Bhrigu: The God of God Particle
Pinaki Ganguly

The Article was originally published in Scientific GOD Journal | March 2012 | Vol. 3 | Issue 3

ISSN: 2153-831X Scientific GOD Journal |Published by Scientific GOD, Inc. |


Science today stands at a unique vantage point from where it can unravel many mysteries in
Nature. We were aware of atoms for long, and now we are learning about the sub-atomic
fundamental particles that make up an atom. These fundamental particles are categorized into
two types – one that is matter and the other that carries force. The former is known as fermions
and the later bosons. Again, elementary fermions are of two types – leptons and quarks. The
most common known leptons are electrons and neutrinos, while examples of composite quarks
are protons and neutrons. Thus, we have the ingredients of an atom from the fermions family –
electrons, protons, and neutrons. But these fundamental particles by themselves could not have
created this material world unless they interacted with each other. So there is another part to the
puzzle and that is the force.

There are four fundamental forces that are known to us – electromagnetism, strong interaction,
weak interaction, and gravitation. If there is a force then there are force carrying particles too.
These are known as bosons, named after the great Indian scientist Satyendranath Bose. The
process can be simply described as follows: two fermions go in → interaction by boson
exchange → two changed fermions go out. Due to the impact of these bosons, the fermions
undergo a fundamental energy transformation which in turn results in the change of speed, direction,
and charge. Each force interacts with the help of a mediator particle or bosons namely – photons
for electromagnetism, gluons for strong interaction, W&Z bosons for weak interaction, and
gravitons for gravitation.

However, there is a big question that still remains unanswered- How do fundamental particles
get mass? To put it in perspective, our weight on planet Earth is a resultant of two things – our
body mass and the force of gravity. But what determines our mass in the first place? With the
help of the Standard Model of Quantum, Physics science could only vaguely predict the cause of
mass lending phenomenon with the help of the Higgs field and Higgs boson, both named after
physicist Peter Higgs. The Higgs field is the stuff that gives all other particles mass. Different
particles interact with the Higgs field with different strengths; hence some particles are heavier
than others. Some particles have no mass because they do not interact with the Higgs field;
actually, they do not feel the field at all. However, the Higgs field is not a force as it cannot

accelerate particles. On the other hand, it can transfer energy to other particles. Higgs field
interacts through Higgs boson. This illusive Higgs boson is popularly known as the God particle.
It gets its mass like all other particles: by interacting with the Higgs field. It can be thought of a
dense spot in the Higgs field, which can travel like any other particle. The Higgs boson can be
compared to a Hollywood superstar. Imagine you are at a Hollywood party expecting the arrival
of a superstar. The crowd is rather thick and evenly distributed around the room, chatting. When
the celebrity arrives, the people nearest to the door gather around her. As she moves through the
room, she attracts the people closest to her, and those she gradually moves away from the return to
their conversations. By gathering a bulging cluster of people around her, she has gained
momentum, an indication of mass.

Also, scientists postulated that what we would consider empty space is in fact permeated by a
mysterious something – a field always ready to “resist” the presence of any particles it may
encounter, and thus endows them with mass by effectively condensing momentarily around the
particles it encounters. Without this mass-giving effect, nothing would exist. Recent scientific
discoveries at Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland, confirmed that scientists found a
glimpse of the elusive Higgs particle, which is the last missing piece in the Standard Model.
However, this is not all and the story does not end here. As we turn our attention to the Vedas we
find that some 5000 years ago, India knew the existence of particles and fields that provide the
missing mass, and captured its essence in the name “Bhrgu”. Recent studies in Sanskrit linguistic
and the vast Vedic and Puranic dossiers that we have at our disposal have unveiled a completely
new scientific base of our Vedas. The key lies in the nature of Sanskrit language and its essential
character being verb-based. A name in Sanskrit describes the function or action that it performs
and is not just a mere sound symbol#.

