This is a follow-up on the previous posts titled
where the ontological principles
Consciousness cannot be confined for long
Seeking freedom is one of the essential characteristics of Consciousness
were invoked to provide an ontological explanation for the quantum mechanical nature in general and why the black holes should evaporate as Stephen Hawking claimed using quantum field theory in curved space-time, in particular.
Previously, I also argued that confinement of Consciousness creates life. This principle may sound contradictory to the principles mentioned above but it is not contradictory because Consciousness seeks freedom through life. Quantum mechanical nature is an escape mechanism for Consciousness but it is also the first expression of life in the physical universe.
Anytime Consciousness allows itself to be confined, constricted, delimited, or acted upon by its own operative principle known as Prakrti, a transformation of Consciousness takes place. I often refer to this transformation as objectivation because in this process Consciousness is condensing. Neoplatonism and Kabbalah refer to it as emanation. The key concept is that the transformation begins from a nucleus. I refer to the process of nucleus formation as subjectivation which can be described as identity formation as well. The terms “subjectivation” and “objectivation” were introduced by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. I expanded on his explanations of the “binding” and came up with the aphorism ‘subjectivation is always followed by objectivation.’ Aphorisms are cute but they can be limiting sometimes. This aphorism does not capture the importance of the nucleus. It is important to mention that the divine emanation is manifested through the divine nucleus.
If you follow the evolution of my writing in the last 4 years you would know that I settled on the word “soul” to refer to the nucleus. There is a singular cosmic nucleus and there are infinite reflections of it. The reflections are individual souls and the original is the Cosmic Soul. Each entity has a nucleus or soul otherwise that entity could not exist. This means that even the elementary particles have a soul.
In Neoplatonism the Cosmic Soul is known as the One. Shrii Shrii Anandamurti reminded us many Sanskrit terms that were used to refer to the Cosmic Soul. He used the terms Purushottoma and Parama Purusha more often than others. In English, I also use Cosmic Consciousness and Divine Center to refer to the Cosmic Soul. In modern literature other philosophers have been using the term Source to mean Cosmic Soul.
Infinite potential of Consciousness is transformed into infinite life through the Cosmic Soul and its reflections the individual souls. Any emanation that issues forth from a soul is life by definition. We may want to differentiate “organic life” from life at its most fundamental expression but we must understand that life is the only expression of the soul. Emanation is sustained by the soul. Emanation lasts as long as the soul exists.
The confinement (binding action of Prakrti on Consciousness) forms the divine nucleus from which the cosmic life emanates. This is one of the ways Consciousness escapes the bondage of subjectivation. The other way is the multiplication of the Divine Center as infinite number of souls. Each soul emanates life too. Consciousness escapes the bondage through individual lives as well as the cosmic life.
This is the divine play. Why does the Infinite Existence (Absolute Being or Consciousness) allow itself to be confined and then escape bondage through Infinite Life? We don’t know why! It appears as a play, a drama perhaps, but that’s all we can say on the question of why.
‘Seeking freedom’ characteristic of Consciousness is valid in all stages of confinement. It is certainly valid when Consciousness appears as space-time-matter as well.
One of the important questions that need to be answered is the following. Is there an end to the condensation of Consciousness? If Prakrti’s binding action is relentless (we know it is), then, is there a limit to how dense the Consciousness get be? The answer is yes, there is a limit. The spiritual teachers who have experienced the identity of their souls with the Cosmic Soul (spiritual teachers who had deep insights into Consciousness) said that there is a limit.
Before I proceed to the explanation of the jadasphota concept I should first remind you what physicists are thinking regarding the ultimate compression of matter. Again, the black hole is used as a laboratory of thought experiments.
in 1972, J.D. Bekenstein proposed that there must be an upper bound to the amount of information that can be stored in a finite region of space. This is known as the “Bekenstein bound.” He also claimed that the maximum information that can be stored in a finite volume is proportional to the surface area of that volume. Bekenstein derived this from heuristic arguments involving black holes. What is meant by “information” is the degrees of freedom in the highly compressed space-time-matter. The “Bekenstein bound” tells us that there is a limit to the compression of matter. Other physical theories also point to this. Physicists talk about the Planck scale where matter reaches the highest density. The latest theories in physics also talk about the fundamental granularity meaning that space-time is quantized. These modern developments in theoretical physics point to a maximum in the density of matter.
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti pointed to the compression limit using the jadasphota concept which is mentioned in his Ananda Sutram and explained in his book “Idea and Ideology.”
Ananda Sutram 1.10: Due to the increasing influence of the guńas, clash occurs among the fundamental factors and bala (energy) is produced.
Ananda Sutram 1.11: The resultant interial force forming the nucleus within the physical structure and maintaining its solidarity, is called práńáh (vital energy).
Ananda Sutram 1.12: Due to excessive clash, some crude matter is pulverized, and cittáńu (ectoplasmic particles), or mind-stuff, is evolved.
“In the absence of a proper environment life [organic life] does not get an expression; but static Prakrti continues exerting external pressure or bala on the unit structure. Consequently a stage will come when there will be little interatomic space within the solid body. Now if static Prakrti exerts more pressure, there will be a tremendous reaction within the physical body resulting in structural dissociation. This is called jad́asphot́a.”
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti is saying that the process of the condensation of Consciousness comes to an end when the density of matter reaches the maximum allowed density. At that level of compression 2 things can happen a) matter explodes and space-time-matter returns to its primitive state or b) matter evolves into mind-stuff.
Black holes are perfect laboratories for discovering the laws of the physical universe because they represent the extreme states of space-time-matter. If I follow the hints left by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, I have to conclude that the evaporation/explosion of a black hole is a jadasphota and at the same time I am tempted to think that under certain conditions black holes can be the sources of cittanu (ectoplasmic particles, mind-stuff). I am also tempted to come up with another aphorism: Consciousness seeks freedom through life and mind. Let’s not forget the role of the mind in the escape of Consciousness from bondage.