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3. Nature-Consciousness Spectrum
It is said that scientists investigate nature and mystics consciousness. However, in reality, nature and consciousness are indissolubly wedded. We are familiar with nature in macroscopic (classical) and microscopic (quantum, i.e. within Planck's scale) domain. That nature does not exist beyond the Planck's scale is not a wise assumption. In fact, the issue of quo vadis quantum mechanics and unde venis quantum mechanics has been discussed in a recent seminar held by Center for Frontier Sciences, Temple University, USA . Penetrating through 'quantum discontinuity' and 'quantum void' it is possible to reach sub-quantum nest of nature which is most 'elementary' in nature and character. The 'birth', 'death', 'conditioning' and 'de-conditioning' of thing/being are decided here. This elemental nest merges with the intimate nature of consciousness. The intimate nature of consciousness may be called Mother Nature.We can designate these nests from outside (superficial) inwards (deeper wards), numerically as Nest I (classical plane/nest), Nest II (quantum plane/nest), Nest III (plane/nest of elementary phenomena), Nest IV (the plane/nest of Mother Nature) and the Nest V, the plane/nest of unconditional consciousness-as-such. Consciousness is unconditional, therefore it is not merely sub-quantum. It is sub-sub-sub-quantum. Consciousness is not at a distance which is immeasurable. Neither consciousness is confined to a far-way nest which is not approachable. Sub-quantum nest is the elementary nest. Sub-sub-quantum is Mother Nature'snest and unconditional consciousness-as-such in this sense is in sub-sub-sub quantum nest (Figure 2). This pentaune (indissoluble five in one) model of nature- consciousness is similar but not identical with pancha-kosha model in Taittiriya Upanishad which is in the context of human body. The pentaune model is basically for the nature-consciousness spectrum and may be applied in both embodied and disembodied situations. While in nests II and I, one sees natura naturata (created nature), and in nests IV and V natura naturans (creative nature), nest III is the domain of natura transformans (nature in transformation). When one's nature becomes Mother Nature one is consciousness. The anatomy and physiology of the nests and the phenomenology within, have been described in The Millennium Bridge.
Nature, in fact, could be described as a spiral extension of consciousness. On lateral view the coils of the spring look like what we have designated as levels/planes/nests (Figure 3).
The science of consciousness is already there expressed not in the language of science but in the language of mystics.
Could there by any logical basis to delineate nature into five such nests? Supposedly, yes . All descriptions of Reality are perceived realities. It is uncertainty, which limits our cognitive ability. Uncertainty in observation imposes epistemological constraints. Perceived uncertainty in describing simultaneously the paired properties which are canonically conjugate to each other in Hamiltonian sense (e.g. position and velocity or angular momentum and angular position, energy of the particle and the time at which it is measured) is the characteristic of description of nest II of nature. In classical plane, no such uncertainty is encountered. In nest III the perceived uncertainty in observer-dependent reality is between properties of the object and its very existence^. In nest IV, perceived uncertainty is encountered between existence and non-existence. Properties are totally irrelevant here. In nest V perceived uncertainty is seen to play between non-existence and a new existencel Unconditional consciousness as a perceived reality either does not exist or it exists as a reality, which is new, novel and hither-to-unknown. It appears in a new 'form', every time one tries to observe and describe it. Four levels of perceived uncertainty, therefore, determine four different depths of nature beyond the classical nest. Uncertainty is measurable and could, therefore, be an issue for science.