In the beginning, only 3 existed – energy, numbers, and the uncreated God/deity who I name at the end of this post. Energy is an unconditioned reality that is transformed into a conditioned reality by mathematics. On its own, mathematics is a conditioned reality based on numbers and the arithmetical logic of symbolic reasoning and visual reasoning. In Time and Knowledge, I explain how time is a function of numbers, mathematical logic, and physical reality; and how this proves that time is a conditioned reality. I explain conditioned and unconditioned reality in the Logic of Reality. For now, I need to state that in the beginning, only energy and numbers were used to create our reality. So, how do numbers and energy interact to create matter?
To begin with, matter is anything that has mass and occupies space i.e it is anything that can be observed and measured. This means that matter can be subjected to empirical research. The purpose of empirical research is to obtain empirical evidence that serves as the basis of empirical knowledge. Anything that is subjected to empirical research is called a specimen. Any specimen that has been proven to exist by empirical evidence is called an empirical object. Now, I can rephrase the question that I had asked. So, how do numbers and energy interact to create the empirical object that is called matter?
Mass-Energy Equivalence Principle
The answer to this question has been provided by nuclear science. Energy is transformed into matter by the following mathematical formula:
Energy = Mass of Matter × (Speed of Light)2
This equation is called the mass-energy equivalence principle. So, why use it in metaphysics? This equation is related to the fundamental conception of reality in two different religious traditions: Kabbalistic Judaism and Classical Gnosticism.
Kabbalah considers light as the source of creation, with Lurianic Kabbalah appropriating the Sumerian observation of the Black Sun to develop the concept of the Tzimtzum. On the other hand, Classical Gnosticism considers matter and light as the basis of creation. These ideas about light and matter are derived from Plato who stated that only matter and form exist. In Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic (2009), Thomas Karlsson refines this idea of matter and form by stating that Kabbalists only considered energy and form as the basic building blocks of creation. I disagree with this assertion by Karlsson because Kabbalah was developed to create a new narrative of creation where light became the origin of creation, unlike the Torah which considers creation as the derivative of darkness. Before going much further, what is Kabbalah?
In the beginning, only energy and numbers were used to create our reality.Antony Kagirison
What is Kabbalah?
Kabbalah is a collective term used to designate the esoteric teachings of Judaism. It later came to signify all movements that propagated these teachings. Its main written works are Shi’ur Qomah (Lectures on Divine Anatomy [of God]), Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Formation that includes the Laws of Formation), Sefer ha-Zohar (Book of Splendor), Sefer ha-Bahir (Book of Illumination), Sefer Raziel HaMalakh (Book of Angel Raziel), Sefer ha-Hesheq (Book of Delight that discusses the divine names of the Hebrew God), Pardes Rimonim (Garden of Pomegranates), Etz Haim (Tree of Life), Shemona She’arim (The Eight Gates), and Shaar ha-Gilgulim (Gates of Reincarnation).
Most of the knowledge in these books is derived from Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, and Sumerian and Ancient Egyptian theology. In fact, most of the knowledge in Kabbalah can be traced to earlier works by Egyptian neoplatonists, classical Alexandrian gnostics, and European gnostics including the Castillian gnostics in Spain. This knowledge from Neoplatonism and Gnosticism was used to re-interpret the Torah. It is for this reason that Kabbalah is aptly described as Jewish Gnosticism by the notable professor of Jewish Mysticism, Gershom Scholem. As I explain in Holy Sumerians, the non-Semitic Sumerians were the first people to establish both organized religion and Gnosticism.
In its essence, kabbalah combines mysticism, theosophy, and esotericism. Its mysticism is defined by the concept of bittul ha-yesh, which is the annihilation of individuality so as to achieve direct communion with God. It is based on Exodus 33:20 “No man can see me and live” (which means that annihilation of ‘man’s individuality allows for communion with the divine). This apprehension of the divine using intrinsic human elements beyond the confines of the intellect is regarded as illumination. This illumination is the basis of Jewish mysticism.
