual objects, is an underlying harmony.

Just as when we view a single tree through a kaleidoscope it appears as many, with different shapes and colors, so to the single immutable absolute eternal value of life appears as the multiple objects of creation in the realm of time and space.

Why?  Remember that knowledge is different in different states of consciousness.

When the ego rules our awareness, duality and multiplicity dominate.  After enlightenment the human senses refine and the “hardness” and “solidity” of objects begin to dissolve.  We can then see that they are composed of subtle energy, in flux.  When Unity Consciousness (UC) is reached the field of unity is experienced by the five senses.  Everything is but an expression of Unity.  Unity is all that really is.

Physics also bears out the Unity of Opposites:

• Matter is both continuous or discontinues
• Particles are destructible and indestructible
• Light and other electromagnetic radiation behave as either a particle or a wave.
• E = mc2, energy and mass are just different forms of the same thing.
• Space and time (relative values) are unified in the vacuum state

Robert Oppenheimer (American physicist and director of the Manhattan Project) has described the world as …

It moves. It moves not.
It is far, and It is near.
It is within all this,
And It is outside of all this.

Looking at the same event from a higher dimension shows us a truer picture.  As in these geometric examples, it is easy to see how an observer confined to a two dimensional space (length and width only) does not see the entire reality.

2 – Dimensional View 3 – Dimensional View
Two circles (A & B) separate and distinct One round pipe interpenetrating a flat plane
Hyperbola A single cone
Circle A single cone
Ellipse A single cone
Parabola A single cone

“Be in truth eternal, beyond earthly opposites!” is Krishna’s advice in the Bhagavad Gita.

The world is truly as we are.  When ego centric consciousness predominates, we live in a world of opposites and contrast.  When Unity Consciousness (UC) predominates, we live in a world of bliss and unity.  In UC everything is an expression of Myself.

Although we wonder through starry vaults among the field of duality, the ever present eternal Being gently guides us toward Self Realization.   Our soul sings as a bird confined to its cage, waiting to be freed.  O Pristine Spirit of Beauty, allow me to persevere, and transcend the field of thought (illusion).

Meditate daily to loosen the bounds of duality, and rise to heights of ever clearer perception.

Posted by on March 26th, 2011 Comments Off on Transcending the World of Duality

Good night dear children, and sweet dreams

Koala Bear

The two brothers, Thaba and Lesedi were exhausted after spending many hours at the beach. It was nearing the end of summer and their mother Nomalanga had promised the 8 year olds twin boys one more swim before school started. The sun was shining and the weather fair, so today was just that day.

Long Beach just outside of Cape Town was the family favorite. They didn’t see any dolphins in the water all afternoon, but it was still a special excursion. They made a partial climb up Chapman’s Peak to catch the majestic panoramic view of the white Atlantic sand. They had their favorite fruit along with some Tamatie Bredie stew for lunch. They played in the surf, swam, dove beneath the waves, raced on the beach, skipped their boards across the water, and had a great all around time.

By the end of the day they piled into bed, tired but happy. Mother got many hugs before the lights were finally turned off and the bedtime story was finished. They were a close knit family and shared life’s many ups and downs. But today, content and joyful, they closed their eyes and drifted off to sleep.

We all know about sleep because we do it every night, and sometimes even during afternoon meditation.

Sleep is very important to life and necessary for maintaining good health. Although human newborns can require up to 18 hours of sleep every day, the average adult only needs about 8 hours. On one end of the scale is the giraffe which sleeps for only about 3-hours each day, and on the other end of the spectrum is the Koala that sleeps between 18 to 22 hours a day.

Bears hibernate during winter but aren’t sleeping the whole time. Hibernation for bears simply means they don’t need to eat or drink. But weather does play a role in governing this habit. In the cold climate of Alaska and the Arctic Circle bears hibernate about 7 months of the year. In warmer locals and coastal regions it may only be for 2-5 month, but would be extended if the bears are caring for newborn cubs.

