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A human being is part of a whole..

Posted by Pelgrim on May 11th, 2010

Einstein

“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe,
a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings,
as something separated from the rest
a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to
our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison
by widening our circles of compassion
to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Albert Einstein

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The best Islam is within you - the spirit of GOD (Rouh’u Allah) is within you

Posted by Pelgrim on April 20th, 2010

“Rouh = Soul? This is the single biggest misconception that people have made which helped distort the issue of ‘who we are’. In Arabia, when someone dies, the people say: ‘let us pray on his Rouh!’ Also, when they speak about someone dying, the say: ‘his Rouh has left him’. In schools, they teach our kids that the ‘Soul’ is the ‘Rouh’ and that is what will die and be judged and punished or rewarded… However, the story changes when we look at what GOD has to say:

“GOD takes the ‘Nafs’ when death comes, and also at the time of sleep…” (39:42)

“No ‘Nafs’ dies except by GOD’s leave, at a predetermined time…” (3:145)

“Every ‘Nafs’ tastes death, then you receive your recompense on the Day of Resurrection…” (3:185)

“… You shall not kill the ‘Nafs’ that GOD has made sacred, except in the course of justice…” (6:151)

“… she said: my Lord, I have wronged my ‘Nafs”…” (27:16)

Well, you get the picture!

GOD tells us that our ‘Soul’ is called ‘Nafs’, and that this ‘Nafs’ is what is taken at death and what is judged on j-day (then rewarded or punished). The ‘Nafs’ is YOU, it is your entire being, it is your slate, which is burdened or lightened by your actions…

So, if the ‘Soul’ is the ‘Nafs’, then what is the Rouh?

Rouh = Spirit.

“While a barrier separated her from them, we sent to her Our ‘Rouh’. He went to her in the form of a human being.” (19:17)

“They ask you about the ‘Rouh’. Say: ‘The ‘Rouh’ comes from my Lord. And you were not given knowledge, except little.” (Quran 17:85)

It becomes apparent to the reader that the ‘Rouh’ is from GOD and it is the accumulation of ‘knowledge’ that will assist the human being in his life… It is best described as ‘Spirit’.

You see, animals also have ‘Nafs’ just like we do (it is their life-force), yet, you do not see monkeys building spaceships nor turtles working on computers!

The ‘Rouh’ is the gift that GOD gave to our species to allow us the advantage of ‘knowledge’.

“Once I perfect him (the human), and blow into him from My ‘Rouh’, you shall fall prostrate before him.” (15:29)

All animals can communicate with one another (remember the birds speaking to Solomon?). However, it is only man that has ‘knowledge’.

The ‘Rouh’ is GOD’s gift to us, and it is only GOOD. The information that the ‘Rouh’ provides each of us is to be used for our benefit, but we have the ‘choice’ to use it for evil (like nuclear fission being used to make a bomb).

Some unfortunate news about the ‘Rouh’: It will NEVER approach you and save the day. for example, you are struggling to understand something. If you don’t ask GOD for help, it won’t go; “hey, here is the answer!” no, you have to approach it. Also, it will always be LITERAL. you will have to be specific of what you are asking. Note, you don’t have to say this out loud. You can just think of it - because many times, humans have hard time expressing what exactly they want to ask. With the Spirit of God, you don’t have to worry about this - as long as you get the intention of asking, the Spirit will know the question… as much as you wanted to ask and that ALONE (though it knows all the questions you know - it is not going to answer anything you did not ask).

Thus if we can summarize what we have upto this point.

The human being so far is made-up of:

1. The ‘Soul’ - Nafs (the is YOU, the real person, what makes choices and what will be judged);

2. The ‘Spirit’ - Rouh (this is a gift from GOD, it is NOT yours, you do not own it, all people have access to it - like the Quran. It’s purpose is to help provide answers and knowledge to help your Soul make the right decisions). . . .

