Meditation, Oneness and Physics
The Book Review, volume XX – Number 7 (July 1996)
The author describes in detail the marvelous story of physics in the twentieth century, the remarkable intellectual achievement that has replaced our conception of a settled orderly universe with a chaotic, blurred, hazy world view. In spite of numerous attempts to refute it, this world view nevertheless stands unparalleled as an elegant and successful description of the universe and all its observable phenomena. The two pillars of modern physics—relativity and the quantum theory—are discussed in clear and simple terms, easily comprehensible to the layman. No previous knowledge of physics or mathematics is necessary to understand these (which by itself is no mean achievement on the part of the author!) We learn about the towering genius of Einstein, whose theories of relativity joined light to time, and time to space; energy to matter, matter to space, and space to gravitation. The incredible unification that he achieved of the laws of nature led him—and leads us—to believe that there must be some subtle, unseen and unsensed Reality whose manifestations are the natural laws.
Another clue to the existence of this Reality comes from quantum physics, which is primarily responsible for the blurred and hazy world view described earlier. The author discussed in some detail the development of quantum theory and the achievements of its most illustrious luminaries like Bohr, Schrodinger and Heisenberg. What is important here is that quantum physics describes a universe which is interactive with the perceiver, that is, influenced by the very act of perceiving. It demonstrates that a close relationship exists between the observer and the observed, and shows us how this relationship creates an area of uncertainty that does not permit exact knowledge of that which is observed. Therefore, it gives us a glimpse of an underlying Reality that must be joining both the observer and the observed in some sort of mystic communion.
Thus far modern physics; what does meditation tell us? Meditation, according to the author, means simply relaxing comfortably, closing your eyes and concentrating on what goes on inside your head. Let the random thoughts come and go, and do not try to blank them out; rather, concentrate on the gaps between the thoughts, or, in the author’s words, on the Knower that knows the thoughts. Gradually, you will come to realize that the Knower is the ultimate Reality, present in both the human consciousness and in the material world outside. It has no boundaries or limits, and permeates everything in the universe, from the tiniest speck of sand to the largest of stars. Since it is the essence of everything, it is at once the causer and the caused, the mover and the moved, the creator and the created. It is the single, indivisible infinite Reality that binds together the spark of human consciousness with the gigantic inferno of a supernova.
How does awareness of the ultimate Reality—the Knower—help us? According to the author, it makes us better, happier, more self-fulfilled human beings. Most of the pain, sorrows and frustrations in the world (leaving aside physical pain) are caused by incorrect thinking, by a fixation on one’s own self and ego, and by mistaken perceptions of material goods as objects of desire. Realization of the Knower puts both human vanity and worldly possessions in their proper perspective, and leads to inner calm, detachment and tranquility. (Although this reviewer has never practised meditation, he would imagine the feeling to be somewhat akin to the feeling that comes when one stands alone on a dark night and gazes at the distant stars.) Of course, the intellectual gains in knowing the Knower are too obvious to be laboured; it is the ultimate knowledge that one can aspire for. …
The book is an admirable effort, strongly recommended to those who wish to explore the outer (and inner) limits of their understanding.
The Divine Life, Number 9/96
The book under review is authored by a spiritual seeker who has achieved commendable success in bringing together the art of spiritual meditation and the findings of Relativity and quantum. Here is a delectable treatise written in a perspicacious style of English with the avowed intention of making the reading of the book delightful. Here is before the general public the fearsome Relativity and Quantum transformed into a joyous vade-mecum and unforgettable companion to any serious seeker of Truth. Recommended to everyone.
The Tribune, Chandigarh, India. September 1, 1996
This fascinating little book is an expose on the dynamics of meditation. It is also much more. In a curious reversal, the three topics mentioned in the title are treated in a descending order of importance. Thus meditation emerges as an instrument in a quest for a truth which has received its validation from certain developments in modern and post-modern physical theory, especially relativity and quantum mechanics. In the process, the discussions of the relevant aspects of the physical theory is set out with such lucid clarity that the reviewer unreservedly recommends this book as an excellent introduction to these trends. … Kezwer’s essay is a conscientious and, on the whole, a convincing attempt to demonstrate that certain ancient ceremonies have an unexpected grounding in modern science. … [the book is] the first serious attempt to address the intriguing connections between a 3000-year-old mystic-spiritual tradition and modern science’s unfolding view of reality. The link, consciousness, remains the last uncharted region in inner space.
New Humanity, October-November, 1997 (Year 23, No. 137)
This fine book bespeaks quality through and through and will only do a great deal to enhance a new dispensation now on the horizon. It could be construed as a primer for our entrance into the New Eden. Since the author speaks from his own direct meditative experience he is well-qualified to present us with a “thought-provoking insight into the connection between the sciences of physics and meditation.”
Indian Journal of Spirituality, Volume IX (Sept. 1996)
The book is a handy companion to all involved in teaching and practicing yoga and meditation.
The Vedanta Kesri, April 1997
It was a pleasure reading through Dr. Kezwer’s book. He has steered it carefully between the Scylla of Quantum Mathematics and the Charybdis of oversimplification. The book is a great contribution towards bringing science and spirituality closer together.
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