May 05, 2009

Spiritual Science - talk by Dr. Hans-Peter Durr - Part2

New view

The new view that he talked about is that the in-between nothingness is what manifests in the matter. And the world is actually a potentiality.

This in-between is A-Material source. When we say A-Material, it does not negate, but the quality of matter does not exist in it. He took another example of what color is a circle? If you draw it with a blue pen, you may say it is blue. But, that is the color of the pen that has been used to draw the circle – it is not the color of the circle. Similarly, the thickness of a circle is the thickness of the tip of the pen. Extending this – God is red for some and blue for some others…

He said that the software is an amazing thing, with just ‘0’s and ‘1’s, it gives you a perception of so many different things. What the world is a lot to do with our perception.

Some time back, atoms were considered the indivisible part of matter. Then, the electrons and nucleus was found. Later, it was discovered that electrons cannot circle around the nucleus as thought of earlier – they have a wavy movement and a probability of existence at different positions . This maximum probability exists at the certain bands that we study in our text books. It is small and non-zero even at ‘infinite’ distances. Matter is nothing but energy waves – the in-between nothingness!

Similarly, in our DNA, the entire history of billions of years is contained. So, the entire history is contained in this matter which is a manifestation of the in-between nothingness.

This is the new view Advaita – a holistic view. The in-between source (Creator) is the same as the manifestation/ matter (Creation).

Chaos theory and need for co-operation

We have heard about the fact that a flutter of the butterfly wings can cause a typhoon. It can happen as the entire water vapor has reached a state where it only needs one small trigger to start condensing. So, a flutter of the butterfly can provide that trigger and it start off a big rain and a typhoon out of it.

If you think of a pendulum hanging down with a stick, it will oscillate and then come to rest. You can calculate the time taken to swing and other things. You cannot do anything else with it.

If you keep the pendulum exactly downside up, so that is perfectly balanced, it is the highest point of instability. At this point, every small thing has the potential to impact – right from how far are you standing (a small gravitational pull) to some light energy hitting it.

If it falls, it will die. But, you would want life, dynamism – so, how do we stabilize the unstable. He took the example of our legs. If we have 3 legs, you are stable, but 2 legs are always on the ground. With 1 leg, you are unstable and if you move, you will fall down. With 2 legs, one leg becomes unstable, the other balances it and then the other and you can walk. That creates dynamism and life exists.

Similarly, in your life, do not be afraid of the highest point of insecurity.
Think of the world as a big set of pendulums with downsides up. This is how you stabilize the unstable. For that, interaction and co-operation is needed and in a social context, it is co-operation between people. That is where the need for responsible science comes in.

Concluding remarks

He concluded by saying that this talk is only to remind ourselves of the things we already know.

“Falling tress makes more noise than a growing forest” because a falling tree is history and it makes noise.

It was one of the most knowledge-filled talks that I have heard from a scientist and the more I think about the things he talked about, the more applications I find for this knowledge. His biggest charm is that he has discovered something on his own and when he shares it, it shows. He jokingly commented that when you meditate, you take the inner route, but he prefers the external route :-)

However, we know that the inner route under Sri Sri’s guidance is the fastest route…
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