TAMIL NADU

Of matrix mechanism and Vedanta

R. Anantharaman

R. Anantharaman  

S. Aishwarya

TIRUCHI: While the debate on Albert Einstein and his spiritual stand has been on for years, Werner Heisenberg, another Nobel laureate of Physics, has talked about Vedanta in the language of science.

With the help of matrix mechanics, a popular part of mathematics, one could understand the essence of ‘advaita’ philosophy, R. Anantharaman, a discourse exponent and retired professor of Chemistry, observes.

When he talked about ‘Scientific advaita’ at the series of discourses he conducted to mark Sankara Jayanthi, information on the common thread connecting physics, Heisenberg and Vedanta came pouring from the listeners. “Subramaniam, one of the audiences, brought me crucial information on Heisenberg’s theory. While a lot of information is available across the world about the connection between philosophy and science, there is no systematic documentation of these resources,” Mr. Anantharaman says.

He draws parallels from matrix mechanism, where to know the property of a system one sets up a matrix corresponding to the system. Simply put, matrix has no value if the system doesn’t exist.

“Realising ‘para-brahmam’ is similar to this. The universe is a matrix with different entities related to the brahmam. The existence of universe, as said in advaita, is not absolute but just a relative of the highest self. Those who achieve self-realisation, according to Vedanta, understand the unreal nature of the universe.”

With a lot more mathematic calculations and scientific facts to prove the theories of advaita, Mr. Anantharaman spoke at length about ways to interpret spiritualism through science.

Like Heisenberg, many scientists have explored the richness of Indian philosophies.

“Philosophy, when taught along with science, would satiate the inquisitiveness of students and trigger their interests in both the field,” Mr. Anantharaman notes.

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