This idea of illumination is based on the concept of the Ohr which is light. Light occupies a central role in Kabbalah to the extent that Ur (a Sumerian word) is translated as Ohr so as to argue that Abraham came from a place that was illuminated by Divine Light. This centrality of light can be traced to the invention of the tzimtzum by Rabbi Isaac Luria – who was inspired by the Black Sun observed by the Sumerians. Tzimtzum means contraction of light so as to create darkness, and this forms the basis of creation in Lurianic Kabbalah. This is notable because it differs from the Torah concept of creation which is based on the Sumerian narrative of creation by the Goddess Nammu.
In the Torah, creation starts in darkness which is why Jews and Arabs state that the day starts at sunset (or during the dawn of darkness and moonlight, which is why they are aptly described as lunar people). In the religion of Jews and Arabs, i.e Judaism and Islam, this idea of the day starting during the dawn of darkness defines their religions and their gods – Yahweh and Allah respectively. To Muslims and Jews, human life exists in the realm of darkness and its goal is to strive to follow the commandments of Yahweh and Allah so that human life can end and the afterlife can start in the realm of light which they call paradise (paradise is another Sumerian invention). As I explain in Egregores of Semitic Monotheism, Yahweh and Allah are egregores. Also, because both religions consider Yahweh and Allah as the only God, they can best be collectively described as Semitic Monotheism. Therefore, Yahweh and Allah can be aptly designated as Egregores of Semitic Monotheism.
Freemasonry is highly influenced by Semitic Monotheism and has co-opted this idea of the day starting at dusk. Freemasons start their Friday meetings at dusk, but they never use either of the monotheistic Semitic religions to legitimate this idea of meeting after the sun has gone down (i.e night hours). Instead, they state that the lodge is like a womb where the Freemason develops, just as a baby develops in the womb before it is born into our world (of light). Therefore, the Freemason develops from an Entered Apprentice (equivalent to a rough ashlar) into a Master Mason (equivalent to a refined ashlar) who can be raised by the grip of the lion paw, which is analogous to being born again (or resurrection of Osiris). The idea of being born again is a Christian concept. Unlike Semitic Monotheism, Christianity is more biased towards the idea of the Trinity, which can be traced to the Sumerian Trinity of Father Enlil, Creator Enki, and the God An who lives in the seventh heaven. Moreover, Christianity states that the day starts at the dawn of sunlight which makes Christians a solar people who value human life in this world (and abhor wasting it). For Christians (and Gnostics and the Sumerians of the dawn of time), light exists in this world and the afterlife.
The Visible Spectrum
There is something unique about the mass-energy equivalence principle when it is related to light. To begin with, the light that the Kabbalists, Gnostics, Jews, and Muslims talk about is the light that can be detected by the human sensory organ of sight i.e eyes. However, this light is only a narrow spectrum of the electromagnetic spectrum with its wavelengths ranging from 400 nanometers (nm) to 700 nm, and its frequency ranging from 420 TeraHertz (THz) to 750 THz.
This light forms the visible spectrum of the electromagnetic spectrum. This means that there are invisible parts of this electromagnetic spectrum which is made up of 7 parts. The other 6 invisible parts are the radio waves (used for telecommunication), microwaves (used for heating and communication), infra-red rays (primarily used for communication and infra-red sighting), ultra-violet waves (that generate electricity when they strike photovoltaic cells in solar panels), X-ray waves (used in radiological imaging in clinical medicine), and Gamma rays (used in industrial radiography). Based on existing scholarship on Judaism, Islam, and Classical Gnosticism, there was no knowledge of the electromagnetic spectrum beyond the visible spectrum. Today, thanks to technology, there are equipment that can detect or emit these electromagnetic waves thus proving their existence. By this virtue, it is clear that Semitic Monotheism is based on incomplete knowledge despite their claims to worship their all-knowing God (who they claim is the only existing God).
There is also another way to know that the all-knowing God of Semitic Monotheism lacked knowledge of prior events. I will use an event that can be proven today – the Black Sun described by the Sumerians. We cannot use our naked eyes today to see the Black Sun that the Sumerians described. In this instance, we are like Yahweh and Allah in terms of limitation due to our physical sight. However, this Black Sun exists.