The best Islam is within you - the spirit of GOD (Rouh’u Allah) is within you. There is no such thing that truth lies outside of you. The ultimate truth lies within you. Please, take advantage of that blessing. It will be your ultimate weapon against falsehood.”

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Quark-gluon plasma, laws of physics anomaly

Posted by Pelgrim on April 3rd, 2010

quark-gluon plasmaMatter buildup

Get Hot On The One A computer visualization of 7,200,000,000,000 degree F quark-gluon plasma in the RHIC collider Brookhaven National Laboratory, via The New York Times

Until the LHC finally gets up to full speed, Brookhaven National Lab’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) remains the world’s most powerful heavy ion smasher. And on Monday, they showed off some of that power by announcing that a recent collision resulted in the hottest matter ever recorded. Coming in at a scorching 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit, the plasma not only recreated the environment of the Big Bang, but might have also resulted in the temporary formation of a bubble within which some normal laws of physics did not apply.

The plasma, which was 250,000 times hotter than the center of the sun, seemed to create small pockets where particles lost their left- or right-handed identity [their spin]. Source

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A Multiverse versus vacuum energy potential

Posted by Pelgrim on April 3rd, 2010

Last night I watched a program in which Michio Kaku explained the wave-point nature of matter as observed in the double slit experiment by equating it with the Multiverse theory. Although I believe in the potential state of the vacuum field, I would however not use the observed results in the Double Slit Experiment as the proof for a Multiverse.

I intuitively believe that what is observed in the outcome of the double slit experiement is the interaction between matter and the underlying vacuum field a.k.a. the zero energy field. I do not have the mathematical skills or talents to theorize upon it myself, that what we are seeing is the result of propagating waves in the underlying vacuum wave field, but I found an interesting theory by Haisch and Rueda.

The final logical explanation for the equivalence of inertial and gravitational mass is that they share a common origin. And this is what Haisch and Rueda think. Both kinds of mass, they claim, arise from interactions of the electric charges of matter with the quantum vacuum. But, whereas Haisch and Rueda’s idea of the origin of inertial mass is well developed, their idea of the origin of gravitational mass is far more speculative.

 

Basically, the two physicists believe, charges in a chunk of matter distort, or “polarise”, the quantum vacuum in their immediate vicinity. In other words, they attract virtual particles with opposite electrical charges and repel virtual particles with similar electrical charges. This distortion of the vacuum in turn interacts with the charges in another chunk of matter. By this roundabout means, a force of attraction arises between the two chunks. “The mechanism is so tortuous it might explain why gravity is so much weaker than the other fundamental forces of nature,” says Haisch. “One mass does not pull directly on another mass but only through the intermediary of the quantum vacuum.”

 

Haisch and Rueda’s description may appear puzzling if you know anything about Einstein’s theory of gravity. After all, general relativity “explains” gravity perfectly in terms of the warpage of higher dimensional space-time by matter. At first glance, this “geometrical” picture does not appear to be at all compatible with the picture of Haisch and Rueda.

 

However, Haisch points out that the warpage of space described by Einstein’s theory is actually not directly measurable. Instead, astronomers infer it from the bending of the paths of light rays passing through space. If the light from a distant star passes close to the Sun on its way to the Earth, for instance, its path is bent by the warped space close to the Sun. “If matter distorts, or ‘polarises’, the quantum vacuum, this changes its ability to bend light, or its ‘refractive index’,” says Haisch. “The vacuum then bends the path of light just like a piece of glass does.”

 

Haisch conjectures that the change of refractive index of the vacuum caused by the presence of matter has exactly the same effect on the paths of light rays as the warpage of space which in Einstein’s theory is caused by the presence of matter. In this way, all the mathematics of general relativity remains intact since space-time, though unwarped, looks exactly as if it is warped! “I strongly suspect that the vacuum-inertia theory can be made consistent with general relativity and the warping of space-time,” says Rueda. “But it is still too early to be certain.”

