A captain crossing the seven seas may not encounter another ship throughout the entire voyage, even though there could be up to tens of thousands of ships in the oceans at any one time.
The missing presence of them does not imply that the captain and his crew are alone in the oceans. It could mean their radar was not in range to pick up another ship, or simply not advanced enough. The amount of human space exploration to date is the equivalent to filling a small glass of water from the ocean. The vastness of the cosmos remains unknown to us as do our oceans, as only five percent has been explored. Although many unknowns, a knowing of all resides within us, a spiritual knowing that requires no knowledge of the finer mechanics of how far Saturn is or how deep the Indian Ocean is, this is a knowing of infiniteness within.
Ancient civilisations shared common outlooks on the cosmos, from basic principles to intricate discoveries. For millennia the stars have indicated what time of year it is, the moon has told us what time of month it is, and the sun has shown what time of day it is. Such observations occurring in our solar system leads us to wonder what more can be discovered throughout the cosmos. In our solar system alone, hundreds of observational systems have been recognised. We know that the moon affects our body and the tides of the oceans, we know that the particles that travel within moonlight are responsible for nourishing our fruit and vegetables. All planets in our solar system play a significant role in our life, a knowing that has been with us for thousands of years.
The precise timing of cosmic events, the predicted route of planets orbits and the reliability of the sun coming up every morning is enough to tell us that we are within a functioning system bound by the laws of nature. Each planet plays a significant role in the solar system. Every change in rotation, temperature and direction of wind in the cosmos affects us here on earth. The phrase, ‘it’s written in the stars’ becomes meaningful when understanding the impact the cosmos has on us. Various cultures believe in honouring the planets as it is believed that the planets serve us our karma. A different planet rules each day and every planet influences our thought process. Just as we are served our unfavourable karma, we are also served our good. There are nine astronomical bodies in our solar system: the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn, and the ascending and descending lunar nodes, respectively known as Rahu and Ketu. In Hindu astrology Rahu causes eclipses, known for swallowing the moon. Ketu represents karmic collections both good and bad.
There are several traditions, offerings, mantras and prayers that can connect you to the cosmos for a greater understanding, or by simply having a deeper awareness of the universe within you is enough to begin establishing a connection.
The cosmos is host to an innumerable number of planets. The vast amount belong in the spiritual sky, and are known as spiritual planets, the others are known as material planets. The number of spiritual planets is far greater than all of the planets in the material sky. The material sky has been approximated as only one quarter of the creation. In this material segment there are trillions of suns, stars and moons. However, most of the creation is in the spiritual sky. It is only in the material sky where there is the cycle of birth and death, where there are laws of nature and karma governing existence. The spiritual sky is free of these concepts and is full of self-illuminating planets.
Space is full of energies we cannot yet measure. This unexplainable energy is known as dark energy and dark matter. Scientists have discovered the presence of these energies by observing anomalies in the cosmos. Planets closest to their star orbit faster because of the gravitational pull and the ones furthest out should typically move slower as the pull gets weaker. However, the planets at the furthest distance can move just as fast as the planets closest to their star, the unexplainable energy which causes this anomaly is known as dark matter. On a larger scale, the force behind events we cannot explain such as the rate of expansion of the universe is known as dark energy.
To feel the universe that is resting within us we must be open to interpret it. Space itself is the largest manifestation we can conceive by the help of large telescopes. The cosmic manifestation rests in space. Space permits the movement of the smallest atoms, to the greatest planets.
“Throughout the expanse of space, the infinite planets, moons and stars in the cosmos are in the midst of a beautiful epic. Performing their duties, on their own paths, with their own souls. The cosmos is as alive as we are here on Earth.”
There is a strong desire for space travel and to explore other planets, this is acceptable because we have the inherent right to go to any part of the material or spiritual sky. The ambition for this travel is tempting for these skies are full of unlimited goodness and planets of varying qualities, and all types of living entities inhabit them. The method to travel to them is near impossible as it requires technology we have not yet discovered. However, this travel can be fulfilled by the process of meditation and yoga. Meditation and yoga serve as a means to explore the unknown.
- Space Apricity
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