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commented on April 27, 2012
This question has arisen in me because I was just listening to a Jesuit brother/friend's lecture on Astrophysics and God...and theories regarding the beginning of "time."
Every time I read that section in the Gospel of John that says "In the beginning was the Word..." I have to stop and ponder what that means.
In Greek, the word WORD translates as LOGOS, which can mean "reason;" or "the word or form (symbol) that represents a concept/thought." This would suggest there is consciousness at the beginning of our universe, which is perhaps present in everything created/existing.
According to Yogananda and Hindu mystic tradition, the word that was at the beginning of the universe was "Om." Peace. (how cool is that?) It continues to resonate each day, and in each being, eternally.
According to some astrophysicists, the universe started with a bang, so hmmm.... maybe it wasn't a word, but a sound: "*B*A*N*G*!!!" The universe is expanding and accelerating away from the starting point of that explosion. Maybe the thunderclap and the accelerated expansion explains our addled perceptions of having less time, and the need to hurry *faster* all the time!
So, without religious dogma, what do you think the WORD might have been at the beginning our universe? How does this word resonate in each of us, daily, eternally?