I just watched a remarkable interview with Sir roger Penrose, whom many, today, look to as, perhaps, the most renowned mathematical physicist alive. He beautifully brings the listener along with him as he bumps up against the limits of space-time, even of mind itself.
He speaks of the ultimate future of our universe as an epoch in which all of the black holes collide and combine, and eventually nothing is left except photons, which have no mass. At that point, where the universe bumps up against its boundary, which is termed “infinity,” scale, the fractal nature of the universe, disappears. That’s because no mass, which is equivalent to frequency, exists. Yet, “something,” the information which photons carry, does still exist.
Then, he goes the other way, back toward the big bang. He speaks of the immense velocities of matter at the instant of the big bang, which essentially bump up against infinity as the matter then, in the limit, nearly achieves the speed of light. At that point, the end of the universe looks just like the beginning of it in that scale becomes equally meaningless.
But…he goes on to explain that science now understands that information is transmitted to a universe from the universe of the previous epoch before the current universe’s big bang.
That simply references the Hindu concept of pralaya, the cessation of All for a “period” of ALL. And then All resumes. This infinitely cycles as Brahma’s breath.
Realize, though, that those universal in-breaths and out-breaths are not Brahma’s sole window fogging. Brahma fractally breathes continuously, throughout all creation and dissolution of cosmoses. That is, Brahma is breathing in and though li’l old you right now. And THAT is fully equivalent to the universal breath.
So, let me assert that you don’t need to wait for the universe to end, nor need you absorb yourself into the big bang’s inception to get a handle on your Reality. It lives in you NOW, omnipresently. I call this non-configured, infinite boundary of your Being the Great Unknowing. If you meditate deeply, to cool your jets enough, you can easily realize THAT: your ultimate, inspirationally becoming, within; indeed, also without, right there in everything you ever encounter.
Asked what he considers most profound and inspiring, Penrose answered complex analysis. That involves treating the square root of minus one (i) to be mathematically manipulable as complex numbers. I would have to agree. That is the math I used in my daily work as an optical physicist. Complex numbers enter into the computations called Fourier transforms, which translate space-time into a “landscape” comprising an infinity of frequencies. This math applies to the shapely maya, which the Cosmic Cross of White Fire imputes along its horizontal bar. I would extend this to the vertical bar of that Cross as referencing the infinite frequency “landscape” of the spiritual Hierarchy.
Penrose (and I) stand in awe of our ability to use something so unrecognizable in space-time as i. That little pipsqueak of a concept essentially enables us to encounter and navigate the Presence of far-off worlds here in our own. Complex math is essentially saying that even though we can know nothing about where or what the square root of minus one comes from or is, once it gets here, it can usefully complement our here/now existence. I’d characterize complex analysis as the math of grace.
These are just some thoughts that came to me upon experiencing Penrose’s interview. May I suggest that you watch it yourself to see what may pop out of your own Great Unknowing to beautify your conscious landscape.