Let’s take for example the word Rishi. It stands for an entity or that fundamental form of matter
that spins on its axis to give new forms. The change in matter is irreversible and it is an
intermediary step before we arrive at a final gross form of matter. The verb-root “re” is
responsible for starting a new phase in the development of both material and physical existence.
The English language also carries this legacy with words such as ‘return’, ‘remake’, ‘renew’ etc. The
biggest treasure of Vedic knowledge is Rig as in Rig Veda, applied in the sense of knowledge or
Aryan as the Vedic people identified themselves; such high value was given to the verb root-‘re’.
As per the Puranas, when a person brings new knowledge (vidya), matter (sat), penance,
meditation, heat (tapas) is a Rishi. In that sense, stars including the Sun are all called Rishi. So,
one has to go beyond the ordinary meaning of Rishi as a seer or illumined man. Rishi also means
the second level matter having spin and movement responsible for creating third and final level
gross forms of matter as in atoms.

Further systematic studies on Sanskrit verb-root have found that Bhrgu is composed of two roots
– bhrs + u, where bhrs means the entity that provides the essence of fulfillment in the act of
becoming. And how does it do that? The answer is, by giving its own mass. Bhrgu is derived
from the word bhar or weight or mass and also the word bhob meaning becoming or existent.
Finally, the root gu means that which is delivered in a new form. Thus it is said that the concept
of Rishi Bhrgu is that of the Higgs boson, which transfers its own weight to some other particle,
thus accounting for the missing mass in an atom. Also, we find references in the Vedas that

Bhrgu has been put in the navel of the world so that men can see the light of the day. Bhrgu as a
Prajapati or progenitor falls under a totally different class and denotes the causative state of
matter. Coupled with the word Rishi, this stands for a fundamental particle.
A parallel interpretation of Bhrgu at a philosophical level is that Bhrgu is the spiritual essence in
man that gives a man the needed weight in thoughts so that he becomes capable of separate
existence drawing from the infinite source. In the Puranas, Bhrgu is closely associated with Agni
or consciousness, which they find and bring to men, telling us that spirituality in man is a
consciousness raiser.

However, a question may arise at this point. How does the information that Bhrgu is Higgs boson,
help us in any way. It is now when we need to look deep into the Puranic stories and decode
them to know more about this mythical character Bhrgu. As per the Upanisad, Bhrgu is the son
of Varuna. Varuna is the cosmic water and also the Lord of Oceans on earth. Varuna
etymologically means that which gifts the essential core without him taking any credit for the
gift. Throughout the Puranic stories, Varuna is the lord of the universe, associated with darkness,
and is described as fashioning and upholding heaven and earth, the all-encompassing lord.
Varuna has two attributes – heat and force. Varuna is conceptually the Higgs field or
alternatively can be the sea of Dark Energy. Thus the weight that Bhrgu or Higgs boson carries is
from his father Varuna or Higgs field.

The importance of Bhrgu in Vedic science is unsurpassed. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna
while disclosing the various facets of His essential nature mentions that – “among Rishi I am
Bhrgu”. Indicating that Krishna or gravity or the undetected graviton owes it’s allegiance to
Higgs boson. The subsequent function of Bhrgu is allegorically represented through his son
Cyavana, meaning one who causes to move, or the reason behind motion in this universe.
Besides a few other sons of Bhrgu are worth mentioning as it serves to clarify Bhrgu’s
contribution in the overall scheme of things. Bhrgu’s son is Bhuta meaning existent or reality,
another son is Dhata meaning to balance, hold in equipoise as a pair of scales, and Vidhata
meaning that which in center maintaining the balance at all times between things moving in
different direction. These all are role played by Higgs boson.
So, it can be safely concluded that there exists the conceptual proximity of Rishi Bhrgu with Higgs
boson; it also brings Higgs field and gravity within its fold. One has to marvel at the intuitive
powers of the human mind, and the Vedic Rishis are the finest example of that. This is a queue
that Nature has given us and missing it will cast us in darkness. Thus it is said that Bhrgu is the
“God” of “God Particle”!

# Sanskrit root meanings cited in this article have been adopted from the encyclopedic work of Bangiya
Sabdarthakosh by Kalim Khan & Ravi Chakavarti
NB: All Sanskrit words have been identified using Italic.


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