Man is a Hologram


Nirupam means unique. This is one of the greatest paradoxes of life, that we are not separate from the whole, yet each individual is unique.

This is really difficult to comprehend, because the moment we think of uniqueness, immediately we think of the self. Our idea of uniqueness is that we can be unique only if we are separate from everything else; if we are units unconnected, existing like islands, then only can we be unique. If we are part of the whole, then how can we be unique? Logically it looks absurd, but existentially this is how it is: we are part of the whole and yet we are unique, because the whole is unique, and each part represents the whole and represents its uniqueness.

Now scientists have developed a new kind of photography which can explain this paradox very easily. This new kind of photography is done by laser rays; it creates a hologram. A hologram is a picture, not of the object itself but of the pulsating energy around it, the field of energy. The laser ray is thrown on an object. For example, if it is thrown on you and then the film is exposed – no camera is needed, no lens is needed, just exposure – if you look at the film you will not find yourself there at all, but you will find a tremendously beautiful pattern of waves. The laser beam reflecting off you creates an energy-field around you. It is just as if you throw a stone in the lake and ripples arise and they go on spreading, and they are circular. You can take a picture of it: it will not show you anything about the stone, it will show only the ripples created by the stone.

Osho Pune 1

This hologram simply represents the energy that is reflecting from you in ripples, in circles. But the beauty of the hologram is this, that through it the object can be created again. Pass another laser beam through the film and you will come back onto the screen. In the film itself there is only a pattern of energy, you are nowhere to be found; but if it is projected on the screen with the same laser beam, it gives you back the object and the object comes back as three-dimensional. The three-dimensionality of it is far more significant than ordinary three-D. It is really three-dimensional: you can look from the side, because it represents you from all over. Those ripples were arising in circles, from your side, your back also, so you can go sideways and look and your side will be there, or look from the back and your back will be there. You will be there as you really are.

The tremendous discovery is that if you cut the hologram into two pieces, each piece will give you the same picture again; and if you cut it into four pieces, then too. If you cut it into a thousand pieces, then each single small piece of hologram will give you the picture, the same picture. It is not that in cutting the hologram only half of you will come on the screen, or only a one-thousandth part of you will come on the screen – no; you will always come as whole. Each part of the hologram is, in a miniature way, the whole.

Man is a hologram and each thing is a hologram, hence the uniqueness.

It is not that you are just a part of god, you are a hologram: you represent god in his totality, just as everybody else does. It is not that we are just parts; we are wholes too. This is a significant discovery, very significant, because it explains one of the most paradoxical experiences of all the mystics.

Jesus says ‘I am, yet I am not, but god is in me.’ In India the Upanishads can be condensed into a single sutra ‘tat-tvam-asi: that art thou.’ That is a hologram: ‘that’ means the whole, and ‘thou’ means the part. But the part is not less than the whole; the part is equal to the whole. That equality is represented by ‘thou art that’ or ‘that art thou’; there is no difference. That is the meaning when Mansoor declared ‘I am god: Ana’l haq.’ He is saying ‘This is my part; it is not just a part, it is also the whole.’

In ordinary mathematics the part is always smaller than the whole. In higher mathematics, the part is equal to the whole, and then each part is unique because the whole is unique. This is the meaning of the word nirupam.

Osho, Zorba the Buddha, Ch 20

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