Plant seeds and nuts can be buried (a kind of sleep) for many years before germination. When conditions become favorable (water, oxygen, temperature, light – darkness) seeds will start to sprout. Many species of plants have seeds that delay germination for many months or years. The oldest documented germinating seed was nearly 2000 years old based on radiocarbon dating.

To maintain the Earth’s biodiversity and precious resource the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, was established in 1984. The Global Crop Diversity Trust, organizations, and the governments of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland maintain this seed stock in a cavern protected from any nuclear threat/contamination.

Why do we sleep?

The physical brain gets tired and requires sleep for rest and rejuvenation. Without it we cannot live. During sleep we go through periods of rapid eye movement (REM) and non-rapid eye movement (NREM or non-REM). During this heightened anabolic state there is a reduction in bodily awareness, suspended sensory perception, and inactivity of our voluntary body muscles (i.e., arms and legs).

Our relationship with mind is most intimate. Managing that affiliation and eventually overcoming the mind’s binding influence is a goal of our spiritual development.

» The eternal absolute (Brahman) is the proprietor of our mental factory. Subordinate to that is the intellect (Buddhi) which acts as a manager, and subsidiary to that is the mind (Manas) which acts as the head clerk; who gets orders directly from the manager and supervises the workmen (organs of action and sensory perception).

» The universal cosmic mind does not require sleep (the physical brain does).

» Mind and prana (energy) are both necessary to have thoughts.

» The human mind is a collection of Samskaras (mental imprints), habits, desires, cravings, feelings, and ideas.

» Conscience is ones convictions arrived at either instinctively or by reasoning. Cultural conditioning, family influence, and life experiences play a great part in shaping attitude.

» During surgical procedures which administer anesthesia, the mind is disassociated with the physical body (as in deep sleep), so pain is not experienced.

» When the breath (physical prana) ceases, the link between the physical body and mind is broken. But since the link between breath (etheric prana) and the subtle body/mind continues, so do thoughts.

» The mind and body are intimately connected. What happens to one affects the other. We see this is meditation; as the mind settles down so does the body.

» For some people the body controls the mind, while for others the mind controls the body. Which life do you live?

It is through mind that the absolute manifests as the multifarious universe and field of relative causation. According to Sankhya philosophy the manifestation of the Eternal Absolute into time/space/matter takes place via ever progressive layers of unfoldment:

From the most subtle/sublime to the most gross the Absolute manifests as:

Mahat, cosmic or universal mind
Ahankara (egoism)
from Sattvic Ahankara comes mind
from Rajasic Ahankara comes Prana
from Tamasic Ahankara come the Tanmatras ((the five subtle properties of energy/matter (sound, touch, form, taste, and odor) whose objects are the five senses (hearing, tactile perception, vision, taste, and smell.))
… from Tanmatras come the gross elements (space/either, air, fire, water and earth)
… from gross elements come the gross universe (all subatomic and atomic particles in the various states of plasma, solid, liquid or gas).

We have heretofore learned that the three agents of nature (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas guna) transform into ego, mind, senses, the body and the external world of objects. With reference to the human mind that implies that its constitution consists of some combination of these tendencies.

Is your mind predominately Sattvic, Rajasic or Tamasic?

the Sattva mind:
is light, blissful, one pointed, steady, easygoing, and finds contentment within itself. You keep friendships for a long time and usually live in one place. You are pure, strong and have a determined will.

the Rajas mind:
is filled with passion and motion. You do not sit by idly, but rather prefer to be busy with work, seek new friendships, travel to new places, buy new things, are judgmental and look for defects in others, like crowded cities, do a lot of talking, favor the luxurious life, read romantic novels, and other such activities.

the Tamas mind:
is filled with inertia, darkness, passions, appetites, procrastination, craving and searches for material riches.

Meditation will transform any mind into a pillar of stability, bliss and eternal freedom.

