How is time related to quantum physics, brain, beauty, spirituality and eternity? How time-symmetry, time-reversal plays their roles in quantum physics, 114 chakra system and deep spirituality? These are two questions I want to address today.
“Beauty is the moment when time vanishes. Beauty is the space where eternity arises.” — Amit Ray
1. What is the reality of time?
Time is not a philosophy – it is a physics – it is not even a physics – it is the doorway to the breath, beauty and eternity. Some physicist says time is an illusion. Some mathematician says time is just a geometrical structure. Hence, it varies from person to person. In deep meditation, one of our objectives is to transcend the limits of time, so that we can touch the reality.
Chakras are the inner doorways to reach the eternity. KAla Chakra in our brain is one of the vital chakras in our 114 chakra system, to transcend the limits of the time. Similarly, Viraja nadi in our brain is one of the key energy channels in our 72000 nadi system to transcend the boundaries of the time.
2. Space-time Structure
Is our perception we consider time like a flowing river. Intuitively we feel time as a flow. As if it is moving from the past to the present and to the future. This flow-like behavior of time is an illusion or reality? Both are correct scientifically and spiritually. It depends on your viewpoint and frame of reference. The laws of classical mechanics say, space-time structure is “blind” to a fundamental direction of time which is often known as thermodynamic arrow of time.
Albert Einstein formulated his general theory of relativity, which postulates that gravity is not a force that propagates through space but a feature of spacetime itself.
3. Arrow of Time
In our universe, the time moves only in one direction that is forward and the movement of the time in a forward direction is called an arrow of time. Every moment that passes finds us travelling from the past to the present and into the future, with time always flowing in the same direction. At no point does it ever appear to either stand still or reverse; the “arrow of time” always points forwards for us.
4. Reversal of Time
However, modern physics suggests that we can reverse the time. We can look at the entire history of the universe as a single four-dimensional thing. If you were to stand outside the universe—outside both space and time—and look at your own life, you would see your birth, your death and every moment in between laid out as distinct points. From this angle, time does not flow, but is static and fixed.
5. Time and the Second law of Thermodynamics
The second law of thermodynamics is a very important relation in physics. The thermodynamic arrow is governed by the Second Law of thermodynamics which describes that entropy of any system increases with increase in time. Thus the second law states that time is asymmetrical with respect to amount of order in an isolated system as it advances in time. Basically a system always moves from a ordered state into a disordered state. In other words, over time, the entropy of the entire Universe must increase. It’s the only law of physics that appears to have a preferred direction for time.
6. Time and our Brain
Our brain does not perceive the duration in time the units of seconds, minutes and hours. Our brain derive the sense of time mostly from the ongoing flow of experiences. We have multiple biological systems to help us keep track of our experiences in minute details. The time which flies when you’re having fun, which stretches when you are waiting, and which nearly comes to arrest in the split seconds of a catastrophe unfolding, is in its essence relational and relative to the multiple aspects of experience it is woven into.
7. Time in Hinduism
Viraja Nadi, is the boundary between the material dimension of time and the spiritual dimension of timelessness. In deep meditation or after death the souls that exist on the material side of the Viraja nadi are eternally conditioned, and the souls on the spiritual side are eternally liberated. Crossing Viraja nadi is going outside both time and space. On the other side of the Viraja nadi is the zone of eternal bliss and light. Enlightenment comes when you cross the time dimensions.
In the material world, time is not a straight line but eternal cycles, universes being created, existing and ‘dying’, followed by recreation, existence and death, with no beginning and no end. This is mirrored in the belief in reincarnation.
8. Quantum Physics and Time-symmetry
Schrödinger’s equation is one of the most important equation of quantum physics. The Schrödinger’s equation is reversible. Mathematically, it means that under a certain transformation called complex conjugation, the equation will describe a ‘smeared’ electron localising back into a small region of space over the same time period. The equation of time-symmetry says that the equations that govern reality don’t have a preference for which way time flows. The universe is estimated to be 13.7 billion years old. Theoretically, you can go back and see the birth of the universe. In Hinduism, there are a range of viewpoints that explains the birth of the Universe.
9. Time and Eternity
Eternity is what exists outside the time zone. Viraja nadi is a mystical ancient symbolic river. It is the river of bliss, light and timeless. In one side of this river is the material world (moola prakruti), which obeys the rules of classical physics and causal asymmetry. On the other side is the timeless zone of bliss and light. It has no contamination of the (prakruti) When the Self raises from Viraja nadi after a bath – deep meditation, all contamination are removed and merged with the unchanging, un-decaying absolute cosmic consciousness. Viraja Nadi Kriya meditation is a special meditation technique to cross the river and enter into the kingdom of light and bliss.