Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Parallel universes really do exist?

This leaves me in quite a quandary, as there is nothing I've come across in my reading of Prabhupada's books that comes even close to incorporating the theory of parallel universes.

How can we, as individual souls, have a bunch of so-called "clone souls" experiencing all possibilities of every situation that we encounter? There is nothing I've encountered yet in the Vedic paradigm that has anything to do with this bizarre, impersonal, and seemingly ludicrous theory.

Original article linked here

Parallel universes really do exist, according to a mathematical discovery by Oxford scientists described by one expert as "one of the most important developments in the history of science". The parallel universe theory, first proposed in 1950 by the US physicist Hugh Everett, helps explain mysteries of quantum mechanics that have baffled scientists for decades, it is claimed. In Everett's "many worlds" universe, every time a new physical possibility is explored, the universe splits. Given a number of possible alternative outcomes, each one is played out - in its own universe. A motorist who has a near miss, for instance, might feel relieved at his lucky escape. But in a parallel universe, another version of the same driver will have been killed. Yet another universe will see the motorist recover after treatment in hospital. The number of alternative scenarios is endless. It is a bizarre idea which has been dismissed as fanciful by many experts. But the new research from Oxford shows that it offers a mathematical answer to quantum conundrums that cannot be dismissed lightly - and suggests that Dr Everett, who was a Phd student at Princeton University when he came up with the theory, was on the right track. Commenting in New Scientist magazine, Dr Andy Albrecht, a physicist at the University of California at Davis, said: "This work will go down as one of the most important developments in the history of science." According to quantum mechanics, nothing at the subatomic scale can really be said to exist until it is observed. Until then, particles occupy nebulous "superposition" states, in which they can have simultaneous "up" and "down" spins, or appear to be in different places at the same time. Observation appears to "nail down" a particular state of reality, in the same way as a spinning coin can only be said to be in a "heads" or "tails" state once it is caught. According to quantum mechanics, unobserved particles are described by "wave functions" representing a set of multiple "probable" states. When an observer makes a measurement, the particle then settles down into one of these multiple options. The Oxford team, led by Dr David Deutsch, showed mathematically that the bush-like branching structure created by the universe splitting into parallel versions of itself can explain the probabilistic nature of quantum outcomes.
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4 comments:

ISKCON Constitutional Conversation said...

We know from Vedic description that there are multiple universes. We also know that they are similar - for example, each has a Brahma, who differs in some aspect in each universe, eg: number of heads.

From this description it would appear that the Vedic version is one of parallel universes.

This is at the level of the material elements. At the level of conscious experience our philosophy also describes parallel experience.

One explanation given by Mayavadis to explain the oneness of the soul is that it is like looking at a house with many windows. In each of windows we see a person, but it is the same person moving between locations. This would be an acceptable analogy to describe the paramatma for us, but not the jiva.

Another possible explanation which would allow you and I to be the same jiva, would be if I reincarnate in your body after this lifetime, subjectively in my "future", but the birth takes place relatively in the past of this incarnation. In this case the jiva soul in each body could be the same.

In this case again, the same aspect would again be the paramatma aspect of the soul, and the different aspect would be the jiva aspect of the soul, basically creating a different jiva. Anyway, that's a dangerous line of thought because it leads to a Brahman realization filled with brahmananda but potentially devoid of rasa...

Another "parallel universes" is found in 'Lives of the Vaisnava Saints' in the description of the life of Symananda pandit. This is interesting in that it shows that the lila that we are experiencing here is the shadow of nitya-lila, which is simultaneously taking place in a parallel reality.

Anyway, these are intellectual exercises. Conclusion: Chanting hare krishna in kirtan makes you happy. :-)

Thanks for the post!

Reo Blogger said...

Vasishta's Yoga in which sage vasishta in his discourse to Lord Rama explains this phenomenon in lucid detail. Great blog..post more regularly..

Reo Blogger said...

Vasishta's Yoga in which sage vasishta in his discourse to Lord Rama explains this phenomenon in lucid detail. Great blog..post more regularly..

Reo Blogger said...

Vasishta's Yoga in which sage vasishta in his discourse to Lord Rama explains this phenomenon in lucid detail. Great blog..post more regularly..