OK I have found the essay and decided repost it here, because of the other discussion of the BBT. Before you go on I want to say something that is very important to me. I am not somebody 'special' and I don't want to teach something. This essay has not the claim to be right, or even to be the ultimate truth. I don't want to convince somebody, I do not want to change somebody's belief or even doubt it. I cannot repeat that frequently enough. It is something important to me personally, it seems right to me and I would be happy if somebody can take a little benefit of it. That's all. Start of original essay I had written for me personally and discussed a lot with some friends, so be prepared of a 'crazy post' : The big bang theory (not the series). Probably another way to think about and a way to unite science and religious aspects. (Do not read that huge essay when you are in a hurry. Try it later. It took me hours to get this in words and my hole life to think about, lol). I have thought about the big bang theory and I noticed there might be some interesting points of view I want to share. These points are based on my profession, but also on my personal experiences, the way I am, my belief and culture. This is my own way to think about, it's no 'theory' from another one I agree with and repost it here. Prepare yourself to read some scientific stuff, but also aspects of Hinduism, Buddhism and of Christianity. The big bang theory makes me thinking about since I was a child. And my own way to 'read' the theory has changed when getting older. This essay is not meant to state what's 'right' or true, it has no claim to be that. The idea is to inspire. Pure inspiration. To be yourself. I try to make that clear what I mean. What means the big bang theory to us? To many it means nothing at all. They have heard about but it actually has no meaning for them. They simply don't care about, they say it doesn't matter how exactly everything 'has begun'. But behind all that there stands a very important question. The question about our source. The source of anything. So especially scientific interested people are also interested in the big bang theory.The question about our source is a matter of both, science and religions. The scientific theory is usually like: "It postulates that 12 to 14 billion years ago, the portion of the universe we can see today was only a few millimeters across, actually a point. It has since expanded from this hot dense state into the vast and much cooler cosmos we currently inhabit. We can see remnants of this hot dense matter as the now very cold cosmic microwave background radiation which still pervades the universe and is visible to microwave detectors as a uniform glow across the entire sky." Scientific sight of the matter: How can we take a 'benefit' when reading that? I think most of us are taking it the common way, but when doing that soon one is unsatisfied and the next question follows at once. What had been before the big bang, about 15 billion years ago??? First we need to know the theory is based on observations and nothing but a result of regression in time. Our observations show us that the universe is expanding. Everything moves away.(red shift of light, Doppler shift). And we have that misterious background radiation found uniform everywhere. What happens if we try to approach the absolute, but always from a relative point of view? We cannot in another way as by using the mind. It happens always the same!!! The multi dimensional space becomes regressed until there is only one dimension left: A point with no room, no surface. In other words: The universe had no other choice than to start at a point when trapped in this pure scientific theory. It is not knowledge and science to say the universe began at one point 'somewhere'. All attempts to approach the pseudo absolute will end in a point. So the scientist tried when developing the big bang theory something to 'achieve' a human mind never is able to. From this purely scientific point of view it makes no sense at all. It makes no sense to try to locate that point where everything has begun, because there was no location at all. Remember: When going back in time until to that point, there was no space yet!!! (Only one dimension = Singularity!!!) We should keep away from approaching the absolute, being relative in mind. But scientists hardly can. Also most adherents of a particular religion. They try and try it anyway. They try to make a statement about the absolute, which is senseless by its meaning. Another example: Absolute zero. Every scientist knows its value: -273,15 degrees Celsius = 0 Kelvin. It's also nothing but a theoretical value. You get it by extrapolation of a temperature / volume relation to V=0 (at which temperature a gas has theoretically a volume of zero). It never can be reached practically. What conditions are there??? In theory there is absolute lack of any movement. Everything collapses in one point, there is no volume. Sounds that familiar??? It's just another attempt to approach the absolute from a relative point of view. And as result we have the same: No volume, no movement just a point, a point that never can be observed practically. The point where the universe should have begun and the absolute zero, both are nothing but theoretical values. We approach time t=0, the point where everything has begun. But t=0 neither existed nor is it absolute. Zero is not absolute. The absolute is eternal. And now the trouble most scientist are creating by themselves. They cannot simply accept that there is something that simply is ever, was and ever will be. It's the absolute. The absolute cannot have a point where it has started (t=0) or a value be zero. There is no absolute zero, there is no calculated point where the universe has started. Both never can be observed. Both are products of the human mind, which is relative. We try to approach t=0 and name it absolute. So how we can get that theory anyway? The Singularity hasn't started. It ever was will be and is. As long as time moves forwards, the universe will expand. As long as there is an observer it can be observed. And the big bang hasn't happened 12 billion years ago. It happens now, will ever happen and has happened all the 'time' as long there is the 'mind'. And all that is perceived is relative to the observer and reflected by the mind. So the only thing that is real and eternal is the Singularity, from this Singularity the world arises now. It's creating the I (observer) and everything that is not I (= the universe, all the things that are observed.) The point which scientists have calculated to be the start point, the origin of the universe, is a result of absurdity. The multi dimensional space always collapses to one point if one tries to describe the pseudo absolute (t=0). All those attempts can be nicely wrapped into new theories. Furthermore the attempt to get the absolute by a relative (mind) generally is a major problem of mankind. No matter regarding belief, religion or science. At science it's reflected in