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Evolution of Soul..?

I had an interesting, thought provoking discussion with Sashank Sriram on my Vedic studies blog. I thought of presenting it for a larger discussion. While I may sound like dismissive of many spiritual practices, I just want to clarify that I am not. I am just presenting an alternative, rational approach which I believe was the approach of Rishis who were indeed scientists of their age. Sashank Sriram Hi, I just read your blog on Vedic Studies and it is very interesting. You described the purpose of existence as the expansion and evolution of the Supreme Soul. I just have some questions in mind and I would really like it if you answer it to me.If the purpose of the soul is to evolve continuously, until it reaches a state of absolute knowledge, then I understand  that the soul was immature at the beginning of the universe. Is that what you meant..? What was in existence before the creation of the universe? My Answer Very good and great question Sashank Sriram Thanks.

Aditya Hrdayam Again Part 31 - Mitra-Varuna Bonding

Background  While the true knowledge of the Vedic scriptures seem to have been lost, the core or essence of it were well understood in the past, compared to the present. In particular the essence of the roles of various forces or devas and how they interplay were well understood and known.   Over a period even that understanding of that essence got lost. Though I do not want to put a date around these, with rise of Jainism and Buddhism, which came up based on the research of the ‘Self’, the true understanding of the devas were fully lost. Probably, the vedic dharma became more ‘religionized’ than ever before. For eg., the Vedic dharma has always shown ‘BrAhman’ which means expansion or evolution as the goal and vehicle of the ‘Self’. This meant we need to keep evolving in our knowledge. But Jainism, Buddhism brought in ‘Nirvana’ as the Goal of life. Sankara brought in ‘Moksha’ as an equivalent. These influences, though they changed the characteristics of the dharma, did not chang

Aditya Hrdayam Again - Part 30 - Vaisravana the Color Charge

The three legged Kuvera Background Before I discuss the Rg Veda Mandala 1 Hymn 24, Let us understand Vaisravana. If Apa are photons, then Vaisravana are Color Charge or more specific the Gluon Flux Tubes or Color Flux Tubes. Vaisravana is called Sriyam or having the property of Sri and hence the brother of Sri. Color charge is the property of matter that creates a multitude of fermions and hence the wealth of all the Universe.  That Vaisravana is Color Charge is understood from a reading of the Aruna Prashnam, which conveys that Apa are photons. TirodhA - Unmanifesting Breast abhdyas tirodha ajAyata tava vaiSravanas sadA tirodha ehi sapatnAn na: ye apo aSnanti kecana In the ocean (abdya)  of unmanifesing/disappearing breast (tirodha) was born (ajayata) your (tava) Vaishravana, rivals (sapatnan) always (sadA) come into (ehi)  this unmanifesting/disappearing breast (tirodha) as they (ye) confume/feed (asnanti) on some (kecana) of our (nah) Apa (Apo) In the ocean  of un

Aditya Hrdayam Again - Part 28 - Mantra Pushpam

Background Before I proceed with translation of Rg Veda Mandala 1 Hymn 24, which describes about Varuna more and how Adityas come into being from the Night (naktam), actually growing below it, (hanging like an inverted banyan tree), let me talk about mantra pushpam in Surya Prashna mantras of Taittiriya Aranyakam of the Yajur Veda. As per our understanding in Aditya Hrdayam series, Apa are Photons, mAyA is rest-mass, Surya are nucleons, Indra are Baryons, Varuna are Mesons and Chandra are Electrons that move around Surya, Agni is the transfer of energy, Pazu are the various elements formed of these. In our Solar system, sun is the Surya (nucleon), Moon are the Chandra (Leptons/Electrons). Taittiriya Aranyakam - 4-42-4 Since Apa are photons, Surya Prashnam talks of Apa. It says 'Apo hi sta mayo bhuva' which means 'Universe with Rest-mass is indeed formed on the Photons'. This is recited facing the Sun for obvious reasons, as sun gives light. Light is made of p

Aditya Hrdayam Again - Part 26 - Cosmology and Vedic slokas

Background Comparison of Cosmology and Vedic slokas till now   From the time of Big Bang, at a time of   10 -43  seconds, all four fundamental forces (Gravity, Strong, Weak, Electro-magnetic) were supposed to be unified. At around  10 -36  seconds, strong force separates. From  10 -36  seconds to  10 -32  seconds Universe is supposed to have undergone an Inflationary epoch which expanded it greatly. During this expansion a sizzling sea of quarks and anti-quarks are formed. Vedas refer to this sea of quark and anti-quark pairs as Varuna. From 10 -32 to 10 -5 seconds   From this period of  10 -32  seconds to  10 -5  seconds, the Universe was a sea of quarks, anti-quarks and gluons, produced from energy. (pair production of quarks and anti-quarks). Vedas call the quark-anti-quarks as Varuna and gluons as Mitra. They mostly use varuna as Mitra-Varuna. Varuna is Quark-Anti-quark pair, when Mitra-Varuna is a Meson. But between this  10 -32  and  10 -12  second