[Advaita-l] Re: Science and Brahman (sriram)

Sridhar Babu sridhar at amritapuri.amrita.edu
Fri Nov 18 20:35:03 CST 2005

       || Namaami Bhagavath Paadam Sanakaram Loka Sankaram ||

Dear Sriramji

I have read both the emails one with the limitation of science and the
reply that seeks the explanation, which can not be given by the science
through Vedanta.

The contents that you expressed are invaluable in the sense they make one
realize the importance of spiritual life and turn inward to seek the
Divine within and stop unnecessarily looking out for the solution.

The message is a great blessing for all the readers. I had heard the same
message from one of the Eminent Swamijis, in his talks, Swami said that in
his childhood he was very eager to solve the problems of physics and later
he started to search for the Spirit as he found the dimensions of the
physics being limited and that of Spirit Unlimited. Swamiji in his youth
even visited haunted houses and talked to evil spirits, and found that
they can also be friendly with us.(jokingly better than human

Swamiji also mentioned, the difference in the search of the scientist and
the sage, is that the sage seeks the answers question looking in "Why this
life", "Why the disease" "Why death" and the scientists looking out in a
different way questioning, "How this life" "How the universe is formed"etc

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> Message: 3
> Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 02:02:22 +0530
> From: sriram <srirudra at vsnl.com>
> Subject: [Advaita-l] Science and Brahman
> To: List for advaita vedanta as taught by Shri Shankara
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> Dear Members of the list
> Science has its own limitations.It throws light on phenomena and explains
> the` How `of them on the basis that the elements behave the way they
> behave under all circumstances whoever is experimenting them.They do not
> change their behaviour whimsically.Their patterns of behaviour are
> predictable with certain amount of confidence levels.But the secret part
> of of it is that Why they behave the way they behave.When Alexander Graham
> Bell demonstrated his invention of Telephone to his associates he is
> quoted to have said that-I know how it-telephone- works but why it works
> is not within my knowledge-.So at the maximum science is capable of
> unravelling the hows but not the WHYS.Only Vedantha which assiduously
> tries to know the whys can elevate us spiritually.It is in quest of
> knowing that entity which when known everything is known.We may call this
> knowledge of Brahman.That is why Sankara Bhagavatpada stressed on
> Knowledge.For eg we all know the phenomena of day and night.Because of
> earth`s rotation about an axis and Sun is constantly shining this
> phenomenon is understood.But why the Sun should constanly shine and why
> the earth should rotate about its axis-it is an imaginary axis- nobody
> sofar convincingly explained including the latest Big Bang theory and the
> ever expanding universe.Even Stephen Hawking has admitted this in his
> book.All are theories only.Vedantha only will able to give the Ultimate
> answer.
> pranams.
> R.Krishnamoorthy.
> Message: 4
> Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:23:09 +0530
> From: Mahesh Ursekar <mahesh.ursekar at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Science and Brahman
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> Pranams:
>  While I agree to your claim that science *so far* has been able to answer
> more how's and less why's, I am curious to know how you adjudge that
> Vedanta
> answers the 'why's' of science. Can you explain or let me know where or
> how
> Vedanta answers the questions you have raised:
>  - why does the telephone behave as it does?
> - why is there day and night?
> - or the general question - why are the laws of physics as they are?
>  Many thanks,
>  Humble pranams, Mahesh

At Sri Paada
Sridhar Babu
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavanthu

O! Mother                                 ****
Let my every word be a prayer to Thee,
Every movement of my hands a ritual gesture to Thee,
Every step I take a circumambulation of Thy image,
Every morsel I eat a rite of sacrifice to Thee,
Every time I lay down a prostration at Thy feet;
Every act of personal pleasure and all else that I do,
Let it all be a form of worshiping Thee."

>From Verse 27 of Shri Aadi Shankara's Saundaryalahari

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