The Big Bang Theory and Rig Veda

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The Big Bang theory is a scientific effort to explain what happened at the very beginning of our universe. According to the standard theory, our universe is thought to have begun as an infinitely small, hot, dense, something - a singularity. Where did it come from? Why did it appear? Scientists have no answers. Prior to the singularity, nothing existed, neither space, nor time or matter. After its initial appearance, based on scientific theories, our universe expanded and cooled, going from very small and hot, to the size and temperature of our current universe. It continues to expand and cool to this day and we are inside of it. This is the Big Bang theory.

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There are many misconceptions surrounding the Big Bang theory. For example, we tend to imagine a giant explosion. Scientists however say that there was no explosion, but that there was, and continues to be an expansion. Another misconception is that we tend to image the singularity as a little fireball appearing somewhere in space. According to the many scientists, space didn't exist prior to the Big Bang, time and space had a finite beginning that corresponded to the origin of matter and energy.

So science has no explanation for the beginning, nor it seems, the end. What we are left with is Stephen Hawking's conclusion that the universe begins in 'singularities' where the laws of physics and materialistic science simply do not work. Which calls to mind the words, 'I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last' because the scientific evidence is beginning to point to an absolute power, an almighty creative force that is beyond the realm of human understanding, a God if you like. However this article is not intended to direct the reader to any one particular form of spiritual belief but rather toward spiritual investigation as a whole.


Rig Veda, Sacred Hindu Text translated from Sanskrit by Ralph T.H. Griffith [1896] HYMN CXXIX. Creation.

1. THEN was not non-existent nor existent: there was no realm of air, no sky beyond it.
 What covered in, and where? and what gave shelter? Was water there, unfathomed depth of water?


2 Death was not then, nor was there aught immortal: no sign was there, the day's and night's divider. 
That One Thing, breathless, breathed by its own nature: apart from it was nothing whatsoever.


3 Darkness there was: at first concealed in darkness this All was indiscriminated chaos.
 All that existed then was void and form less: by the great power of Warmth was born that Unit.


4 Thereafter rose Desire in the beginning, Desire, the primal seed and germ of Spirit.
 Sages who searched with their heart's thought discovered the existent's kinship in the non-existent.


5 Transversely was their severing line extended: what was above it then, and what below it?
 There were begetters, there were mighty forces, free action here and energy up yonder
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6 Who verily knows and who can here declare it, whence it was born and whence comes this creation?
 The Gods are later than this world's production. Who knows then whence it first came into being?


7 He, the first origin of this creation, whether he formed it all or did not form it,
 Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven, he verily knows it, or perhaps he knows not.


At the Academy we teach students how the universe was created and how it operates from different perspective. When a person lives his life in accordance with the laws of Universe (cosmogony), he or she is successful in all his endeavours and is surrounded by harmony, love and beauty. If he knowingly or unknowingly acts against these universal principles, then the results are the opposite - failure, chaos, conflict with himself and with the surrounding world. Cosmogony is more scientific than religious in nature, but it has served as the basis of all religions, ever present on our planet.

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