[Advaita-l] Adwaita and Modern science.

kuntimaddi sadananda kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 21 05:55:27 CDT 2011

Srikantaji - PraNAms
I would be careful in making statements. True, objective sciences relay on pratyaksha pramANa for validation and anumaana for deductive/ inductive reasoning about the nature of the objective reality. Scientists try to discover the truth about the  nature. The theories can be negated and or improvised by better theories, but not the facts. All it means is the logic which is based on pratyaksha pramANa for validation only has its inherent limitations in arriving at the nature of the truth. Hence we have shabda pramANa - Vedas - to point out the truth that cannot be established by pratyaksha and anumaana. Vedas also are apara vidya too and the absolute truth is aprameyam - that is no pramANa can be valid or in fact is required to know the truth. Vedas only help in removing the ignorance of oneself and in the processes the truth that is self-evident and self-existing becomes- as though- known. 
Vedanta is also science, but since the absolute truth is the subject self which cannot be objectified, objective validation is out of scope. Yet Vedanta is not illogical, even though logically or through anumaana pramANa, the absolute truth cannot be established. Hence I consider Vedanta as absolute science since it includes in a way both the knower and the known in the very statement tat tvam asi. Hence in a sense it includes even the objective sciences too. From my understanding it is neither anubhuti nor anubhava but it is just aprameyam as it is self-existing and therefore self-knowing too. I need not be looking for neither anubhuti of myself or anubhava of myself, but drop the notions of taking myself what I am not as in - I am this, by knowing the truth about myself that I am, that is ever present and ever experienced. 
I know you are aware of all these, but just pointing out for emphasis that Vedanta is also science and it includes all sciences as the statement of the teacher that implies - eka vijnaanena sarva vijnaanam bhavati - or in response to the question - kasminno bhagavo vijnaate, sarva vijnaanam bhavati - that knowledge by which knowing onething, all things are known. 

Hari Om!

--- On Tue, 6/21/11, Srikanta Narayanaswami <srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com> wrote:

The approach to Modern science is by Logic and experimental observation.the results of modern science undergo  many changes and even they can be falsified.But,the knowledge of adwaita has a different approach,the insight that results from intuitive understanding.One has to approach a Guru,and must do 'sravanam,mananam and nidhishyasana.Though logic is necessary for its understanding,even logic stops at some point.the knowledge of adwaita comes from 'anubhuti'rather than anubhava.

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