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the other hand, Vedic science focuses on precisely these conundrums.
And it does so by gracefully reconciling outer science to inner
truth. By seeing the physical universe to be a manifestation of the
transcendent spirit, Hindus find meditation on any aspect of this
reality to be helpful in the acquisition of knowledge. But Hindus
also declare that the notion that the universe consists of just the
material reality to be false.
Here Hindus are in the company of those scientists
who believe that to understand reality one needs recognize
consciousness as a principle that complements matter.
cannot study the outer in one pass; we must look at different
portions of it and proceed in stages. Likewise, we cannot know the
spirit in one pass; we must look at different manifestations of it
and meditate on each to deepen understanding.
There can be no regimentation
in this practice. Hinduism, by its very nature, is a dharma of many
paths. Thomas Jefferson would have approved. He once said,
"Compulsion in religion is distinguished peculiarly from
compulsion in every other thing. I may grow rich by an art I am
compelled to follow; I may recover health by medicines I am
compelled to take against my own judgment; but I cannot be saved by
a worship I disbelieve and abhor.'' Not a straitjacket of narrow
dogma, Hinduism enjoins us to worship any manifestation of the
divine to which one is attuned.