Sir Jacob Epstein – One of the greatest sculptors of modern times says this about Shiva,
“Shiva dances, creating the world and destroying it, his large rhythms conjure up a vast aeons of time, and his movements have a relentless magical power of incantation. Our European allegories are banal and pointless by comparison with these profound works, devoid of the trappings of symbolism, concentrating on the essential, the essentially plastic.”
That was said by an excellent artist but with limited knowledge on science. However there several scientific works which acknowledges and marvels the concept of Shiva. In the previous parts I shared the views of the late scientist Carl Sagan and Fritjof Capra (Part I & Part II). In this part let me share a few other excerpts.
[box type=”info” ]1) ‘The Looking Glass Universe’ – Briggs and Peat say that there is a stark similarity between the concept of shiva and the modern quantum theory.
quarks and some other elementary particles divide up into other particles and continue to divide until they “divide back into themselves”.(p. 77). Teresi (2002)[/box]
[box type=”info” ]2) Handelman and Shulman (1997) say that “Shiva is a holographic god, and after seeing him in action, through the myths and the dance itself, we can clearly see how this is so. ”
Similarities between Indian and modern cosmology do not seem accidental. Perhaps ideas of creation from nothing, or alternating cycles of creation and destruction are hardwired in the human psyche. Certainly Shiva’s percussive drumbeat suggests the sudden energetic impulse that could have propelled the Big Bang. And if, as some theorists have proposed, the Big Bang is merely the prelude to the Big Crunch, and the universe is caught in an infinite cycle of expansion and contraction, then ancient Indian cosmology is clearly cutting edge compared to the one directional vision of the Big Bang. [/box]
[box type=”info” ]3) Laszlo (2003) also weighs in on the nature of the universe and posits that our current universe may just be one of a number of other previous universes, thus may be ordered by prior cosmic history. He says the “the history of the cosmos may extend beyond the Big Bang: a growing number of investigators entertain the possibility that this universe arose in the context of a preexisting metauniverse or metaverse” (p. 16). In talking about the different cosmological theories, especially the multicyclical cosmology of Steinhart and Turok, Laszlo notes that they do not, as presently formulated, account for “the finely tuned features of the observed universe,” however, they can be developed to do so by hypothesizing “that the pre-space of a new cycle is effectively in-formed by events in the preceding cycle” (p. 86). [/box]
Laszlo (2003) discusses the relationship between the metaverse and local universes that arise, evolve, and end within it, and explains that in the manifest domain, the energy of the local universes transforms and becomes less available: “but it is recycled in each new cycle of the metaverse.” In the virtual domain, common to all local universes, “information is created and conserved and informs the manifest domain of each local universe. As a result local universes become both more entropic and more in-formed and the metaverse, energetically self-recycling, becomes progressively more in-formed” (p. 109). This seems to mirror Shiva’s process as well. This eternally recurring death-rebirth pattern can and will also be seen when we explore depth psychology and chaos theory.
As previously noted, the dice game is what brought us here in the first place. Handelman and Shulman (1997) say that the dice game is a “strange loop that ruptures cosmic holism with unusual consequences” (p. 60). It was that darn dice game that is at the bottom of everything, because the dice game caused the self-referential paradox when Shiva became other to himself in order to begin to play in the first place. The dice game not only has Shiva and the cosmos going in circles, but we are, too. The dice game as a model of the cosmos, actually affected the cosmos and created something unexpected and unpredictable. The dice game is what got us all tangled up and got Shiva into such a state. No wonder Einstein did not want to believe that God would play dice! Look what happens when He does. But, now that we have seen that the gods actually do play dice, and seem to do so eternally, let us learn more about this eternal aspect, before going on to explore chaos theory.
1) Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything – Laszlo (you can get it here Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything)