Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The Archetypes Of Beauty: Plato, Carl Jung & Joseph Campbell The Poet As Its Beholder:Jim Morrison's Coming In The Present World

We live, We die & death NOT ends it......
Journey we more into the night the American Night ......
                                 THE CONNECTORS

What is Connection?
When two motions, thought to be infinite & mutually exclusive, meet at a moment
Of Time?
Time does not exist.
There is no time.

-Time is a straight plantation.  
                                         - Jim Morrison


Poetry in its innate form holds the highest potential of human expression and imagination. It could be defined as the medium to attain emotive perfection, a Cathartic purgation and over all an immaculate sense of cosmic harmony. As the notes on a guitar string or the keys of a piano that brings forth music to the ears, poetry and its rhythmic or non rhythmic words brings forth life to the soul. As Human existence would be meaningless in the absence of a Cosmic poet whom we address as the Divine creator or a Master architect similarly poetics in itself finds its highest recognition through the perception of beauty..... Deriving its flow through an underlying sense of beauty as its vortex point, thereby opening up all possibilities and potentialities within itself.
                                            - Monalisa


"Those who know, not only that the Everlasting lies in them, but that what they, and all things, really are is the Everlasting, dwell in the groves of the wish fulfilling trees, drink the brew of immortality, and listen everywhere to the unheard music of eternal concord."
                                                  - Campbell

Referrenced from the Jungian archetypes and the collective Unconscious to Arnold Von Geppe's Rites du passages including a detailed study of Frazer's Golden Bough to Ethnography and folklore alongwith influences from James Joyce's Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake comes forth Joseph Campbell's The Hero With A Thousand Faces enriched with the concept of monomyth a term borrowed from Joyce's Finnegan's Wake. Dealing with mythological accounts dating back to centuries across distant historical places weaving forth an inspirational journey,an adventure,a psychological insight and a spiritual quest that leads to A Becoming.

"The fantasy is a reassurance—promise that the peace of Paradise, which was known first within the mother womb, is not to be lost; that it supports the present and stands in the future as well as in the past (is omega as well as alpha); that though omnipotence may seem to be endangered by the threshold passages and life awakenings, protective power is always and ever present within or just behind the unfamiliar features of the world. One has only to know and trust, and the ageless guardians will appear. Having responded to his own call, and continuing to follow courageously as the consequences unfold, the hero finds all the forces of the unconscious at his side. Mother Nature herself supports the mighty task. And in so far as the hero's act coincides with that for which his society is ready, he seems to ride on the great rhythm of the historical process."
                                                                                                   - Campbell

"A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man."

Borrowed from Joyce's Finnegans Wake, the term monomyth is extensively used by Campbell to best describe the mythical voyage of the hero passing through different phases. The Hero's Journey in other words, the concept of monomyth is hence used to outline or highlight the synonymity of the classical myths to other myths or narratives varying from different source or ages sharing a similar pattern or plot structure. As Campbell discovers the underlying symmetry or the shared ideas following the same as if a part of a unified consciousness coming from different civilizations. Such synonymity can be traced in the stories of Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Prometheus, Osiris......following a similar lineage. Influenced by Ethnographer Arnold Van Geppe's Les Rites de Passage (The three stages of The Rites Of Passages) the fundamental stages in Campbell's monomythical narrative are classified into three structural sections respectively. First -Departure or Separation, secondly- the Quest or Initiation, leading to the third - Final Homecoming or Return.

"Freedom to pass back and forth across the world division, from the perspective of the apparitions of time to that of the causal deep and back—not contaminating the principles of the one with those of the other, yet permitting the mind to know the one by virtue of the other—is the talent of the master. The Cosmic Dancer, declares Nietzsche, does not rest heavily in a single spot, but gaily, lightly, turns and leaps from one position to another. It is possible to speak from only one point at a time, but that does not invalidate the insights of the rest. The individual, through prolonged psychological disciplines, gives up completely all attachment to his personal limitations, idiosyncrasies, hopes and fears, no longer resists the self-annihilation that is prerequisite to rebirth in the realization of truth, and so becomes ripe, at last, for the great at-one-ment. His personal ambitions being totally dissolved, he no longer tries to live but willingly relaxes to whatever may come to pass in him; he becomes, that is to say, an anonymity."


