Somewhere, somehow, someone conceived of a fascinating and challenging vista of the reality of existence, of all that is. It is so incredible that one has to ponder about this vista again and again. One needs to suspend all of one’s knowledge and beliefs, and attempt to grasp a scenario spreading over an infinity of time and space. It is virtually impossible to comprehend. It challenges almost everything we accept as real and relevant. What does it allow? What does it deny?
What does it mean? Well, that is the issue which is worrying. It seems to offer nothing; yet, there is a promise of great significance.
The following extract from ‘Musings at death’s door’ provides a truncated overview. It also indicates how one can hope to understand its significance.
“ The Chandogya Upanishad says that the universe came forth from the unknowable Brahman, and will return to Brahman. Brahman is held to be the essence of all existence. Brahman is ever-existing, from whom everything emanates, and to whom everything returns. Brahman is Consciousness, immanent in all that is created; yet transient.
It is out of this essence or Consciousness or Godhead that the Creator god Brahma, the one who experiences that day and night of existence, is said to have arisen. Brahma, the first of the Hindu gods, is thus merely a projection of Brahman. In terms of the cosmology, the other gods are not that significant, all the gods being manifestations of that universal cosmic essence, the unknowable Brahman.
The nuts and bolts of this cosmology is that something tangible (the Cosmos) is said to have come forth from some¬thing intangible, an essence or force beyond our descriptive capabilities. A repeating ‘Big Bang’ now sounds quite credible (pity about the ‘Big Crunch’). Brahma, the Hindu Creator, also seems equivalent to the super-force or super-mind proposed by some modern speculative cosmologists.
Since I am a metaphysical (non-ritualistic) Hindu in my current life, I naturally find this confluence of insightful peceptions by modern cosmologists and ancient Hindus satisfying. Of course, neither view validates the other. But each may light the way for the other.
It would seem that, ultimately, a seeker must experience (in Hindu metaphysical terms Self-realise) or apprehend, through deep meditation, a Reality beyond Earthly knowing, a Reality which cannot be described. It is beyond words. The ultimate reality is said to be Brahman.”