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Meditation and Newton's Laws of Motion
A PNA dispatch
archives: June 1995
Meditation and Newton's Laws of Motion
By Susmit Kumar
In my view, the laws of the material world have parallel laws that are
valid in the spiritual world too. In this article, I try to explain the
significance of Newton's Laws of Motion in the spiritual world.
First Law of Motion
"There has to be a force in order to change the static or dynamic state of
The mind is never stable. Its subject changes from time to time (within
5-10 seconds) - in most the cases without one's control. If right now a
student is thinking about a house, within 5-10 seconds the subject may
change to homework; after some seconds, the subject may change to movies,
and so on. When in class, sometimes, despite one's best efforts, one can
not concentrate on the lecture. This shows that the mind is not within
one's control, but it is being guided by some other force.
As the change of subject is always mental, there has to be a subtle force
within us which is the cause of this change.
Scientists at various universities (such as Stanford University,
California) have found that human brains emanate electrical waves of
different frequencies. They attach sensitive electrodes to the brain and
chart the brain waves (a procedure called EEG - electroencephalogram).
According to scientists, there are generally two brain wave rhythms -
alpha and beta. The beta state consists of irregular waves and denotes a
restless state of mind. The alpha state consists of much slower and
regular waves, denoting a peaceful state of mind.
Electrical impulses travel through our nervous system and are responsible
for the functions of various organs (including the brain, where, while
passing through the nerves, the impulses create mental images). A change
of mental subject, or mental fluctuation, is also due to electrical
impulses. There has to be a source (electrical, magnetic) for the origin
of these impulses which cause the brain/mind to change its subject, or
create images. This source is internal, not external, otherwise everybody
in a particular location might think about the same thing.
The basic approach of science is to make a hypothesis and then test it.
Newton made a hypothesis that light consists of the emission of material
particles (the corpuscular theory of light). But when scientists could
not explain one of light's characteristics, they went for the wave theory.
And again when the wave theory failed to explain other characteristics of
light, they went for the duality theory and its uncertainty principle....
If this theory also fails, they will have to search for another theory.
Similarly, no one now knows the source of the brain's electrical impulses.
The mind is still a scientific mystery. Therefore I do not see anything
wrong in making a hypothesis - if it does not divide society.
Regarding the subtle nature of mental forces (which I have mentioned in my
explanation of the First Law of Motion), I would like to give an example
of a medicinal system called Schussler's Twelve Tissue Remedies (Schussler
was a German doctor who developed this system in the 1870s). Unlike
Homeopathy (which has thousands of medicines), this system has only 12
inorganic salts (like sodium chloride, calcium fluoride etc.) as
medicines. People have found cures for almost all diseases from various
combinations of these salts. These medicines are effective in minimal
doses (i.e., in very dilute form), corresponding in minuteness to the
cellular salts in the tissues. If they are not in very dilute form, they
provide no benefit at all. Sometimes what is smaller or subtler can be
more powerful than what is large and crude, a principle that works but is
not understood fully.
Music, as we know, affects our mind. For scientists, however, it is a
question how acoustic waves trigger electrical impulses in the brain which
can give soothing effects to the mind. If a rap music fan hears rap
music, his/her legs automatically start moving. How does this happen? How
do acoustic waves produce electrical impulses in the brain which send
signals to the nerves controlling leg movements? All these phenomena
occur according to natural laws that science has yet to discover. Science
does not invent any law, it only discovers the laws of Nature.
In many tribal areas as well as ancient cultures, people use traditional
medicines, some of which are very effective. Chinese acupuncture, Indian
Ayurveda and the Unani medicines all fall in this category. The developers
of these systems did not conduct rigorous research using modern, complex
scientific instruments. They did not try to determine medicines' chemical
compositions. Their only interest was in medicines' effectiveness.
Similarly, for several thousand years many saints researched their minds,
and discovered mental exercises like meditation practices for controlling
the mind - a person's most vital organ and the one that feels pain and
happiness. Those saints also discovered words (i.e., mantras) which when
chanted rhythmically create acoustic waves that produce electrical signals
in the brain for desired effects.