The center of gravity (location) of the mind in the body changes depending upon what state of consciousness we are in.

Waking State (Jagrat):
The individual soul is considered to be awake when it is connect to, and actively functions through its external physical system (body). At this juncture the seat of the mind is centered at the right eye, or Ajna Chakra in the brain.
The waking state is sometimes referred to as “the long sleep.”

Dreaming State (Svapna):
While dreaming the seat of the mind is the neck. The subjective dream world is created from within itself.

Deep Sleeping State (Sushupti):
The seat of mind in deep sleep is the heart. Although consciousness and the state of personal existence still persist, the mind of man has no experience here. The senses are shut down and thought has ceased.

South Africa - Long Beach

A beautiful mind (Sattvic) casts a net of bliss upon all in the world. Iridescent thoughts bring fulfillment to the hearts of children and parents. What was once prized is no longer of any value, as peace of mind and true contentment is a greater treasure than any amount of gold. The infinite diversity of life and liveliness of nature sparkles. You are set free.

Some things you can only see by opening your heart. No matter where you are in life today, meditation can effortlessly draw your awareness to the finest and most sublime values of thought, and then to transcend even that. Saturated in the absolute, open your eyes and act in the world. Rise to the value of life that you were always meant to live.

Posted by on January 20th, 2011 Comments Off on Good night dear children, and sweet dreams

The brotherhood of the sea

The three had been friends since adolescence, and now years later in retirement they were about to set out on another grand adventure.

After finishing high school they all enrolled in the US Navy. Neil and Gerald served on the light cruiser USS Atlanta, a 10,000 ton ship sailing Pacific ports of call. John ended up in the submarine fleet, serving on the SS-405 Sea Owl stationed in the Atlantic. After finishing tours of duty Neil got his Ph.D in Education, Gerald an engineering degree in road/bridge construction, and John became an astronomer and computer programmer.

They shared many harrowing sailing adventures spanning from the Great lakes (Erie), New York, Florida Keys, California islands, Hawaii, Borneo, Cape Town, Perth Australia, and even ventured up the Amazon River.

One day on Lake Erie they set out in 12-foot waves to save the crew of a capsized catamaran. The port hull had developed a fracture at the trampoline stanchion, and the rushing water filled the hull. When the crew tried to tack the boat in a heavy swell, it pitch-polled and flipped upside down. On another occasion they went up on the break wall at Edgewater Park. Once in Florida while sailing in the Keys the boat ran aground on a soft sandy bed, out in the open water a mile from the nearest island. While running downwind Gerald’s boat unexpectedly jibbed in heavy winds causing the boat to flounder and break apart on the rocks. And Neil was out on Lake Meade when the sun set rather abruptly, leaving the crew to sail back to shore without any guiding lights. They sailed by dead reckoning hoping not to hit the red rock sandstone cliffs.

They brazed 20-foot sea swells while sailing around the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa). On several occasions they risked life and limb, each one risking their all to protect and save the others. They were a close and inseparable group. They shared life adventures, marriage and divorce, and the joys of children graduating from college. And now they were preparing for the next sailing trip; to the Pacific Solomon Islands.

Friendship, camaraderie and love become more powerful than fear.

Fear is a primal human emotion that is linked to the sense of loss or annihilation. Meditation develops fearlessness by loosening the bonds of attachment, and increasing the ego’s identification with the Universal Cosmic Self.

Fear is an emotional response to a perceived threat. It’s often defined in terms as a basic survival mechanism. Some people believe that a little fear in life is good, as it keeps us away from potentially dangerous situations. While fear is a constant factor (remaining just under the surface or fully exposed) in human life, it is not compatible with the eternal status of human beings.

Here is some advice from the Taittiriya Upanishad:

Just as a person who does not leap into a great flood is not afraid of being drowned, or one who follows the prescribed diet does not feel concerned about being ill, so he who has no egotistic feeling while performing actions or not performing them, has no fear of worldly existence. When his mind is filled with the notion of non-dualism, he knows that the whole world is pervaded by Brahman and discards fear (12).

