Speculative cosmologists’ conceptions of a non-materialistic Cosmos

“The ‘Big Bang’ theory, initially claiming that something came out of nothing, then became associated with an assertion of a background cosmic hum. How strange! The Hindus had said, long before all this, that ‘Om’, the pacifier of the mind, the preliminary, as well as the adjunct, of poojahs and other religious ceremonies, reflects that cosmic hum which pervades everything and every event in the Cosmos.

Indeed, an extended Om does result in a vibratory hum in the back of one’s throat. Quaintly, there is a recent claim that Christianity converted ‘Om’ to the Aramaic ‘Amen,’ no doubt uttered with an extended hum at the end.

I then sought to compare what the modern physicists were offering as new explanations of the Cosmos, with the Hindu perspective as I understand it. Surprise! Surprise! The concepts being presented by speculative cosmologists read as if they might have been coined by the Hindu philosophers of old.

What wondrous phrases came from the writings of some of the notable speculative cosmologists: a super mind; a cosmic mind; a universal mind; the collective conscious. Or, operating beyond the limits of space-time, an intelligent system of energy (or super-consciousness) can affect mankind’s space-time in such a free manner as to allow almost anything to happen! Or, consciousness may distort space and time by knocking ‘black holes’ in the bio-gravitational field that organises matter. Or, a single super-force could have brought the universe into being and equipped it with matter/energy, etc.

What fascinating concepts were being coined by these scientists: a cosmic, super, or universal mind; an intelligent system of energy; consciousness; a super-force. Where and how could these motive forces or influences have originated? But the concepts remain as speculative as are the propositions of Hinduism. Who were these Hindu philosophers? Extra-terrestrial beings?”

(These extracts from ‘Musings at death’s door’ indicate that true seekers of knowledge and understanding, notwithstanding their current position as Westerners, and their inculcation within the idioms of Western cultures, are not biased against the cultural idioms and conceptions about the origins, motive forces, and operations of the Cosmos which had arisen in the civilisations of Asia.

There seems to be a current confluence of thoughts by speculative scientists in cosmology, possibly comparable to the learning from all over Asia taken by Arabic Muslim scholars into Europe. The important search for understanding about what is, how it all came about, and how we fit into it cannot afford to be constrained by any partisan ideology, can it? Or, by professional sceptics who are too busy being sceptical to study the basis of the speculations offered.)