NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 70:
Some Ramana Maharshi quotes:
Far from revealing Truth, words only darken & conceal It. To let the Truth shine of itself instead of burying it in words; merge in the heart both word & thought.
Never through argument, but only by abiding in the heart as pure awareness which lights up & shines within the Mind, can one enjoy the thrill, the throb, the Bliss Supreme of being the Self.
Even like a Dream this Waking World is but a Mind-conceived appearance in mind space. Hence greatness lies in firmly ending indicative knowledge & the folly of fondness for outer objects.
Knowledge is manifold, say they who know objects, but not Freedom from the dire delusion of differences. When the Senses 5, driven outward by desire are pulled back, then true, full Awareness comes, & there is no “other” to be known.
As in the Sky with thick clouds covered no eye can see the glorious Sun, one fails to see one’s own Self when the Mind Firmament is darkened by a dense cloud of thoughts.
The Sage’s pure Mind which beholds as a mere Witness the whole World is like a mirror which reflects the foolish thoughts of those who come before him. And these thoughts are then mistaken to be his.
The learned man who, letting go the Self, the real Being, sees & cherishes this Dream, this false, illusive World, may be a scholar. Something different is he who has gained the clarity of Knowing the Self; he is a Knower.
Holding in their hands the mirror, the Scripture which declares “The Self alone is to be known”, many alas, study with care the text & commentaries; only few seek the Self & gain true life.
Fine-Tuned Universe 50:
[In the unreal reflection called the “Universe”, a product of an unreal Mind, even there, Infinite Intelligence is evident and inspiring.]
One final objection that is often voiced may be less serious than it looks. Can the invocation of a Multiplicity of Universes permanently inaccessible to our instruments qualify as Physics? The answer is yes, in principle it can if certain conditions are met.
“Retro-duction”, Effect-to-cause Inference, is central to the Natural Sciences generally: the Physicist who infers to the structure of the atom or molecule on the basis of an emission spectrum or the Geologist who infers to the inner structure of the Earth on the basis of Seismographic data is employing standard Retro-ductive reasoning.
This is the reasoning that underlies explanatory theories that account for inductively arrived at empirical regularities & that give cognitive access to causal structures that are, more often than not, not directly accessible to us.
Such theories are warranted by their ability to account for the data that originally called them forth, but even more by their performance over time, their ability to overcome anomaly, their successfully predicting novel results, their continued survival in the face of severe test, their ability to unify previously disparate domains. The list of the desirable Epistemic (truth–establishing) virtues is long.
A Many-Universe theory is retro-ductive in form; the existence of the Ensemble of universes that constitute its postulated causal structure will be warranted only to the extent that the theory itself behaves well over time. An adequate theory of Inflationary Origination over an Ensemble, with our own Universe as the (admittedly sole) observational warrant, would be enough, provided that the theory could be made sufficiently specific (there are doubts about the present candidates in that regard) & that it comes to be supported by something more than accounting for the original puzzling Fine-Tuning, a slender reed when considered on its own.
A caring Creator: The 4th alternative, the other Anthropic response, is of a much more familiar kind; it comes from a quarter remote from Scientific Cosmology. Its premise, a Creator who has a care for human concerns, is a standard feature of the Western religious tradition. This response is the only one of the 4 that can be said to “explain” the Fine-Tuning phenomenon in something like the familiar sense of “explain”: ascribing the Fine-tuning to the motive of an agent. But, of course, putting it that way tends to mask the unfamiliarity of the agency & the problematic character of ascribing the Fine-Tuning to a Creator’s motives. In its favor is that, unlike the Many-Universe alternative, it requires no new postulation, & it can appeal to a long philosophical tradition stretching back to St, Augustine & beyond, with highly developed metaphysics in its support. Against it is an equally familiar array of objections to the whole idea of a Creator & to the demand for an explanation of the Universe’s existence.
Some more selected verses from the Ramana Maharshi disciple Master Nome:
The Self is bodiless & is the same in all beings. Being the same in all beings, all bodies are one’s own, while one is actually bodiless. If one is bodiless, all is oneself, & all belongs to oneself, how can delusion, desire, anger, & such arise? All such modes of mind & corresponding conduct are the delusions born of the “I am the body” belief, with its associated idea of individuals inhabiting those bodies conceived as oneself & others. Believing the Self to be tainted by the defects of, & defined & bound by, the body, mind, & ego is ignorance. Without these misidentifications, one is like clear, vast space. Space-like Being-Consciousness is the Self & this Self is itself the very substance of its Knowledge.
The Self cannot be an object of Knowledge, just as it cannot be an object of senses. It has no form. The all-pervasive formless Brahman is the innermost, formless Self. If misidentification with the body, mind, & ego ceases, this becomes self-evident. All forms, all objects of knowledge, all that appear to come onto being are as unreal as what is seen in a dream – the illusion of ignorance. Duality has no real existence. If this is realized, the Knowledge this realized is objectless & eternal.
Calculus for Yogis, part 14:
Returning to Friction–Damping of HM Harmonic Motion, with Acceleration’s 2nd
Derivative & Friction’s Velocity–dependent 1st Derivative (with a frictional Damping Coefficient b):
– k x = – b d x/ d t = m d2 x/ d t2
we re-arrange into the Equation of Motion 2nd-order DE:
m d2 x/ d t2 + b d x/ d t + k x = 0
Instead of a simple Trigonometric wave solution, such must be Negative Exponentially Friction damped as:
x (t) = A e–(b/2m)t cos (ω t – α) for phase angle α
For ωo, the un-damped “natural resonance” frequency, the slowing damped oscillation frequency starts lower acceding to:
ωo2 – ω2 = (b/2m)2
Among various amounts of Driving Force, F. that which largely “cancels” out the Friction is loosely considered a “resonance” but is more properly a “steady-state” Fo such that:
(ωo2 – ω2)2 + (ωb/m)2 = (Fo /A m)2
Actual “waves” have their Time & Space behavior related to wave velocity in terms of 2nd-order Derivatives (for simplicity, suppressing PDE notation):
d2 y/ d t2 = v2 d2 y/ d x2 where for example it can be that: y = A sin ω (x/v – t)
The average energy Eave of a “harmonic oscillator” in Classical Statistical Physics is given as kT for k being Boltzmann’s Constant. But Max Planck’s “quantized harmonic oscillator” is that given by:
h ω/ (e–(bc / 2kT – 1) for speed of light c, & h is Planck’s Constant divided by 2π
In Quantum Wave Mechanics, the Radius Vector r replaces Displacement, & the wave-function y(t) gives way to the complex-valued Wave Amplitude: Ψ(r,t) ; & Energy values are generated by the Hamiltonian operator H for the Schrödinger Wave Equation:
i h d Ψ(r,t) / d t = H Ψ(r,t)
The difference between the Classical 2nd-order Derivatives & the Quantum Wave Mechanics 1st-order Derivatives is “somewhat” reflected in the complex-valued Probability Amplitude nature of Ψ which must have its absolute value “squared” to yield physical Probability values.
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“There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.” – the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome – Ajata Vada
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