When a man finds fearless support in That which is invisible, formless, indefinable and support less, he has then attained fearlessness. If he makes the slightest differentiation in It, there is fear for him (3).

When griped by fear we humans exhibit many different physiological responses:
» increased sweating
» increased blood pressure
» rapid heart rate
» dizziness
» nausea
» dry mouth
» induced flight or fight response
» increased blood cortisol, norepinephrine, adrenaline and other catecholamines.
» greater directed sensory attention
» tightening of muscles
» dilation of eye pupils

We can experience fear as an external threat, like facing an oncoming storm, or as an internal threat, like the sense of personal inadequacy, tomorrows anticipated job interview, or an upcoming surgery.

Causes of fear may include loss of possessions, a loved one, divorce, failure, slander, and an almost infinite host of other issues.

Fear is based on the mistaken belief that we are separate and alone (world of Maya). The ego’s identification with the objective world (I am this body, this job, this personality, these possessions, these past memories, this is mine, etc.) and its insistence on bolstering itself by putting other people down, perpetuates the cycle of ignorance that keeps us bound and restricted. When the ego is threatened we experience fear and trepidation.

In the human nervous system its counterpart is stress and strain, caused by undue pressure of experience. The deep rest of meditation naturally dissolves and eliminates those impediments, leading to fuller functioning and the loosening of bonds that maintenance of the ego has imposed on us.

Here is some advice from others:

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”

Nelson Mandela, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Aristotle, “Wicked men obey for fear, but the good for love.”

Anonymous, “Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.”

John Lennon, “Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.”

As we grow and expand our awareness loving bonds with other people are naturally developed. Brotherhoods and sisterhoods abound. Perhaps it’s with work associates, soccer team mates, the book club, yoga class mates, the Akron Physics Club, a church group, golfing buddies, or the swim team.

We find that other people are expressions of our own Self. The universe is alive as multiplicity whispers the silence of the absolute. The One became the Many so that cosmic life could be lived on the individual level. Life is bliss, anchored in the timeless depth of consciousness.

Fear is fictitious and only exists so long as the ego reigns (the small self). Use meditation to expand the ego to the sublime level of universal awareness (the large Self).

Develop a resolute intellect, rise above the sense of attachment, become balanced in success and failure, and strive to know the unthinkable, unchangeable, self sufficient everlasting value of life.

Cherish and practice your meditation every day. Walk the steps of progress and see you heart swell with loving kindness for all mankind. Let us become a brotherhood/sisterhood of humanity.

Posted by on November 26th, 2010 Comments Off on The brotherhood of the sea

Inner silence is the seed of creation

Dingxiang started from scratch with an inspirational idea and 800 yuan renminbi.  He finished college with a degree in structural engineering and came up with a clever design for base isolation bearings.  These bearings could be used to help prevent earthquake damage to buildings.  They would be built into the foundation and support the entire structure in a fashion that would allow it to absorb most seismic waves and tremors.

The initial money was used to build a small scale model and to register invention patent rights.    Dingxiang presented the model to several different construction companies until one agreed to build a full scale bearing set for actual test.  After a successful test and some additional modification the isolation bearings was ready for production.  The rest is basically history as his company grew year over year.   

As human beings we all share the spark of creativity.  We love to create and build new things.  That human spirit exemplifies the goal and purpose of creation, which is expansion of bliss and happiness.  Everyone is connected to that infinite wellspring of life.  Locate the absolute at the source of thought. 

Creation can take the shape of a new object or an idea.  Both the objective (body) and subjective (mind) aspects of life move onto new vistas thru leveraging the balancing forces of nature.  In order to reach a new perspective the old one needs to be destroyed (Tamas) and superseded with the new (Sattwa).  The condition is then maintained in balance (Rajas) going forward.        

