Indra's Net: An Ancient Metaphor for Interconnectedness

Indra’s Net acts as a metaphor for the interconnectedness of all concepts, ideas, and life in eastern (most notably Buddhism and Hinduism) cosmology. The jewels (or drops of dew in some interpretations) that are present within the net reflect off of one another encapsulating existential mores into the fabric of the universe. There is a tremendous emphasis on “interpenetration” or the idea that everything folds into everything endlessly giving credence to the classic “all is one” platitude.

The net can be seen as a visible representation of the interdependence present in the microcosm and macrocosm on each plane of existence. Since all things are intimately intertwined with one another, every action is echoed throughout time and space creating a butterfly effect across the cosmos. Peace begets peace, violence begets violence.

This metaphor, like many others present in Eastern theology, seeks to erode the notion of the self existing in a vacuum and implies that all knowledge is both innate and infinite. The mirror-like nature of the net implies that what you seek is seeking you and that the appearance of the world is reliant on your perspective. 

A more modern interpretation of this idea can be found in Michael Talbot’s book, The Holographic Universe.

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