"It is not anywhere in another thing, as in an animal, or in earth, or in heaven, or in anything else, but itself by itself with itself,"
                                        - Plato Symposium of the Form of Beauty 

 Plato's the theory of ideas or the theory of Forms serves as a testimony for the existence of archetypes. According to the Platonic Ideation the real world which we sense is nothing more than a mere emulation or imitation of the reality which transcends us. The Platonic forms are in every sense real and more fundamental than the outer physical world of human imperfection which is born out of mimicking the Ideal Forms.
As Plato writes in his defence against Heraclitus' s concept of nothingness and flux in which there are no things to be known as they exist in a state of constant flux or flow and are ever changing whereas Platonic Ideals are unchangeable fundamental Forms...
"But if the very nature of knowledge changes, at the time when the change occurs there will be no knowledge, and, according to this view, there will be no one to know and nothing to be known: but if that which knows and that which is known exist ever, and the beautiful and the good and every other thing also exist, then I do not think that they can resemble a process of flux, as we were just now supposing.
Since these things are so, we must agree that that which keeps its own form unchangingly, which has not been brought into being and is not destroyed, which neither receives into itself anything else from anywhere else, nor itself enters into anything anywhere, is one thing."
                                                                      - Plato, Timaeus.


The Platonic Allegory Of The Cave can be considered as the best example to exemplify or substantiate the concept of Plato's Forms and Ideas. As the men locked inside a cave can only see and interpret hazy forms or shadows created on the cave walls by firelight rather than seeing the real objects or people outside. Thus, alike the perception of the cave men which thrives on to the Imprints of outside world without a glimpse of its reality similarly human perception can only intuit the Idealistic forms without really touching them or physically sensing them. Hence Platonic Ideals or Forms can be intuitively felt rather than physically sensed.


 "The archetype is the introspectively recognizable form of a priori psychic orderedness".
                                                    - Carl Jung

Termed as The Primordial Images by Jung borrowing from Swiss Historian Jacob Burckehardt, which he later developed to " The Dominants Of The Collective Unconscious" in 1917 finally using the term Archetypes in his 1919 essay ' Instinct And The Unconscious. As according to Jung, Archetypes are archaic universal patterns embedded in the deep layers of our unconscious mind transforming themselves when entering consciousness into certain idealistic forms or notions based upon our culture and upbringing. Hence, archetypes are subjective images of the Ideal latent in the collective unconsious. Thus, archetypal forms are often associated with Heroic forms as the Ideal Lover, Warrior, King, etc as discussesd in The Hero With A Thousand Faces . Whereas Jung's interpretation of archetypes goes beyond stereotypes to even realistic notions such the archetypes of Mother, Father, the Child, the Hermit or the wise old man, the Trickster, along with archetypal motifs such as the Apocalypse, Exodus, Deluge, or the Judgement Day.

Archetypes are essential form constructs of the unconsious lacking solidity and are more superfluous and ambiguous moreover a fuzzy ideation of some principles, they are metamorphosed into something more real and solid only once they find representation in the outer world or are manifested through art, music or poetics...
Rejecting the Tabula Rasa, Jung concludes that individuals are not born as empty systems which generate meaning and interpretations only through the interaction with the outer world. On the contrary, they at birth bear the psychic imprints of the archetypes predestined for them determining their behaviour, choices and preferences.
Jungian Archetypes are based on a detailed study of  Kantian forms, Platonic Ideas and Schopenhaeur's Prototypes. The Unus Mundus as Jung puts it, to describe the unified consciousness and a unitary nature underlying all phenomena including not only the human psyche and the collective unconscious but all matter and energy, influencing Nobel Lauréate Wolfgang Pauli and Astronomer Johannes Kepler as they held in following truth....

The absence of inert meaning and its abstract nature makes Archetypes a psychic embodiment of a higher truth and a underlying greater universal order.

Ending with the lines of Campbell.....

"The hero is the champion of things becoming, not of things become, because he is. 'Before Abraham was, I AM.' He does not mistake apparent changelessness in time for the permanence of Being, nor is he fearful of the next moment (or of the 'other thing'), as destroying the permanent with its change. 'Nothing retains its own form; but Nature, the greater renewer, ever makes up forms from forms. Be sure there's nothing perishes in the whole universe; it does but vary and renew its form.' Thus the next moment is permitted to come to pass."

