[Advaita-l] concept of soul
michael_reidy at eircom.net
Tue Aug 28 04:18:39 CDT 2007
In the discussion of the question raised by Sri Ursekar the larger
problem as to whether the truths of religion can ever be confirmed or
contradicted by Science was ignored. The assumption seemed to be that
truth is one and unbroken and therefore all true statements have to
agree with one another. A curious conclusion emerges that scriptures
that were inspired in pre-scientific times predict advanced physics.
Why we can see parallels between string theory and lokas! What is the
difference between this view and that of the Christian fundamentalists
who reject evolution as not being biblical? None, except that there is
more work involved in that you have to constantly revise what the Vedas
meant as scientific theory changes.
As an alternative to this pointless activity consider as an alternative
that the truths of religion are symbolic, poetical, metaphorical and
mythical in the Platonic sense. They do not confirm or contradict each
other or Science because they have reference to spiritual reality and
the inner life of the aspirant. They offer analogies or a 'moon on the
bough' to the seeker not a concrete description.
All very well you may say but aren't the thunderbolts of Zeus really a
covert reference to ICBM's?
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