Einstein Meets the Vedas: Parallel Sayings in Science and Spirituality

Comparing wisdom from scientists and great religious leaders.

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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
The common words "space" and "time" refer to a structure of space andtime that is actually an idealization and oversimplification.
Werner Heisenberg

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.
David Bohm

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.
The Upanishads



Causality may be considered as a mode of perception by which we reduceour sense impressions to order.
Niels Bohr

Time, space, and causation are like the glass through which the Absoluteis seen.... In the Absolute there is neither time, space, nor causation.
Vivekananda



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.
Albert Einstein

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.
Sri Aurobindo
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