Through time more intelligent aspects of the universal absolute reality, creates itself in world.   This is through ever increasingly complex biological structures.   From rock, to bacteria, plant, animal and man systems are able to reflect more of the absolute into the relative world.  We are a source of orderliness in the midst of change.  The world about us is in a constant state of flux – increased entropy (degree of disorderliness).  The human body gets worn down by the environment but is replenished by its internal connection to the life source.  We are all beacons of orderliness in the world.

On this blog we talk about the benefits of inner silence simply because it is a real human experience.  Anyone can meditate and see it for themselves.  The silent mind is just that, the experience of mental activity settling down to zero.  It’s not a state of mind control or hypnosis.  To the contrary, no thought at all is the natural resting (ground) state of the mind.  Inner wakefulness and bliss is the resulting overpowering experience.   

Infinite Progression

The manifested phenomenal world exists from the smallest to the largest, and from the beginning of time to its end.  No matter how small or how large, these are still numerical values that can eventually be counted.  

How small is the smallest?  We know that an atom is about 10-10 meters, and a quark is about 10-18 meters.  On the other end of the scale is the current estimated age of the universe and it’s correspond size (13.7 billion years old, 13.7 billion light years in length).  That’s about 8 x 1022 miles.

We know from our experience in meditation that there is a finest value of the relative world.  As we transcend thought is experienced as ever refined values; less distinct and less concrete.  They become a subtle impulse.  Experiencing total silence is only possible when the field of mind has been completely transcended.  We have to step out of the field of time/space (mind) to reach the absolute value silence.

There is an actual “gap” between the finest value of the relative and the absolute.  The mind reaches this finest value, jumps the gap, and is then left behind as we (self to Self) transcend to the absolute.

The unmanifest absolute is totally outside the realm of concept, size, and measurement.  It’s not the manifested phenomenal world of time/space taken to an extreme; super small or super large.      

Infinity

The infinity symbol was put forward by John Wallis in 1655.  The symbol is sometimes called the lemniscates, from the Latin which means “ribbon”. 

In mathematics “infinity” is often treated as a real number (integer).  A set of integers is countably infinite.   In a calculus integration or series summation we attribute (x -> infinity) as an infinite series.  So we have methods to describe infinity in real life terms.

The inner field of silence is the seed of creation.  Everything springs forth from that platform. 

Inner silence …

» is that progressive value (quality) of life that evolves and grows toward fulfillment
» frees man from suffering by opening awareness to full development  
» sustains progress so that we are more creative every day
» is the play and display of the phenomenal world
» naturally draws the mind towards greater happiness
» integrates dynamic activity with deep rest
» is the home of all the laws of nature
» is progressive thru accumulation of growth
» is discriminative
» is orderly
» harmonizes opposites in the field of time and space
» is self sufficient; creates from within itself
» is all inclusive; contains all that has been and all that will ever be
» expresses itself as the smallest and largest
» extends from here to Here, and i to I 
» expresses itself as the eternal present
» is the basis for everything
» is the most natural experience that men and women can have, as nothing is more intimate than yourself

With regard to creation/creativity, others have said:

Erich Fromm, “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”

Charles Mingus, “Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.”

Henry Ward Beecher, “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

Henry David Thoreau, “The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”

Walt Disney, “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

Pablo Picasso, “To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.”

Albert Einstein, “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”

Chief Red Cloud of the Sioux, late 19th century,
“I am pour and naked, but I am the chief of the nation.
We do not want riches, but we do want to train our children correctly.
Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world.
We do not want riches, we want peace and love.”

Infinite Sum

Find inner peace and love within yourself, made real by the experience of meditation.  The field of inner silence is an infinite organizing and creative power.   

“For those established in self-referral consciousness,
the infinite organizing power of the Creator
becomes the charioteer of all action.”
(Rk Veda 1.158.6)

Meditate every day; establish yourself in silence, free from the influence of time/space.  Bask in the infinite splendor of creation.

