Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Technovedanta avant la lettre et sa mise en abyme par incorporation de soi-même


Or: Technovedanta before the term was coined and its abysmal incorporation into itself by self-referral.

Until recently I had the impression that with my philosophy of Technovedanta I had created a unique niche combining modern technology and Vedic knowledge. However, to my great surprise I recently found the following book that falls within that paradigm: “Quantum Computing, The Vedic fabric of the Digital Universe ” by Thomas J.Routt, PhD.

Whereas in my book Technovedanta I described an architecture for a future quasiconscious Internet based on Vedic stratifications, Dr. Routt describes a comprehensive architecture for a quantum computing network based on the Vedas. Routt’s book is an excellent mapping between Vedic concepts and structure within the Vedas versus the contemporary computer and computer network knowledge. It is not surprising that the knowledge as regards computing of Dr. Routt, who is a specialist in the field of computer networks, by far surpasses by own knowledge in this domain. I would therefore like to incorporate the entirety of his teachings by reference into the technovedantic lore, albeit with a disclaimer and a caveat as regards only a few of his notions which I would like to be label as doubtful.

Does this mean that my book Technovedanta has become superfluous as the musings of a dwarf in the shadow of a giant? In order to answer this question I will give an overview of the authentic and technologically useful concepts mentioned in my book Technovedanta, which are not present in Routt’s book “Quantum Computing”. In fact whereas both books share certain notions, they also differ in certain aspects and can be considered as complementary. 

But before I go into a more detailed discussion of the differences between the books and philosophies, I’d first like to address the disclaimer and caveat:
Routt does not only describe how Vedic notions and the structure of the Vedic scriptures correspond to computational concepts, Routt goes as far as to imply that reality is de facto the product of a computer simulation, at the basis of which the Vedas lie. There is no mismatch of the concept that we indeed live in a computer simulation with my strong presumption that reality is a panpsychic pancomputational process, but I did not go as far as to imply that the very ancient scriptures called the Vedas de facto provide the very algorithms that create and structure the simulation we call reality.

Routt claims on the basis of revelations by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that the very structure of the Vedas, the Rg Veda in particular, at every level i.e. at the level of the syllables (aksharas) or sounds (mantras), the verses (padas), the hymns (suktas) and books (mandalas) and the gaps (sandhi) between these units as well as in between the different types of units provide the foundation of the unified field , which includes all the laws of nature from which the physical world arises.

Whereas I can understand that the Rg Veda could thus indeed be translated into a digital code in which the gaps are a set of zeros and the syllables or sounds different combinations of ones and zeros, and whereas I do consider the possibility in line with digital physics and the superstring findings of James Gates that “reality” is indeed produced by a digital computer code, I am not convinced that it is necessarily the very code of the Rig Veda that provides our reality. I am also not saying that it cannot be that way, but there is room for doubt.

I have reasons to doubt, because one of the books included by Routt in the set of scriptures, which are said to form the foundation of underlying unmanifest reality is the Purana also known as Shrimad Bhagavatam. As explained in an earlier post, this book contains information which is verifiably nonsense such as the notion that embryos would defecate in the amnion and that the size of our solar system (the Brahmanda) would be 4 billion miles. That is not even the diameter of the orbit of Uranus.

If the Shrimad Bhagavatam is not a truthful source then maybe these claims of Routt and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (hereinafter MMY) aren’t either. This is my disclaimer: Not all information presented in “Quantum Computing” is necessarily true.

Furthermore the Vedas are not the only ancient scriptures which provide interesting numerological notions, which point to higher intelligence: The Jewish tradition of Kabbalah finds interesting numerological patterns in the Torah, Gematria does the same for the Bible. Perhaps these books could make a similar claim to be the software of the universe. But since all these sacred books do have their differences and even contain mutually exclusive notions, they cannot all be completely true at the same time.

Since the incredible mathematical complexity involved in the word-number “coincidences” in these holy books, it is doubtful whether such coincidences are the work of calculations made by man. They point to a higher intelligence, but because of the discrepancies between these books, I am inclined to speculate that they did not come from a highest transcendental “God” directly, but rather are the result of musings of God-like entities (e.g. inhabitants of a Kardashev level IV society, who can manipulate energy), who somehow want to give us some hints without revealing the whole Shebang. 
More of this chapter in my next book, which I have submitted for publication.

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