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Albert Einstein; the great physicist said, "Time is the fourth Dimension," Vedas say that "Time is the first dimension." In the beginning there was nothing. This concept of "nothing" is beyond the comprehension of ordinary human mind! It is so because before the concept of time there was absolutely nothing which is known as the "Shoonya" or ‘Zero’ or complete silence. Only the yogis who have attained "Nir Vikalpa Samadhi" state can experience this "nothing" and none else can. It is a state beyond time or "timeless state."

Vedas say that from this nothing originated vibration known as the "Pranava" or the sound ‘AUM’. From this sound there emerged five symbolic instruments of creation of universe. These were known as the Five "Tan matras". From the Tan matras came five primordial forces called Space and Time, Atmosphere, Light, Fire, Liquids, and finally the solidification of all. The mixing of these forces resulted in creation of the universes, as we know it now. It is an accepted scientific fact that even the universes are time bound. The theory of relativity; so called because all facts are related to time, speaks of speed in relation to time.

Vedas speak time as the limiting factor for all creation. Every thing is time bound. So the question came as to what is the scale of time? The Vedic seers, who are known as the Rishis, Maha Rishis, Brahma Rishis and Deva Rishis according to their knowledge of time and creation, have equated "Time" in relation to the age of Brahma the agent of creation. His age is 100 years in a special time scale. Note: Brahma is the name of the creative agent which should not be confused with "Brahman" the Timeless primordial force behind all creation.

The Rishis found that as far as the earth and the life in it are concerned the motion around the Sun is enough as a time scale for knowing the changes which would occur with the movement of the earth in relation to the Sun. They also found other celestial bodies like the Moon, Mars, Mercury; Jupiter, Venus and Saturn cast their influence on the earth. The seers also advised that every action must produce a reaction which comes back to the source of its origin in due cycle of time. The word "Karma" means action. Newton’s third law of motion is based on this concept.

The Planets were found to be the best guides as to the type of forthcoming reaction good or bad in the moving time scale. Thus was born the science of Vedic astrology, which is known as "Jyotisha" or ‘illuminator’ in Sanskrit. Vedas are knowledge taught by teacher to disciple through the medium of sound. They cannot be learnt by reading or memorizing. An ordinary example can be cited to illustrate the point. Ordinary "Yes" means I accept. "Yes? Also means what do you want? ‘Yyeess’ means I have my doubts, ‘Yus’ mean’s reluctant acceptance, Yes sir means please tell me and so on.

Astrology is a part of Veda hence it is known as Vedanga (anga means limb). We call it Vedic astrology because it is based on time schedules stipulated in Vedas according to yogic meditational observations of the planets in motion around the sun in relation to the earth and its motions.

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Posted January 2, 2013 by dranilj1 in Indian Culture

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Can Physics Elucidate Awareness?


The reason that many of us have trouble coming to grips with the notion that our consciousness is nothing more than the functioning of our brain is related to our underlying dualism. We are unable to believe that consciousness is identical to brain function We think something is left out of that formulation and cannot escape from the debilitating idea that consciousness is something over and above whatever constitutes our normal brain functioning. We begin to look for answers in the ether, in quantum mechanics or we begin to say that consciousness is unexplainable. Let me see if I can make an analogy to the concept of force in physics to try and disabuse you of your dualism.

I got the idea for this analogy from reading Bertrand Russell. Imagine that your car is stuck on the road and you want to push it out of harm's way on to the grass. You put your shoulder to the rear of the car and push as hard as you can. You are applying a force to the back of the car in order to move it off the road. If you think about what you are doing, you cannot help but feel you would be leaving something out by not applying the concept you have called force.

Without force, the car stays put on the roadway. I am repeating myself here to make it absolutely clear in your mind that the force is necessary in order to move the car. That, after all, is the way we all learned Newton's law in high school physics class. No force, no acceleration. But force equals mass times acceleration (f=ma). So force, in physics, is superfluous. We could have left it out and simply used mass and acceleration as our concepts and still would have successfully moved the car off the highway.

But that does not mean that force does not exist, that it is unnecessary to apply force to get the car to move. It means that force is constituted by mass and acceleration. It is made up of these two things and there is nothing above and beyond mass and acceleration that are needed to have force. The same goes for consciousness. Once you have wakefulness and content, you do not need anything else to constitute consciousness, provided that the content is full and correct. There is nothing left out, because there is no extra stuff that is necessary to constitute consciousness, just as there is no extra stuff necessary to constitute force above and beyond mass and acceleration.

It seems to me that the only way to wiggle your way out of accepting this analogy is to say that force, mass and acceleration are all physical but that consciousness is not physical, hence the need for something extra. But that is dualism, and we want to stick to materialism, if we can.


 

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