A Gathered Radiance

Golden Radiance Mandala 2

Sir Arthur Eddington said that the conflict between the quantum and classical theories of physics becomes sensitive in the problem of the propagation of light. It comes down to a conflict between the corpuscular theory of light and the wave theory. In defining how large a quantum of light is, he said it must be large enough to cover a 100 inch mirror, but small enough to enter an atom. Paradox and contradiction abound! He also goes on to say…

“We must not think about space and time in connection with an individual quantum; and the extension of a quantum in space has no real meaning. To apply these conceptions to a single quantum is like reading the Riot Act to one man. A single quantum has not travelled 50 billion miles from Sirius; it has not been 8 years on the way. But when enough quanta are gathered to form a quorum there will be found among them statistical properties which are the genesis of the 50 billion miles’ distance of Sirius and the 8 years’ journey of the light.”

Reflecting on Eddington’s statement above, Preston Harold meditates on how it parallels a particular teaching of Jesus:

An ancient symbolizing h in terms of “I” might convey that when the “statistical requirements are met” – that when a “quorum of quanta are gathered” – light will be there, by saying: “…where two or three have gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Jesus’ summary statement is not a riot act, unmeaningful to an individual thinking of himself in connection with light, space, and time. He simply says that God is Father, is love, that with God all things are possible – as He, Himself, symbolized that of each man which is like h, one totally committed to action, an indivisible unity that overleaps time and space, an “unbroken glory” as Jesus was upon the cross, a “gathered radiance,” as He was in life and death.


It is notable here that Harold mentions Jesus on the cross as an “unbroken glory.” According to Rudolf Steiner in his lectures on the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus’ words while on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani), can also be translated from the Aramaic as “My God, my God, how you have glorified me!” The word “sabachthani” is very similar to the Aramaic word “shevachthani,” which means “elevated,” or “glorified.” In his “The Return of the Mother,” Andrew Harvey tells of a German scholar of Aramaic who was researching the possibility that Jesus “may have been punning on the cross.” An ancient speaker of Aramaic could have heard these words from Jesus in both ways, therefore understanding that there was something special happening while Jesus was dying a terrible death. It does make sense to interpret the “light of the world” being glorified in death. After all, after Judas had left to hand Jesus over, Jesus said,

“Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify the Son in himself – and will glorify him immediately.” -John:13:31,32

On the cross, the “I” of humanity was glorified in Jesus, He Himself leading the way for the rest of us to follow. “If one is to be my disciple, he must pick up his cross and follow me.” Until next time, peace.

Time Maps: Part 1

In spite of many predicting when the 2nd coming of Christ will be, Jesus himself said no one would or could know:

Jesus said that the answer as to when “becoming” will be achieved is not accessible to Homo sapiens’ consciousness:

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. –Mark 13:32

Thus, only the Father knoweth the hour – even as something in the unconscious can calculate time without consciousness’ awareness that it is calculating it.

Preston Harold goes on to compare a physicists understanding of time with Jesus’. He says…

But Eddington does try to picture what the physicist knows of time in a way that the layman may grasp it. Jesus also drew a word-picture so similar to Eddington’s in many respects He must have been alluding to all that men can know of the mystery of time: primarily, that consciousness cannot penetrate its secret “now” although in the unconscious time’s function or working is grasped.

Eddington explains that “Physical time is, like space, a kind of frame in which we locate the events in the external world…We have seen that there is an infinite choice of alternative frames; so, to be quite explicit, I will tell you how I locate events in my frame.” First, he depicts a number of events, represented by circles, located at random around the cross encircled, representing “I,” here-now, enveloped in an event.


Figure 2 extends the line of the cross, vesting “I” with a past: “myself” drawn through “I, here-now,” into the future.


Figure 3 depicts time as “I” am related to the world or activity of others and it may be observed that “my now” and the “now” of another are not one and the same; nor is the past and future line of time-seeing precisely the same.


Figure 4 shows a drawing of “Father Time,” as a space-time frame involving “Absolute Past” and “Absolute Future” and “Absolute Elsewhere.”


Eddington says, “No observer can reach an event in the neutral zone [Absolute Elsewhere], since the required speed is too great. The event is not Here for any observer (from Here-Now); therefore it is absolutely Elsewhere.”

Yet, “I” am enveloped in the “disappearing act” of time and although “I” cannot see “Absolute Everywhere,” somehow “I” must touch upon this realm, for it converges upon the “event” and “myself” passing, or being passed, through it as may be seen in Figure 4.

Whew! That’s quite enough for today. In the next installment we’ll look at how these diagrams pertain to the words of Jesus. Until then, peace.