Jaguar Quantum Space
Rising up from the limestone sub-strata, engulfed by the tangled beauty of Yucatan and Guatemalan jungle are thousands of ancient Maya stone buildings. In the latter part of the 20th century and into the 21st, the purposes and sublime meanings of these monuments have been, by gradual and sudden revelation, discerned to a degree whereby they can be seen to embody theories of modern science and principles of philosophy that transcend cultural time and space.
One of the most significant of these sudden revelations occurred in the early 1990s when Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati, the foremost temple designer and builder in India, was designing a new Hindu temple on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. By chance he mentioned his long held desire to visit excavated Maya pyramids in Yucatan to study correlations between these and ancient traditional Hindu pyramid structures. Guru Dev, head of the temple under construction on Kauai, agreed to travel with Sthapati (the Architect) to Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru to see these buildings first hand.
While in Mayaland he met with controversial Maya Elder and Daykeeper Hunbatz Men, who told him the ancient Maya had learned about architecture, culture and sacred science from a mythic figure whose continent had been destroyed by a great earthquake and flood somewhere west in the Pacific. The mythic figure’s title - Mayans - was taken by these ancient people as their own name, the Maya. Hindu/Vedic historians of temple architecture attribute the founding of Indian civilization to a mythic-historic figure from across the sea to the east by the name of Mayans. His continent had also been destroyed by earthquake and flood. He established non-religious Vastu Science in South India and was otherwise known as the Architect. In Mayans’ epic book, Aintiram, the Architect creates the world, perhaps not unlike Hiram Abiff, Masonic builder of Soloman’s Temple.
Vastu Science temple building includes the expression of cosmological hollowness (the Vedic fifth element along with fire, earth, air and water) where cosmic creation occurs – a carefully proportioned empty room atop a pyramidal tower, sublime sacred space. Vedic builder-priests called this sacred space Chittambalam, nearly identical with the Mayan Chilam Balaam, most often translated as Priest Jaguar. Chilam Balaam is also the title for a series of creation stories, prophecies, and chronicles told to a 17th century Jesuit scribe. But this translation reveals more about the Christian bias of the scribe than about the profound concept of the Jaguar as the shaper of sacred space in Mayan cosmology. The conquerors needed to find linguistic equivalence to their concepts of priests and gods, but the Maya, and other Amerindian peoples, thought in terms of bearers of the sacred (priests) and the life nurturing spirits in all things (gods). Chilam Balam is the bringer of creation pulsing in sacred space.
Mayans’ teaching evolved in India into the Vedas, Hinduism and Brahmanism, then into Buddhism. Mayans’ seminal influence in the development of Maya thought established their culture as the quintessence of Amerindian culture. Someone somewhere is going to come up with evidence Mayans was drinking buddies with Imhotep and they sketched the Great Pyramid on a beer soaked papyrus napkin.
In Maya cosmology the four Bacab holding up the corners of the world are often depicted as Jaguar Spirits growling in the dark sky. The Four Lions of the Four Directions upholding the Turning Wheel of Buddha’s teaching are expressed as music and voice in ceremony and prayer. Sound, music, chanting and any vibratory phenomena are co-extensive in space; they can be occurring where something else exists. The Buddha’s voice and the roar of the jaguar take up no room yet transform and define geometry of space, the periphery of emptiness. A distant roar reveals you are within Jaguar territory and the near sound of its growl may be the last thing you hear before being . . . transformed, engulfed by the invisible. Hearing the Buddha’s teaching is also the great transformation, the death of false identity, the end of delusion. Honoring the teaching, creating the world, recognizing the four directions, contemplating emptiness occurs as discontinuous pulse of space; mystery of an empty room.
In Mayans book Aintiram, older than the Upanishads which are not of human agency, sacred sublime space pulses. This dynamic is Vastu, which of its own benevolence self organizes into light and form and time, Vaastu. Now architecture is born, and music, dance, language, and all of the world.
A Jaguar Shaman ascends the stone steps carrying a shallow white stone bowl of smoking copal, resinous incense. With each step he transforms, becoming Itza emerging from and being swallowed by the upraised open mouth of a cosmic frog, from which a magic sweat has been collected, combined with cacao to make a powerful hallucinogen ingested by the shaman. Entering the empty room at the top he is stepping onto the dark road to Xibalbe, the underworld whose portal is the galactic center (a super-massive black hole around which the Milky Way spins). Timeless, directionless spark of creation pulses the world as one.
Now step up into the House of Science and its Quantum Space. Primitive science, before the advent of Planck & Einstein, asserted that incredibly tiny particles orbiting in space and time, combined to form complex matter. Now, after Quantum and Relativity theories have emerged, space is massless wave function, a Quantum State, manifesting light, matter, gravity and time. Embryonic Space, pulse wave, concretizes into matter by virtue of its self organizing nature. No causal force can be detected or theorized. Random transformation in the cathedral of a particle accelerator.
Rock & Roll ensues.
Curtis McCosco © 2015
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