The title of this post is not my fictional band’s name. It is about a theory put forth in a very unique book I’ve just finished reading, called “The Yoga of Time Travel” by Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D. It is unique in its connection of yoga with time travel, though more and more physicists, and scientists in general are seeing the spiritual side of their research.
Physics is something that boggles my mind in general, but this book caught my eye. In reading it, I was struck by Wolf’s interpretations about certain passages from the Bhagavad-Gita. Namely, Wolf says that when Krishna reveals his universal form, his Vishvarupa, to Arjuna, what he is really showing him is that he, Krishna, having already announced that he IS “Time”, also contains all possibilities/results to any given situation/action. So essentially, Krishna is saying that in him we become timeless, or rather experience the timeless state which is the True Nature of Things, the experience of the temporal dimension being but a symptom of imprisonment in the material world.
Wolf’s theory has to do with what are called possibility waves and probability curves. It is a concept that Dr. Wolf took several chapters to explain so my attempt at explaining it here will be dreadfully inadequate. Basically what it comes down to is that every event has its basis in possibilities. They combine to form probabilities which become the event we experience. In “letting go” of our ego, we in turn let go of our attachment to the current state of being, i.e., the present, opening us up to possibility of seeing different versions of the past and future given different possibility waves.
One might think that ego-attachment would lend itself to being “stuck in the past” as it were, but not according to Dr. Wolf. Fine. It is largely theoretical anyroad, though some of it is demonstrable.
But getting back to Vishvarupa:
In Bhagavad-Gita, Chapter 11, Sri Bhagavan Krishna reveals to Arjuna that he is Time itself, and then reveals his Vishvarupa, his Universal form, to the great warrior. The Vishvarupa is usually depicted as Krishna as usual, but with countless heads of various visages (usually including those of the various gods), and countless arms holding countless weapons. Wolf contends that this symbolism is meant to indicate that, as Time, Krishna contains within himself all possibilities. Herein lies the key to the complicated “Time Travel” aspect of Wolf’s book, when one gives himself over to the suggested way of conduct put forth by Sri Krishna.
Interestingly the next book I picked up after “The Yoga of Time Travel” was one I’d bought months ago but never really started, “Demystifying Patanjali” a Yogananda assessment of the Yoga Sutras, as remembered by his disciple Swami Kriyananda. According to his translation of the Sutras, 2:36 and 2:39 related to this subject nicely.
Sutra 2:36 reads: “To one who is firmly established in truthfulness, his very word becomes binding on objective reality. (Whatever he says must come to pass)”
Not expressly referring to “time travel” but more so control over the flow of events which is much of what Wolf’s “time travel” is.
Sutra 2:39 reads: “One who becomes established in non-attachment develops the ability to remember his past lives.”
According to Dr. Wolf, in practicing non-attachment one slows down ones experience of time and – though extremely unlikely it seemed to me, given the logistics involved – indeed may collect understanding of the past. Wolf describes what, beyond yoga, would be necessary for this to occur, some of which one might equate to a “time machine” like the one in H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine”.
Though I don’t know that this book really delivered what the title promised in relation to yoga, it was a fascinating read even for a physics pre-beginner like me. The discussion of the spiritual aspect of time travel did not even begin until page 183 out of 212, though sparing references to yoga, meditation and Hinduism were made early in the book.
Take a look at it. You’ll likely get much more out of it than I could possibly put into this blog post. But I wanted to note its having passed before my eyes.
Aum Hara Sadashivaya
Aum Hari Narayanaya