Posted by on November 13th, 2010 Comments Off on Inner silence is the seed of creation

What you do today may change what happened yesterday

Badrinath arrived back at the construction site and was dismayed by what he saw. The concrete slabs that they poured yesterday had not setup well. In fact, he could clearly see fractures and areas that were weak and already crumbling. He had argued with the foremen advising him not to pour because the temperature at night was forecast to go down below freezing. But the foreman overruled by saying that the project already was two weeks behind schedule, and they could not afford any further slippage. They would try to protect the area from frost with tarps.

But even so Badrinath wished that he had the ability to turn back the clock so that he could try harder to convince the foreman about the folly of his way.

There are many times in life when events turn out not as we expect, and we wish that we could do it all over again (this time differently). But we have all heard the phrase, “the past is written in stone,” and our experience seems to corroborate that view. So what can we do, anything?

Now I’m not here to say that there has been a breakthrough in time travel. So far there are some great theories about parallel universes, matter-antimatter, wormholes, Quantum Mechanics, and Superstring theory (with its 11 dimensional universe) but nothing concrete has yet unfolded. It still remains in the realm of science fiction. But efforts to find a Grand Unification Theory (one theory to explain all the forces in nature) and better understand space/time still continue to this day.

But I would like to point out that physicists have discovered that events in the past still seem to be under the influence of the observer in the present. How we perceive the passing of time (history) seems to be directly linked to what we focus our attention on and what questions are we asking.

Cartesian Coordinates

We used to think in terms of the Euclidian plane (2 dimensions), or Euclidian geometry (3 dimensions) when discussing space. Euclid was a Greek mathematician living in Alexandria around 300 BC. Today geometry uses Cartesian coordinates (x, y, and z axis, by Rene Descartes 17th century) to graph and help us better understand 2 & 3 dimensional shapes.

But non Euclidean geometry (ie. hyperbolic and elliptic trajectories) work by Isaac Newton, Poincaré, and later Einstein’s (special & general relativity) extended this concept to include time as a fourth dimension.

In prior posts we have discussed how the world of time/space depends upon there being a distinction between rishi (the knower), devata (the process of knowing) and chandas (the known). When we practice mediation and the mind transcends inward that distinction becomes blurred. When the mind clearly experiences its source as the field of absolute eternal bliss consciousness, rishi devata and chandas have merged into one. There is no longer any distinction.

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Here is some clarification from the “Samhita of Rishi, Devata and Chandas,”

If I went to my mother and asked her why she had created me, this is what she would say:

“I have created you to have three, because within me there was a stirring. Before that stirring, I was unaware of the nature of myself, and because of that stirring, I desired to give birth to that nature. To become the Mother of Nature, I created you, the three.”

My Dear Divine Mother, why are you referring to me as three?

“Because in Reality, my Son, you are three and you have never left me. I am aware through you. You are a seer. I gave birth to your seeing; hence I see. You are the knower, that which is known, and also the process which creates the known for the knower. Thus through you—the sequential dynamics of what I am—I become aware of the nature of my stirring within. In becoming Mother Nature I created you as nature, the expression of myself. ……….”

“Rishi, Devata and Chandas are naturally devoted to me, for I am their very means of existence and accomplishment. They are the dynamic aspect of what I am. Their only desire, which has been their purpose, is to accomplish and to continually expand for greater and greater accomplishment. Rishi desires to know and the tree of knowledge is enormous. There are innumerable fruits, ripe for the picking, within the branches of this seductive tree. Tasting the sweetness of just one fruit creates an almost unending appetite for the rest.

“This three-as-one is the more illusory nature of your idea of self. This illusory nature is called Maya. The veil of Maya is the scrim that blocks out your awareness of me… Samhita. But the three-in-one—the ‘Samhita’ of Rishi, Devata and Chandas—is the Reality of Self ……….”

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Time and space are intimately related to our sense of ego (small self) and our ability to perceived/appreciate the surrounding world. They are constructs of the illusory world that mind creates.

