A Devoted Disciple

In the introduction of this volume Mishraji lays the very foundation of this work and the Volumes to follow. He gives the evolution of Western science from Newton to the 20th century break-through of Relativity & Quantum Mechanics and brings up the wave-particle duality. This scientific dilemma was further evident when fundamental particle researchers were lead to “energy resonances” in their particle accelerators that were identified as a veritable zoo of atomic particles. Mishraji sums up in the words of Thomas Kuhn, the author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions –“scientists cannot make any further headway, even given adequate resources”; Kuhn “saw that reality is ultimately unknowable and that any attempt to describe it obscures as much it illuminates”. This made prominent western scientists look towards ‘Eastern Mysticism’ to solve their problems of language and concepts. Mishraji extracts from Sir James Means (The Mysterious Vision) and Erwin Schrödinger (The Mystic Vision) – “The reason given by the physicists for using the language of mysticism is that there is nothing in our ordinary language to which the events they observe in the particle accelerator may correspond. It is true, for example, that there is nothing in our language to correspond to the principle of complementarity: how can something be a wave and a particle at the same time?” This was the advent of Metaphysics in the west and a sudden interest and openness to the philosophy of the east.