Sunday, 20 April 2014

From The Romantics To The Natural Cycle Jim Morrison & Archetypes of the Unconscious

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity...some scarce see Nature at all. But, to the eyes of the man of imagination. Nature is imagination itself."

"To see a World in grain of sand
A Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour."

                                         - William Blake, Auguries of Innocence


"For the human body is so designed by nature that the face, from the chin to the top of the forehead and the lowest roots of the hair, is a tenth part of the whole height;.............The other members, too, have their own symmetrical proportions, and it was by employing them that the famous painters and sculptors of antiquity attained to great and endless renown.
Similarly, in the members of a temple there ought to be the greatest harmony in the symmetrical relations of the different parts to the general magnitude of the whole." 
                                                       - Vitruvius, De Architectura (The Ten Books On Architecture) Book III Chapter I "On Symmetry: In Temples And In The Human Body."
Vitruvius believed in the human form as the ideal manifestation of nature providing the perfect proportions for the Classical architectural orders. Da Vinci's above sketch was in honour of the master architect. An epitome of depicting the micro-cosmic significance through the human body in reference to the macro-cosmic workings of the Cosmos can be traced to the underlying presence of a Divine symmetry or a Cosmic harmony so profound yet so subtle which entangles itself expressing through all forms of nature and life.
Jim's presence can be felt from the following lines. The first consecutive lines Not to touch the Earth - Not to see the sun is taken from one of his favourite book Frazer's The Golden Bough
And are titles of its sub chapters...

Not To Touch the Earth
Not to see the sun
Nothing left to do
But run run run
Let's run
Let's run

The house upon the hill
Moon is lying still
Shadows of the trees
Witnessing the wild breeze.....
Run with me
Let's run
Run with me
Run with me
Run with me
Let's run

.......We should see the gates by morning
We should be inside evening...

Sun sun sun
Burn burn burn
Moon moon moon
I will get you soon soon soon

Another Jim's favourite..........

"Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? "
                                      -William Blake, Songs Of Experience


The Fibonacci sequence in mathematical terms is derived following the integer sequence, starting from 0 or 1 it continues adding the two consecutive numbers deriving the third for example ( 0+1=1; 1+1=2; 1+2=3; 2+3=5; 3+5=8; 8+13=24;.....) resulting in the following sequence
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 24.......

The most intriguing and interesting presence of the Fibonacci sequence can be found in nature itself. As the Law of Nature binds itself within the resonance of the Fibonacci, sprouting from a leaf to 2 leaves then to 3 to 5 to 8 to 13 to on. From the petals of a yellow chamomile to an unfurling fern, from shells to earthworms and from a spiral galaxy to the human form all bear the Fibonacci number. Mysterious as it can be, nature sure knows its Adolf Zeisig puts forth
 in which is contained the ground-principle of all formative striving for beauty and completeness in the realms of both nature and art, and which permeates, as a paramount spiritual ideal, all structures, forms and proportions, whether cosmic or individual, organic or inorganic, acoustic or optical; which finds its fullest realization, however, in the human form.”


Above image showing the Fibonacci symmetry in a pink daisy.
The Divine Section or Sectio Divina in Latin or Sectio Aurea is the golden ratio occurs when two quantities share the same ratio as to the sum of both quantities shares to the larger quantity. For example if a> b then a:b=a+b:a  that leads the mathematical calculation to the
 Greek constant phi   φ =1+square root of 5/ 2= 1.6180339887....

where a+b/a=a/b= φ 

Architects and Artists like Le Corbusier or Dali used the golden section forming the golden rectangle to achieve artistic and aesthetic perfection

The Sacrament of the Last Supper by Dali also highlights the use of the Golden ratio. Inspired by Matila Ghyka (a Romanian Poet,Mathematician, Diplomat and Philosopher) Dali uses his canvas as a dodecahedron background with the sides and edges forming the golden ratio as depicted below.


Debussy's Reflets dans l'eau (Réflections in water) uses keys in the Fibonacci integer sequence of 38, 21, 13, 8 respectively with its musical climax reaching the phi or the Golden Ratio.


The spiral nebulae or Mollusks shells all grow to form the Golden spirals which are logarithmic in nature with their growth factor phi or the golden ratio. Hence when these structures be it spiralling galaxies or conch shells grow outward further from thee central point they make an unique sequence of the phi or the golden ratio to every quarter of their turn. Thus creating one of the most immaculate beautiful patterns in nature.

