As scientifically compelling as the Big Bang Theory is, there is a paradox in the notion of our universe expanding from a singularity. The question, “What existed before the Big Bang?” has baffled scientists. By definition, nothing existed prior to the beginning, but that fact creates more questions than answers. For instance, if nothing existed prior to the Big Bang, what caused the singularity to be created in the first place?” (The Origin of the Universe—The Big Bang, by John P. Mills, Ph.D.)
The origin of the singularity is the heart of the mystery. Where did the singularity come from? How was it created? Who or what caused it? Or did it just spontaneously appear? Though scientists have no idea what caused the singularity and the Big Bang, they don’t believe God or a Creator caused the singularity, either. The problem scientists have with a Creator causing the singularity is that the Creator would have to be a mysterious entity that has no beginning. Scientists do not believe that such an entity could exist anymore than they believe in Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny.
The scientific blogger at DeepAstronomy.com expresses the problem of God being the source of the singularity and the Big Bang. These concepts beg the questions: Where did God come from? Who or what created God? “If the answer is ‘he (God or the Creator) always existed’ then we have a situation, from a causality standpoint, that is no more satisfying than a universe that springs forth from nothing (and for no apparent reason). A Creator that has always existed is an entity that somehow exists without a cause.”
The DeepAstronomy.com blogger also defines the problem of solving the riddle of how the universe came into being: “What caused the Big Bang? Any answer to this problem must begin with a key realization: both time and space are contained within the universe and came into existence only after the Big Bang occurred. The cause of the universe must not include them; they are not available to us. It must come from outside our experience.
“In this realm, the solution, whatever it is, will seem very strange to us, and it will almost certainly make no sense to our brains because here, it is possible to have an event with no cause. There is no time, there is no before in which the Big Bang could have occurred—there simply is no cause and effect. We must somehow come up with a solution that exists outside time and space.”
Outside Time and Space?
According to The Secret Doctrine, by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, published in 1888, the blogger is correct in stating that time did not exist until after the Big Bang. But in regard to space, the ancient Indian philosophers believed that space always existed, even before the creation of the universe. They believed, in fact, that space is an attribute of the mysterious entity, referred to in the following quote as the “ever-incognizable (‘incomprehensible’) Deity:”
“Space is neither a ‘limitless void,’ nor a ‘conditioned fullness,’ but both: being on the plane of absolute abstraction the ever-incognizable Deity, which is void only to finite minds, and on mayavic perception (from Maya, meaning ‘illusion’ and assuming HPB is referring to the manifest universe), the Plenum (‘a space completely filled with matter’), the absolute Container of All That Is, whether manifested or unmanifested (my emphasis).
“ ‘What is that which was, is, and will be, whether there is a Universe or not; whether there be gods or none?’ asks the esoteric Senzar Catechism. And the answer made is—space.
“Then, there are three Eternals?’ ‘No, the three are one. That which is is one, that which ever was is one, that which is ever being and becoming is also one: and this is Space.’ ” (Helena P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine)
Before the Beginning
Ironically, the DeepAstronomy.com blogger inadvertently affirms what the Buddhist, Brahmins, Hindus, the Kabbala, and other ancient esoteric texts say about the nature of the Creator: “The solution, whatever it is, will seem very strange to us, and it will almost certainly make no sense to our brains because here, it is possible to have an event with no cause. There is no time, there is no before in which the Big Bang could have occurred—there simply is no cause and effect.”
That we cannot comprehend an entity that existed before the creation of the universe, and that appears to have no beginning, no “cause and effect,” an entity that has always existed is by definition, “incomprehensible,” and seems “very strange to us,” and “makes no sense to our brains.” That we cannot comprehend how such an entity could exist before the creation of the universe and before the creation of time; that we cannot understand how that entity seemingly has no beginning and no end, does not mean that the entity does not exist, only that we cannot comprehend its existence.
Yet, these illogical and improbable attributes—being incomprehensible, having no beginning and no end; existing beyond sexual gender, beyond time; having no name—are precisely the Hindu, Brahmin, Kabbalistic and ancient esoteric descriptions of the intelligence that caused the universe to come into existence. In The Secret Doctrine, Blavatsky describes the mysterious, incomprehensible entity as: “An Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless and Immutable Principle on which all speculation is impossible, since it transcends the power of human conception and could only be dwarfed by any human expression or similitude. It is beyond the range and reach of thought—in the words of Mandukya, [It is] ‘unthinkable and unspeakable.’ ”
The ancients called this mysterious, incomprehensible entity by various names: “Brahma,” the “Causeless Cause,” the “Rootless Root,” the “Incognizable Presence,” “Parabrahm” (the “Supreme All, the ever invisible spirit and Soul of Nature”), the “unrevealed Deity,” Kosmos” (spelled with a “K” to differentiate it from the manifested cosmos that is spelled with a “c.”) The Kosmos is the intra-cosmic, unmanifested state of the universe), just to name a few. (In Indian philosophy, volumes have been written on the intelligence that has no beginning and no end and existed before the universe came into manifestation.)
The Mundane Egg and the Germ
Fascinatingly, ancient Indian philosophy has a similar theory as to how the universe came into existence. Thousands of years ago, the ancients knew the universe was expanding. However, they didn’t call the beginning of the universe “the point of singularity and the Big Bang.” They called it the “Mundane Egg and the germ.”
