Science And Vedanta by pujya swAmi parmArthAnanda ji by Sri Vyasa Deva published on 2012/07/11 02:19:14 +0000 Ātmā is defined as : Apnoti sarvam iti Ātmā | That which pervades everything is 'AtmA' (sat chit ānanda). Therefore, in this post I will refer to the knowledge of 'AtmA' as vedāntā. Science and vedāntā do not contradict each other because they both operate in two different fields. Two people or two beliefs can contradict each other only if they both operate in the same field. If somebody asks who is greater Sachin Tendulkar or DhyAnchand? The answer to this would be that they both can not be compared because one is a genius in cricket and the other was a genius of field hockey. They both operate in different sports therefore, can not be compared. Similarly, Science deals with that which is perceived through 5 senses and science uses the tools called prtyakSham and anUmAnam where as vedāntā deals with that knowledge which can not be perceived through 5 senses it deals with anUmeya vastu. pratyakSheNa anUmityA vA yastupAyo nA vidyate | yenam vidanti vedena tasmAt vedasya vedatA || Therefore, they both operate in two different fields; you can not compare the two. However, vedāntā has a view on creation which vedA refers as 'sriShTih'