Sketch by Walter Russell, an American polymath.
Mandorla in Italian meaning the Almond and Vesica Piscis in Latin meaning the bladder of a fish is a very ancient esoteric sacred geometric symbol consisting of a pattern formed by two intersecting circles of the same radius adjoining at the perimeters with its circumferences passing through the center of the other circle forming an almond shape within. Since antiquity it has been associated with feminine forces of the World Mother, Mother Nature or the Mother Earth due to its nestling, nurture, fertility and protective aspects as all things are born and grow from the Mother.

The use of the Vesica shape can be traced back to antiquity as depicted below in a Manuscript Evangelistar Von Speyer Um 1220 in Badische Landesbibliothek Karlsruhe Germany Circa 1220  showing Christ in a Vesica shape surrounded by the four Evangelists represented by the four animal figures.

THE GOLDEN RATIO IN THE QUANTUM WORLD (Excerpts from an article released by Helmholtz Association Of German Research Centers)
In 2010, the Helmholtz Z Berlin Fur Materlien in association with Oxford and Bristol Universities and also Rutherford Appleton Laboratories found a discovery startling the world of science as we know it....
The quantum world detected for the first time a nano-scale hidden symmetry latent in the atomic structure of a cobalt niobate. This magnetic material was pushed to a quantum state of Uncertainty employing Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and the results were baffling human understanding...
Following is an excerpt from the article...

Prof. Alan Tennant, the leader of the Berlin group, explains "The system reaches a quantum uncertain – or a Schrödinger cat state. This is what we did in our experiments with cobalt niobate. We have tuned the system exactly in order to turn it quantum critical."

By tuning the system and artificially introducing more quantum uncertainty the researchers observed that the chain of atoms acts like a nanoscale guitar string. Dr. Radu Coldea from Oxford University, who is the principal author of the paper and drove the international project from its inception a decade ago until the present, explains: "Here the tension comes from the interaction between spins causing them to magnetically resonate. For these interactions we found a series (scale) of resonant notes: The first two notes show a perfect relationship with each other. Their frequencies (pitch) are in the ratio of 1.618…, which is the golden ratio famous from art and architecture." Radu Coldea is convinced that this is no coincidence. "It reflects a beautiful property of the quantum system – a hidden symmetry. Actually quite a special one called E8 by mathematicians, and this is its first observation in a material", he explains.


                                                        -Jim Morrison 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Cosmic Distance Ladder & A Union - Jim Morrison, Hubble's Law, The Birth Of A Creation

                           STRANGE DAYS ALBUM COVER 1967
                                             When you're strange                                                                            Faces come out of the rain
                                             When you're strange
                                   No one remembers you're name                                                                      When you're strange
                                             When you're strange
                                             When you're strange

                                                                -Jim Morrison (Strange Days)

The ball appears greenish (blueshifting) when approaching the observer and changes to orange (redshifting) when moving away turning yellow when it stops motion showing the Doppler Effect

Doppler effect, yellow (~575 nm wavelength) ball appears greenish (blueshift to ~565 nm wavelength) approaching observer, turns orange (redshift to ~585 nm wavelength) as it passes, and returns to yellow when motion stops. To observe such a change in color, the object would have to be traveling at approximately 5200km/s, or about 75 times faster than the speed record for the fastest manmade space probe.


The Doppler Effect examines the change in wavelengths due to the motion of a source which can be best explained by a vehicle (automobile) or a siren sound increasing on approach then decreasing when receding away fom the observer or simply by the example of nature when the motion of swan creats a Doppler Effect around it.

The Doppler Effect states that when a source of light or luminosity moves away (farther) from an observer a Redshift occurs (z> 0) whereas when an object of light or luminosity moves towards (closer) the observer a Blueshift occurs (0> z).


The Redshift occurs when an electromagnetic radiations increase in wavelengths shifting to the red side of the spectrum. The redder or redness refers to the increase in wavelenth resulting in lower photon energy or lower light emissions and low frequency. Cosmological Redshift is used to determine the expansion rate of the extragalactic space paradigm. Hinting at the EXPONENTIAL EXPANSION of our universe.


