posted on Dec, 17 2012 @ 05:59 AM
reply to post by Bone75
Pardon the redudancy if my point is already raised in the many replies to this excellent -- one might even call it 'perennial' , 'timeless' or
'primordial' for that matter -- thread, the point being that this view of the universe or rather multiverse has been a prominent and very
extensively documented aspect of Mahayana Buddhism since the second century BCE if not earlier.
The main scriptural source is a very large (1000+ page) scriptural collection entitled Avatamsaka (flower ornament) Sutra, or Hua-Yen sutra in
Chinese. It became the basis of a philosophical school in China, the Hua-Yen school. Exactly the same point as you have made here is made repeatedly
-- with the added specification that each atom/galaxy/multiverse is filled with Buddhas, of course.
The scripture also mentions frequently vast swirls of light, among many other fantastic leitmotivs -- similar to the galaxy/atomic shadow shown above.
The Avatamsaka is also the place where the famous "Jewel Net of Inda" metaphor first crops up, which is (among many other things) a description of
reality as a hologram. There are also countless references to inter-dimensional travel, time travel, dimensional conflations and bifurcation, flying
discs (which are sometimes referred to as the "work of the Devil" or Mara), space-yachts or cruise-ships of the gods (vimanas) and so on.
Basically most of the upbeat paranormal/sci-fi themes discussed in ATS forums are referred to in the Flower Ornament scripture, if one uses a little
imagination! So your thread and your point are in good company -- a venerable tradition more than two thousand years old.