absurd theories, pride to think scientists are the only ones who are able to explain everything. They even try to find something faster than light speed. There is nothing faster (higher value) and if it ever will be it will be always the speed of light relative to the space. But concerning the big bang theory they assume space can expand faster than light speed. Adherents of religions: Fights which one is the absolute right, fights that caused and causes wars. And all this because we are ignorant. Every time the mind tries to explain the absolute it will fail. We are stupid, one side claims his delusion is more right than the delusion of the others. So we are wasting our time, playing those games. No matter if they are the games of the scientists or those of religious zealots. To experience the absolute, the relative has to dissolve and never by using the relative mind. The existing mind is the reason why it fails. Anyway all academics are using their well trained mind! They are proud of it, to have it inflated with thoughts nobody else can get. So if 'the moment' should happen where one gets it all (actually this moment is here all the time, it's nescience that deludes us), it never will be found in any theory or dogma. The absolute can be experienced only at present, but never by the mind. The big bang is happening now. There never had been a start of it. The mind annoys. The mind always wants that everything has an start or a beginning. But only relative things have a start and an end. The mind game ends when t=0 = nothing but a point, without volume, without more dimensions. So our choice is to take the big bang theory literally, but different as common. Then one 'knows' his origin. The major mistake is to search for it / calculate it. (somewhere outside in space at a place and back in time). Also a major mistake is to take religious scriptures literally. The full truth can only be experienced when going inside, when relying on the source, on the Singularity, presently. Therefore the mind needs to stand still until the delusion of I and non-I dissolves. The only thing that will remain is the absolute, the Self, pure Singularity. It is now, it is the only thing that is real, it is eternal, it ever was, will be and is. It never can be a thing that has 'begun'. The scheme is from the scientific view, but I have added the aspects coming from Buddhism / Hinduism = Unification of scientific and religious aspects, both are taking place in the mind. So which consequences has this 'new' point of view? There is nothing to observe without an observer (there is no world, no universe, without one who observes it). When one's mind becomes 'altered' his relative world changes. (There is no awake world for the one who sleeps). Theories reflected by the mind only can have some relative truth. Relative truth always creates new unanswered questions in mind. But the initial start to 'find' the absolute truth can happen in the mind only, but not be understood by using the mind. The most common that exists is the absolute truth, the Self that causes the mind cannot be realized by the mind, because the Self is its cause. There can't be two 'Selves' the one that realizes / recognizes the 'other'(Singularity). There is no center somewhere of the universe from where it has started to exist. As long as there is the mind, there are thoughts which creates the space / time, the expanding universe, the non-'I' and hence a location for the Singularity 'outside'. To dissolve / extinct the mind doesn't mean to destroy it. To destroy something there must be the destroyer and the thing to be destroyed, this is still Duality.(Keyword wrong idea of asceticism). To dissolve the mind is to become calm until the mind stands still. It cannot be described using words (active mind), we have metaphoric phrases: The answer of all questions is found there where no question arises. There is nothing real, but the 'Self'. The Self has got different names (in mind). Singularity, the unconditional, Brahman, God, 'the place' where everything has begun, the big bang. 'I am' proves the existence of the Singularity. Some examples from the bible with my comments added in brackets to add to the scientific stuff from above. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Mt 5.3. (poor in spirit doesn't mean to be dumb, lol) "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God." Luke 6.20 (Poor of thoughts / things will make you recognizing the truth) "Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10 (Can be easily misunderstood: Keep your thoughts that feed / distract away, be calm and still, the mind vanishes and god is the only thing that is left. Danger!: Ego=God) "I AM that I AM" Exodus 3:14, Moses asked for the name of god and has got that answer. (You always exist. The Be-ing is the Self. ‘I am’ is the name of God.) Feel free to be inspired....or to be even more confused. It's up to 'your' mind. The 'absolute' can only be the same, it's always the mind of a individual that creates inconsistencies. Let's stop to let the mind create inconsistencies, religion and science have one in common, they are mind games. Or in other words, both 'will end' in the Self when 'realizing' the truth. The bible says god has created the world within 7 days, the scientists say it has been created 12 billion years ago. From a relative point of view both have some relative truth, but at the absolute there is no point of view. (POV= Duality = takes place 'in the' spirit). Both are illusionary, though. So why to hassle about who is more right? The scientist's mind works in that way that they comply with the scientific theory, the Christian's mind works in that way that they comply with the creation story. Both usually deem the others to be wrong. Makes that any sense? Well, to be honest if one wants that I should make a statement about, I (my mind) would prefer the scientific related theory (illusion). Oh yes my young mind was purely related on science, the bible was a joke to me, I have studied Chemistry. I thought I will be find there the absolute truth, how wrong I was. If my essay should sound absurd to you, then just ignore it. 'Nevermind!' Never-(the)-mind is a good expression, just take it literally, lol. But as I have mentioned, I have no other choice but to address one's mind (to make clear that 'we' have to 'put it aside', finally...) Nobody has another choice, the scientists, the adherents of a religion, basically all the humans. The big difference is who of all them is able to 'tell' you the real truth / to instruct you to 'find' it. That's the reason why we are here, to figure that. When staying trapped in mind games we are wasting our time. It took me a long time to get how much truth is in this and there are many 'wrong' ways to get it. Maybe one day there will be a scripture about 'our' origin, a scripture which is all in one, it should be possible to unite all theories about in mind. Finally they all have only one job. If my essay makes you even a bit to smile on it then it was worth the effort. Peace.