The image below shows SN 1994D (bright spot on the lower left) in the NGC 4526 galaxy. Image by NSA, ESA, The Hubble Key Project Team, and The High-Z Supernova Search Team                              

Also known as the Extragalactic distance scale is an instrumental method employed by astromers for determining the intermediate space or distance between two celestial objects. The method of direct measurement is employed in case of closer objects (i.e. within the range of 1000 parsecs) whereas for further stars and galaxies the method of direct measurement is employed in correlation along with Type La Supernovae, Redshifts and Hubble's law to achieve more accuracy. Other methods employed include the Standard Candle model using the luminosity or photosphrere of known astronomical objects or by using a Supernovae photosphere analogy.
The ladder analogy is used to describe the inability of any one method to determine or calculate intergalactic space or distance. Hence several methods are conjoined like the rungs of a ladder determining distances at different phases from closer to farther, then combining to calculate the total distance.


The above image depicts The Orphic Egg by Jacob Byrant 1774.
According to Ancient Greek Orphic traditions, The Orphic Egg or The Cosmic World Egg is created by Aion or Chronos (Time) and Ananke (Necessity).The silver egg coiled by a serpent incubates and bursts to give birth to the Hermaphrodite Primordial God Phanes (derived from the Greek word meaning "I bring to Light")  also referred as Protogonos (the First-born) bringing forth the creation along with Nyx (night). Thus, Phanes was heralded as the Primordial god who then passes forth the Royal sceptre to Nyx who in return passes it on to her son Uranos then passing on from Chronos to Zeus who retains it. This Orphic Cosmogenic concept is also referred as Euricapaeus (The birth of Power) or Metis (The birth of thought). The 'Protogonus Theogony' is known through the ancient records of the Derveni Papyrus and also finds mention in the works of the pre-Socratic cosmological and ontological writer Empedocles and among one of the nine cannonical Greek lyric poets Pindar.


Or the Golden Womb, as according to the Vedic creation myths refers to manifesting the physical cosmos. Post destruction or (mahapralay) the cosmos deluded in void and darkness as mentions the Manu Smriti (Manava Dharmasashtra) referring this state as the Unborn, Unmade, Unmanifested, Und
The Matsya Purana then refers to Narayana in the form of Garbhodakshayi Vishnu who enters the golden egg or fetus in order to manifest the cosmos in the void.
Referring to the Supreme Father or the Creator Himself (Swayambhu) entering the Egg or the womb in order to give birth to this material universe and other multiverses. The womb bearer is identified as the one giving birth to the multiverse, thus becoming the Father. The Sankhya philosophy stating the binary forces of Purusha (Masculine) and Prakriti (Feminine) as the forerunners of this creation also ascribe the feminine forces of Prakriti as the fundamental force for the manifestation and evolution of the physical world operating only through the eyes of the Purusha's consciousness ( the Observer).


Recognises the three supreme manifestations of Vishnu or Narayana as in the form of Mahavishnu or the vortex of the creational energy field, Garbhodakshayi Vishnu or the progenitor of the Cosmic Egg Hiranyagarbha and lastly kshirodakshayi Vishnu the Supersoul Universal Observer disseminated among the individual souls of all life and multiverses sprung from Him.
Garbhodakshayi refers to the one contained in the Golden Womb (Hiranyagarbha) in turn manifesting the physical universe.


In accordance to the Finnish national epic Kalevala, the creation came into existence as a diving duck laid The Cosmic Egg at the altar of the virgin goddess of air Ilmatar which in turn formed the different aspects of the cosmological universe giving birth to Vainamoinen who the brought trees and life forms onto the barren world as described in the following translated excerpt


"One egg's lower half transformed
And became the earth below,
And its upper half transmuted
And became the sky above;
From the yolk the sun was made,
Light of day to shine upon us;
From the white the moon was formed,
Light of night to gleam above us;
All the colored brighter bits
Rose to be the stars of heaven
And the darker crumbs changed into
Clouds and cloudlets in the sky."



