Science and spirituality have always been regarded as two polar opposites that have been battling over the definition of truth and disputed each other with every new statement. However, this separation in ideologies is what may be holding us back from revealing the greatest secrets about ourselves and the Universe.
In fact, by seeing past this duality, one of the greatest minds in history managed to come to revelations that were considered impossible and gave humanity a head-start like nobody before. His name was Nikola Tesla.
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” ― Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla was heavily influenced by the Eastern philosophies and the spiritual teachings of Swami Vivekananda, through which he understood just how important the principles of energy and vibration are both to the spiritual and scientific communities.
And the latest discoveries in quantum physics just further prove how important the aspects of vibration and frequency are for the ultimate understanding of our existence and the reality we are experiencing.
So, as science once looked to the mysteries of the spiritual teachings, now the wheel is turning, and the spiritual community is starting to look into the discoveries in quantum physics that seem to prove a lot of the information that has been present for centuries.
In a recent conference on Quantum Physics and the Madhyamaka Philosophical View, the Dalai Lama addressed the need for a different approach to the world, where one doesn’t necessarily need to pick sides between science and spirituality, but rather use the knowledge of both to reach a better understanding of the Truth.
And he believes that Quantum physics can prove to be the bridge between science and spirituality – one that has been lacking since day 1. This intersection, as it was discussed in the conference, could be found in the Madhyamaka Buddhist philosophy and quantum physics.
Madhyamaka, or the “middle way,” is a school of thought in Buddhism which addresses the idea of the polar opposites and the enlightenment that can be reached through walking in the middle by experiencing both and not falling to either of the polarities.
“About 15-20 years ago at some meeting, the Indian physicist Raja Ramanna told me that he had been reading Nagarjuna and that he’d been amazed to find that much of what he had to say corresponded to what he understood of quantum physics. A year ago at Presidency College in Kolkata the Vice-Chancellor Prof S Bhattacharya mentioned that according to quantum physics nothing exists objectively, which again struck me as corresponding to Chittamatrin and Madhyamaka views, particularly Nagarjuna’s contention that things only exist by way of designation,” said the Dalai Lama at the conference.
In other words, the truths that some of the oldest teachings in the world have been saying for centuries are finally catching up to our modern-day scientific discoveries, and we are finally finding scientific proof of the aspects that could not be proved before.
“According to Nagarjuna’s Madhyamaka presentation, an object exists, but if we search for it we can’t find it. If we investigate the object itself, we find its very existence is due to other factors, so we can’t say it doesn’t exist; only that it exists in relational terms; in terms of designation,” explained the Dalai Lama.
“Broadly speaking, although there are some differences, I think Buddhist philosophy and Quantum Mechanics can shake hands on their view of the world. We can see in these great examples the fruits of human thinking. Regardless of the admiration we feel for these great thinkers, we should not lose sight of the fact that they were human beings just as we are.”
Aspects such as the reality that is being created through our consciousness, the connection between everyone and everything, and the fact that we are all made of energy – that everything around us is energy.
As R.C. Henry explains in The Mental Universe, the latest conclusions in physics acknowledge the fact that “the observer creates the reality,” and that the universe is a “mental” construction.
“The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter,” Henry quotes Sir James Jeans.
So indeed. Science and spirituality are finally coming together to form a new picture of reality that has been too distant for us to grasp due to the duality that existed between the two leading forces in the knowledge of the world.
What will we find out?
Source: Dalai Lama
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