Einstein Meets the Vedas: Parallel Sayings in Science and Spirituality
Comparing wisdom from scientists and great religious leaders.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.
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."
All things-from Brahma the creator down to a single blade of grass-arethe apparently diverse names and forms of the one Atman.
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.
...Only an arbitrary distinction in thought divides form of substancefrom form of energy. Matter expresses itself eventually as a formulation of some unknown Force.
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction betweenpast, present and future is only a stubborn, persistent illusion.
The past, the future...are nothing but names, forms of thought, wordsof common usage, merely superficial realities.
T. R. V. Murti
Edited by Thomas McFarlane
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