BIG BANG AND BIG CRUNCH IN KAMBA RAMAYANA (Post No.5307)

Written by London swaminathan

Date: 10 August 2018

 

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Post No. 5307

 

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WHAT IS KAMBA RAMAYANA

A great poet by name Kamban wrote the Ramayana in Tamil verses about 1000 years ago. Though he said that he followed Valmiki , he deviated in some places. But the main story remained intact unlike the South East Asian Ramayanas.

WHAT IS BIG BANG AND BIG CRUNCH?

15 billion years ago, there was an explosion and the universe expanded from a  hot, central core; what we see as stars, galaxies, solar system etc evolved from it in stages. The big crunch theory says that the continuously expanding universe will stop expanding at one point in time and collapse suddenly. It is like a blowing balloon suddenly explodes and collapses.

 

Hinduism is the only religion which says the age of universe is around 15 billion years; other religions place it a few thousand years back. In Hinduism, all the Sanskrit words and Tamil words for all heavenly bodies including universe is globular or circular or spherical.

Now to Kamban… He says in Yuddha kanda,

Seeing the condition of his brother Lakshmana, Rama sobbed. Then Devas said,

“O the Supreme! Like the spider

which can spin the finest thread

out of itself, and make a web

and can withdraw it all

You will never cease to make

and unmake these various worlds,

All lives, inside out

Which you will swallow and spit out”

 

–The Brahmastra chapter.

 

Here expanding universe and crunching universe is compared to the spider web. And it is explained more clearly in ‘swallowing and spitting out’, i.e. the big crunch and big bang. According to Hindus it is done again and again. But scientists have not reached to that level. Even big crunch is only in hypothesis.

 

If it is a passing remark in only one place one may even ignore it. But Kamban and other Hindu scriptures repeatedly say it (Please see the link given below to my articles dealing with the same theme).

In the earlier Aranya Kanda (canto, under the chapter on Sarabanga, this point is discussed; there Kamban talks about the Great Deluge. He says everything merges in to Him at the time and at another creation it changes into many. In short, Hindus looked at Time as cyclical and all the events also repeated.

Manikka vasagar, a great Saiva saint, who lived several hundred years before (around 6th century) Kamban described the universe in clearer terms:

“The development of the sphere of the elemental universe

Its immeasurable nature, and abundant phenomena

If one would tell their beauty in all kits particulars

As- when more than a hundred million in number spread,

The thronging atoms are sent in the ray that enters the house

So is He the great One, who exists in the minutest elements

If you would know him, Brahma and rest with Vishnu

His greatness, source, glory and end

Conjoined with His eternity, His extent, His abiding essence

 

……………..”

 

Here we can see the word used is ‘spherical’, ‘more than a hundred million’, ‘spreading/expanding’.

 

All these correlates with the words in Big Bang Theory. Manaikkavasagar used a simile which every Indian would easily understand; India is a tropical country with dust every where. When the sun ray enters the house through small holes in the roof of a hut or through the narrow window of a house one would see millions of dust particles floating. He rightly compared it to the expanding universe. One would see the dust particles floating and moving. They don’t stand still; That is what happening in the universe; everything is floating(galaxies and Stars) in the vast expanse of time and space. They are moving without stopping.

 

It is amazing to see such images in the Rig Vedic Nasadiya Sukta and other hymns.

 

How did they know all these things? Did they ravel back in time? Did they find it by intuition? Hindu scriptures talk about different periods of time at different levels for different people (like Brahma and Indra; they lose their posts after certain period and new ones come). We couldn’t even find such things in science fiction stories or novels until very recently.

 

Kamban mentioned the universe, various worlds etc in other cantos as well.

 

–subham–