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Einstein Meets the Vedas: Parallel Sayings in Science and Spirituality

Comparing wisdom from scientists and great religious leaders.

Excerpted from Einstein and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings by Thomas McFarlane with permission of Ulysses Press.


A mathematical truth is timeless, it does not come into being when wediscover it. Yet its discovery is a very real event.
Erwin Schrödinger

Realization is nothing to be gained afresh; it is already there. All thatis necessary is to get rid of the thought `I have not realized'.
Sri Ramana Maharshi



If we ask, for instance, whether the position of the electron remainsthe same, we must say "no"; if we ask whether the position of the electronchanges with time, we must say "no"; if we ask whether the electron isat rest, we must say "no"; if we ask whether it is in motion, we mustsay "no."
J. Robert Oppenheimer

He is far and he is near,
He moves and he moves not.
The Bhagavad Gita



It is a primitive form of thought that things either exist or do not exist.
Sir Arthur Eddington

To say "it is" is to grasp for permanence. To say "it is not" is to adoptthe view of nihilism. Therefore a wise person does not say "exists" or"does not exist."
Siddha Nagarjuna
The smallest units of matter are in fact not physical objects in the ordinarysense of the word; they are forms.
Werner Heisenberg

All things-from Brahma the creator down to a single blade of grass-arethe apparently diverse names and forms of the one Atman.
Shankara



There is no essential distinction between mass and energy. Energy hasmass and mass represents energy. Instead of two conservation laws we haveonly one, that of mass-energy.
Albert Einstein

...Only an arbitrary distinction in thought divides form of substancefrom form of energy. Matter expresses itself eventually as a formulation of some unknown Force.
Sri Aurobindo



People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction betweenpast, present and future is only a stubborn, persistent illusion.
Albert Einstein

The past, the future...are nothing but names, forms of thought, wordsof common usage, merely superficial realities.
T. R. V. Murti
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Edited by Thomas McFarlane
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