“I Am Awed!” Series –  How Does Hindu Religion Relate to Science?

I Am Awed!”  Hindu Youth Q & A Series

 How Does Hindu Religion Relate to Science?

A series of “Little Questions and Lucid Answers” sessions were conducted to explore the greatness and depth of Hinduism through questions posed by global Hindu Youth to Sri Ramanujamji.

The excerpts of each of these questions and answers will be presented every month by our youth.

Also watch Sri Ramuji answer this question on our “I Am Awed” short video series on our Namadwaar E-Satsang YouTube channel –

https://www.youtube.com/watchv=i5zWvTz3EQg&list=PLf2GTja1Pr3MIGF9TiFxemag89ZwPExvP&index=7

How Does Hindu Religion Relate to Science?

We come from one of the greatest civilizations, the Hindu civilization. We have discovered and written about scientific discoveries and philosophies thousands of years ago, that we see even today in ancient Indian texts. We may not see this information in our history books from school, because due credit was not given to the prowess of the ancient civilization that existed in India, by modern-day researchers. But remember, all the proof you need is clearly written within our culture, through the Vedas and the works of numerous rishis and mahatmas down the ages, showing the beauty of Sanatana Dharma.

Our Hindu culture presents a holistic view of both spirituality and scientific principles. Many modern principles of science and math—such as the speed of light, gravity, water composition and much more, are casually listed in the Vedas as facts while discussing higher spiritual truths, which are the real purpose of the Vedas. For example, “prANam Ekam anya dvE”, (one part of oxygen, and two parts of another gas-Hydrogen), is the chemical formula for water, found in the Vedas. The integration between this scientific formula and spirituality can be seen through the importance of water in life. Suppose all the water sources dried out, there would be no life. Therefore, water is life, and so we revere and worship water and rivers out of gratitude.

In science classes, nature is typically portrayed very dryly in the guise of formulas with letters and numbers. But in Hindu culture, these concepts of nature and science are presented aesthetically in the forms of beautiful poetry and stories.  In the ancient book Lilavati, mathematician Bhaskaracharya presents all of his sums as poems for his daughter Lilavati. The isotopes of hydrogen are spoken of as a lovely divine story of how the Devas gave their energy to Agni the fire deity who in turn gave it to the water deity, who gave birth to three children – ekam dviteeyam, triteeyam. In chemistry, deuterium and tritium are two isotopes of hydrogen which make heavy water, which is used in nuclear reactors. Next time we read ancient Indian text, let’s understand and appreciate that the stories and poems in them are a beautifully aesthetic way to convey deeper truths, both scientific and spiritual.

Science, spirituality, psychology…all disciplines and aspects of human life are integrated in Hinduism for the sole purpose of raising each individual to the highest Realization of the Truth. Hinduism is a universal faith with universal values that are common across the world. So one can seamlessly be a good American Hindu, or a Hindu from anywhere in the world, with no conflicts at all, showing how the core Hindu values are aligned with those across various nationalities.

Samyuktha Sridhar, 15 years, Jacksonville, Fl
Excerpts from Sri Ramanujamji’s “Little Questions and Lucid Answers” Q and A series.

 

 

 

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