"The future is created by us." -- DaVinci Decoded
Many believe that the words and teachings of the mystics should not be stated on seemingly objective reports given by on-line news organizations such as OpEd. Yet, it could be argued effectively that the modern scientific, political, religious and sociological / national arrogances are much more dangerous than what the mystics teach. Indeed, for the mystics, the term religion is in accordance to its French roots, religere, meaning to connect (see your dictionary). Unless we begin to see ourselves in our wholeness, then none of us are going to get anywhere. Instead we will remain an embattled species battling each other in our various displays and, more importantly, in Nature, which, by definition, is our Essence.
Has science and religion always been separated disciplines. Not if we follow the work of people like Leonardo Da Vinci.
Leonardo DaVinci wrote, drew and painted on several levels. He was, at once, a scientist, theologian, mathematician and artist. For DaVinci these varieties of expertise were different facets of an ultimate unity. He knew something we have lost in our modern day. That knowledge encompasses the inseparability of the fields of religion, science, art and math. They are and were an inseparable whole at a level of awareness unknown to those encompassed in the mind traps of modern day dualistic philosophy.
In our dualisms, we separate all these things out. Unless one gets into the quantum mechanics of people like David Bohm, most scientific explorations do not look towards theology and ancient teaching to identify truth and arrogantly do not compare these teachings to their modern findings. Instead, those in these fields will oftentimes dogmatically dismiss what theology teaches. It is the same with the mathematician. Yet, what the mathematician does not often realize is that his passions were often linked to universal processes identified as the Goddesses and Gods in ancient days. Furthermore, numbers have within them the knowledge of universal processes.
In the ancient world, spirituality was not separate from physics, biology, psychology, astronomy and mathematics. What this separation has done is effectively alienated us from other people, the planet and the universe at large. But, in reality, these are not separate. We are Nature playing Her role as a Janet, Jane, Bill, Bob or Burl.
Mythologist Joseph Campbell in his essay "Numbers of the Goddess" illustrates this beautifully via a meditation on the number 432 which occurs throughout various spiritual texts and teachings of the ancient world (linked below). The interesting point about this number is that it is a multiple of "9". You can tell if any number is a multiple of "9" very simply by summing its digits. As such, 4 + 3 + 2 = 9. Likewise, the number of degrees in a circle is 360 with 3 + 6 = 9. Try this. Multiply any number your little heart desires by "9" and then sum the digits of the product. The sums of the digits to the product always refer back to "9". You may have to sum digits 2 or 3 times, but they will refer back to "9". In other words, it could be that ancient myths and spiritual text were written in such a way that universal laws were revealed.
"432" was a number that continually showed up in ancient myths and has meaning in relationship to cosmic and earthly cycles.