Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Another embrace of the infinite

I love this from Discover magazine -- it's from an interview with famous physicist Stephen Hawking of the University of Cambridge. The interview, in the October 2005 issue, discusses M-theory, a theory broader in range than supergravity or string theory. But this M-theory is actually a network of theories, which work in some circumstances but break down in others.


Are you disturbed by the possibility that there is no single ultimate theory?
H: Some people will be very disappointed if there is no ultimate theory that can be formulated as a finite number of principles. I used to belong to that camp, but I've changed my mind. I'm now glad that our search for understanding will never come to an end, and that we will always have the challenge of new discovery. Without it, we would stagnate.


The challenge of new discovery. I feel that way about spirituality! It's a journey that never ends, *should* never end. And knowing that, I get a lot less stressed about what I'm learning *today.* I can take it one day at a time knowing that truly I have all eternity to continue on the path.


Because, after all, what we're talking about is infinite. The Divine is truly infinite -- can we expect to figure it all out in a day, a year, a human lifetime? Not! And how great that this adventure will never end!


I did think in my younger days that achieving ultimate perfection would be boring. Like, nothing would ever happen, we'd just float there in stasis or something. So I tried a lot of things humanly that seemed interesting at the time. They were deadends -- ultimately boring in themselves, because the same old same old would play out over and over again.


Now, the more I learn about spiritual reality, the more amazing the goal of realizing perfection is becoming to me. I'm sure now there will be infinite vistas to discover, infinite beings to become friends with, infinite joy to explore and experience.


So what is today? It's a start. It's a step on an infinite path. No need to look back, full speed ahead!


Some ideas from Science and Health:


The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality. The understanding and recognition of Spirit must finally come, and we may as well improve our time in solving the mysteries of being through an apprehension of divine Principle. At present we know not what man is, but we certainly shall know this when man reflects God.


The days of our pilgrimage will multiply instead of diminish, when God's kingdom comes on earth; for the true way leads to Life instead of to death, and earthly experience discloses the finity of error and the infinite capacities of Truth, in which God gives man dominion over all the earth.

The compounded minerals or aggregated substances composing the earth, the relations which constituent masses hold to each other, the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember that they all must give place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back into Spirit. In proportion as this is done, man and the universe will be found harmonious and eternal.

Material substances or mundane formations, astronomical calculations, and all the paraphernalia of speculative theories, based on the hypothesis of material law or life and intelligence resident in matter, will ultimately vanish, swallowed up in the infinite calculus of Spirit.


Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, — they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, — in order that sin and mortality may be put off.


Beholding the infinite tasks of truth, we pause, — wait on God. Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured, and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory.




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1 Comments:

At 11/22/2005 09:38:00 AM, Blogger James C. said...

I'm reminded of Stephen Hawking's thoughts at the end of his book,"Stephen Hawking's Universe". Paraphrasing, "We are very close to discovering how God designed the Universe. The next question we face is: Why?"

 

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