The question of whether the universe is intelligent is crucial to understanding the true nature of our life and our world. If the universe is intelligent, then what we call God would be the source of that intelligence; if not, then the universe might just be a random series of events, as many of today’s academic scientists believe.
One implication of an intelligent universe is that we would each embody an aspect of the universal intelligence. Each human consciousness, then, becomes a representation of the universal, and each human life becomes one example of what an individualized portion of the whole can do.
Using our five senses we interpret and measure, quantify and organize the material world so that we can talk about it in a more meaningful way. We utilize the facts of our common experiences to explain to each other what we think about the world we live in. What we think becomes scientific when an experience can be duplicated under controlled circumstances, or falsified through observation or experimentation. But the common factor among all observations of the material world is that they are interpretations. By definition they use the intelligence of the human consciousness to claim something about the world. So the intelligence comes first.
What this proves is that our consciousness is a fundamental characteristic of life. Our intelligence is first, then there is the world. One conclusion that can be made from this is that since our consciousness itself is more fundamental than what our consciousness does (namely, interprets the material world), seeking to understand ourselves first is a wiser choice. While memorizing facts and understanding the order behind the material world is valuable, knowing the knower will give us more valuable information about the nature of life and intelligence.
A nice explanation of this point is given in the following interview with Gopi Krishna.
(The following is excerpted from “An Interview with Gopi Krishna,” for Kundalini Awakening Systems 1 http://www.kundaliniawakeningsystems1.com/downloads.html#checklist)
You take for granted there is an intelligence behind the universe?
Spiritual science is a science as logical, as consistent, and as demonstrable as any other science.
“Most surely. There would be no intelligence in us if there were no intelligence behind the universe.
But there are scientists of international reputation, for instance, the Nobel Prize biologist, Jacques Monod,
in France who claim that such an idea is nonsense, that the universe is founded on chaos, or chance.
They are correct to some extent, because they are condemning themselves. You see, an animal views the
universe as a place of sun, of rain, of darkness, of light, of what it sees, but it never attempts an
explanation for it. He just sees it, observes it, and reacts to it by certain instincts already implanted in him
by nature. Just one step ahead is man, who sees the universe, studies it, measures the dimensions, probes
the depths, calculates the heights, gives the reasons, sees regularity, punctuality, and law in it. And where
do all these things come from except from his own consciousness? He is only reading his own
“An animal does not argue, does not invest the universe with law. It is man who does it. We see then two
different phases of consciousness. In one the universe is just a mechanically moving something, but in the
other it is a lawful and ordered creation. From where has law and order come when it is not in the animal
mind? It has come from consciousness. It has come because man has advanced one step higher in the scale
of consciousness. If he were to advance another step, then what he sees is the whole universe as a
manifestation of consciousness and intelligence, the same consciousness and intelligence which, in a
restricted way in him, invested the universe with law and order.
Everything that you see, every calculation that you make comes from you, comes from your inmost depths.
Now a material scientist may argue that, well, we have gained this by experience. Why has not the ox and
the cow or the fish gained it? Then he will again argue that, well, man’s consciousness took a leap. But
when we ask him, how did it take a leap, he is dumb. He knows nothing. Even Darwin had to admit that we
could give no definite explanation for it except that it is a part of natural selection. So you see, the whole
structure of materialistic philosophy has been built on suppositions and premises, not on realities. The first
reality that we come across is consciousness. The world comes later. We know first ourselves and then the
So, the wiser course is first to understand the knower. What modern thinkers have done is to ignore or
bypass the knower and start investigation of the known, forgetting that it is the knower who is doing it.”
By Gopi Krishna