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The totality and the implicit order, book by Professor David Bohm and Master Intelligent Plan


Professor David Bohm, (1917-1992) was a renowned scientist. His books on quantum theory were widely acclaimed. He was a close associate of J. Krishnamurti from the early 1960s and was also associated with the Krishnamurti School at Brookwood Park. Professor Bohm and JK used to have regular discussions on various topics in philosophy, the most important being ‘The End of Time’ and ‘The Future of Humanity’

He worked independently on his own Philosophy and proposed the theory of “The Totality and the Implicated Order”; which was published by ARK paper backs, London.

The book consists of seven chapters namely,

1. Fragmentation and integrity

2. The reomodo: an experiment with language and thought

3. Reality and knowledge, considered as a process

4. Hidden variables in quantum theory

5. Quantum theory as an indication of a new order in physics, Part A: The

Development of new orders as shown through the history of physics.

6. Quantum Theory as an Indication of a New Order in Physics, Part B: Involving and

Explicit order in physical law

7. The universe and consciousness that wrap and unfold

The content of the book is highly philosophical and scientific in nature and is intended for serious readers of Philosophy of Science. Let us leave in the following paragraphs a brief review of the contents together with our own derivations based on the Master Intelligent Plan.

II. What is the ‘implicit order’?

According to David Bohm’s theory, the implied and explained orders are characterized by the following clarification: [or implicate] order, space and time are no longer the dominant factors that determine the relationships of dependence or independence of the different elements. Rather, a completely different kind of basic connection of elements is possible, from which our ordinary notions of space and time, along with those of separately existing material particles, are abstracted as forms derived from the deeper order. These ordinary notions in fact appear in what is called the “explained” or “unfolded” order, which is a special and distinguished form contained within the general totality of all the orders involved.


In this book, the scholarly professor theorizes that we are guided by a stubborn view and perceive and also experience the world as fragmented. Such a point of view is false because it is based on confusing the content of our thought with a description of the world. Bohm, on the other hand, introduces the concept of an implied ORDER in which any element contains in itself the totality of the entire Universe known as the TOTALITY. The most important thing to note is that this theory includes both matter and consciousness. In another discussion with Dr. Renee Weber, Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, he describes consciousness as an “implied order” that manifests as part of the whole, and the whole as the container of the implied order.

Professor Weber compares each individual to a bee that serves the hive, which is the whole, while Professor Bohm compares it to individual notes that form a symphony. Anyone who has seen the huge temple towers of South India could see that hundreds of carvings on the huge Gopuras (temple towers) make up the complete tower. Here, hive, symphony, or tower is the whole and the individual bees, musical notes, and carvings are the order involved.

One is amazed at the amazing similarity between Vedanta and what Bohm expresses in the following words, “an individual is eternally developing his potential.” Elsewhere, JK describes it as “continually flourishing, revealing more and more what it is.”

Regarding the discussions about the book, the following three concepts deserve special attention.

A. Cosmology and the implicit order:

B. the implicit order, life and force of general necessity and

C. Consciousness and implied order.

Reading the previous three subtitles will be enough to provide a thorough understanding of the subject of integrity and the order involved. In general, they will have the following key factors:

1. a set of implied orders.

2. A special case distinguished from the previous set, which constitutes an explained order of manifestation.

3. A relation or general law that expresses a force of necessity that unites a certain set of the implied order in such a way that they contribute to a common explained end.

The three examples given above clarify the above factors and these factors constitute the essence of the book and readers can review the content and understand the points mentioned in it.

III: LIGHT as an implicit command:

As a celebrated scientist, he deals with physical matter, light, space, and time. Describe matter as condensed or ‘frozen’ light. When we come to light, we are reaching the fundamental activity on which existence is based. Movement is the first reality in perception and when we say that there is no speed in light it is ordinary language. But, in a self-referential state, it means that there is no time, no speed, and no space. It is approaching a timeless state and Bohm logically derives that time originates from Timeless.

