by Navid Zaidi
There is a very simple, almost unspoken law, the law being that if any two things interact, they must be in some way like each other.
It is quite possible for somebody who looks at the Sun at sunrise on a nice morning, to have a beautiful, poetic thought about it. We can look at the chain of events, which goes to produce that poetic thought. It starts off in the Sun as an atomic reaction, with light being emitted, traveling across space and upper atmosphere, reaching the eye, and traveling as a nerve impulse to the brain, and then producing a thought.
Now, there are two ways of looking at this. Either we can say that thought is a form of energy, or energy is a form of thought in some way. It may be equally valid to say that the energy that is in the universe is in some way related to thought. In other words, Universe = Thought.
How is this possible? Commonly, Thought is considered as an agency that works on things from the outside; we think about things which appear to us as a confronting ‘other’.
However, it is possible to take Thought as a potency that forms the very being of material things. Thought is the ultimate ground and constitutes the very essence of matter. It infuses itself into matter from the very beginning and inspires its onward march towards a self-determined end.
In its essential nature and deeper movement, Thought is not static. It is dynamic and unfolds itself in time just like the seed which, from the very beginning, carries the tree within itself as a present fact.
But our present situation and alliance with serial time and space necessitates the dualism of Thought and Being. We bifurcate ourselves and the confronting ‘other’ as subject and object. But in reality, all is One; there is no ‘other’ and every act of human knowledge is a Unity. Thought and Being are ultimately One.
Since we cannot conceive of Thought independent of a mind, for there to be one universe that everyone observes as being the same, there must be one mind producing the thought!
In his award-acceptance speech, the Nobel prize winner and father of the Quantum Theory, Max Planck said:
As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as the result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such! All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particles of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together…….We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.
The great Sufi masters urge us to match up with this Mind.
Sir James Jeans: The Mysterious Universe
Carl Sagan: The Varieties of Scientific Experience
Dr Wayne Dyer: The Power of Intention
Sir Muhammad Iqbal: The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam