Dear reader, my name is Luis Miguel Goitizolo. In this page I present an article inspired in my book The Wheel of Time - A Study in the Doctrine
of Cosmic Cycles
and in other, similar interests.


The Mystery of Time
(Part 1)
 

Among the great mysteries of the universe, few have exerted so strange a fascination upon the mind of man as that of time. Indeed, time is not a mere enigma. Unfathomable at its deepest core, time is, in its own right, a mystery of mysteries.

Over the centuries, this mystery has persisted and captivated the world's greatest intellects: Solomon, Pythagoras, Plato, St. Augustine, Newton, Descartes, each fell in turn irresistibly attracted to it. Even in recent times, it troubled great scientists like Einstein and his "successor," Stephen Hawking.

Regarding this, however, we are struck by wonder. For it appears that Einstein was not the first, nor was he the only, to discover that time is relative to space. From time immemorial, such knowledge has been in the possession of the ancient Hindu people, as some of their most sacred texts - particularly The Puranas - corroborate.

As to Hawking, he was not long ago wondering whether time merely advances in a linear fashion, as the orthodox physics has always postulated, or it rather does it by circles - as has always been conceived by the Eastern traditional doctrines.

We will do well, therefore, to review two of our deepest-rooted notions - namely, that it is only in the last few centuries that the greatest scientific discoveries have been made, and that the ancient peoples had absolutely NO scientific knowledge of the world.

A third example will help us reinforce this point. Based on radioactive measurements, the modern science has for some time been estimating the age of the Earth as approximately 4,500 millions of years since it was formed within the solar system. More recently, the analysis of stones from the Moon has produced an even more accurate - and apparently definitive - length of time: 4,310 millions of years, a figure I unfortunately have not been able to verify although it certainly matches the former. Well, this length is nearly identical to that of 4,320 million years which, according to the Puranas and some Indian astronomical treatises, is the duration of what the Hindus call a "Brahma's day" (or kalpa) within the immense cycle of cosmic manifestation.

It may, indeed, be argued that the Hindus came by this figure by mere accident or that it simply was invented, as was also invented everything connected with the ages and cosmic cycles. To refute such objections we would need to determine whether the whole of these notions is backed up by other sacred writings of the world - i.e. whether there is agreement on these issues between the Hindu scriptures and other sacred books of the world - and then, as a collateral evidence, to establish whether the remaining information the said scriptures contain is reliable enough; all this with a view, at least at a preliminary stage, to cloak them with a certain degree of respectability when faced to the most obstinate skeptics, those who plainly make fun of these theories.


 

Some Scriptural Evidence Regarding Time

From the last century onwards, remarkable coincidences have been observed between the Bible and certain texts of the Western tradition, on the one hand, and certain Eastern sacred books, mainly Hindus, on the other. To mention the best known, the Bible speaks of a Universal Flood that takes place at the end of a period of sheer degradation of the human race, and the Puranas and other sacred texts, both from the East and West, talk about periodical, partial devastations of the universe by water. (Actually, memories of one or several "universal floods" remain alive in ancient traditions throughout the world.) But there are many other coincidences, as will be seen below.

For example, the Book of Genesis (1:2) relates how, in the beginning, "the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters;" Bhagavata Purana (5, 25: 1, ff), in turn, says that at the beginning of creation, Vishnu (God) is lying over the Causal Ocean.

In the Gospel of St John (John, 14:2), Jesus states: "In my Father's house there are many mansions." Brahma-samhita (5:40), in turn, says God's glow, the brahmajyoti, contains countless planets.

Again, in a passage of the "Gnostic" gospel of Thomas (77), says Jesus: "I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained." Svetasvatara Upanishad (4:11), another well-known sacred Hindu book, states: "He [God] governs all the sources of creation; the universe emanates from Him, and to Him it comes back in the end."

On the other hand - and herewith we are drawing further into matter - the book of Genesis (3:23, etc.) describes the "fall" and exile of man from Paradise, a recurring topic in the scriptures and traditions from all around the world that is closely associated to the idea of world ages and cosmic cycles. While not that obviously, also in John 14:3, 15, 19, 15, and in his announcements of the end of time, Jesus would be referring to them; also Daniel 2:21, 29 ff, 7:1 ff, other prophets from the Old Testament, St John's Revelation, etc.

Last but not least, some authors have observed remarkable concordances on these issues between some Eastern scriptures, like the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu and the Hindu Upanishads, on the one hand, and several stoic, hermetic, and neo-platonic treatises on the other.

The modern science has in turn validated various passages from the Bible. Some of the best-known examples, like the predominance of an evolutionary order in the creation of species (fish - birds - beasts), accurately reflected in Genesis 1: 20 ff, and the fact that in the last ten or twelve thousand years there might indeed have occurred such a great disaster as to produce a "universal flood," as evidenced both by the rings of the Californian sequoias and the fossils and corpses deposited and preserved in frozen mud, are just a few of them. Other examples include a knowledge of the spherical shape of the Earth in Isaiah 40:22, where the Hebrew word chugh, commonly translated as "circle" or "orb," may also mean "sphere;" of the Earth floating in space, in Job 26:7; of a primitive Earth cloaked in darkness and in a watery steam, in Genesis 2:6; and of the very steps of the Creation in Genesis 1: 3 ff, whose sequence - if considered from the point of view of a terrestrial observer, as well as that each "evening" with its corresponding "morning" represent vast periods of time - perfectly harmonizes with the one postulated by the most recent cosmological theories.

However, it is among the Eastern scriptures themselves that can be found extraordinary examples of scientific information.

Bhagavata Purana (9, 3:30-34), for example, recounts the trip of king Kakudmi to Brahmaloka, the highest planet in the universe, governed by the powerful demigod Brahma, the creator of the world, to ask for his advice on a good husband for his daughter Revati. When the king reaches Brahma's palace, the god is hearing musical recitals by the Gandharvas, the celestial musicians, and Kakudmi waits in the anteroom; when the music is over, he expresses his desire. Brahma breaks in laughter: "O King, he answers, whoever might have been thought of by you have been swept off by Time. Twenty-seven chatur-yugas [27 x 4'320,000 terrestrial years] have rolled by and we hear no more even of the races of their sons, grandsons and great grandsons..."

Now, although a space-time bend as the one exemplified by this story may result from the different translation speeds of "higher" and "lower" planets around the Sun according to the Hindu tradition, it still remains illustrative of the well-known paradox anticipated by the theory of relativity for interstellar traveling at close to light-speed velocities.

But however fascinating this topic may be, strict requisites of space will not let me go further. See the link below for the next part.


Lima, November 2010


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A Message from The Author

 


Dear Friend,

Ever since I was
a youth I was fascinated by Oriental wisdom and particularly by the Hindu doctrines. However, it was not until a few years ago that I undertook the task of studying the ancient doctrine of cosmic cycles from different perspectives, though mainly using the most relevant sacred texts from all around the world. In time, I felt the urge to write a book about my studies in that matter in my mother tongue, Spanish, which I titled "La rueda del tiempo" (in English, "The Wheel of Time"). It is excerpts of that book and other original articles dealing with similar topics which I will start publishing through this medium as of today.

More recently, after some years as a networker promoting a variety of programs, I decided to translate my book into English, a task that was successfully completed a few month ago. And over the past weeks and months I have been publishing excerpts of this translation, as well as other original articles in English that also deal with similar topics, on various online media of the United States and other countries.

 

Thank You,

 

Luis Miguel Goitizolo
Lima - Perú


miguelgoitizolo@gmail.com

                                                                                                    

     

 
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