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அத்வைதமும் விஞ்ஞானமும் : தெய்வத்தின் குரல் (முதல் பகுதி)


Advaitam and science1-07  Deivathin Kural First Part

By Periyava

Translation: V.Krishnaraj

As long as human life exits, there will be desire, sorrow, fear, and hatred. To be free of these is Liberation (Mokṣa).  By freeing oneself of the said qualities, here and now we can experience the joyful Bliss of Mokṣa. Only when an external object exists, desire for it, fear, and hatred of it are possible. Nothing is external to us. All that exists is Paramātma: If you get that Monistic Wisdom as an experience, where is the chance of developing desire, fear, anger, and misery? If we are a scorpion or snake, won’t this grief exist? When you realize all are you, all the time, there will be the usual joyous bliss. That is the state of Liberation. Not that we go seeking Mokṣa after our death. When we attain the Advaita Jñāṉam (Monistic wisdom), we will be right now in Mokṣa.

All are one. How could that be correct? It may occur to us, we see as real many disparate objects. These manifest objects (seen directly or by direct perception) must be Satyam (truth), accepted by Vedas and illustrative of monistic unity or oneness as experienced by Jñāṉis.

That which is Truth must give invariable tranquillity, bliss and fulness. In our lives dominated by direct perception (WYSIWYG =What You See Is What Your Get), there is no tranquillity and fulness. They are present in the Vedantic Advaitam. The Jñāṉis who experience Advaitam live in tranquillity, bliss and fulness. From this alone, is it not true that Advaitam is Truth? In dream sleep, we see a multiplicity of objects. What happened to them once we wake up?  The one standing upon awakening is the dreamer. Likewise, the whole world is a dream (sleep). Removing Māyā, and being awake in Jñāṉa state, we can experience what remains, which is Paramātma.

Though the visible world appears varied, science has established that one became many. Fifty years ago, the opinion was 72 elements made the world and the elements were disparate. The modern view is the elements are not different but identical at the basic level. It is one Sakthi or energy. The scientists have come close to Advaita Vedanta. Matter and Energy are non-different, according to modern science. Advaitam is the ancient truth reflected in science today. Einstein and James Jones found a convergence in Sankara’s Advaitam.

The meaning of Māyā, as said by Advaitam, is the world is a phenomenal truth (vyāvahārika) and not the ultimate truth. Its existence is in Braḥmam. Braḥmam is the ultimate Reality and Truth.  The scientists concede to the Advaitic principle that the Braḥmam is the Ultimate Reality and the world is phenomenal and relative reality and not the absolute reality.