Sense and non-sense on the role of the Golden Ratio in creation
By: Pankaj / Frank van den Bovenkamp, June 23, 2014
The earliest stages of creation are still out of reach of modern physics. The concepts of relativity and probability touch the abstract, however so far do not form a unified approach. Generally there is no idea how energy can have the force of conscience behind it.
To understand the primordial causal factors better, we can take the help of philosophy or paradigm shifting cosmological theory as outlined by P.R. Sarkar.
In a theoretical approach, the endless philosophical regression which results from the necessarily dualistic solution of the creational principle, translates into a more clearly defined formulation of self-reference or recurrence. This intrinsic self-referring quality can be referred to as "Swabhava", the innermost nature of Consciousness. Swabhava is somewhat different from "Prakrtii", in the sense that it is unrelated to the concepts of "subtle" and "crude" of dualistic philosophy.
The Swabhava principle can be applied to the guna's, and in a more scientific style it can be applied to subwaves. In both cases, this concerns an early, merely theoretical stage of creation (homomorphic evolution), hence there are no physical units and dimensions. Therefore, the only cognizable principle which can exist is pure ratio. Ratio is the very "stuff" of creation in this still primordial stage. Mathematically it can be proven that there is an optimal ratio of the Swabhava process during homomorphic evolution, and this ratio is the Golden Ratio, or 0.618.
A proper and precise understanding, scientifically as well as intuitionally, of the Swabhava process, can not only open up new avenues of practical utilisation, but also help overcome the intrinsic limitations of dualistic philosophy. Therefore, as far as the Golden Ratio is concerned, it is important to discern what makes sense and what doesn't.
In brief, what does not make sense is the so called Golden Ratio or "Phi" Spiral. It is a fancy artifact in popular articles and lectures on "Sacred Geometry" etc., but in truth it is just that - an artifact. Spirals in nature are mostly logarithmic, but not Phi-spirals. The so called Fibonacci spiral is not a spiral at all. The purely mathematical Phi-spiral is an ordinary logarithmic spiral and it looks nice but has no special meaning.
What does make sense is how Golden Ratio constitutes a precedent in the vibrational or subwave ocean of the Bhavastha, so that creation can happen, and more specifically, so that "inferences" [Sarkar] are created. Inferences are not the same as subwaves. Inferences can be seen as the non-dual, and more precisely defined equivalent of "tanmatra's" in philosophy. Inferences exist of 4 parts: energy, microvita, propensity and vibration. The vibrational aspect is the most obvious characteristic of inferences, hence in cosmology, "vibration" is commonly identified as "inferences" or generic essence.
Once inferences emerge within the sea of Abstract, among one another they constitute the world of time, place and person, that is, the physical universe or Savishesa. The original causal factors remain hidden and cause the conundrums of modern physics.
Golden Ratio is relevant in the arena of subwaves, not in the physical world directly. But in cases where the subwave template of Creation comes to the surface and somewhat outshines the purely physical factors, the presence of the Golden Ratio, that is, the abstract stuff of Creation, can be discerned. This is typically the case in biological forms and patterns, in landscape formation and also in art. This is naturally associated with a sense of sacredness and hence with beauty, and therefore the Golden Ratio became, historically spoken in retrospect, associated with the ideal design template for (classical) art.
The precise function of Golden Ratio in subwave creation can excellently be seen in the light of P.R. Sarkar's new cosmological approach, the so called "4 chambers" functional model. Through the concept of bifurcation, the 4 chamber model provides a crucially important disambiguation of what is to be considered the Primordial Cause. In philosophy this is not clear, and that is why philosophy is dualistic and ultimately unsatisfactory. Through proper identification of the Primordial Cause and its imminent and equilateral creative Faculties (which was never achieved in philosophy), our stance is no longer tweaked by the powerful "Maya" of the world-body-senses-mind paradigm. Instead we are given the opportunity for a truly non-dual (not: "non-dualistic"..!) view of creation, based on applicable science, rather than on personal devotion alone.
Essentially, with P.R. Sarkar's 4 chamber model, the objective world exists of two (essentially abstract) faculties, namely inferences and propensities. These are resp. the "Known-I" and "Done-I", emerging in the Macrocosmic Arena. Now for those who have the sincere motivation and discipline to develop their intuitional power (with the help of sadhana and precise discernment or "Viveka") this alone can be sufficient to break through the veil of Maya, to overcome the intrinsic limitations of dualistic philosophy, and to dissolve the ongoing world-body-senses-mind contraction into its original essence. This is a subtle inner realization. No olympic record of analytical precision or literature study, no degree in physics or liguistics or any other academic rank or position, and no amount of silky didactics can come anywhere close to the power of sadhana to address and solve these issues. All those other skills may come later, as subsidiaries to the purely intuitional inquiry, for the sole purpose of dissemination and utilisation in the many practical fields.
In other words, to truly understand and appreciate P.R. Sarkars new cosmology, one has to adhere to the requirements of spiritual life style, in order to develop the intuitional and intellectual stamina to succesfully pursue this new line of thinking. It is not for those who are too much distracted by ordinary pleasures or loose themselves in today's attractions such as the "social" media all the time. As a matter of fact, it requires the life style of a sadhaka, without being a devotional subject in the classical sense. Again, in the words of P.R. Sarkar, it is a new line of thinking.
Now, whether we refer to the Primoridal Principle as "Parama Purusa" (in a devotional way) or generally as "Universal Entity", the inner Faculties are the "Doer-I" and "Knower-I". Because the dualistic concept of Prakrtii has been replaced by the non-dual concept of "bifuraction" (i.e. into objective and subjective faculties), the "Doer-I" and "Knower-I" are of equal status and importance. Their meaning and significance should be realized through intuitional science, that is, sadhana at first.
Once this is establised, the next step is to investigate the Bhavastha subwave templates related to the resp. creative Faculties. Here, the Golden Ratio, that is, the optimized form of creative stuff in the primary phase, is one of the controlling factors, namely that of the "Doer-I". Applied to subwaves in the medium of reflective wave synthesis, Golden Ratio fuses energies from the subjective "Knower-I" (roughly, expanded self-awareness) into a single psycho-physical potential. The objective result of this process is propensities, and the subjective result, that is, the refracted energies, is the concentrated form of microvita. In other words, Golden Ratio optimises the fusion of subtle energy into microvita, creating psychic worlds, glands, hormones and other "carbonic auxiliaries" [PRS].
This, in brief, summarizes the function of Golden Ratio in creation. Golden Ratio is abstract macrocosmic stuff on it's journey to become microvitum.
A practical way to begin investigating the non-dual approach of P.R. Sarkars new cosmology, is to imagine that you can see all around, i.e. in all directions simultaneously. It is essentialy a form of "Shuddhi". This helps you to dissolve the sharp demarcation between body and world and realize the central role of the original inferences. From this stance, centered on original inferences, the 4 primordial Faculties can be investigated. This is intuitional science of the first order.
Vice versa, that is, starting from a theoretical angle, to realize the personal stance within 4 chambers cosmology, one can identify the following 4 personal orientations: "Heaven" (Subjective, "Sacred Union"), "Earth" (Objective, "Current of life"), "Outside" (Infiniteness, "Knower-I") and "Inside" (Connectedness, "Doer-I"). This helps you to let go of limiting materialistic viewpoints, dogma's and paradigms.
Now this should all be practiced and learned through internal, intuitional investigation. With the developing conceptual powers, we then can enter into discussions on the technicalities and practical implications, like creating curriculum and utilisation in many practical fields.