This image shows the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2012, an improved version of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field image featuring additional observation time. The new data have revealed for the first time a population of distant galaxies at redshifts between 9 and 12, including the most distant object observed to date. These galaxies are shown at the top of the picture, and their locations are pinpointed in the main image.                                                                                   

The Hubble's Law states that recessional velocity of the galaxies increase with their distance farther from the earth, showing the expansion of the universe

The above creation myths are reborn and resurrect through modern science and Extragalactic astronomy as in 1930s with Edwin Hubble and the Big Bang Theory which points to the expanding universe also predicted by Albert Einstein's General relativity. As according to the modern cosmological model this universe is 13.8 billion years old emerged from a higly gravitational point of singularity referring to the concept of the Cosmic Egg bursting or exploding The Big Bang to form what we call our Universe.....


The following hymn is taken fom Hiranyagarbha Sukta as mentioned in the Rig Veda with translations

hiraṇyagarbhaḥ samavartatāgre bhūtasya jātaḥ patirekāsīta |

sa dādhāra pṛthvīṃ dhyāmutemāṃ kasmai devāyahaviṣā vidhema ||

ya ātmadā baladā yasya viśva upāsate praśiṣaṃ yasyadevāḥ |

yasya chāyāmṛtaṃ yasya martyuḥ kasmai devāyahaviṣā vidhema ||

yaḥ prāṇato nimiṣato mahitvaika idrājā jagato babhūva |
ya īśe asya dvipadaścatuṣpadaḥ kasmai devāya haviṣāvidhema ||

yasyeme himavanto mahitvā yasya samudraṃ rasayā sahāhuḥ |
yasyemāḥ paradiśo yasya bāhū kasmai devāya haviṣavidhema II

yena dayaurugrā parthivī ca darḻhā yena sava satabhitaṃ yenanākaḥ |
yo antarikṣe rajaso vimānaḥ kasmai devāyahaviṣā vidhema ||

yaṃ karandasī avasā tastabhāne abhyaikṣetāṃ manasārejamāne |
yatrādhi sūra udito vibhāti kasmai devāyahaviṣā vidhema ||

āpo ha yada barhatīrviśvamāyana garbhaṃ dadhānājanayantīragnima|
tato devānāṃ samavartatāsurekaḥkasmai devāya haviṣā vidhema ||

yaścidāpo mahinā paryapaśyada dakṣaṃ dadhānājanayantīryajñama |
yo deveṣvadhi deva eka āsīta kasmaidevāya haviṣā vidhema ||

mā no hiṃsījjanitā yaḥ parthivyā yo vā divaṃsatyadharmā jajāna |
yaścāpaścandrā barhatīrjajānakasmai devāya haviṣā vidhema ||

parajāpate na tavadetānyanyo viśvā jātāni pari tābabhūva |
yatkāmāste juhumastana no astu vayaṃ sayāma patayorayīṇāma ||


In the beginning was the Divinity in his splendour, manifested as the sole Lord of land, skies, water, space and that beneath and He upheld the earth and the heavens.
Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?
It is that who bestows soul-force and vigor, whose guidance all men invoke, the Devas (Demigods) invoke whose shadow is immortal life and death.
Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?
It is that who by His greatness became the One King of the breathing and the seeing, who is the Lord of man and bird and beast.
Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?
It is that through whose glory the snow-clad mountains rose, and the ocean spread with the river, they say. His arms are the quarters of the sky.
Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings ?
It is that through whom the heaven is strong and the earth firm, who has steadied the light and the sky's vault, and measured out the sphere of clouds in the mid-region.
Who is the deity we shall worship with our offering?
It is that to whom heaven and earth, placed in the light by his grace, look up, radiant with the mind while over them the sun, rising, brightly shines.
Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?
When the mighty waters came, carrying the universal germ, producing the flame of life, then dwelt there in harmony the One Spirit of the Devas.
Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?
It is that xwho in its might surveyed the waters, conferring skill and creating worship - That, the God of gods, the One and only One.
Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?
Mother of the world - may that not destroy us who with Truth as his Law made the heavens and produced waters, vast and beautiful.
Who is the deity we shall worship with our offerings?
Lord of creation! No one other than thee pervades all these that have come into being.
May that be ours, for which our prayers rise, may we be masters of many treasures!

This strange world with Jim alive and breathing yet remains a mystery to ponder upon ....

Ending with the lines of 'The Crystal Ship' by Jim


  The days are bright & filled with pain
                       Enclose me in your gentle rain
                    The time you ran was too insane
                   We'll meet again, We'll meet again
                              Oh! Tell me where your freedom lies
                                    The street are fields that never die
                            Deliver me from the reason why
                                    You'd rather cry, i'd rather fly.....
                               ........A thousand ways to spend your time
                                                When we get back i'll drop a line........

