About the Book
The purpose of this book is to propagate Vedic thoughts throughout the world and improving the image of modern science by showing that there is an essential harmony the spirit of Vedic Wisdom and Modern Science. This book is an introduction to the studies of Vedic Literature in light of scientific approach. All the new truths emerging out of 20th century through scientific discoveries have pushed science from the domain of matter to the realm of philosophy and specially the philosophy of consciousness as discovered by Vedic Rishis. Parallelism in Vedic thoughts and modern Science has been shown on this book. The intention of drawing parallelism in not to show that every thing of modern science has been understood in the past by intutions, but just to indicate there are other methods of thinking to arrive at generalities in much the same way.
This book in its eleven chapters aims at the latest explorations in different branches of science to show how science is increasingly approaching the conclusions of the Vedic Literature. The central idea of this book is to interconnect between the picture of universe as viewed by a modern physicist and by a practitioner of Indian philosophy system and a Vedic scholar.
Vedas are like a deep ocean, full of precious jewels; and whosoever dares to plunge deep into it brings out his/her wants. Everything is available here, but in concise form. The author believes that religions of the world play a positive role for establishing world peace through inter-faith dialogue and science-religion dialogue. Which is the need of the hour.
About the Author
Dr. Shri Ram Verma is Reader in the Department of Physics in D.B.S. (P.G.) College, Dehradun (UA, India). Born in a small village (Nagla Katha) of district Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh, India) he has toiled really hard to taste success. He did hid graduation, post graduation and Ph.D in Nuclear Physics from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Subsequently he had been to the City University, New York (USA) for further research. In he course of his researches in Nuclear Physics and later in Astrophysics Dr. Verma got interested in the study of Vedic concepts of various aspects of Physics. The present book is the outcome of his researches in the field.
Dr. Verma has presented many research papers in National and International Conferences in India and abroad. Recently he was invited to participate in International Workshop on "Einstein and Peace" held at Brussels, Belgium. He also went to London, England to propagate Scientific approach of Vedic Literature.
Dr. S.R. Verma has a strong faith in human values and advocates that spiritual and eithics courses should be included in Science and Engineering. He believes that whole mankind, without distinction, has the right to benefit from Vedic Literature. He advocates that Vedic teaching must be universally propagated and pursued in all affairs of life. He feels that Vedic Science will relentlessly endeavor to bring unity and brotherhood in the whole world. To write this book, the author has been inspired by his parents and brother who were very religious and followers of Vedic thoughts.
The Universe is a great mystery, and man indeed is the greatest wonder of the Universe. In the cultural history of the world we find man's consciousness oscillating between two extremes: Science and mysticism. There are moments in the history of mysticism surmounting science, and also science triumphing over mysticism. Now the time has come to synthesize both the points of view. The Veda alone can bridge the gap between the two and present the whole unified vision of the universe. The veda stands for the direct experience of Reality : anubhava. When this experience finds natural expression in words, it is latent with wisdom and vision. It has the force of imparting the vision to truth-seeker. Such poetic expressions are called the Veda-mantras. The seer who conceived, perceived and composed such mantras was called Rsi or Tattvadarsin.
The Rig Samhita is the most ancient scripture of the world where we find these seers communicating their message of eternal truth to mankind. Their sensitive minds received the refining flashes of wisdom and vision radiating from the self-illuminating universe. They saw Reality face to face. They perceived the whole universe as a living organism. They saw the universal law and cosmic order as the manifestation of Truth and held it in high esteem as Rta. They knew the science and technique of living in harmony with nature.
There was never any conflict between science and Vedas. Vedic Rsi were not merely spiritual thinkers, they were also discoverers of science through its objective approach and this reveals that which is perceived, the object, the subject, the perceiver remains separate from it. Modern science investigates the field of known, but it does not touch the field of the knower and the spontaneous process of knowing at all.
Vedic science is a complete science, which extends and fulfills the objective approach of modern science by incorporating the knower and the process of knowing into the field of investigation. It provides complete and comprehensive knowledge of the unified field of all the laws of nature, i.e., knower, the known and the process of knowing. Credit must also go to modern science because its objective approach has now uncovered the pure subjectivity. Today the most advanced level of modern science needs a complete approach to investigation, which includes the two other values of knowledge - the value of the knower and the value of the process of knowing. All three values are uncovered in their totality in Vedic Science. If progress is to continue, a shift is required from the science of only one category to a total science. Vedic science is that total science. It uncover the knowledge of the total potential of natural law in its completeness and brings human awareness in tune with those fine creative impulses that are engaged in transforming the field of intelligence into the field of matter.
Recent scientific discoveries seem to validate the concept of Brahman. Physicists and cosmologists are close to proving that there is one source behind the physical universe, and they call this source the unified field. In a profound sense, Brahman, the Vedantic concept and the unified field of physics appear to be synonymous. Some prominent contemporary physicists indeed believe that mysteries of consciousness and quantum physics are linked. Most quantum systems have properties that are contemporary and inseparable. From this perspective, the primary realities of unified field and consciousness may be viewed as inseparable aspects of the same underlying process, permeating all space and time.
Today, science and Vedic religion seem to be sayings the same thing : A single entity created the universe and is still present everywhere, maintaining and governing the fundamental machinery of everything in this universe. In the Vedic view, the division of nature into separate objects is not fundamental and any such objects have a fluid and ever-changing character. The Vedic world view is therefore intrinsically dynamic and contains time and change as essential features. The cosmos is seen as one inseparable reality - for ever in motion, alive, organic; spiritual and material at the same time.
Since motion and change are essential properties of things, the forces causing the motion are not outside the objects, but are an intrinsic property of matter. Corre- spondingly, the Vedic image of the Divine is not that of a ruler who directs the world from above, but of a principle that controls everything from within :
He who, dwelling in all things, Yet is other than all things, Whom all things do not know, Whose body all things are, Who controls all things from within -He is your Soul, the Inner Controller, The Immortal.
(Brihad -aranyaka Up