The God particle: A Vedic Perspective

By editor - 1.6 2018

The Higgs — famously dubbed “the God particle,” is so fundamental to the universe that, in its absence, nothing could exist. The subatomic particle is thought to create a sort of force field that permeates the cosmos and imbues other particles with the property known as mass —. It is a particle that is apparently fundamental to the texture of the universe. 

What is this universe or matter made of? 

Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego — all together these eight constitute My separated material energies. (Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 7.4)


How does it work?

Material energy or nature does not work independently. Many electronic mechanisms work wonderfully, but behind these intricate systems there is a scientist or operator who pushes the button. Similarly, this cosmic manifestation which we call nature is a great machine and behind this machine there is God, Krishna. (Srila Prabhupada)

"This material nature is working under My direction, O son of Kunti, producing all the moving and unmoving beings, and by its rule this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again." (Lord Krishna Bhagavad gita As it Is 9.10). 

Some most important subatomic particles have been described in the Bhagavad gita . What are they?

They are the jivatma and paramatma.

Description of jivatma:

• "When the upper point of a hair is divided into one hundred parts and again each of such parts is further divided into one hundred parts, each such part is the measurement of the dimension of the spirit soul." (Svetasvatara Upanisad .5.9)

• is a spiritual atom smaller than the material atoms,

• is the basic principle of the material body

• such atoms are innumerable.

• Consciousness is the proof of its presence

• Exists everywhere in creation

• cannot be destroyed

• is eternal

(Bhagavad-Gita As it Is 2.23-2.30)

Description of paramatma:

• Smaller than the smallest 

• Enters into all things that exist and sustains them

• Enters each planet and gives them the energy to stay in orbit

• Beyond material conception and inconceivable

• Is a person : the Supreme Person, cause of all causes 

(Bhagavad-Gita As it Is 10.42, Bhagavad-Gita As it Is 15.13, , Bhagavad-gita, 8.9)

How can one find out about this cause or origin  of universe? Is it by using a  Large Hadron Collider, a $10 billion effort involving 6,000 researchers, a 17-mile circular tunnel deep beneath the border of France and Switzerland, thousands of torpedo-size magnets capable of bending beams of subatomic matter, and trillions of subatomic collisions?

Srila Prabhupada : So what we shall understand about God? It is not possible. Therefore it is said, atah sri-krsna-namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih [BRS. 1.2.234]. In our present senses we always think of seeing. But we forget, what seeing power we have got? It is nothing. It is simply under certain condition we can see a little portion. We cannot see perfectly, so we should not believe in our seeing power. So therefore sastra says, atah sri-krsna-namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih: [BRS. 1.2.234] "You cannot understand Krsna and God by your present imperfect senses. That is not possible." Na bhaved grahyam, "You cannot accept or you cannot receive by your blunt senses." That is not possible. Then how it is possible? "I have… My only asset is these blunt senses. How can I understand God?" Yes. Sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuraty adah. If you engage in devotional service, then God will reveal to you, "Here I am. Here I am. I am like this." Just like Arjuna saw Krsna. He understood God. So if we take the position of Arjuna, submissive… Sisyas te 'ham sadhi mam prapannam, surrender, then God, by kindness, because you have surrendered, He will reveal to you. Otherwise by your so-called calculation, you cannot understand what is the greatest and what is the smallest. But there are things smaller than the smallest and the greater than the greatest. That's all right. Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.16

“Even if it were possible to count the atoms after smashing the earth into powder, still it would not be possible to estimate the unfathomable transcendental qualities of the Lord”

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.16.26-30 purport

By, Dr.Kavitha Bhatt