“OM – That supreme Brahman is infinite, and this conditioned Brahman is infinite. The infinite proceeds from the infinite. Then through knowledge, realizing the infinitude of the infinite, it remains as infinite alone.” – Mundaka Upanisad
Let’s take a look at the most general similarities between Eastern spiritual philosophy and the Holofractographic theory (as a model of consciousess).
The visible world is composed of black holes/white holes, and they appear to us as separate objects in space; stars, planets, cells, atoms etc. Yet behind their separate event horizons, at the center of every atom, planet and star, we find the vacuum singularity, the point in which all points of the universe are entangled to one. Although two atoms may be separated by several light years, behind their event horizon they are the same. It really doesn’t matter where the radiating white hole portions are relative each other, at vacuum singularity they unite. This is reflected beautifully as both a philosphical and a scientific statement: our external part is the relative and finite world and our internal part is the realm of the Absolute; the infinite and unchanging Spirit.
In the Hindu philosophy of Advaita (meaning “not two”) it is said that Brahman, the transcendent, unchanging reality, is identical to Atman, the individual soul. Likewise in the Holofractographic universe we observe the same fact: each individual singularity is actually the Cosmic Singularity. The vacuum connects all. Even the word “singularity” states that it is individual and singular in nature. In a space-time continuum with infinite curvature nothing is outside its influence, everything is in the same extreme curve, and thus there is only One. And as we know the One has been voiced with many names throughout the seasons of Man.
Let’s revisit the quote at the beginning to catch the most obvious connections:
“That supreme Brahman is infinite, and this conditioned Brahman is infinite“
This sentence signifies that even in limited, conditioned form Brahman is unlimited. In the HFU model there is actually one singularity, the infinite energy potential of the vacuum. There is also only one event horizon, the perceivable world, and it appears folded into the visible structures we see around us. Yet the event horizon of a black hole is not boundary as such. It is just an appearance. It is where information transfers between infinite potential and finite state. In reality there is only the sea of vacuum energy, and like we see ripples under the silent ocean we see visible structures in the vacuum. But still it is only the ocean, only Brahman, pretending to be conditioned and finite.
“The infinite proceeds from the infinite.”
The word Brahman signifies “growth”, telling us that even as the infinite, Brahman grows forever. The spacetime manifold never ceases to grow forms from the vacuum. Infinite potential and finite form is weaved together in the fractal geomtery of space-time; they are inseparable. This recursive growth is never ending, and it produces creative black hole horizons in endless resolutions of scale, from which information flows out from the infinite potential of the vacuum. Form proceeds from the vacuum, yet the vacuum contains all form.
“Then through knowledge, realizing the infinitude of the infinite, it remains as infinite alone.“
Eastern non dual schools teach that Liberation from the wheel of suffering (samsara) is gained through the realization of Truth. True achievement, they say, is to see beyond the relative world and rest in the Absolute. Thus realizing our true nature as the Infinite means eternal freedom from identification with the transient world. Yet this has always been our natural, unchanging state. The equilibrium of Being is timeless, and is not affected the least by our realizing its eternal Truth.
Evidently, the philosophical and spiritual implications of this theory are not trivial. The HFU model really signals the union between the ancient wisdom of the east and the modern science of the west, a union predicted and hoped for by both sages and scientists throughout the centuries. The perfect way in which the two now meet is almost uncanny. The mystical traditions of the east, from Hindu philosophy to Zen practice, are invariably non dualistic. They emphasize that we are not at all separate from our world, but identical to it. They point to the transcendent and permanent reality underlying all things, and emphasize the illusory nature of the transient, phenomenal world, called “Māyā”. Identification with Māyā bring suffering, transcendence of it ultimately leads to Liberation. Western culture, being inherently oriented towards surfaces, has had difficulties integrating this perspective, but with this unification of physics we are finally provided with a concrete, intellectual understanding of non dualism, promising to finally bridge the gap between East and West.
Brahma satyaṃ jagat mithyā, jīvo brahmaiva nāparah
“Brahman is the only truth, the world is an illusion, and there is ultimately no difference between Brahman and individual self”