Author: Leslie Chong
Date: 11-26-06 14:20
From Robyn Arianrhod's "Einstein's Heroes":
"Einstein's equations ... suggested that the universe was actually created, in a colossal explosion we now call the Big Bang, from a single 'four-dimensional' point in 'spacetime'. A point whose apocalyptic manifestation marked the beginning of time and the creation of space itself, so that we cannot conceive of what happened before the Big Bang, because there was no pre-existing time with which to compare 'before' and 'after', and no space waiting around to be filed - by a deity or otherwise - with stars, planets and people. There was simply an incomprehensible NOTHING (original in italics)."
When I read the above, I was immediately reminded of Dao De Jing. Part of Chapter 25 (from John C.H. Wu's translation):
"There was something undefined and yet complete in itself,
Born before heaven-and-earth.
Silent and boundless,
Standing along without change,
Yet pervading all without fail,
It may be regarded as the mother of the world.
I do not know its name;
I style it "Tao";
And, in the absence of a better word, call it "The Great". ... "
Daoism posits that there must be "something" to start something. Before the Big Bang, there was "wu ji", when the Big Bang occurred, "tai ji" started. Thank goodness, we are in tai ji.