by Global Good News staff writer
24 February 2011
At my alma mater, science courses were a requirement for lit majors, philosophy majors—everyone. Those not so inclined towards the sciences, the ‘artsies’, coped by taking advantage of somewhat less scientific science courses such as a geology course fondly known as ‘Rocks for Jocks’, and a physics course nicknamed ‘Physics for Poets.’
But I would like to propose that some of the greatest students and explorers of physics are, in fact, the poets and philosophers. Likewise, the physicists and other scientists may often prove to be some of the deepest philosophical thinkers.
With these thoughts in mind, I invite you to partake of this article, a brief, practical, and fun version of ‘Physics for Poets and Poetry for Physicists.’
In the poetic words of philosophers
Let’s first consider the words of writers and philosophers starting with Laozi, 6th century Chinese philosopher and founder of Taoism, who poetically described the ‘mother of the universe,’ the Tao:
'There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name, I call it the Tao . . . '*
An underlying unity of life was also described by Austrian Judaic scholar and philosopher of the 19th and 20th centuries, Martin Buber, who said, 'I know well that there is a state in which we experience an undivided unity.'*
Nineteenth century American writer and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, likewise wrote: 'I behold with awe & delight the many illustrations of the One Universal Mind. I see my being imbedded in it . . . .It is itself the ground of being; and I see that it is not one, & I another, but this is the life of my life.’*
The heart of a scientist
What these and other great men and women—such as Plato, St Teresa, and Thoreau—have so eloquently described is, in fact, no different than what scientists seek to reveal with their systematic and precise investigation. They, too, search for the eternal origin of the universe, the underlying foundation of creation.
It was Albert Einstein who first coined the term ‘unified field theory’ when he sought to prove that gravity and electromagnetism are simply two different expressions of one underlying field which is beyond even the molecular, atomic, and nuclear levels.
But while these levels can be explored with particle accelerators, the unified, unchanging, eternal unity of life—what Laozi called the Tao, and physicists call the Unified Field—seems to be out of the range of such technology because a particle accelerator perhaps as big as our galaxy and using an energy of an inconceivably high order would be required to explore the Unified Field.
Another obstacle to gaining knowledge of the Unified Field is inherent in the very nature of modern scientific inquiry. Scientists gain knowledge by making objective observations. The scientist observes, remaining separate from the observed.
But, as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a modern day scientist of an ancient knowledge, Vedic Science, points out, at the level of the Unified Field, ‘there is no separation, no duality . . . It cannot be observed from the outside. . . because there is no outside.’* At that level there is only the oneness of the Unified Field itself.
So it seems that the Unified Field is completely out of the reach of modern scientists. At best, they are only able to make mathematical inferences about it.
The requirement of a technology of consciousness
Fortunately, a deeper look at the Unified Field offers a hint of a different type of technology that can be used for its exploration.
As explained in a publication entitled Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field, a theory of quantum physics, known as supergravity theory, has identified ‘infinite self-referral’ and ‘perfect self-interaction’ as qualities of the Unified Field. While ‘self-interaction’ gives the Unified Field its dynamic nature, the attribute of ‘self-referral’ points to what the Unified Field actually is.
In this context, the publication then provides a most salient point: ‘Consciousness alone is fully self-referral, since only consciousness has the ability to know itself in a completely self-sufficient manner. Moreover, consciousness in its self-referral state, Transcendental Consciousness, is the source of all mental activity and therefore a field of pure intelligence and infinite creative dynamism.’
With the knowledge that the fundamental properties of pure consciousness and the Unified Field are precisely the same, the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field presents the very significant conclusion: the Unified Field and consciousness in its self-referral state, pure or Transcendental Consciousness, are equivalent.
In addition, the publication expresses that this equivalency ‘opens the way to a technology of the Unified Field through a technology of consciousness.’ A technology which allows the individual’s mind or consciousness to settle down to its silent, most fundamental level would be that technology which allows investigation of the Unified Field.
The simple, natural Transcendental Meditation Technique
The Transcendental Meditation Technique is that technology. By allowing the mind to experience deeper levels of the thinking process and to ‘transcend,’ i.e. go beyond, thought to the source of thought, the Transcendental Meditation Technique provides the direct experience of the self-referral state of pure consciousness, the Unified Field and is therefore also known as the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field.
So, while modern science has no way to observe the Unified Field, the human mind can directly access it. The inability of objective science to observe the oneness of the Unified Field from the outside is transcended because, as Maharishi explains, ‘when our awareness settles down to its most silent state, our awareness is the Unified Field. The observer and observed are one and the same.’*
The Transcendental Meditation and advanced TM-Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying, not only allow access to the Unified Field, but also are technologies to utilize it. When practitioners experience the Unified Field, its properties are activated. As verified by scientific research, coherence, creativity, energy, and intelligence are enlivened in the practitioner and in the environment. Life is brought into harmony with Natural Law resulting in the individual gaining the support of nature’s invincible organizing power for fulfilment of desires and growth to higher states of consciousness. In addition, because those practising the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme are stirring the all-pervading continuum of creation, they are creating an improved quality of life for the whole world.
Physics and metaphysics united in fulfilment
Maharishi has said that, 'All who are practising the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme are the real scientists of this generation, on the forefront of scientific investigation,’* as they are exploring that ultimate field which modern objective science cannot probe. They are the supreme scientists and the supreme technologists, harnessing the infinite intelligence and organizing power of the Unified Field, that cosmic intelligence which upholds the entire galactic universe.
By simply enjoying their practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Technique, they not only bring fulfilment to modern science’s quest to discover and utilize the Unified Field, but also bring fulfilment to the reality known and expressed by the poets, historians, and philosophers. Through their direct experience, they know that, as Emerson expressed, 'Within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE.'*
*From The Complete Book of Yogic Flying, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Program for Enlightenment and Invincibility, by Craig Pearson, PhD.
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