Quantum Theory explains the nature and behaviour of Matter and Energy at the molecular and the atomic level. Over hundred years ago, Law of Quantum Mechanics was conceived with the prime principle that energy is neither created nor destroyed, but it is merely converted to other forms. The earliest versions of Quantum Mechanics were formulated in the early part of the 20th century while the Indian wisdom enshrined in the Vedas and the Upanishads dates back to thousands of years. You can burn the hair, but the ash which is formed has the same mass as the hair had. It means that nothing in the cosmos is created or destroyed and it is just transformed into another form. Yoga helps us balance the flow of energy or ‘Prana’ in the body. The same thing is termed as ‘Tai Chi’ in Taoism, the religious/ philosophical tradition of Chinese origin. If we look closely we would be astounded to find that the spiritual masters from across the world have spoken the same thing; the essence is the same, though the words used are different.
The Isha Upanishad starts with the famous and insightful verse, “Purnamadah Purnamidam Purnat Purnamudachyate, Purnasya Purnamadaya, Purnameva Vashishyate”. Which means completeness is that, completeness is this, from completeness comes completeness, if completeness from completeness is taken away, completeness to completeness is added, completeness alone remains.”
In other words, this completeness is the whole; from the whole the whole becomes manifest and taking away the whole from the whole, the whole remains intact. The energy, absolute, whole, completeness all connotes the same meaning. ‘Purna’ is a Sanskrit word which means ‘complete’ or ‘whole’, and it describes the state we strive for through practice of Yoga while seeking to balance the energy in the channels of our bodies. Yoga teaches us that true perfection can come if we become the ‘whole’.
In Buddhism, the ‘Sunyata’ refers to the void inherent in existence. In his treatise on the Upanishads, Jaideva Singh harps a similar tone in Vijnanbhairava, “The yogi should concentrate intensely on the idea and realize that this universe is a void. In that void, his mind would become absorbed. Then he becomes highly qualified for absorption, his mind getting absorbed in the absolute void ‘Sunya’. ‘Sunya Brahma’ is a concept found in certain texts of Vaishnav School of philosophy, explaining the ‘Nirguna Brahman’ (formless God) of Vedanta that is the eternal unchanging metaphysical reality as ‘personified void’”.
Silence is stressed in the Buddhist perspective of life and it is extolled as something which leads to a spiritually productive life. “One should desist from talking before the real silence descends in one’s mind,” says the Buddha. “After one attains the Silence inherent in Nirvana one may talk. Otherwise all talks are useless.” Jain Muni Mahavira echoed the same and stressed that silence is the way towards liberation from the worldly suffering of the soul. The sage Patanjali propounded the eightfold path -Yama, Niyama, Asana,Pranayama, Pratyahar, Dharna, Dhyan and Samadhi- as steps towards the consummation of the soul, its emancipation from the Maya which drives the Cosmic Play.
Nothing perishes; only energy is released and so nothing is lost in the end. A person left with worldly desires and sankskars comes back again and again to the mortal world and thus the cycle of suffering through births goes on till one becomes the complete, the whole, one with the divine consciousness. In Chinese metaphysics, it is called Tai Chi. The Indian scriptures term it energy as coiled in ‘Kundalini’ which needs to be awakened through persistent practice.
As per the hoary Indian wisdom, Brahman is the creator of the Energy, Vishnu, the preserver of the Energy and Shiva, the destroyer of the Energy. From the first breath a human takes till the last one he breathes, the cosmic show involves the inexhaustible flow of the same Energy.
(The writer is a devout practitioner of the Buddhism who writes on the tenets of Buddhism.)