Scientists, pundits converge on Vedic science

Written by ASHOK B SHARMA | Visakhapatnam, January 6: | Updated: Jan 7 2008, 01:54am hrs
Scientists and pundits were of the view that essence of scientific truth in ancient Vedic and post-vedic Sanskrit literature was still relevant in modern times. Particularly the prescriptions of life style away from today's consumerism and deep insight into reality can be of help to the society.

The vacuum state described in quantum physics can be compared to the Brahman of Hindu metaphysics.

This was for the first time in the history of the Indian Science Congress that vedic science got recognition and two successive plenary sessions were held on the issue on Sunday. The plenary session on Vedic Science was chaired by the Chancellor of the Tirupati-based Rashtriya Sanskrit University, VR Panchamukhi. The other plenary session on `Brahman of Physics: Interface Between Physics and Vedanta was chaired by SS Rama Rao Pappu of Miami University, US.

An exclusive exhibition was arranged to display scientific insight of Vedic rishi and scholars.

Panchamukhi spoke about the essence of social science like economics, law, political science found in ancient texts. PV Arunachalam from Triupati highlighted the simple formulae of calculation in Vedic mathematics developed by the former Puri Shankaracharya, Swami Bharatiya Krishna Tirth from Atharva Veda mantras. However, VLS Bhimasankaram of Osmania University was of the view that the scientific knowledge contained in many Sanskrit texts cannot to termed as Vedic as these literatures were written in post-Vedic periods.

The keynote speaker of the second plenary session, ECG Sudarshan of the University of Texas said; "Physics deals with existence and change. As per quantum physics, an observer is an active agent in the process of change, while as per Adwaita Vedanta philosophy, he can be the presiding intelligence ie the Brahman of Physics." Sudarshan who is a professor in Physics is also reputed for discussing the relevance of Adwaita Vedanta philosophy in the West. He had been awarded Padma Vibhushan.

P Venugopal Rao from the US-based Emory University said: "the vacuum state described in quantum physics is nothing but Brahman of Hindu metaphysics." SS Rama Rao Pappu of US-based Miami University said; "Newtonian physics is similar to the Hindu Sankhya philosophy."

BD Nageswar Rao of Indiana University said: "the biological molecules cannot be explained without the help of bio-physics. In physics there are four force fields ultimate substratum namely gravitational field, electromagnetic field, weak interaction field and strong interaction field. Attempts are being made to find out whether electromagnetic and weak interaction fields are one. Ultimately we have to find out the ultimate substratum of existence."

DVGLN Rao of the University of Massachusetts said: "Aham Brahamasi concept of Hindu metaphysics can hold the key in finding out the source of existence." Lalitha Rao of the same university said, "the universe is a super hologram and we are infinitely inter-connected." She quoted a verse from Isavashya Upanishad which explains in the context the mathematical dictum "infinity minus infinity is infinity"S Pendyala from the State University of New York said that Arya Bhatt in around 5 th century discovered that planets orbit around the sun in elliptical pathways. He also mentioned about mathematical works of Bhaskaracharya and Lilavati.