Science and the knowledge of mystics

Quantum physicists Niels Bohr, Erwin Schrödinger and Werner Heisenberg studied the Vedas and Upanishads. Heisenberg said that quantum theory will not look ridiculous to people who have read Vedanta. He told Schrödinger that during the time he was developing the quantum theory he visited India, where he also met with Rabindranath Tagore with whom he discussed Indian philosophy. He explained how those discussions helped him in his work.

W. Moore quoted Schrödinger in his biography entitled A Life of Erwin Schrödinger:
“Vedanta teaches that consciousness is singular (one). All happenings are played out in one universal consciousness and there is no multiplicity of selves. […] Nirvana is a state of pure blissful knowledge. It has nothing to do with the individual. The ego or its separation is an illusion.”

New findings in the fields of physics, biology, cognitive sciences and anthropology advocate the principle that everything in nature is interconnected and cooperative. This principle applies at the level of quanta, molecules as well as interpersonal relationships among humans. Knowledge of syntrophy requires a change in our consciousness. What is devastating to nature, to our surroundings, is equally devastating to us.

Ideas, ideologies, and scientific theories are developed in accordance to our own beliefs, our inner orientation and our perception of the world. We refute old theories and establish new ones, and yet wise men always present us with the same knowledge and understanding of the world. Their “theories” and experiences are the same, no matter in which culture or time they live. The intellect is conditioned and fallible, while the experience at the level of consciousness, is the direct perception of reality.

/ From the book Blooming of Consciousness