Einstein talks Vedanta

A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. – Albert Einstein

This is exactly what Hinduism says. This expansion is exactly what Hinduism calls “spiritual growth”. This “liberation from the self” is exactly what Hinduism calls “moksha”.

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2 Responses to Einstein talks Vedanta

  1. Sankhdip says:

    Once Dr.Ramachandran, a famous neurologist, told in one of his TED talks that there is a phenomenon called ‘phantom hand’ in neurology. Those patient whose one or portion of his hands or legs was amputated they feel some sort of acute pain in those absent limb. It is quite weird. If in front of him, someone massage other’s particular portion of organ, that patient felt relief. As per Dr.Ramachandran, we are basically same only due to presence of skin the differentiation felt and opined long long ago Vedanta already mentioned about this. Very proud to listen his talk.

  2. These views make a lot of sense and, when it comes to Vedanta, the fundamental postulate is ‘each one to himself’. To quote Sankara, ‘if the salt doll wanted to measure the depth or nature of the ocean, it needs to step inside the ocean’.

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