Over 20 years ago, while doing Sanyama on the moon, I first saw the shape of the universe. I described it in class like being shaped like a morning glory flower. Years later, I believe by virtue of the Hubble Telescope discoveries, scientists described the shape of the universe in the same manner, and it was represented as a picture on the cover of Discover Magazine.
Recently, I saw more deeply into it. Lord Shiva, while doing Sanyama on the moon, could be said to have manifested the universe. It overflowed out of his crown as the river Ganges, forming a fountain, shaped like a morning glory, with the crescent moon in his awareness. This has been depicted in traditional pictures of Lord Shiva.
That morning glory shape, however, represents only the thin veil of reality—what physicists might refer to as matter. Extending the petals of the morning glory all the way around creates a Linga-shaped object called Hiranyagarbha: the totality of the universe. Everything else (other than the morning glory itself) is composed of projection. This universe is almost entirely projection. This is not just an abstract concept, but a living, daily reality. We project onto one another and everything in creation, and consider that projection to be reality. Projection makes the world go ’round. Seeing beyond projection is called liberation—enlightenment.