Where Did Vedic Science Originate From?

First Posted: Jan 12, 2021 04:14 PM EST

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The phrase scientific discovery implies having new insight, this new insight is the product or result of successful scientific inquiry. These discoveries can include an array of different things and range from objects, events, processes, causes to even theories and hypotheses.

In the western world these discoveries are then tested, retested, evaluated and analyzed again and again over the years in the hope of either disproving what was found or to ensure that what was discovered is in fact correct, holds value and contributes to our understanding of the world around us. Of course this takes time, weeks, months, sometimes years. The theories and mathematical equations in physics by both Isiaac Newton and Albert Einstein for example have gone through similar processes since their initial discovery.

This process of verification that we have adopted leads to my next point and deals with how we accept fact. Generally we accept any fact as truth when it comes from a trusted source of information. In the case of Newton, we accept that gravity exists not only because he made the discovery but also because there have been years and years of investigation and scientific research invested into further proving that there is in fact an invisible force that pulls objects towards the centre of the earth.

Like all things in life none of this is without purpose. We go to work everyday to earn money which we in turn use to live and improve our standard of living. Likewise, the purpose of scientific research and inquiry can be seen with a similar driving purpose. As a human race and a society we are far better off now than what we were 100 or even 50 years ago. Our material standard of living has immensely improved thanks to these processes we have developed and adopted as the western world of the XXI century.

But is material science and advancement really all there is to life?

Our understanding of our natural world has evolved to be rooted and based in laws and complex equations. We have taken matter, given it a value in order to then measure, quantify and finally express what today is known as the laws of nature, Newton's law of gravity being one of them. We spend years of our lives proving these scientific laws and theories that maybe we've missed the point of it all.

The Vedas are religious texts originating in India that contain some of the oldest literatures and scriptures of Hinduism. The texts are seen to deepen our knowledge to go beyond the simple materialistic world we have constructed. They aim to solve the real problems we face through ife, they offer new insight into how we should view our human life on earth and further show that we are more than just the mind and body as we journey through our world.

Vedic science stretches across various branches from physics, to philosophy, mathematics all the way to spirituality. The purpose of which in this case is to answer the questions of life we have that simply cannot be answered or proven through the traditional western ways previously discussed. The Vedas describe four fundamental problems, namely: birth, disease, old age and death. All painful experiences that we all face at some point in our lives and that inevitably make this journey a lot tougher than what it is intended to be.

With no religious intent, rather through various frameworks and participation, Vedic science aims to align and deepen understanding and experience of nature.

The origin lies in its purpose.

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