Thursday, September 11, 2014

Einstein's God

Modern science started during the renaissance and has significantly advanced our understanding of the Cosmic Manifestation (ब्रह्माण्ड or सृष्टि), or at least that of our tiny local cosmic neighborhood. So far, we have come across a few laws of nature viz. gravity, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, relativity, uncertainty principle, quantum mechanics, weak and strong nuclear forces etc. One of the most modern physics theories is the String Theory that is trying to produce a single equation that unifies all the major laws of physics. Author and theoretical physicist Prof Michio Kaku of City University of New York is the co-founder of the string theory and a futurist who predicts how the future of human mind and that of humanity would be. In a detailed conversation below on 'How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st century and Beyond', he explains the string theory and many other advanced topics in a simplified manner and also answers a number of questions.

To the question "Do you believe in the God?" (at 18:10), he answers:

"I would believe in the God of Einstein. He had said that there are two kinds of Gods. The first kind is the personal God, the God that answers prayers ... the God that parts the sea and walks on water.  Einstein believed in the other God, the God of Spinoza and Leibniz, the God of reason, beauty, elegance and simplicity. It is amazing that the laws of science are very simple, elegant and mathematical and it couldn't have been an accident.  He said to himself that we are like children entering this huge library and all we can do is open up the first book and read the first page of this first book in this huge library. So Einstein said that he believed in the God of order and simplicity and harmony."

In his book "Hyperspace", Michio Kaku writes:

"When scientists use the word God, they usually mean the God of Order ... however, to the non-scientists, the word God almost universally refers to the God of Miracles, and this is a source of miscommunication between scientists and nonscientists."

Many people born into religious families continue their beliefs and practices of religion even as they work as scientists and engineers. Most of them do so out of social and cultural customs and only a few actually try to understand the principles of the spiritual texts. However, when they encounter the dogmatic practices of the nonscientist religionists, they generally find the obvious contradictions and take resort in the science. May be their God of Order is part of the Personal God and vice versa as Vallabhacharya would describe the Brahm as विरुद्धसर्वधर्माश्रयः (the abode of all the opposing qualities) and सर्वं खलु इदं ब्रह्मम् | (all this is Brahm - the summum bonum of everything). One thing though is clear that as the humanity advances with the help of modern science and technologies, the spiritual leaders of Pushtimarg would also have to become modern scientists to remain relevant and effective. How many Goswami Balaks, other than Goswami Shyam Manohar of Mumbai, today are professors or scientists at an academic institute or a university and have published scientific papers? The argument that Pushtimarg is a "bhav-bhavnatmak marg"(path of feelings) is a lame one and was debunked by Vallabhacharya who first acquired all the modern knowledge of his times and then used it as a foundation to establish the devotional worship in Pushtimarg. Given the soundness of Shuddhadwait Brahmvaad principles of Vallabhacharya, there is a hope that Pushtimarg would continue to guide a part of humanity in the right direction and reduce the miscommunication between the scientists and the spiritualists.