In The Secret Doctrine, to make sure everyone got it, we are given a graphic representation of the pre-manifested universe’s state of existence, which is called “Pralaya” (inactivity of the Creator, also called “The Nights of Brahma”), among other things. We are shown and told that the Creator existed before the creation of the universe:
“On the first page (of The Stanza’s of Dzyan) is an immaculate white disk within a dull black [back] ground. On the following page, the same disk, but with a central point. The first, the student knows, represents Kosmos in Eternity, before the reawakening of the still slumbering Energy, the emanation of the Word in later systems. The point in the hitherto immaculate Disk, Space and Eternity in Pralaya denotes the dawn of differentiation.
“It is the point in the Mundane Egg, the germ within the latter which will become the Universe, the All, the boundless, periodical Kosmos, this germ being latent and active, periodically and by turns.”
(Indian philosophy tells us that the germ of the universe has manifested and unmanifested countless times. This cycle of the creation and dissolution of the universe is called “The Days and Nights of Brahma.” According to ancient Indian scriptures, the duration the universe stays manifested is approximately 311 trillion years.)
The Germ that Becomes the Universe
The Mundane Egg is a white disk or circle with a dot in the center. The white disk on the dull black background is the graphic representation of the unmanifested Kosmos, as it resides in Pralaya. Blavatsky called the dot in the center of the disk the germ of the universe. But is the behavior of a germ the behavior that best describes what seems to happen when the universe comes into manifestation from a point of singularity? Maybe the word germ worked as a descriptive metaphor a few thousand years ago. It may not convey the desired imagery today.
Even though germs do grow, neither singularity nor germ best describes what seems to happen when the universe is created and expands. So what does? If we consider the process of the universe coming into existence from a singularity and expanding, “seed” is a much more descriptive noun than either singularity or germ.
If we think of the point of singularity as a cosmic seed that grows the universe, we have a clearer understanding of the function of the singularity. The singularity is the seed that grows into All That Is, the manifest universe. (Interestingly, one of the major deities in Indian philosophy is Brahma, whose root Brih, means, “to grow.”) Though seed is a visually helpful analogy, an even more descriptive idea is that the singularity behaves more like a zip file than anything else. Everything the universe needs or will become is already encoded in the file—everything.
Compressed and Encoded from What?
Whether the singularity behaves like a germ, a cosmic seed, or a zip file, the argument could be made that the information contained within the singularity had to be compressed and encoded from something with innate, intrinsic intelligence. How does an acorn know to become an oak tree? How does the singularity know the cosmic laws of matter, energy, mass, gravity, and the DNA codes for all life forms? How does the singularity know to become the universe—the All That Is?
The ancient Indian texts imply that the information necessary to manifest the universe was compressed and encoded into the singularity from the images, designs, visions, immutable laws and equations, thoughts, emotions, and musings of the mind of the Immutable Principle, prior to each manifestation of the universe, and that each manifestation of the universe is itself an evolution of the Immutable Principle.
Plato on the Origin of the Universe
A couple of millennia ago, Plato (424–347 BC) contemplated this paradox: What is the nature of the universe? What caused the universe to come into existence? Did the Creator pre-exist the universe? The simplicity and straightforward logic of Plato’s answer is difficult to dispute. Surprisingly, Plato had an insight into the origin of the universe that modern scientists have yet to fathom: “All that is generated must of necessity be generated by some cause. When the Creator, ever looking to what concerns this, having used for this purpose a certain pattern, worked out the idea and power of it; thus of necessity to finish all things as beautiful… and the World, being thus created according to the eternal pattern, is the copy of something.” (Plato, Timaeus)
Admit it, that long-dead Greek philosopher Plato was quite the theoretical physicist, and like the Indian scriptures and other esoteric sources, he also postulated a pre-existing deity that created what he called an “Archetypical Pattern” that the World [the universe] is a “copy” of. Modern theoretical physicists have no idea—not an inkling—that the universe may be a “copy” of something.
Spontaneously Created Itself or a Copy of Something?
Despite the totally illogical assumption that an eternal, mysterious, pre-existing Creator actually exists, it is the only conclusion that appears to solve the riddle of the origin of the singularity. The only other possible explanation is that the universe, for no apparent reason, suddenly and spontaneously manifested itself in all its splendor and glory. Our theoretical conclusion is, therefore, that if the singularity existed and became the manifested universe, then something pre-existing the singularity created it.
Of course, neither position can be scientifically proven. We’re left with the question of which scenario is more probable or more plausible: That the singularity created itself from nothing and for no apparent reason, or that the singularity was caused by some unfathomable process of the eternal, mysterious, pre-existing Immutable Principle?
Personally, I agree with Blavatsky, the ancient Indian philosophers, and Plato: “All that is generated must of necessity be generated by some cause.” And what is that cause? Though our minds cannot grasp the incomprehensible, indescribable, pre-existing Cause, out of the many attempts I have read that try to describe it, comes from the ancient Greek, Thoth/Hermes Trismegistus, in one of the world’s most ancient works, seems to come the closest:
“Asclepius: Whatever then sayest thou The God to be?
“Hermes: The God then is not Mind but the cause that Mind is. Nor Spirit, but cause that Spirit is. Nor Light, but cause that Light is.”
Elliott Hughes is the author of UFOs & Extraterrestrials and The Secret Origin of the Humans Species. Web page: http://www.AliensAndAncientCivilizations.com. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.