Nuclear fusion and fission are rather well known occurrences. But no one
can produce an atomic bomb or electricity from nuclear processes simply by
obtaining radioactive material. A sophisticated lab and knowledge of the
proper techniques are required. Similarly, for mental development,
utilisation and control, a person has to go to a good teacher and learn to
do research work (i.e. meditation) in the laboratory of the mind.
Third Law of Motion
"Every action has got an equal and opposite reaction."
The mind's change of subject, or mental fluctuation, is due to accumulated
potential energies, called "samskara" in Sanskrit. Whatever (sins or good
deeds) one has done in this life or in past lives are stored in the soul.
These are the accumulated potential energies within oneself that are the
cause of mental fluctuation. (For non-technical persons, potential energy
can be likened to squeezing a ball: the ball will always have a tendency
to regain its original shape; this tendency is its potential energy.)
The mind is the CPU (the Central Processing Unit of the computer) of the
human body. Pain or happiness is felt in the mind. If one has hand pain,
it is the mind which feels the pain. Pain killers only suspend the nerve
functioning which brings information about pain from the hand to the mind.
The samskara or accumulated potential energies guide life so that people
get the fruits of their past acts - sins or good deeds. In my view,
heaven and hell are experienced right here, not in an afterlife. If
someone experiences pain, s/he is in hell, and if someone experiences
happiness, s/he is in heaven.
There are so many forms of energy - potential, kinetic, thermal, chemical,
electrical, magnetic, etc. Some of these are directly visible (potential,
kinetic, a part of thermal) and some are not.
Five hundred years back, nobody thought that chemical, electrical, or
nuclear energy existed, and so other energies could be conceptualised and
(1) If somebody created electricity or television in the 9th Century,
people would have regarded him as a god, and thought that he had captured
the sun. It would not have been possible to explain these phenomena by the
science prevalent then.
(2) If you tell an illiterate person that the water he is drinking is
nothing but two gases (hydrogen and oxygen), that person would tell that
even though you are an educated person, you are talking like a fool.
(3) The sun's fusion process has endured for millions of years, yet
Einstein helped us understand it just a few decades ago.
Similarly, there are numerous scientific laws which modern science has no
knowledge of or cannot explain. Hence, it is entirely conceivable that
our deeds create some form of energy (about which modern science knows
nothing) that is stored in our soul and which in turn guides our mind and
soul. Most religions say that whatever we do we get back as a reward or
punishment for our actions; the samskara theory of mental fluctuation,
pleasure and pain, would form a scientific basis for this age-old
principle. In my view, great persons like Christ, Buddha, Krishna, etc.
knew about laws of the universe we do not and that's why we claim their
works are "miracles", "magic" or religious dogma. Mental or spiritual
science may someday show that none of these characterizations is correct,
and that these teachers were putting deep scientific principles into play.
Second Law of Motion
P = m x f, where p = force, m = mass, and f = acceleration or deceleration
"For the same force, a lighter particle will experience more acceleration
or deceleration than a heavier particle" (i.e., greater force is required
to move a heavier body).
For the same sins (or good deeds), a very good person or a spiritual
person will experience less pain (or less happiness) than a bad person.
(Here, mass corresponds to how spiritual a person is).
It is said that Jesus Christ took our sins and suffered on the cross for
us. According to the Newton's law of motion, the intensity of suffering
for us will be more for the same sin than that for spiritualists like
Christ, Prophet Mohammed, Krishna, Buddha, Moses, etc. That's why it is
said that a yogi does not feel pain or happiness. But in my view, he also
feels pain or happiness, but not as intense as ours.
In Hindi, God is also called Hari, which means a thief. A devotee does
not want to give his sins to God, as he loves God very much and hence does
not want to see Him suffering. But due to His great love for the devotee,
sometimes God steals the sins of His beloved sons and daughters.
If one can find a good tantrik teacher, it is very easy to acquire some
spiritual/tantrik power - such as to know what a person has done in the
past or what is going to happen to a person in the immediate future. (A
good palmist can also do this by reading the lines on the hand.). But I
will not regard him as a god. For me a great person is one who uses
his/her spiritual powers to guide others for the welfare (social,
economic, political, etc.) of the human society rather than making money.
Susmit Kumar has a Ph.D. in engineering science and mechanics and teaches
at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
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