Professor Bohm makes a very interesting hypothesis that particles are implicit in the information content of light. He makes a bold statement “light, so to speak, determines itself to make particles, to allow for a richer Universe. In other words, Light (totality) transforms aspects of itself into particles (implied order) so that the particles will reveal the light.


About time, Professor Bohm suggests that time is an enrichment of eternity. Can we visualize that nothing happens but everything just “is”? The past and the future are always present as connotations of the “present”. Past, we remember as I remember. But the memory is present. The future is our expectation in the present. Thus, “the past ends in the presence that extends into the endless future” – J. Krishnamurti.

Bohm says: The present idea of ‚Äč‚Äčthis Universe may represent some age of the Universe. The Universe of light is eternal as far as we are concerned. But at a certain stage, some of these rays of light came together and made the Big Bang. And that unfolded the present Universe that may have its end. But the Universe of life is beyond time and therefore could be other Universes. There can be many ages, not necessarily in succession.

V: Involved Order, Consciousness and Intelligent Master Plan:

The implicit order would be the material aspect and the super-implied order would be the conscious aspect. (There could also be super-super-implicated orders) while the totality is the implicated origin in all of these. A brief description of the Master Intelligent plan will clarify this point. In the theory of the Intelligent Master Plan, it was clearly defined that space and time are explicit forms of energy, a Universal energy known as the Intelligent Master Plan. That cosmic energy is the cause of the entire Universe. The dissipation and / or accumulation of energy cause various objects and changes that we observe. Such objects, including the so-called Ether, constitute space and measurements of such changes constitute time. Time and space are just one measurement or observation of various changes in a single energy source.

Thus, the Intelligent Master Plan of Holistic Philosophy is a replica of the Totality in the order implied Philosophy.

SAW. The concept of ‘GOD’:

Having discussed commonality in Wholeness and Holistic Philosophy, it may be appropriate to conclude this article with a discussion of GOD. Some scientists may be crying when using the word God; there are some great scientists like, no one else

than Einstein, who declared that the entire Universe agrees with a “grand design” of God. But is there a famous scientist who has clarified the existence of God unequivocally, also in scientific terms?

Professor David Bohm when proposing the theory of Totality has clearly explained that there is a ‘super’ power or Intelligence that is represented in all matter and consciousness, which again tries to enrich the totality as explained in the previous paragraphs. Superintelligence does not need to be neutral and is benevolent and compassionate. What precisely are the attributes of God according to Vedanta.

In fact, one is affected by the similarity between Vedanta and what Professor Bohm expresses in the book under discussion. Two quotes from Vedanta will clarify these points.

“THAT which is in the Universe is in the molecule and THAT which is in the molecule is in the Universe”

“THAT is older than the oldest and

THAT is more incipient than the most incipient “

The word THAT is very important. The Upanishads say OHM TAT SAT which means

“THAT is” and here the word THAT contains the entire Universe and all time, present, past and future.


God is considered as an acronym consisting of the three words Generator, Operator, and Destroyer. Here, the three functions are performed by the totality or the Intelligent Master Plan with the difference that there is no destruction, but only a process of Change, because the energy “is eternally unfolding its potential”. He quotes JK as saying that it “continually blooms, revealing more and more what it is.” This can be called ‘Creative Lilac’ (Eternal Play). We can also call it “flourishing”, as JK puts it.


Thus, one of the most serious books on Philosophy is simplified in the preceding paragraphs for readers to read and understand. Along with examples from the author of the book, own examples were also given to simplify things. The major contribution of this article to the Philosophy of Science is an Explanation of the Philosophy of God that is given in scientific terms. The correlation between Professor Bohm’s Philosophy of Wholeness and Vedanta is presented in simple terms.

An important aspect of this article is that the implied order and the totality are represented in all the concepts explained in it.

In summary, readers interested in scientific philosophy will greatly benefit from reading this article.

We wish the readers all the best.

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