Science is in a quest to understand matter and its interplay with the forces of Nature. This quest goes all the way back to when matter was created at the moment of creation of the universe, namely the Big Bang.
On the other hand, spirituality is the quest to understand “Who am I?” and “Where did I come from?”, leading back all the way to the inter play of subtle and gross at the time of creation of universe and from then on.
In essence, the interaction between science and spirituality is just not in the present or in the immediate past of a few millenia but goes back in thought all the way to the moment of Creation. It is here that both science and spirituality have a single point of origin and convergence.
Convergence of Science and Spirituality
The news of the finding of the imprint of the God particle by sciences has injected an interest into particle physics.
What is this God particle? Why is it called God particle?
The terming of the new find particle in science as God Particle, is a quirk of fate.
The Nobel laureate physicist Leon Lederman when he was writing about this elusive particle, in exasperation wrote it down as ‘Goddamn particle’. The editor of the article toned down the exasperation and simply termed it as ‘God particle’. That is how it came to be called in common parlance. The typical term given for this particle is Higgs Boson particle. This is because Prof Peter Higgs in a scientific article had proposed first, that such a particle should be existing to create mass in Creation.
God Particle – A Representation
By identifying the imprint of this particle now, it is this postulate of Prof Higgs that is now being scientifically pin pointed to.
This sort of sequence of events – a scientific postulate being placed in a scientific paper and the actual discovery happening much later, has been one of the features of advancement of science.
History of Science
Before the planet Neptune was physically observed in the skies, it was mathematically calculated in a scientific paper, that such a planet should exist because of the gravitation tug of planet Uranus. It was only much later that Neptune was physically observed, thus establishing the postulate to be true.
Similarly, the Russian scientist George Gamow had postulated the existence of Cosmic Micro Wave Background Radiation (CMBR) which was later recorded by the two scientists Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson.
Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson
Like this, finding of the imprint of God particle is one more step in understanding science and the Creation of this Universe. This Particle is called Higgs Boson. Boson comes from the name of the Indian Scientist Satyendra Nath Bose, in recognition of his contribution.
The God Particle
In the case of the God Particle, this particle has been elusive for, it self-destructs itself after one trillionth of a second after coming into existence. In this short duration of its existence, it helps the other particles create the mass that this universe is made of.
Which is why, the understanding of this particle is essential in the understanding of this universe. Hence, understanding it will lead to a major breakthrough in science.
If it were really a God particle as touted in common parlance, why should it self destruct itself within a flash of a moment of its creation? A God particle should exist from before the Creation, to after dissolution of the Universe and not be in existence for just a fleeting moment.
Having thus seen that calling it a God particle would not be an apt phrase, let us see in simple parlance, what the Higgs Boson Particle exists for?
The Universe came into existence from the Cosmic Egg after the Big Bang, the Cosmic Egg’s dimension being of just a point. How could such an infinitely small speck create all that is there in this universe?
The earth itself is a heavy body but pales into insignificance when compared to the sizes of the solar system, the galaxy or the universe.
The moot question is then how did the infinitely small cosmic egg have the capacity to create this infinitely huge universe with all its mass?
It needs a trigger. If so, what is that trigger?
This is the search of this elusive Higgs Boson Particle. Since life of particle is only one trillionth of a second, it will not be possible to capture the particle. What is possible through the advance scientific practices at CERN and other places is to get a glimpse of an imprint of this Higgs Boson Particle. Getting this glimpse of this imprint itself is a major breakthrough.
Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva to detect the God Particle
Stability from 3
This Higgs Boson adds mass only when three quark particles get together. Just two are not found to form a stable proton with mass. These three quarks that group together are said to possess different colours. The term colour has been used by the physicists to denote that they possess distinct traits, qualities, characteristics.
Three Quarks forming Stable Protons with Mass in Higgs Field
Immediately after its function of adding the mass, Higgs Boson ceases to exist. This is the nature of Nature.
It is this concept of the existence of the need of a basic three to create matter, is also what has been discussed in Indian knowledge system as Universe being created from Trigunathmika Prakrithi. Prakrithi is the nature of the Creation of this Universe and Triguna are the three characteristics which help in this Creation process. The process itself being called Trivrtitkaranam, “the act of the three when they come together”.
Triguna – Satva, Rajas and Tamas, the 3 characteristics
Not Really Parallel But Synergized Systems
Like this there are many interesting parallels that we find between the Indian knowledge system and the modern research of Creation of the Universe carried out at CERN.
For example, in the Indian knowledge system, the Cosmic Egg is known as Hiranyagarbha, meaning “a golden hued womb” and the Big Bang is expressed as Brahmanda Visphotak, Universal explosion.
The Cosmic Soup has been described as one in which the sub atomic particles such as quarks and gluons are floating freely without the influence of any force upon them until the presence of a God particle, Higgs Boson creates an energy field in which they interact and gain mass.
Indian traditional thought has spoken of Narayana depicted as resting calmly in the Primordial Waters. All these also depict a state of inertness and equilibrium as found in the cosmic soup before the presence of God particle. Narayana is symbolically depicted with a consort, Lakshmi, who arises from the same primordial waters. Lakshmi denotes the source of all matter and material wealth and is the bi product of the churn of these primordial waters. We thus see a similarity of a process that takes the early stage of universe from an inert state to a material form, albeit, the expressions being in a different style.
The CMBR concept is akin to the OM which is all pervading through the Universe. Like this, there are many other parallels between modern science and ancient traditional Indian knowledge system.
OM and the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
Going beyond parallels, the Indian knowledge systems offer deeper insights into aspects of Creation going to stages even before Big Bang and into the process of creation of matter.
All this has been brought out in our book, Creation – Srishti Vigyana and a film with the same name by the researcher couple D. K. Hari and D. K. Hema Hari of Bharath Gyan.
One of the senior physicists of CERN Geneva, Dr. Archana Sharma, the only Indian, permanent scientist member in CERN, found the parallels interesting enough to come to Bangalore, India and offer scientific inputs on the parallels and act in the documentary film made by Art of Living-Bharath Gyan, Bangalore. More on this subject can be accessed at www.bharathgyan.com.
Though spoken of as parallels, we see that there is a potential synergy in knowledge systems.