a reply to: shapur
Agreed Shapur, the silly wars and power struggles are so pointless when viewed from a cosmic scale but mankind always seems to repeat the same
a reply to: gallop
Interesting you had that insight Gallop, I think when Tolkein was talking about 'Middle Earth' he was alluding to this same premise:
Also, I found another Buddha Law lecture excerpt where Master Li Hongzhi (the founder of Falun Dafa) mentions exactly what you intuited about earth
and humans being in the central position:
“The Buddhas, Daos, and Gods that we know, we humans, and all matter that we see exist in dimensions that contain countless universes—innumerable
universes—that can’t be counted even with the unit of zhao. This cosmic expanse is that enormous. This is one independent system. Then beyond this
expanse there exists a larger cosmic body, which is another independent system.
Then beyond that system there exist larger, even larger, and even larger, larger systems—this is how immense the cosmos is. And in the microscopic
world it’s extremely, extremely, extremely microscopic. Where we humans live is just about at the central position—whether viewed from a
macroscopic perspective or a microscopic perspective, the human world is almost in the middle."
a reply to: ttobban
Awesome video Ttobban. I've seen some of those images but not all of them, amazing stuff. I found another Buddha Law Lecture excerpt from Master Li
Hongzhi where he talks a little more on this topic of macrosmic and microcosmic dimensions:
"This universe is quite complex, and it’s so complex that, besides humans, even Buddhas, Gods, and Daos are amazed by it. And humans’
understanding of the universe is limited to only one layer of its existence. As I said before, of the surface of matter that humans are able to
understand, the largest particles are planets and Milky Ways, and the smallest particles include—that is, those that can be known through the use of
instruments—molecules, atoms, nuclei, neutrons, electrons, quarks, and neutrinos.
What’s smaller down the line is unknown. But [what is known] is so very far away from human beings’ original matter and from the original matter
that forms living beings. Even [what is known] is reduced in size by countless hundreds of millions of times, by countless and countless hundreds of
millions of times, but it’s still not the ultimate end.
So, that’s how microscopic matter can be. And yet, the more microscopic the matter is, the larger its volume is as a whole. You can’t view one
single particle alone. That one particle is only one point of its whole volume, but it is one whole entity. So, the more microscopic the particle of
matter is, probably the larger the surface of the whole entity is.
When the particles that form the matter are large, the plane formed may not be proportionately large. Humanity only understands the dimension made up
of molecules, and yet they are content with what they have achieved and are constrained by various definitions in empirical science, and are unable to
break through them.
For instance, the air, water, steel, iron, wood, as well as the human body—everything within the space you live in—are made up of molecules. You
are as if living in a sea in the realm of molecules or in a three-dimensional picture made up of molecules. A spaceship, no matter how high it can
fly, is unable to go beyond the dimension made up of molecules; a computer, no matter how advanced it is, is no match for the human brain.
Of course, it’s not that human society has made no breakthroughs at all; it has come to understand molecules, atoms, quarks, and even neutrinos. But
what science is able to see is only a point, not entire planes, where particles of various sizes exist. If they were to see such planes, humans would
have seen really existing scenes of other dimensions in the universe.
And that atom is more than an individual particle that humans see. Even with an individual particle, if it can be enlarged and then seen, if it can be
enlarged to the size of a small planet, beings, matter, water, plants, and all forms of material existence on that object made up of atoms can be
seen. But humanity cannot make that breakthrough.
Actually, humans live between two particles: the molecules that form everything and planets, the largest particles we can see with our eyes. So
[humans] live between molecular particles and planets. Of course, if I don’t talk about it today, scientists won’t realize it.
Humanity hasn’t been able to come up with the idea that planets too are particles. And these countless planets form even larger particles, which are
various Milky Ways, and in turn, galaxies form an even larger scope of the universe, but that is still not the largest particle. Of course, the
concept I’m talking about may have suddenly pushed your thinking to a very high realm.
If your body is as large as the body made up of the particles at the level of planets, when you look over at the Earth, does it look like a molecule?
Viewed from humans’ perspective on matter, planets are indeed a layer of particles. This is talking about it from a macroscopic perspective.
People often talk about going up to heaven, but where is heaven? Where is “up”? In this universe there is no such concept as “up,” “down,”
“left,” “right,” “front,” or “back.” Going up can be “up,” but is it also “up” when you go down? This universe is round, and
the Earth lies almost at the center. Its left-hand side is up, its right-hand side is also up; what’s down is up and the top is also up. Then this
leads up to a heavenly secret. As I said just now, the smaller the particle, the larger the plane.
In fact, when a being is able to enter into a more microscopic level, it is already in a larger, higher place: it is in heaven, because the more
microscopic the particle, the higher the level. This is a very vast perspective. The perspective on the universe I just explained is only one
way—one perspective on dimensions. There are more complex ones.”