EMPTINESS & THE ‘MULTIVERSE’
EMPTINESS &THE ‘MULTIVERSE’
After a considerable dithering on selecting a suitable topic to muse about; I ultimately give in to the emptiness of thought. It happens sometimes in Santiniketan, you know, when Summer starts to manifest its elements and when the bird Kubo pecks the impeccable silence of summer afternoon by the customary calls ‘Kub,Kub,Kub’….Somehow my mind refuses to sway from this vast sense of emptiness.
Rabindranath often harped on the ‘sense of infinity’. Much later, one of his revered family descendants Sri Supriyo Tagore mentioned somewhere that Rabindranath, among a host of other relevant ideas, also wanted his students at Santiniketan to inherit this sense of infinity-an essential feature of Indian philosophy.
I really do not know, why my mind submerged in emptiness, manages to feel the necessary propulsion to embrace the infinity almost simulteneously. Are they really synonyms?
Well, according to Rabindranath ‘infinity’ at the philosophical plane is essentially an Eastern concept. In fact the superstructure of Eastern, or say Indian or Oriental Philosophy and specifically the religious philosophy is based on this specific sense of infinity. The early saints and ascetics meditated hard to have a grasp on infinity within their consciousness. Interestingly to achieve that state, they had to initially embrace emptiness in form of purification of soul or negation of anything preconceived. So, emptiness or void has some definite workable relation with infinity. In fact they really can be synonyms, at least certainly an early platform for seamless propulsion to the next.
On the foothold of science, a kind of analytic thought process always ingrained in me-albeit in mild form, the best example of voids are the Black Holes. Well, black holes are not really empty, filled with highly condensed matter. But on cognizable plane they are voids of the perfect kind as knowledge is incessantly sucked in those holes and turned into nothing; or we may put the idea in the form that in black holes all knowledge is dispersed into infinity of emptiness making cognizance an altogether irrelevant parameter.
But this great voids, the Black Holes, have given rise to a new sense of existence- of the ‘Multi-Verse’. We are familiar with the idea of our ‘Universe’; effectively a space-time wrapped bubble; giving rise to the possibility of many such bubbles to exist, creating the new concept of Multi-Verse. Here the voids or the black holes might be our conduit to traverse from one Universe to another in the great spectrum of Multiverse, in this world of many fiercely individual bubbles floating in the hyper world of reality. Interestingly till date ‘multiverse‘ is not a standard dictionary word, though it has a definite mention in wikipedia!
Well, the concept of multiverse– more of a imagination, but definitely not an illogical idea,which in consequence turns into a hypothesis (the astrophysicists will be able to tell better). Religion or philosophy is often based on such hypothesis, in fact the concept of Almighty is one such big hypothesis. Interestingly science, however analytic in approach, often starts its journey on hypotheses. So, this thought process, conjuring up a multiverse, certainly has its own logic to spring forth, and can not be taken as a wild imagination. On the human cognizance plane, in philosophy, multiverse do exist, simply by the logic that mankind has dared to think so.
So, at this particular juncture, emptiness and voids are many in number and dimension, so are the infinities. It feels creepy to pluralize ‘infinity’ to ‘infinities’. But with this multiverse, with different dimensions or scales, is bound to project different sorts of infinities too. A ready example can be an endless pit and an endless sky, both representing infinity, but of different kinds, at least of emotionally different kinds of infinity. In an endless pit we perpetually fall, and in endless sky we always desire to fly to embrace the endless freedom- which should have different philosophical implications in spite of being actually similar in content.
Coming back to Rabindranath Tagore, another poking thought, courtesy having some kind of a link with Santiniketan, Tagore always tried to conceptualize a unity in Visva Bharati where the world finds its nest. The concept of multiverse however makes the unity a manifestation of truth; a kind of truth of rather finite dimensions. Multiverse essentially makes creation a rather pluralistic phenomenon, with each unit (say each Universe) in the multivesre being fiercely individual and hence a multiverse might project truth as a multidimensional concept too. The domain of such fierce individuality of each bubble of thought in a multiverse is maneuvered by the Black Holes turning all knowledge garnered by a single unit (bubble) into nothing at ease. AT BEST a ‘multiverse’ can be a sort of duality, kind of a cause and effect at the whole spectrum of black holes, or at best the ‘Dvaitabad‘ of Indian and Chinese Philosophy; but never as simple as ‘Unity’. Though Rabindranath often referred to duality in many of his poetic ventures; but essentially he professed unity as will be apparent from the morning prayer in our school Patha Bhavana ‘Om Pitah Nohsi, Pita Nobodhi..’
In this summer afternoon at Santiniketan the Kubo goes on pecking the ethereal silence with its lethargic call ‘Kub.Kub,Kub’… Bubbles of thoughts erupt, I really wonder if I am living in an Universe, or if I do exist in the great Multiverse. I wonder if the void and infinity finally links into ‘One’ or moves in their separate ways to create the multiverse?