Monday, July 23, 2012

God Particle and Brahman

God Particle - "Higgs Boson"
Recently CERN scientists found the most important particle of standard model of particle physics and named it after British physicist Peter Higgs
According to findings after the years of research, this is the particle, which defines mass of anything and everything present in this universe. So whatever things are present in this universe, at the core of all these things is Higgs boson and that is why, it is often called as “God Particle”.

I was watching news about this and one of the Hindi news channels showed a Sage saying, “Chalo acha hai, ab ja ke science ne bi maan liya, har kan kan me bhagwan hai, hum to sadiyyon se kehte aa rahe hai, ab science ne sabit bi kar diya!” That time I did not think much about that, and just laughed out. Then today I was reading about ‘God particle’ on the Internet and suddenly realized doesn’t it sound similar to what ancient Rishimunis said thousands of years ago about Brahman?

There is a holy book of ‘Yoga Vasistha’. This book is one of the most important books of the Hindu philosophy called “Advaita Vendata” and this is the only book I read from lot of Hindu scriptures. There is English translation available by SwamiVenkatesananda.
I read one sloka from that book as follows:

astiha niyatir brahmi cic chakttih spandarupini
avasya bhavitavyaika satta sakala kalpaga (60/8)

Swamiji translates it as below.
In this verse, Lord Rama is asking to Vasistha about god.

Vasistha replies,
“There does exist, O Rama, the power or energy of the infinite consciousness which is in motion all the time; that alone is the reality of all inevitable futuristic events, for it penetrates all the epochs in time.
It is by that power that the nature of every object in the universe is ordained.
That power (cit sakti) is also known as Mahasatta (the great existence), Mahaciti (the great intelligence), Mahasakti (the great power), Mahadrsti (the great vision), Mahakriya (the great doer or doing), Mahodbhava (the great becoming), Mahaspanda (the great vibration).
It is this power that endows every thing with its characteristic quality.
But this power is not different from or independent of the absolute Brahman: it is as real as a pie in the sky.

So it says, there is a power, which is not different from Brahman and which exists in each and every object in this universe and that is only responsible for the nature of all objects. Doesn’t it absolutely just as what scientist found about Higgs Boson? Yes, ‘Brahman’ is the word in Hindu scriptures used for modern physic’s ‘Higgs Boson’.

There is sloka in Chhāndogya Upanishad. It says,

“sarvam khalv idam brahma”

It means: "All this that we see in the world is Brahman".

Another one in 'Mandukya Upanishad

 सर्वं ह्येतद् ब्रह्मायमात्मा ब्रह्म सोयमात्मा चतुष्पात्

It means: “All indeed in this universe is this Brahman; He is Atman; He has four steps/quarters.”

There are some more slokas in the Rig Veda. I came to know about this when I started searching on the Internet about relation of modern physics and spirituality. His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar mentioned about these slokas in one of the talk recently. In the Rig Veda, there is a Sukta called Nasadiya Sukta, in the 10th Mandala, 129th Adhyaya, there, around seven verses are written.

Nasadasinno sadasittadanim nasidrajo no vyom paro yat
Kimavarivah kuha kasya sharmannambhah kimasid gahanam gabhiram

Its brief meaning is; the space of pure consciousness or energy, which here and there appears to have consolidated and appears to be matter. What appears to be matter is really not matter, it is all one energy, and that one field is called Brahman, and that is what everybody is, that is what everything is.

You can find detailed meaning of this on Art Of Living site.

All these slokas indicate that ancient Rishimunis were already aware about the concepts of modern science.

And there are many more mention of Brahman in the Hindu Scriptures and philosophy of Advaita Vedanta. All these explain about Brahman, responsible for nature of everything exists in this universe and beyond this universe. As lord Shri Krishna said in the Hindu religion's holy book the Gita, Brahman is omnipresent and omnipotent in nature. Shri Krishna uses the word ‘Servam’, which includes both living and nonliving objects.

It is just we need to understand the concept of Brahman mentioned in the Hindu scriptures and listen to what Rishimunis said, with open mind as we listen to scientists and understand science. People are happy and can blindly believe what Modern Science says, but when it comes to Spirituality or Religion, people closes their door of ears and mind! People who talk about broad mentality is first to become narrow minded when it comes to Spirituality. They think all these are man made stories and so myths. Have they ever tried to understand what it actually means?

Hope people show acceptance to these great Hindu scriptures and philosophy and understands the concept of Brahman and relation to God Particle.

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