 

In their latest work, Rueda and Haisch even explain why inertial mass and gravitational mass are the same. And it turns out to be remarkably straightforward. If you accelerate through the quantum vacuum, the vacuum resists your motion, which is why you have inertia. However, if you are held fixed in a gravitational field, it is the quantum vacuum that accelerates past you. “But this immediately shows that the ‘mass’ associated with inertia and the ‘mass’ associated with weight must be equal because the two situations are the same,” says Haisch. “Accelerating through the quantum vacuum or having the quantum vacuum accelerate past you are the same process. Hence Einstein’s principle of equivalence is neatly explained.”

 

Perhaps the most mind-blowing consequence of gravitational and inertial mass owing their existence to the vacuum is the possibility of modifying both through modifying the vacuum. If a way could be found to change the vacuum in the right way, it might be possible to nullify mass, making an inertia-less drive that could accelerate a spaceship from a standstill to the speed of light - the cosmic speed limit - in the blink of an eye! Source

Or the construct of spacetime would cease to exist, now that is thinking outside of the box of spacetime.

The Double Slit Experiment still leaves a lot of space for speculation, especially with regard to our interaction with the vacuum field, that our conscious observation of the trajectory of the particle removes the noise, the interference pattern in the vacuum field.

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Pim van Lommel: About the Continuity of Our Consciousness

Posted by Pelgrim on February 13th, 2010

Lommel, Pim van. “About the Continuity of Our Consciousness”, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 2004; 550: 115-132
…Near-death experiences (NDE) occur with increasing frequency because of improved survival rates resulting from modern techniques of resuscitation. The content of NDE and the effects on patients seem similar worldwide, across all cultures and times. NDE can be defined as the reported memory of the whole of impressions during a special state of consciousness, including a number of special elements such as out-of-body experience, pleasant feelings, seeing a tunnel, a light, deceased relatives, or a life review.… in 1988 we started a prospective study of 344 consecutive survivors of cardiac arrest in ten Dutch hospitals with the aim of investigating the frequency, the cause and the content of an NDE. … Results: 62 patients (18%) reported some recollection of the time of clinical death. …Several theories have been proposed to explain NDE. … With a purely physiological explanation such as cerebral anoxia, most patients who had been clinically dead should report an NDE. All 344 patients had been unconscious because of anoxia of the brain resulting from their cardiac arrest. Why should only 18% of the survivors of cardiac arrest report an NDE?

…So we have to conclude that NDE in our study, as well as in the American and the British study, was experienced during a transient functional loss of all functions of the cortex and of the brainstem. How could a clear consciousness outside one’s body be experienced at the moment that the brain no longer functions during a period of clinical death, with a flat EEG? Such a brain would be roughly analogous to a computer with its power source unplugged and its circuits detached. It couldn’t hallucinate; it couldn’t do anything at all. As stated before, up to the present it has generally been assumed that consciousness and memories are localized inside the brain, that the brain produces them. According to this unproven concept, consciousness and memories ought to vanish with physical death, and necessary also during clinical death or brain death. However, during an NDE patients experience the continuity of their consciousness with the possibility of perception outside and above one’s lifeless body. Consciousness can be experienced in another dimension without our conventional body-linked concept of time and space, where all past, present and future events exist and can be observed simultaneously and instantaneously (non-locality). In the other dimension, one can be connected with the personal memories and fields of consciousness of oneself as well as others, including deceased relatives (universal interconnectedness). And the conscious return into one’s body can be experienced, together with the feeling of bodily limitation, and also sometimes the awareness of the loss of universal wisdom and love they had experienced during their NDE.

…We have to conclude that localized artificial stimulation with real photons (electrical or magnetic energy) disturbs and inhibits the constantly changing electromagnetic fields of our neuronal networks, thereby influencing and inhibiting the normal functions of our brain. Could consciousness and memories be the product or the result of these constantly changing fields of photons? Could these photons be the elementary carriers of consciousness?

