3 Quotes That Link Science And Spirituality
These days, it seems one of the biggest battles isn’t taking place on a battlefield; instead, it’s taking place in the hearts and minds of many people. That battle is between two seemingly different worldviews- science and spirituality.
“Truth is one; the wise call it by many names” – Hindu scripture from the Rig Veda
Essentially, at the heart of it, all religions are saying the same thing: we all come from the same source. The basic goal of religion, then, is to bring us back to source and reunite us with something we’ve forgotten about. The differences and arguments come when they try to explain god and the rules we should follow. But according to ancient tradition, it’s not so much the exact rules we follow as it is seeing the wisdom in a changed worldview- that we are but a wave on the eternal ocean; we are both the wave and the ocean. We are interconnected to everything that is. Interestingly, this philosophy isn’t just some kind of nonsense, it’s scientific fact.
“Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.” -Erwin Schrodinger
For thousands of years, science has been pushing us to new levels of knowledge and development. It’s been absolutely indispensable for humanity. But the incredible thing? Science is now entering into a new era: it’s starting to confirm what many ancient beliefs and cultures have been teaching since the dawn of man- we are all one. From the perspective of a physicist, there really isn’t that much of a difference in what the Rig Veda says above, versus what we have confirmed with science.
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ —a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” -Albert Einstein
The merger of these two totally different paths comes from the basic realization that there is a unique connection between every person and every thing in the universe. Both sides recognize it’s there, and both sides are seeking to understand it on a deeper level. The difference?
Spiritual practices want us to become one with the mystery of the universe, while science seeks to bring us closer to the mysteries with measurements– bit by bit. The question then becomes, which is better?
The answer may surprise you:
They’re both equally important.
Without science, life would be horrible. The average lifespan would only be 35, disease would be rampant, and technological innovation would be almost non-existent. Conversely, without spirituality, there wouldn’t be anything to connect mankind to a more enriching existence; our meaning would be lost. Both are necessary, right?
Certainly, without one, our world would become tremendously off balance. And yet, these seemingly opposite approaches to the world are essentially saying the same thing- everything is interconnected.
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