According to physicist Stephen Hawking, “The histories of the universe depend on what is being measured, contrary to the usual idea that the universe has an objective observer-independent history.”

There is evidence to suggest that action today may yet determine events of the past.

As reported by French scientist Vincent Jacques in Science Magazine, the Wheeler Delayed Choice experiment showed that the behavior of a photon passing through a device (interferometer) depends upon what we choose to observe and measure. As photons moved through the experiment they had to decide whether to behave like a wave or a particle. After passing the decision point a second beam splitter mirror was introduced (or not) based on the choice of the observer. It turns out that what the observer does (with the second beam splitter) actually determines what choice the photons made prior at the decision point.

Wheeler has said, “as no signal traveling at a velocity less than that of light can connect these two events, we have a strange inversion of the normal order of time. We now, by moving the mirror in or out have an unavoidable effect on what we have a right to say about the already past history of that photon.”

(Science 315, 996 (2007); DOI 10.1126/science.1136303),

We have learned in a prior post on Quantum Mechanics how an event is best described as a probability, until it is actually observed. Many possible states exist until our attention becomes focused on an event.

Richard Feynman

In 1948 physicist Richard Feynman developed a new way of looking at interactions between elementary particles. In what is now called a “Feynman diagram,” it can serve as a method to calculate and display all of the different ways that particles can change/interact with each other. For example, two electrons can exchange photons back and forth several distinct ways. The diagrams show interactions taking place over time. In the 1960’s the diagram was extended to gravitational and other disciplines of physics.

Feynmann Diagram - Gluon Radiation

In the above Feynman diagram an electron and positron are annihilated; a virtual photon is created which then transforms into a quark – antiquark pair.

We read the diagram from left to right (t-axis). Time proceeds forward moving to the right. This shows the trajectory and interactions of particles. The (y-axis) up and down, is basically the spacial direction. Right arrows are matter particles (the electron, e), and left arrows are anti-matter particles (the positron, e+) . The wiggly lines are force particles. The direction of the arrow represents the flow of electric charge.

What’s interesting about the depiction of elementary particles on the diagram is that if we choose to read it from right to left (backward in time) many of the reactions would still hold true (as long as we added the necessary energy to complete it). This is not time travel, only the same reaction in reverse.

Is a positron an electron moving backward in time? In the earlier days of QED (Quantum Electrodynamics) it was an interesting discussion point. Diagrammatically, and in some sense mathematically, one can take this interpretation. But since we view time/space/causality as the mathematical framework for quantum field theory – built forward looking and subject to increased entropy (dissipation of orderliness over time), this idea as it stands offers little advantage. But, as we experience higher states of consciousness, over time we will formulate new theories to explain the ever present moment.

But that brings up the hypothetical proposition, and you need to stretch your imagination here; that the universe consists of a single atom, traveling backward and forward through time all at once, in the eternal present. Just as a kaleidoscope can be used to look at a tree and see many different versions of it, so to that single atom could appear as the entire multiplicity of creation, depending upon who is looking (their level of consciousness).

What others have said:

Albert Einstein, “Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.”

John Wheeler, “There is nothing in the world except empty curved space. Matter, charge, electromagnetism, and other fields are only manifestations of the curvature of space.”

Richard Feynman, “We’ve learned from experience that the truth will come out.”

From a human standpoint we can correct (lessen the impact) mistakes of the past thereby changing their influence on us. Forgiveness heals the heart and mind and often brings conclusion to a past hurtful event.

We have an uncanny penchant for worrying about the past, and letting it continue to influence our future. Through meditation that incessant thrashing of thoughts slows down and eventually comes to a stop. Past event are remembered only when useful and pertinent to the task at hand.

The past and future come to a standstill during meditation when we experience the timeless transcendent. Overcome the influence of time through Self Realization.

Posted by on November 6th, 2010 Comments Off on What you do today may change what happened yesterday