In the previous articles in this series,
- Time : Past, Present and Future : Bhuta Bhavya Bhavan Nathah Vishnuh
- Time : Why study time ? : “Kaalah Aham – I am Time” – Krishna
- Time : Kalakantha, kalamurthi, kalagni, kalanasana, Siva : Markandeya : Maghamahatmya
- Time and Space : Are Time and Space “side-effect” of matter? Is Space empty? or full of some”thing” else?
- Time, Matter, Energy and Consciousness : Kaala, Sat, Sakthi, Purusha/Devi
- Life : Pranadah, Pranah, Jivanah, Vishnuh! : What is Life? In science and sanskrit texts : Eating.
- Consciousness : Pragnya, Chitta, Purusha/Devi : in Science and Sanskrit Texts
- Time : Movement : Motion: : Jagat : Charaachara : Understanding Devi and Purusha as Movement and Time.
We have seen, that Time was perceived by Ancient Indians as Divinity – Krishna, Vishnu, Siva! There is no question of “killing time or wasting time”, it is Time who kills all, in fact, while our Self is eternal, this life has already been destroyed by Time. (Bhagavad Gita).
We have seen that space (including the atoms that we are made of) is not empty or full of ‘ether’ but of energy fields strong enough to move stars. This we recognised as the Devi who is in all things, in all worlds in the form of energy.
We have defined life, fundamentally as “that which eats” to pursue its activities. We have seen that life as well as digestion are attributes of Vishnu, in our philosophy. We have also seen that the stars which are self consuming and energy radiating are givers of life and that giving life is an attribute of Vishnu.
We have seen that consciousness is a mental process made up of bio-electrical-chemical signals – ie the movement of little electrons and chemical particles. And that this consciousness is the Self, the Brahman, the Sarva Chaitanya Devi, the Atma and the Paramatma.
Please read the articles above before reacting on the conclusions. Jai!
All of us “intuitively” know about movement. My fingers are moving as I type aren’t they?
The word Jagat, which we use for world, itself means ‘that which moves.’
Moving electrons cause electric fields, magnetic fields and “thought” fields., besides a bunch of other things. Movement is intricately bound up with our ideas of Devi as energy and consciousness. To be at rest requires that we acquire no energy (potential to move) and spend no energy (actually move!).
When we say “move”, we have in mind two concepts. One is space. My pen which I left on my writing desk is now unreasonably enough, in the kitchen!
The other is time. My pen which I left on my writing desk, Yesterday, the 19th of July, is today, on the 20th of July, in the kitchen! The photon which left the sun 8 mins ago, has reached the earth now.
Science Fiction writers who write about time travel, write about bumping into future and past versions or instances of ourselves, implying very clearly that there is one instance of us for every split second of our life span. Technically, the instance of the pen on my writing desk and the instance of the pen in my kitchen are two versions of the same pen.
It reminds me of “motion” pictures. Thousands of static images, and the “illusion” of movement because our eyes, “take more time” to respond, than the rate at which the images flash across the screen. Buddhists will tell you that the world is recreated every instant and we are under the illusion that it is the same one as before! There is a nice fictional book called “Thief of Time” based on that idea.
Newton believed that you could draw a big “never-moving frame” in the universe. This would be an inertial frame. Everything moved with respect to that. He believed that there was an infinite time line. And that events happened along that time line in that space frame.
The problem is that a frame can be called inertial if it does not move, or if it moves at a constant speed, not accelerating.
And in nature everything is accelerating, because its spinning and revolving at the very least! Everything is in a gravitational, electric, and magnetic field, there are forces on it and it is accelerating.
What does this mean? It means in our universe there is no place where you can stand and take measurements of distance and time, that will bear even a constant relationship to the measurements made by some one else standing at another place, forget agreeing with them! Your measurements are yours and mine are mine. We feel that we can do that here on earth only because that is the scale at which our brain and senses operate!
The super great fun is that you and I will agree on the laws of physics because they look the same in your place and mine, we just won’t agree where something is, when something is and whether it is moving or not and if so how fast! We don’t agree about actual movements only about the rules that govern movement.
So the solutions to all your high school physics problems would be ‘good enough’ but not accurate.
There seems to be stuff and some of that stuff seems to be moving about. Stuff needs energy to move. It gets some of this energy by other things that “push and pull it” with electrical, magnetic and gravitational forces.
We call the stuff ‘sat’. We call the energy ‘sakti or Devi’. And we call the time ‘kala – Vishnu, Siva, Krishna’. This whole jing-bang arrangement we call ‘prapancha – towards the five (elements)’, ‘vis’wam – the expanding universe or ‘jagat’.
We call the consciousness, the particular kind of movement of electrons and chemicals of all this, the ‘sAkSi’ or witness or observer, the Sarva Caitanya or Devi, the self or Atma.
In future articles, let us look more closely at time, space, motion, life and consciousness.
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