Some researchers try to create artificial intelligence by computer technology, hoping to simulate programs evoking consciousness. But Roger Penrose, a quantum physicist, argues that “Algorithmic computations cannot simulate mathematical reasoning. The brain, as a closed system capable of internal and consistent computations, is insufficient to elicit human consciousness.” Penrose offers a quantum mechanical hypothesis to explain the relation between consciousness and the brain. And Simon Berkovitch, a professor in Computer Science of the George Washington University, has calculated that the brain has an absolutely inadequate capacity to produce and store all the informational processes of all our memories with associative thoughts. We would need 1024 operations per second, which is absolutely impossible for our neurons. Herms Romijn, a Dutch neurobiologist, comes to the same conclusion. One should conclude that the brain has not enough computing capacity to store all the memories with associative thoughts from one’s life, has not enough retrieval abilities, and seems not to be able to elicit consciousness.

With our current medical and scientific concepts it seems impossible to explain all aspects of the subjective experiences as reported by patients with an NDE during their period of cardiac arrest, during a transient loss of all functions of the brain. But science, I believe, is the search for explaining new mysteries rather than the cataloguing of old facts and concepts. So it is a scientific challenge to discuss new hypotheses that could explain the reported interconnectedness with the consciousness of other persons and of deceased relatives, to explain the possibility to experience instantaneously and simultaneously (non-locality) a review and a preview of someone’s life in a dimensionwithout our conventional body-linked concept of time and space, where all past, present and future events exist, and the possibility to have clear consciousness with memories from early childhood, with self-identity, with cognition, and with emotion, and the possibility of perception out and above one’s lifeless body.

We should conclude, like many others, that quantum mechanical processes could have something critical to do with how consciousness and memories relate with the brain and the body during normal daily activities as well as during brain death or clinical death.

I would like now to discuss some aspects of quantum physics, because this seems necessary to understand my concept of the continuity of consciousness. Quantum physics has completely overturned the existing view of our material, manifest world, the so-called real-space. It tells us that particles can propagate like waves, and so can be described by a quantum mechanical wave function. It can be proven that light in some experiments behaves like particles (photons), and in other experiments it behaves like waves, and both experiments are true. So waves and particles are complementary aspects of light (Bohr). The experiment of Aspect, based on Bell’s theorem, has established non-locality in quantum mechanics (non-local interconnectedness). Non-locality happens because all events are interrelated… Read the full post …

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Brain waves and oneness experience

Posted by Pelgrim on October 16th, 2009

What follows is an excerpt from a television program aired on October 7th, 2009 by German television station ZDF. It takes a skeptical viewpoint in trying to debunk God and Faith. They also address an interesting scientific experiment which tries to research what happens in the brain during deep meditation in which the state of oneness is experienced by the believer. The program brings this up in an attempt to give a natural explanation of a deep devotional experience. The problem is however that the program misses the deep mystery of consciousness, especially the duality of a brain wave field created by the matter of our neurons and how in this experiment synchronized wave patterns produce a perception of being at one with the underlying reality of our universe, which in turn is also based on a matter/wave duality.

When our brain wants us to focus on certain parts of our visual perception, neurons in the prefrontal cortex fire in unison and send signals to the visual cortex to do the same in order to become synchronized, directing our focus of attention. Source

During meditation we do not focus our sensory perception, still our brain waves become nearly completely synchronized by which the boundaries between inside and outside dissolve.

Science and religion has a hard time understanding the paradox of Jesus the God-Man, uniting two perfect natures in one person, fully divine and fully human, one in essence.

The skeptical view:

Abenteur Forschung
Brain Research Brain and God

Is faith measurable?
Every year millions of believers go on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in the hope of a cure, and all united in the belief in the power of a miracle. In 1858 in the grotto Massabielle the Virgin Mary appeared several times to the peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous. A vision, a fantasy, a perceptual illusion? Researchers are on the trail of the phenomenon. They want to find out exactly what happens when such a phenomenon occurs, and how faith can actually be created. Visions or apparitions are a particularly intense form of spiritual experience. Faith is apparently widespread in many different cultures as a universal principle. Does Faith have a material basis?Researchers are now looking in the brain for measurable traces of faith and religiosity. Experiments suggest that certain areas are more active in the brain during religious experiences than others.

