Jainism and Science
There are so many notions of life which are so mysterious to us, that we are constantly in search of it. Science is doing its part to get to know these equations and how they can solve it. Jainism (considered one of the oldest religions) has many answers to it.
After listening to a lot of lectures by physicists and also to the lectures of Jain gurus, I can easily resemble them.
A few examples I would like to share are –
1. Quantum physics states it is possible to be present at a place, disappear and be present at another place. Though it says, the probability of this happening is very less but it is definitely not impossible. Jainism also accepts this; in fact many Jains have witnessed something which calls this as a miracle during the life span of Acharya Kalapurna Suri.
2. Quantum physics also says that universe is ever expanding or contracting. This is very clearly mentioned in Jainism as aras and utsarpini. What physicists are yet to answer the question of what happens after contraction and expansion? But Jainism clearly states how it goes. It says, n utsarpini, the order of the aras is reversed; thus this never ending cycle continues. Definitely science is still in search of some questions.
3. Prof. Stephen Hawking quotes, God did not create this world, and Prof. Michio Kaku confirms it and states that he and Einstein believed in God of Order and not God of Creator. Jainism too states that God is one who creates order and by himself is not a creator. The first Tirthankara, Rishabhdeva was born at the far end of this ara. He taught the people the skills of farming, commerce, defense, politics and arts and organized the people in societies. That is why he is known as the father of human civilization. Thus there was universe before God.
This is just a few examples of stating the co-relation between science and Jainism. I would be sharing more as and when I know more about it.
Thanks for reading!
Thanks for reading!