Vedanta and Physics~ February 14th.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Feb 14, 2011
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Vedanta teaches that consciousness is singular, all happenings are played out in one universal consciousness and there is no multiplicity of selves…

Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown. It is not possible that this unity of knowledge, feeling, and choice which you call your own should have sprung into being from nothingness at a given moment not so long ago; rather, this knowledge, feeling, and choice are essentially eternal and unchangeable and numerically one in all people, nay in all sensitive beings.

The conditions for your existence are almost as old as the rocks. For thousands of years men have striven and suffered and begotten and women have have brought forth in pain. A hundred years ago, another man sat on this spot; like you he gazed with awe and yearning in his heart at the dying light on the glaciers. Like you he was begotten of man and born of woman. He felt pain and brief joy as you do. Was he someone else? Was it not you yourself?

~Erwin Schrodinger

And here is the whole crew…

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Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


5 Responses to “Vedanta and Physics~ February 14th.”

  1. WOW! What a phenom video! Thank you Ben. Love each and every one of your posts!

  2. Frodis says:

    Love it! And if you like that video, check out some of the others put together by this project (called Symphony of Science). Several of them deal with "Our place in the Cosmos" and "The Unbroken Thread."

  3. TamingAuthor says:

    Not sure that Vedanta argues for monism as implied. That may be a misunderstanding. In any event, such monism is a misunderstanding. It is difficult to speak of the multiplicity of consciousness outside the physical universe of form as the language does not do well with the idea that there can be multiplicity within unity and unity within multiplicity. Guess one way to look at it is there can be multiple universes, each the creation of an individual consciousness, and some that are a collective endeavor.

    There is a fabrication, a white light universe, at the beginning of this one, more or less the ground fabrication, that includes a perfect duplication with multiple beings, multiple consciousnesses co-creating in perfect synchronicity, as though one. The fact that it is a fabrication, however, makes it an "all one" monism trap that some eastern religions fall into… though not Buddhism.

  4. Lacy says:

    Hahaaaaaa! I'm so glad you used that video. Classic!