Ancient Science: Revisiting vijnana or coherence
I had done the translation of some verses of Vijnana Bhairava long back and it seems a long long time back. While the translation paved the way to understanding other concepts, now that I have understood some of the in-depth concepts, it is time to revisit and rethink vijnanam with the new information. I believe the translation of vijnana was correct which is “coherence”, but, the core question that needs to be asked is “coherence of what?” But then again “coherence” itself is a very relative term that takes on different meaning based on what is being described as coherent. Looking at a literal translation of vijnana = vi + jnana = order + knowledge gives us the translation as “knowledge of order”. So, coherence now is indicative of some “order” established in an unordered and knowing that order is vijnanam. While “order” seems a very simple concept to us, when we look at it from some unmanifested expanse of unknown, how do we know what is “order”?
As I had written in my previous blog, things SEEM to be very simple in this higher dimension that we exist in, where some sort of analytics is already done and when a concluded intelligence is what we deal with. But, if we go down to the raw expanse where nothing is present i.e., shUnyam, then things take on a totally different perspective. Again, this is best understood using data. If there was data that said “This is a test”, then given that it is in plain English that I can understand, I know the meaning when I read the data. But, if there was a data stream coming continuously similar to “xkcdabcd19876efgh”, how do I find an order in such a series? Where do I start finding the coherence or vijnanam in this? Does coherence have a meaning at all in such a context? What is “correct order” and what is a “wrong order” when I am looking at an expanse of such streamed raw data? The Brahman or the underlying truth is similar to this, an expanse of streamed data with no meaning attached. So, how can a coherence be established and knowledge formed from this? But, this is what seems to be happening.
While in the above example I have used “alphanumeric characters” to form the raw data, we do not know what the underlying truth or Brahman really is. Yet it is strange that without knowing this we are able to create knowledge from it. How is this possible? Here is where the concept of “prANa” or “change” seems to completely de-couple “the actual of what the underlying Brahman is from the experience of the Brahman“. It seems such a beautiful concept that it holds me in awe every time I think of it. To understand this, we can look at it from the perspective of objects within a “computer application”. When we look at data that is being created and used by a computer application we find that the representation of an object is in the form of 1’s and 0’s combined together in a binary format to give it a meaning in the application’s world. So, 0x01 represents a 1, 0x10 represents 2 and so on, and using ascii, we say 0x41 represents ‘a’, 0x42 represents ‘b’ and so on. These 1’s and 0’s can be stored as electrical or magnetic states in a register or a hard disk or any hardware device, but the application works with just the abstracted concept of “1’s” and “0’s” and does not have to know what the underlying actual hardware is that is storing the data. Similarly, we also seem to be capable of operating devoid of understanding what the actual underlying Brahman is. We just need to understand the vijnanam or order in the representation and that representation is “praNa or change”.
While in the computer world the meanings are explicitly mapped to a specific binary and this mapping can be seen as vijnanam or coherence, the coherence or vijnanam of reality is established in dynamically changing clusters of changes to form knowledge and this knowledge is used to establish logic. It should be noted that while I used the computer application data storage as an example, the coherence or vijnanam concept in reality is much more complex. To understand this complexity is where the Surya Siddanta has defined measurement parameters as I have explained in the measurement system in the book “Surya Siddanta: Emergence of empirical reality“. It has divided the changes into the smallest detectable change called it as “viNADI”, combined it together into a “prANa” which is the smallest recollect-able change and further combined them together into a “nADi” which is the smallest group of changes using which other higher measurements are done. Take such a combination of 3600 viNADI (60 nADi) you have 1/3rd of an orbit, 7 of which comes together to form a single thought. Now, what is important here is how these thoughts combine together to form a knowledge. If there was just a flat structure of steadily changing truth again it is said that we cannot have knowledge with it. What is needed is for this steady change to have a gap in the change, so that multiple gaps can be detected and combined together and even more important is for the change to curve around to form a spherical change. If none of this happens, looks like we cannot detect change or have knowledge. What is said is that knowledge is not the actual change or the curve, but that which is derived because of the gap or the curve. We detect focal points using the curves and axis using the gaps this acts as agents of knowledge that transforms the agents into a spiral structure and this is knowledge. When we look at it from this perspective “order of knowledge or vijnanam” takes on a very different meaning. From this perspective, vijnanam is that which allows us to know the order of changes that we need to combine together, detect the agents and create knowledge out of it. Further, it helps us order this ordered thoughts into higher level secondary and tertiary and fourth level and fifth level thoughts that helps us create this world of reality around us.