“Where do we come from and how did the universe come into being are questions that have engaged humanity from ancient times. The process of answering these questions has given rise to mythology, legends, stories, beliefs, and science. Much of what humanity thought for thousands of years is now discarded as rudimentary. But some ancient concepts are still relevant and alive because they were spoken from the depths of human experience.Recent cosmological theories are finding significant similarities in the towering philosophy of Vedanta. For instance, several eminent scientists have proposed that the nature of the universe is cyclic, which is a standard belief in Vedanta.”

The author is Research Officer at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala.

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