An Interpretation of Space

We have a number of definitions or interpretations for the word space, be it referring to outer space or some unoccupied area or while typing I just added a space using my space bar. The concept of space is not new. In fact, it has existed always and by always I mean from the origin or creation of anything and everything.

Most holy books contain a description of Creation and from what was anything created. In the Bible, book of Genesis, Chapter 1 verse 2: “The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” A very similar explanation is found in the Rig Veda, 10th Mandala, 129th hymn:

“1. THEN was not non-existent nor existent: there was no realm of air, no sky beyond it.
What covered in, and where? and what gave shelter? Was water there, unfathomed depth of water?
2 Death was not then, nor was there aught immortal: no sign was there, the day’s and night’s divider.
That One Thing, breathless, breathed by its own nature: apart from it was nothing whatsoever.
3 Darkness there was: at first concealed in darkness this All was indiscriminated chaos.
All that existed then was void and form less: by the great power of Warmth was born that Unit.”

So space can be defined as something that is formless and void, nothingness or emptiness, yet very powerful. Even though there is nothing in space, it has this immense potential to create everything out of it, it gives birth to everything visible and invisible. No one can visualize space but the very existence of space can be felt or recognized. To demonstrate this, let’s take an empty cube and place it on a table. Now you can say there is empty space inside the cube. Previously, the space on the table meant nothing or was not captured using definite means, in this case the cube. Until the potential of space was tapped, it seemed like it never existed. Now instead of a cube, you place a cylinder on the table. Space being form less has taken the form of a cylinder now. Space might mean nothing yet contain anything and everything, it contains you, me, land, oceans, planets and entire universe. It has no end or beginning. Without space, nothing will ever exist.

Human beings from ancient times have tried to represent the concept of nothingness in numerals by the concept of Zero or Shunya which comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Shunyata’ usually translated as “emptiness,” “hollow, hollowness,” “voidness.” Zero is said as the most important number for humanity and has a lot to do with the concept of space. On a lighter note, when someone says, “give me some space” or ” I need some space”, it just means that they need an opportunity to find emptiness from which they can harness immense potential for growth and development to be reborn as a Phoenix.


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