Hinduism’s past-oriented blindness vs. scientific progress
Posted by robertpriddy on May 25, 2016
Most Hindu writers who try to reconcile their religion and traditions with science under such slogans as ‘The Unity of Spirituality and Science’ are unable to demonstrate anything but vague generalities and trivial arguments and examples. The root of their problem is the assumption of a fundamental duality. This goes back to the creation myth in the scriptures where ‘the one became two purusha (spirit) and prakriti (nature, matter). Having adopted this assumption, the duality of separation of spirit from nature, they cannot overcome the many paradoxes that arise as its consequence. Though the ultimate unity of all is held up as the most basic assumption, identified with the creator or God, the mainstream in most variants of Hindu doctrine thereafter relies entirely on conception of duality (dvaita), while a few claim a philosophy of unity (advaita), some of whom even deny any creator or god. These latter rely entirely on argumentation and are prone to adopt outdated ideas arrived at by intuition and thought rather than scientific fact or experiment.
Had the advaitists been able to access dynamic complexity theory, such as the understanding of what Capra called ‘networks’, they may have progressed beyond stagnant doctrine into genuine science.
Fritjof Capra’s key ideas go beyond dualism and lead toward the reconciliation of many a theoretical and philosophical problem inherited from dualistic thought, which also has been dominant in Western culture and which persists in many of the less than up-to-date discoveries of philosophy and science. See Networks as a unifying pattern of life involving different processes at different levels – From an interview with Fritjof Capra
Blogs on Hinduism’s mythological miasmas:-
Delhi University in row over Ramayana epic Is the Ramayana is correctly represented by Hindus in India, or has it been changed and arisen in many different versions?
Sai Baba on science Having proclaimed he knew absolutely everything about everyone and everything, Sai Baba made some remarkable statements about scientists and science because of the sheer ignorance and absurdity of the great majority of them.
Sathya Sai sees Hanuman as a real figure – a ‘monkey man’ who supposedly jumped dozens of miles over the sea to Sri Lanka bearing a whole mountain so a healing herb could be picked from it was no myth for Sai Baba!
Sathya Sai Baba’s literal stories from scripture Sai Baba always spoke of most of the events described in the Ramayana, the Mahabharata incl. Bhagavad Gita, and the Srimad Bhagavatha as actually having taken place.