[Advaita-l] loka-aloka mountain
sgadkari2001 at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 29 01:23:07 CST 2016
Some more interesting angles related to the center of our Galaxy and
possible references to it in Gita/ purANa-s.
- As seen the Earth, the galactic center is located near the dhanu
rASi (the Sagittarius constellation).
- Galactic center corresponds to the heart of shishumAra chakra which the
residence of Narayana who upholds the shisumAra chakra (Vishnu Purana 2.9.4).
(sishumAra chakra is our galaxy. Note that the center of the Galaxy
actually holds the Galaxy together. Also note the word chakra which
indicates clear knowledge of the actual structure of our Galaxy though
it does not look like a chakra from the Earth.)
- The month of Margashirha corresponds to the period when Sun enters into
dhanu rASi - that is when sun as seen from the Earth is in the region
of the Galactic center. This month is singled out in Gita (10.35).
This is very interesting - I have always wondered what is so special
about the month of Margashirha.
- The most interesting: Gita 15.3-6 notes that the parama dhAma of
Adya puruSa is not illumined by the sun (stars), moon (reflected
light of stars) or even fire (not sure how to interpret this here).
If this parama dhAma is actually within the event horizon of the
galactic black hole that seems reasonable.
Putting together information collected from different sources, and
my own contemplation on 7 dvIpa-s mentioned in puraNa-s.
Primary reference source is bhAgavatam Book 5.
- Description of jAmbu dvIpa alone can be (somewhat) correlated
with the Geography of earth. So let us go ahead and conjecture
that jAmbu dvIpa is a term used to denote "all land" on earth.
Then it makes sense to say that jAmbu dvIpa is surrounded by
salt water ocean.
- Regarding other dvIpa-s, we have two options, (a) discard this as
fantasy, or (b) be open to the possibility that these are earth-like
planets somewhere in the universe.
- Let us consider option (b), with further assumption that these are
earth-like planets within out own galaxy.
- Then the term dvIpa will mean land on that particular planet, and
samudra is the ocean on that planet.
- In general "meru" mountain represents the axis of a system
- in our body "meru" is the central axis corresponding to spinal column.
- For earth "meru" is the axis of rotation
- For Solar system, "meru" is the axis of revolution of planets around the sun.
- For our Galaxy, "meru" is the axis passing through the center of our
Galaxy, around with all stars (along with their planets) revolve.
- Now can we assume that the ordering of the dvIpa-s from jAmbu to puSkara
is representative of their location within our galaxy? In my opinion - yes.
The clue for this is the loka-aloka mountain.
The ordering of dvIpa-s is: jAmbu-plakSa-shAmali-kusha-shaka-puSkara-lokAloka
- Now what may be loka-aloka mountain?
- Bhagavatam 5.20.35 says that : this mountain has mirror like appearance, and
"any object dropped into this cannot be retrieved".
- To me this seems like an apt description of the "event horizon" of the
massive block hole at the center of our Galaxy.
- So the ordering is: jAmbu dvIpa is farthest from Galactic center and puSkara
dvIpa is the closest.
- Brahma loka may either be puSkara dvIpa itself or near it. Bhagavatam
mentions that on puSkara dvIpa, the inhabitants worship god brahmA. We
know that time flows very slowly in brahma loka. This makes perfect sense
if brahma loka is located very close to the event horizon of the galactic
black hole - the lokAloka mountain.
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