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Jim Morrison, David Bohm, A Psychedelic Explosion And A Quantum Exposition- From Buddha's Neti Neti To The Quantum Theory

"Whenever we deny something unreal, it is in reference to something real."
                           - Brahma Sutra

An excerpt from Light My Fire an Autobiography and Biography by Ray Manzarek on Jim....

"....And he shifted shapes in the sand once again. But this time he was looking for himself. No more playacting. No more character adapting. And straight as an arrow, this was going to have to be the real Jim Morrison. And, Lord, he was shy.
I continued encouraging him, "Its just you and me here and im not gonna judge your singing voice, i just wanna hear your words, and you know, what you've in your head." And then softly, "Go ahead Jim."
That seemed to work. Emboldened he got up on his knees, faced me and dug his hands in the sand. He came up with two handfuls and began to squeeze real tight and the sand started streaming out between his fingers i saw these rivulets of sand this waterfall of sand coming out of his hand like the Yogic Master Sai Baba and he said, "Okay Here is the one i have . Its called Moonlight Drive." And he closed his eyes and began singing sand still streaming, and i heard those words for the first time......"



Coming from the word Buddh meaning ' to awake' Buddha or the Awakened One (Tathagata) transcends the equivocation and conceals of Maya (illusion) operating through the play of Samsara (the world game) leads to the eternal state of  Mahaparinirvana. This attainment of Nirvana is possible by adopting Neti Neti way (the path of negation) and transcendental aphophaticism - transcendence through negation.

In the fourteen unanswerable questions based on atta or the self/soul, Brahma the existence or non existence of God, the origin of the universe and life beyond death. Buddha expresses that an answer or a position (Vaccha) is something disposed by a Tathagata or a Buddha as it bears no relevance in the pursuit of nirvana. Hence Buddha remains silent unanswering the questions


Advaita Vedanta or Jyana Yoga (the way of knowledge) seeks to attain Divinity or wisdom (Prajna) through the path of Negation, as one can know God by knowing what is not God. The Brahman is acquired by understanding the non Brahman through the de-arrangement of senses and shutting one's rationalizing reason and turning inwards to the Self.

The Brahman is Nirguna non descriptive beyond what the mind can think . The Taittiriya hymn of the Krishna Yajurveda also mentioned in the Vishnu Purana states Brahman as a plane "where the mind does not reach."

As the verse III of the Brahma Sutra states

"Whenever we deny something unreal, it is in reference to something real."

The Brhadaranyaka Upanishad mentions the concept of Neti Neti search as an important tool for self realisation and knowledge of the Self as the real Brahman integrated to the macrocosmic universe and the microcosmic senses for its own self conscious-bliss (Ananda) explaining the non dual unified nature of the Brahman the Absolute Whole or the Universal One.


Tattvamasyadivakyena svatma hi pradipadita
Neti neti srutirbruyadan ta pancabhauticam

Translation of the above sloka : By the words "Thou Art That" one's own self is realised whereas for all else composed of elementary matter the sruti disposes as Neti Neti (Not This Not This).

Sung by Lord Dattatreya the trinity incarnate avadhuta himself - a mystic beyond egoistic thoughts self emmersed in the esctasy of Pure Consciousness reveals the immense and ultimate nature of the Brahman through this excerpt written by his two disciples Swami and Kartika. Comprising eight chapters it breathes onto the Lifebreath (Prana Vayu) of the Mahabhuta the four great elements forming matter. Based on the Non dualism of Advaita Vedanta it bringsforth from tantra to Ishvara from Svabhabha the attainment of Brahman or flowering of the Buddha Nature in Dzogchen as Gotra to Sahaja (simplicity) and Amrita (Ambroisia) culminating as The Nectar of Naturalness Sahaja Am Itam.


Coming from the Greek word Apophemi meaning denial or negation and Via Negativa in Latin stands for the Western Negative Theology Or the Negative Way where one seeks God through the path of denial. Contrary to Cataphasis, it aims at understanding the transcendental and all pervading nature of the Creator (God) deeming it beyond human understanding and rationalizing, as human thought processes are too meager and underdeveloped to comphrehend the lofty yet simple nature of the Lord beyond His creation. The Cataphatic theology rather descriptive in nature hails the Divine qualities and attributes associated with Divinity failing to describe the Divine directly which can be achieved only through aphophasis and self introspection.

