No one could have said this better.
It was left to the genius of George Harrison to express this eternal quest of entire humanity in simple words.
“We all have always wanted to see you, to know you and to be with you.”
What is science if not the desire to see, know and be with truth?
And what is Hinduism, if not an endless quest to seek the truth and a pining desire to merge with that ultimate reality?
The Best from any of the Beatles came from George Harrison, who was raised Catholic, but converted to Hinduism in later life.
People say that is still the best pining to know the ultimate.
In 1969, with the support of George Harrison, Apple Records released the Hare Krishna Mantra recording. That went on to peak at number 12 on the hit list.
There are many who are still enchanted with that single number.
George Harrison produced Hare Krishna Mantra.
No one can pine for truth (or truths) and reality (or realities-unrealities) like a Hindu.
His entire devotion is to seek that truth. To be one with that ultimate reality-unreality.
ईश्वरः परमः कृष्णः सच्चिदानन्दविग्रहः ।
अनादिरादिर्गोविन्दः सर्वकारणकारणम् ॥१॥
“He has no origin, because he is the origin of all. Lord Govinda is the prime cause of all causes.”
And it was Werner Heisenberg, the man who certainly knew uncertainty more than all of us, who said: “After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense.”
And as Neils Bohr said: “The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”
Only in Hinduism, and perhaps in future science, multiple truths are possible and we all are seekers of that ultimate reality-realities, or unreality-urealities-mayas, they lead to.
ekaṁ sad viprā bahudhā vadanti
Bohr perhaps knew the unreachable depths of truth, that can be many, and reality, that may very well be nothing else but an illusion, a Maya.
That is why he said: “We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images and establishing mental connections.”
And so, only someone like a Kabir can establish such mental connections so effortlessly.
सेवक सो सेवा भले जिह घट बसै मुरारि ।।
हज हमारी गोमती तीर । जहाँ बसहि पीतम्बर पीर ।
वाहु वाहु क्या खूब गावता है :हरि का नाम मेरे मन भावता है।।
नारद सारद करहि खवासी । पास बैठी विधी कवला दासी ।।
कंठे माला जिहवा राम । सहस नाम लै लै करौ सलाम ।
कहत कबीर रांम गुन गावौ। हिंदू तुरक दोऊ समझावे।।
Or someone like Chaitanya Mahaprabhu can try to get closer to that reality-unreality fizz.
As Carl Sagan famously said: “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known”
Or as he intelligently observed: “Most cultures imagine the world to be only a few hundred human generations old. Hardly anyone guessed that the cosmos might be far older, but the ancient Hindus did.”
Our earth is a tiny speck in the vast cosmic reality, which in itself can be nothing but a momentary flash of reality.
Maybe reality itself has no reality, or any element that can be known.
Or as Rig Veda famously asks.
“Who knows for certain?
Who shall here declare it?
Whence was it born, whence came creation?
The gods are later than
this world’s formation;
Who then can know the origins of the world?
None knows whence creation arose;
And whether he has or has not made it;
He who surveys it from the lofty skies.
Only he knows-
or perhaps he knows not.”
That even the creator, perhaps, knows not its creation, or that even the formation may very well precede the one that formed it, is an idea that can be rooted only in Hinduism.
To solve that infinite conundrum is real devotion. And this devotion defines a Hindu.
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