What is real?

So, what is real? I read the New York Times magazine article called ‘Out There’ (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/11/magazine/11dark.t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&ref=magazine). It is about how 96% of the universe appears to be made up of ‘dark energy’ and ‘dark matter’ – basically undescribed and unknown forces and substances. Everything else – not just life, but stars, planets, galaxies – what we have called ‘everything’ or ‘reality’ – appears to make up only 4% of what exists.

A quote: ‘“We’re just a bit of pollution,” Lawrence M. Krauss, a theorist at Case Western Reserve, said not long ago at a public panel on cosmology in
Chicago. “If you got rid of us, and all the stars and all the galaxies and all the planets and all the aliens and everybody, then the universe would be largely the same. We’re completely irrelevant.”’

It is an interesting thought. Perhaps this dark energy/matter is the oneness, the beingness that we sense in meditation? The article discusses how the energy/matter would be all around us, all the time, passing through us, without being ‘perceived’ as anything.

It is interesting also, how it is described as ‘dark’, rather than ‘light’. Is that because there is no light in this ‘dark’ stuff, or is it just a word we are using to show its polarity, its oppositeness, its duality with what we usually perceive? The article doesn’t explain the use of the word ‘dark’ in this context.

I wonder if it is also related to what I have heard described as ‘the physics of nothingness’. I know there are leading physicists who see this as the critical question that needs to be studied. What is in the space between particles? There is much more space than there is matter, even if we look only at the 4% universe.

Everything and nothing. Darkness and light. Meditation moves closer to the sense and feeling of them than thought and logic.


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