Sound is Spherical and the Spherical Layers of Meaning in the Rig Veda Sanskrit













Sound is Spherical and the Spherical Layers of Meaning in the Rig Veda Sanskrit

The idea that sound is spherical is particularly intriguing to me because my years of studies into the ancient Rig Veda have led me to the conclusion that words in the Rig Veda are spheres ⎯ spherical layers of multiple meanings, one nested within another. The multiple layered meanings reveal themselves according to the consciousness of the reader, interpreter, or translator. The article below about the spherical physics of sound affirms this and states that sonic energy typically expands away from the site of the collision of atoms as a spherical emanation. The idea that sound is spherical makes complete intuitive sense to me.

The ancient Rishis who composed the Rig Veda perhaps 10,000 years ago or more, placed great importance on the sacred power of sound, as well as the precise meter and exact pronunciation of these Vedic Sanskrit words. It is important to remember that the Vedic Sanskrit in the Rig Veda is not the same as the later so-called ‘classical’ Sanskrit. The meaning of translated verses varies wildly, as I can personally attest to because I have multiple translations and five different complete translations – and they are all quite different!  See a comparison of various translations here.










The Physics of Sound by John Stuart Reid

Sound in air is the transfer of periodic movements between adjacent colliding atoms or molecules. This sonic energy typically expands away from the site of the collisions as a spherical or bubble-shaped emanation, the surface of which is in a state of radial oscillation.

The sonic bubble expands and contracts with the same periodicities as the initiating sound source. The accepted model of sound waves is incomplete because it uses the graphical representation of the mathematical law of sinusoidal energy, typically given as amplitude in the vertical axis versus time in the horizontal. While this is correct in terms of graphical depiction, it is not how the energy actually moves through space.

Sound in air does not travel as longitudinal waves as is commonly described in physics text books. Sound propagates spherically in air due to diffraction, the reactive result of atomic collisions. Reciprocal effects in air occur in the jostling of molecules initiated by a sound event, causing components of the sonic energy to move in all directions almost simultaneously. The distribution of energy within the sonic bubble is always concentrated on axis with the direction of primary propagation from the sound source.



The Nature of Light

Visible light is electromagnetism of a particular range of frequencies and although the precise nature of electromagnetism is not known, I propose that it is the result of the excitation of static magnetism, a form of energy inherent in the force fields of all atoms. When the force fields of atoms or molecules collide, there is a transfer of their periodicities defined as the phonon or as sound.
 Another result is the creation of electromagnetism. When real collisions occur between atoms or molecules (as opposed to elastic collisions) there must be a release of electromagnetic energy, generally classified as the photon or as light.

The reason the electromagnetism is of sinusoidal law, it is proposed, is that each pair of colliding force fields are themselves vibrating sinusoidally due to the vibrational energy state of the atoms or molecules. The magnetic energy radiated is, thus, modulated by the periodic vibrations of the atoms or molecules.

The frequency of electromagnetism resulting from colliding force fields is not only a function of the vibrational energy states of the atoms or molecules but also of the velocity of the collisions.
 Light created by atomic collisions in which the energy states of the atoms or molecules (coupled with their velocities) are too low to create visible light will create infra red light and at even lower energy states, radio frequencies. Light created by atomic collisions in which the energy states are extremely high will create X-ray and gamma ray electromagnetism.

Multiple collisions between atoms or molecules result in spherical propagation of electromagnetism. The reason for the sphericity, is similar to that of sound, where every collision has a dispersing effect (diffraction) on nearby atoms or molecules. In the case of electromagnetism, some collisions are reactions to the main direction of thrust, causing electromagnetism to travel in the opposite direction. In summary, spherical electromagnetism is the result of diffractive and reactive effects of atomic collisions.

Sonic Propagation of Electromagnetic Energy Components (SPEEC)

Sonic bubbles expand at approximately 700 miles an hour. Theoretically, this expansion generates an accompanying electromagnetic sphere that rushes away at 300,000 kilometres per second. As discussed above, it is proposed that the frequencies of electromagnetism created by sound are typically in the infra-red and radio frequency spectrum, depending upon the initial sound pressure. That is, high intensity sounds will likely generate infra-red energy and low intensity sounds will likely generate low levels of radio frequency radiation. As proposed above, I predict that the frequency of the emissions will be a function of the quiescent energy states of the atoms or molecules as well as their collision velocity.

