An inquiry into the concepts of quantum vacuum in modern Physics and Akasha in Advaita vedanta

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Sisir Roy


Prajnanam: Self-awareness. Kaivalyadhama, Pune, p.36-56 (2015)



<p>By the end of <span data-scayt_word="19th" data-scaytid="1">19th</span> century, Swami <span data-scayt_word="Vivekananda" data-scaytid="2">Vivekananda</span> asserted that modern physics was inevitably converging towards <span data-scayt_word="Advaita" data-scaytid="3">Advaita</span> Vedanta, a major philosophical and religious movement of Hinduism. Over the following decades, following the revolutionary scientific contributions to the theory of Einstein's relativity and quantum physics many scholars have been inspired to discover striking parallels between world views of Vedanta and modern physics. In the present paper, our aim is not to discover the findings of modern physics in Vedanta or to show how modern physics can also be claimed as "spiritual". On the contrary, an attempt has been made to critically <span data-scayt_word="analyse" data-scaytid="5">analyse</span> the claims of convergence between the concept of "Quantum Vacuum" in modern physics and <span data-scayt_word="Akasha" data-scaytid="6">Akasha</span> in <span data-scayt_word="Advaita" data-scaytid="4">Advaita</span> Vedanta.</p>