Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Observing the micro to understand the macro

In the Science Times section (June 5) there’s an essay entitled The Universe, Expanding Beyond All Understanding by Dennis Overbye. He quotes an article (authored by Lawrence Krauss and Robert Scherrer) in The Journal of Relativity And Gravitation which states that in 100 billion years from now we will be “incapable of understanding the true nature of the universe.” By then, they argue, all but a few of the galaxies in our ever expanding universe will have moved beyond our vision. And the further away the galaxies get from one another the faster they travel. One can only imagine that after the galaxies slip from view, our own galaxy will expand and unravel as the stars and planets travel away from one another. Pretty soon street corners will seem further away and it will eventually take ages just to cross the street. After that the -----l e t t e r s ----------- o -- n -- n --n -- n -- n ---n aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa p --a ---g ----e ------------------w ---- i ---- l ----- l
g e t -------------- s o o o o o o o o o -- o ----- o ----- o ----------- f a r r r r r - r - r - r --- r ---- r ----------------------------------a p a r t ------------------------- --that you’ll have to travel a million miles just to read one sentence. Edward Witten, one prominent theorist, said that a universe that expanded forever was “not very appealing.” Dr Krauss called it “the worst possible universe.”

But guys, don’t despair. According to Vedic understanding, the universe will eventually come back in on itself. These cycles of universal expansion and contraction are dependent on the outward and inward breathing of Maha Vishnu. Right now we’re on one of Maha Vishnu’s outward breaths wherein everything is expanding, histories are unfolding, countless generations and dynasties appear and disappear as they struggle within the material realm. The depth and scope of the universe is unimaginable. But when Maha Vishnu breathes in, the whole cosmos folds up. Then, when He breathes out, it starts all over again. To Maha Vishnu, our aeons of time are insignificant. For Him, it’s only one breath.

“Know that all beautiful, glorious, and mighty creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.” Bhagavad Gita 10:41

“With a single fragment of Myself I pervade and support this entire universe.” Gita 10:42