What happens during a vision?
Meditation Is the brain of a believer distinct from that of non-believers, and how does our brain work, while we believe? During an observation brain researcher observe nuns during prayer in MRI. The aim is to find out what events occur in the brain during intense spiritual meditation, prayer, and if that leaves specific traces, so to speak, religiosity has a “place in the brain.” The comparison is striking: The brain of a person in prayer is different from a non-worshipers. The result: The activity of the brain during prayer varies by region. Fast passive is the center, with which we orientate ourselves in space and perceive. It is surprising that this region is supplied much less with blood during the prayer than, say, in resting subjects who do not pray. Some researchers see in this shut down of orientation the reason why prayer is often perceived as closeness to God.

The art of meditation
The Interest of science for Buddhist monks. In Buddhism meditation has for 2000 years placed meditation at its center. Many experienced monks train their brains in their lives often more than 10,000 hours. They describe their feelings as “one with the environment”, the borders to the outside world seem resolved.

That makes researchers interested. As neurophysiologists measure the brain waves of a monk in meditation, they are surprised: The brain waves vibrate remarkably uniform at a certain frequency. Die researchers draw the following conclusions from it: stimuli from our sense organs lead to nerve cells which continue to corresponding brain centers, there arises the perception of our surroundings. During the meditation changes the pattern. The derived excitation now shows nearly synchronized waves. A condition which probably completely changes the perception.
This provides the explanation for the brain researcher of what the monks during meditation experience: that the boundary between interior and exterior dissolves. This creates the feeling of being in complete harmony with the environment.

A matter of faith
Some scholars see in these results also a clue for the explanation of religious phenomena. As potential triggers they suspect specific excitation patterns in the brain. Some even go so far that they think they can selectively induce such visions. A converted helm is the ultimate tool for their experiment: It generates a weak magnetic field, and aims to stimulate such a small target area of the brain. The subjects should describe directly, which results in internal images. Some indeed report religious phenomena, others see mysterious luminous phenomena in the sky, UFOs or even extraterrestrial visitors. Again the images are determined by the individual cultural background. For example only those who have a strong religious commitment report corresponding appearances.

Source: ZDF Abenteur Forchung

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A discussion with a believer ….

Posted by Pelgrim on September 6th, 2009

“So you believe in God?” said the self-proclaimed unbelieving skeptic, and he continued: “All nonsense!” and like if he was stating a fact: “I believe in evolution!”

The believer kindly replied “so you believe  all came from nothing?” And the unbeliever proudly continued “Yes, I believe in the inflationary universe!”

To which the believer answered “Then you believe all came from infinity, and it is not a matter of all or nothing, but nothing a part of all.” To which he unbeliever answered “That is the realm where all known natural laws of physics cease to exist, a reality we can not know or describe.”

The believer answered “We call that the transcended nature of God, and it does not matter how you call yourself, it matters how you are called.”

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the higher nature

Posted by Pelgrim on September 2nd, 2009

2 Peter 1, 3 through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be sharers/partakers of/partners in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

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the salvation of God

Posted by Pelgrim on July 26th, 2009

Salvation is not merely deliverance from sin, nor the experience of personal holiness;
the salvation of God is deliverance out of self entirely into union with Himself.

The March 13 reading of Oswald Chambers’s My Utmost for His Highest (Menlo Park., Calif.: Willow Road Software, 1999). Quoted in M. Robert Mulholland Jr.. The Deeper Journey, The Spirituality of discovering Your True Self. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2006.

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The hurdle of true dialogue

Posted by Pelgrim on June 23rd, 2009

Our self makes itself, the measure of all things.
True communion flows from our heart, guiding our mouth and acts.
The rational of self enthrones itself directing others,
finding differences instead of common ground,
separating instead of uniting,
scattering instead of gathering.

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