Thursday, May 24, 2012

ANSWERING QUESTIONS RECEIVED, Part Fourteen

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VISITOR: I have been reading your books here in the U.K. and am finally understanding non-duality for the first time. I do have a query or two, though: would you please elaborate on two phrases used in your writings? (1.) "beginninglessness" and (2.) "the functioning of the totality." Thank you so very much. Colin

F.: Greetings, Colin. First, "beginningless," then tomorrow "the totality."

Here, the term "the beginningless" is explained in this way:

Scientists in labs have now been able to reproduce as follows the events that unfolded as this universe began: it has been seen that, in a vacuum, a particle can simply manifest; other particles also form and then they all interact ... being conscious of other particles.

Whether the particles involved with the formation of "this universe" had "escaped from" or moved beyond the confines of an existing universe and manifested in an area that would be called "our universe" is not especially relevant to the discussion. Yet there is no question about the presence of other universes. Maharaj and other sages having referenced them for ages. He said:

"Entire universes are imploding and exploding every moment ..."

and

" ... universes come and go ..."

and he noted that That Which He Is had always been and had, therefore, been present for the imploding and exploding of all universes. As he predicted, science is now finally "catching up with" these teachings, so this was reported a few years ago:

" In the most recent study on pre-Big Bang science, a team of researchers from the UK, Canada, and the US (and specifically Stephen M. Feeney and others) have revealed that they have discovered four statistically unlikely circular patterns in the cosmic microwave background.

"The researchers think that these marks could be 'bruises' that our universe has incurred from being bumped four times by other universes. If they turn out to be correct, it would be the first evidence that universes other than ours do exist.

"The idea that there are many other universes out there is not new, as scientists have previously suggested that we live in a 'multiverse' consisting of an infinite number of universes. The multiverse concept stems from the idea of eternal inflation, in which the inflationary period that our universe went through right after the Big Bang was just one of many inflationary periods that different parts of space were and are still undergoing."

In the case of "this universe," there was first a hydrogen atom that manifested; eventually, many hydrogen atoms began moving in the space that would become "this universe." The sun shows on a small scale what happened after that and what produced the big scale "bang" that resulted in what is called "this universe":

Within what is called "the sun," four hydrogen atoms fuses together and make one helium atom. Each time that happens, a tremendous amount of energy results. To appreciate the force involved, see the sun as a hydrogen bomb, a bomb with explosive power that is derived from the energy released when hydrogen atoms are fused to form helium.

This atomic fusion reaction is the same reaction that takes place in stars like the sun throughout the universe when the pressure of gravity forces hydrogen atoms to fuse; a hydrogen bomb uses the force of an atomic explosion (the fission reaction exploited in atomic bombs) to compress the hydrogen to the point where fusion takes place.

The fact that it was hydrogen and helium atoms that triggered the initial process "here" also explains the prevalence of those atoms. Of course the result of hydrogen combining with oxygen results in the water that is necessary for "human life."

The same process that is occurring on the sun in this solar system (and throughout the universe) is also what happened at the point called "the beginning of this universe": hydrogen atoms fused and made helium atoms as they interacted (atoms being conscious of other atoms); in the case of "this universe," their interactions resulted in an explosion of unimaginable force, and that triggered the chain of events that followed. The explosion was so great that at this moment, billions of years later, this "universe" is still expanding (and may well be bumping into and "bruising" adjacent universes).

While that chain of events can be referred to as "the beginning" of this universe, it was not the beginning of the atoms that generated the Big Bang. The particles had existed infinitely because neither matter nor energy can be created nor destroyed.

Since no creation ever occurred, no "creator" could, or can, exist. (Therefore, in this case, "a negative" can be proved, scientifically; what cannot be proved is that which is dreamed up by men who present only "their faith" as evidence of their claim that what they conceptualized in their imaginings is real.)

Moreover, because All has always been, infinitely, no beginning happened and no end will happen. Infinity is infinity and was “as infinite” before the manifestation of the consciousness That You Are as it will “be infinite” following the unmanifestation of the consciousness That You Are. Thus, "beginninglessness."

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