As according to John Scotus Erigena, a 9th century Western Theologian-

"We do not know what God is. God Himself does not know what He is because He is not anything. Literally God is not, because He transcends being."


The Aphophatic theology can be traced by to Hesiod's Theogony where Chaos is centered as the birthplace of the primordial deities Eros, Gaia (Earth) and who later gave birth to Erebus (darkness) and Nyx (Night).

During Neoplatonism Plotinus heralded aphophasis as the medium of knowing the Unknown. As in Enneads, Plotinus writes  "Our thoughts cannot grasp the One as long as any other image remain active in the soul... To this end, you must set free your soul from all outward things and turn within yourself, with no more leaning to what lies outside, and lay your mind bare of  ideal forms, as before of the objects of sense, and even forget yourself, and so come within the sight of that One."


In the first statement of Tao Te Ching of the Chinese Taoist tradition is : The way or Tao that can be described is not the tao or the True Tao, hence Tao or the way is indescribable.


In Jewish traditions,  the Divine creator as referred in the book of Genesis pervades His creation and creates this conceptual space and indecribability for the sustainance of the physical world according to the principles of Tzimtzum later as explained by a Jewish medieval philosophical thinker Maimonides. As he writes:

"God's existence is absolute and it includes no composition and we comprehend only the fact that He exists, not His essence. Consequently it is a false assumption to hold that He has any positive attribute... still less has He accidents (מקרה), which could be described by an attribute. Hence it is clear that He has no positive attribute however , the negative attributes are necessary to direct the mind to the truths which we must believe... When we say of this being, that it exists, we mean that its non-existence is impossible— its existence is not due to any cause; it has power, wisdom, and will — it is not feeble or ignorant; He is One — there are not more Gods than one… Every attribute predicated of God denotes either the quality of an action, or, when the attribute is intended to convey some idea of the Divine Being itself — and not of His actions — the negation of the opposite. "


"…in relativity, movement is continuous, causally determinate and well defined, while in quantum mechanics it is discontinuous, not causally determinate and not well-defined. Each theory is committed to its own notions of essentially static and fragmentary modes of existence (relativity to that of separate events connectible by signals, and quantum mechanics to a well-defined quantum state). One thus sees that a new kind of theory is needed which drops these basic commitments and at most recovers some essential features of the older theories as abstract forms derived from a deeper reality in which what prevails is unbroken wholeness. "

                                                               - David Bohm 1980

The birth of Quantum physics marked a breakthrough in the World of Science. This new approach and a new analysis of our material universe startled our understanding of what we called solid reality. The Quantum Theory written in 1951 was well received by others including Albert Einstein himself. The double slit experiment showing the Aharonov-Bohm Effect in which an electron passes through the two slits on a wooden planck hitting the screen across creating an interference pattern as produced by waves when NOT observed (similar results were concludive in case of photons), but the most baffling dichotomy was discovered when the electron instantaneously and intelligently changed its behaviour passing through only one slit creating a particle form upon Observation. This dichotomous nature of electrons that comprise all forms matter gives an absurdly incomprehensible nature of our physical universe. Thus alluding to the holographic nature of our reality confirming the essential presence of a Universal Observer 'collapsing the wave function' thereby manifesting wave forms to physical matter.

"The new form of insight can perhaps best be called Undivided Wholeness in Flowing Movement. This view implies that flow is in some sense prior to that of the ‘things’ that can be seen to form and dissolve in this flow."


Beyond the old Cartesian model of mere physical and mental existence, David Bohm's theory of the implicate and explicate order presents two alternate perpective of realit as we see arising or projecting itself from different layers or planes more like a hologram in which all the underlying plates bear or contain the image projected by it .
The implicate order represents the Enfolded plane beyond human comprehension in which encoded unfolds the explicate order or the Unfolded plane which we perceive as solid reality.

"In the enfolded [or implicate] order, space and time are no longer the dominant factors determining the relationships of dependence or independence of different elements. Rather, an entirely different sort of basic connection of elements is possible, from which our ordinary notions of space and time, along with those of separately existent material particles, are abstracted as forms derived from the deeper order."
                                 -David Bohm