In the beginning it was just Consciousness (Pragnanam) that was luminescent with un-manifested potential energy and residing at resonant state of non-vibration. This energy was self manifest and was ever present as Paramaanu or Micro-adobe or Vinporul aka a subatomic particle. This is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.
Ignore religion for the time being and just look at this particle's characteristics scientifically. It is Eternal (Anaadi), primordial (Aadi), without any quality (Nirguna), it cannot be reached / grasped by thoughts (Achintya - since thoughts as energy are much more gross than this and we would see this), it cannot be measured (Aprameya), Luminescent (Jyothi swaroopa), it cannot be reached by words and actions, it is omnipotent (Parakrama), omnipresent (Visvam) and Omniscient (paragnana) is already known. So said the mahavakya Pragnanam Brahma!
All the characteristics of the particle is attributed to a personality or a state by the founders of religions. Hindus called this state as Paramasiva or Purusha. Hence everything subtle is called Sivamayam. The essential pulsation which started and the universal evolution began was called as Parashakti or Prakruthi or Maya. We will talk about the Shakti aspect later.
This subtle un-manifest energy evolves to become universe which is gross. This gross energy also known as earth is called as Vishnu and the subtle energy is called as Space / Akash / Heaven. So the term became “Sarvam Vishnu mayam Jagat”. Please note that it is just Sivamayam and there is not Jagat there. Since it is all subtle and there is no Jagat which is gross. But it is Vishnu Mayam Jagat.
I need to add that every sect in Hinduism has named this God’s particle with a different name. Narayana has replaced paramasiva in Vaishnavism and so on. In Hindu temples there are 2 prime idols – Moolavar and Archakar - The Moolavar does not undergo any archana or any decoration and it is always for the Archakar for which all poojas are performed. This god’s particle refers to the Moolavar and not Archakar.
To my knowledge, every religion and every sage / saint has agreed with the fact this fundamental particle or energy unit is LUMINISCENT. Note that there is no sound or word in this …yet. Let us see few quotes on this (there are thousands of quotes):
· Be it vedic culture, zorastrians, Greek or any major culture fire / sun god which represents light is worshipped.
· “Om Jyothi rasaha” says Vedas
· In Gayatri mantra you meditate on the supreme light to illuminate you.
· Vallalar said “Arutperumjyothi, Arutperumjyothi” which means mighty graceful light.
· If therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light. Mathew 6:22
· Thirumoolar states brilliantly, he who realizes that the light (physical light which means the world) merges with light (subtle light), has realized SIVA.
ஒளியில் ஒளிபோய் ஒடுங்கிய வாறும்
தெளியும் அவரே சிவ சித்தர் தாமே - 124
So what has happened to the Sabda Brahman here? It has merged with the Artha Brahman which is the light.
What can you use to represent this state?
Light represents Form and as an organ our eyes represent Light / Form. So obviously sound is represented by ears. When sound has merged with light then it means Eyes and ears are merged together.
Can you think of any think that represents this state?
This concept is captured by representing a Manduka (Frog) or Sarpa (Snake) always in our scriptures. Since for a frog and a snake the ears and eyes are merged. Manduka Upanishad, represents the supreme knowledge of this state. And obviously the 8x8 square / cube represent the most subtle energy as an energy grid is called as Manduka Pada / Mandala..
Now the same aspect when it is applied to a gross form / body or a building then it is a 9x9 energy grid and it is called as Paramasyika Mandala. At the gross level the same concept as applied is the WORD where Light (form) and sound and meaning merged into one. You cannot separate them. We will look at this later.
Unfortunately we have lost the science and we neither understand the philosophy nor the symbolism behind this supreme science but we made fun of the fact that the supreme science is named after an absolutely menial creature like frog which is used only for zoological lab studies or that ends up in the dinner plate in the far east.
I would like to conclude this section by stating (may be a little controversial) that First it was Consiousness as the Vinkaru, Micro-adobe, Sittrambalam, Nunporul, subatomic particle which was luminescent. Later the concept of God evolved out of it.
So God is not light but the primordial aspect of “luminescence” has been adopted as the concept of god…
So, of the 5 fold evolution process we are still at the source (Moolam). We will see the concept of time and the mathematical science in the subsequent parts.
MOOLAM (Source) – KALAM (TIME) – SEELAM (RHYTHM) – KOLAM (SHAPE) – GNALAM (UNIVERSE). (மூலம் - காலம் - சீலம் - கோலம் – ஞாலம்)
Our next topic is Nataraja and String theory!, so check out this picture. I want you to note the light / fire in the left hand and sound / damru in the right hand.
|Lord Nataraja in the Manduka Mandala|