Einstein Meets the Vedas: Parallel Sayings in Science and Spirituality
Comparing wisdom from scientists and great religious leaders.
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
There is nothing like an absolute time which remains as a reality apartfrom successive events. Time and space are derived notions, modes of reference.
K. Venkata Ramanan
What we perceive through the senses as empty space...is the ground forthe existence of everything, including ourselves. The things that appearto our senses are derivative forms and their true meaning can be seenonly when we consider the plenum, in which they are generated and sustained,and into which they must ultimately vanish.
Wherefrom do all these worlds come? They come from space. All beings arisefrom space, and into space they return: space is indeed their beginning,and space is their final end.
Causality may be considered as a mode of perception by which we reduceour sense impressions to order.
Time, space, and causation are like the glass through which the Absoluteis seen.... In the Absolute there is neither time, space, nor causation.
A theory is the more impressive the greater the simplicity of its premisesis, the more different kinds of things it relates, and the more extendedis its area of applicability.
As in science, so in metaphysical thought, that general and ultimate solutionis likely to be the best which includes and accounts for all so that eachtruth of experience takes its place in the whole.
Edited by Thomas McFarlane