Whereas the energy in the sonic bubble falls off rapidly with distance (sound outdoors typically radiates one mile), the electromagnetic sphere is not significantly attenuated by clear air. The electromagnetic sphere travels relatively unimpeded through the atmosphere to outer space where a myriad of examples of starlight show us that it will travel virtually forever unless it meets dense matter.

Sound pressure rapidly decreases as a result of the initial energy in the sonic bubble being distributed over a greater and greater surface area as it expands. The sonic bubble can only expand by the jostling of air molecules, which cause friction at the atomic level. As we have seen, theoretically, this friction creates electromagnetic energy. Sound pressure also decreases because a small amount of heat (electromagnetism in the infra-red/radio spectrum spectrum) results from each collision. Thus, sound energy dissipates, in part, due to its conversion to electromagnetism. 
Theoretically, there are two component frequencies of oscillation in the sound-generated electromagnetic sphere. The first is the frequency of light created by the collisions. As we have seen, this oscillation is likely modulated by the inherent sound periodicities of the colliding atoms or molecules. The effect is similar to amplitude-modulated radio transmissions, although the SPEEC theory predicts a far higher “carrier” frequency.

In conclusion, SPEEC theory predicts that sound always has an electromagnetic (light) component. Accordingly, the frequencies of these components are either in the radio spectrum or in the infrared band, except where the sound pressure levels are extremely high. In such cases, sound would create visible light.

John Stuart Reid



Scholars who translate the Rig Veda cannot agree on the meaning of the words.

From my reading and research I have come to understand that the meaning of the Sanskrit language in the Rig Veda has yet to be translated fully and accurately. I believe that the reason for numerous flawed and confusing translations is the glaring fact that our consciousness and our brain power, our ability to think in a deeper and non-linear manner, has so greatly devolved over the millennia through the Cycles of Time, that we have lost the all encompassing powers of perception naturally possessed by the Rishis/Seers who wrote the Rig Veda.

Scholars who translate the Rig Veda cannot agree on the meaning of the words. Indian writers admit that their meaning is ‘forced’ to adapt to preconceived beliefs. I feel that the Sanskrit of the Rig Veda is not composed of linear sentences, but is expressed in ‘spherical’ words that have with layers within layers and simultaneously provide multiple meanings, which serve to illuminate and connect many fields such as history, science, and metaphysics.

Here in our present day Kali Yuga we are trapped in, limited to the five senses, linear and compartmentalized thinking, and no longer have the higher ‘whole mind’ consciousness capable of grasping words as spheres containing layers of meaning.

… considers the difficulties in translating the Rig Veda and Hymn 164 of the Rishi Dirghatmas in particular: “… one with a yogic insight alone could pierce the language and give us the true meaning of the hymn. The problem is that the [enlightened] yogi can understand, but when it comes to giving an expression to his thought, a similar symbolic language only is adopted by him as it is more expressive.”

In other words, the experiential truths of the verses composed by Rishi Dirghatamas can be experienced and understood by one who has reached enlightenment, but communicating their ‘spherical’ layered multiple meanings to others, who are still limited to five sense perception, throws the yogi back into symbolic metaphor which again has as many meanings as there are listeners.

Thus … the Dirghatamas Rig Veda Hymn 164 “continues to puzzle the ordinary reader” and that the verses are “couched in a symbolic language and secondly no two scholars concur regarding the meaning.”  This lack of agreement on meaning can liberate a curious seeker …








Spherical Waves from a Point Source

Acoustic theory tells us that a point source produces a spherical wave in an ideal isotropic (uniform) medium such as air. Furthermore, the sound from any radiating surface can be computed as the sum of spherical wave contributions from each point on the surface (including any relevant reflections). The Huygens-Fresnel principle explains wave propagation itself as the superposition of spherical waves generated at each point along a wavefront (see, e.g., [352, p. 175]). Thus, all linear acoustic wave propagation can be seen as a superposition of spherical traveling waves.
To a good first approximation, wave energy is conserved as it propagates through the air. The sound-pressure amplitude of a traveling wave is proportional to the square-root of its energy per unit area. Therefore, in a spherical traveling wave, acoustic amplitude is proportional to, where is the radius of the sphere.

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