Astronomy and Spirituality Have Much in Common
Long ago, Giordano Bruno wrote of an infinity of worlds and life in the cosmos: "He is glorified not in one, but in countless suns; not in a single earth, a single world, but in a thousand thousand, I say in an infinity of worlds." As was often the case with the western mystics, he was burned at the stake for sharing his revelations, his "heresy". Such has been the fate of numerous gnostic souls and other mystics. Around that very same time but further to the East in India, Guru Nanak also sang that there are countless earths, spheres, moons, suns oceans, living creatures and beings, millions of skies above skies: "Many millions are the skies and solar systems. Many millions are the moons, the suns and stars. Many millions are the sources of creation and continents. Many millions are the jewel containing oceans. Many times has the universal expanse occurred." And rather than being condemned for his intuitive insights, Guru Nanak is considered to be one of India's greatest spiritual masters and saints. His Morning Prayer (Jap Ji) is sung and recited as sacred scripture by millions.
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Today on this Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcast we explore the similarities between the empirical, scientific path of astronomy and the intuitive way of the mystics, how both explore space, inner and outer, during the dark hours before the dawn, how both have a lens they use to focus with in order to gaze into realms of subtle light from beyond what is normally perceived, and tune the cosmic radio dial listening for faint signals or sounds coming from beyond the cosmic static. The bigness of the "known" cosmos keeps on getting bigger! Actually, it is our awareness that's growing, seeing more and more of That Which Is. I find astronomy and mysticism have much in common. Like Galileo discovering new worlds through the lens of his telescope, mystics have been trying to tell humanity for eons of something quite similar. The reason why the contemplative state of being is still hidden from most of us is that, unlike Galileo’s telescope, in order to look through this particular lens, the third eye or inner vision, we mustn't be stuck always focusing on the outward sensory impressions, but go in the opposite direction: into Inner Space during contemplative meditation. Look through the lens of the third eye to access the world of within. Tune the inner radio dial, listening for the subtle inner sounds coming from beyond the silence.
"If your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of Light." (Yeshua) "With the Divine Eye, which is purified and surpasses the human, a bhikkhu surveys a thousand worlds." (Buddha) "Within this earthen vessel are bowers and groves, and within it is the Creator. Within this vessel are the seven oceans and the unnumbered stars. The touchstone and the jewel-appraiser are within. And within this vessel the Eternal soundeth, and the spring wells up. Kabir says: 'Listen to me, my Friend! My Beloved Lord is within.'" "The Light of one soul is equal to that of sixteen suns!" (Kabir) Rumi says, "We are stars wrapped in skin -- The light you are seeking ... has always been ... within."
IMAGE (Public Domain, Courtesy of NASA): "Stephan's Quintet, a visual grouping of five galaxies. NASA's James Webb Space Telescope reveals Stephan's Quintet in a new light." And with this image there's also an "ultra deep field" of almost countless distant galaxies.
In Divine Love, Light, and Sound,
Spiritual Awakening Radio