5 Spiritual Quotes By Erwin Schrödinger

Nobel Prize winning physicist Erwin Schrödinger loved to indulge in religious expressions and metaphors.
5 spiritual quotes by erwin schrodinger

Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961) is well known as one of the founders of quantum mechanics. Schrödinger's equation is to quantum physics what Newton's laws are to classical physics. For his pioneering work, Schrödinger won the Nobel Prize in 1933.

But there is more to Schrödinger than you know. In addition to contributions to physics, Schrödinger is equally famous for being closer to spirituality than any other contemporary scientist. He took particular inspiration from eastern philosophies, such as from India.

Following are five quotes by physicist Erwin Schrödinger on philosophy and spirituality that may be worth your time:

1. We do not belong to this material world that science constructs for us. We are not in it; we are outside. We are only spectators. The reason why we believe that we are in it, that we belong to the picture, is that our bodies are in the picture. Our bodies belong to it. Not only my own body, but those of my friends, also of my dog and cat and horse, and of all the other people and animals. And this is my only means of communicating with them.

2. The stages of human development are to strive for:
(a) Besitz [Possession]
(b) Wissen [Knowledge]
(c) Können [Ability]
(d) Sein [Being]

The goal of man is to preserve his Karma and to develop it further... when man dies his Karma lives and creates for itself another carrier. [from writings in 1918]

3. This life of yours which you are living is not merely a piece of this entire existence, but in a certain sense the whole. This, as we know, is what the Brahmins express in that sacred, mystic formula which is yet really so simple and so clear; tat tvam asi, this is you. Or, again, in such words as "I am in the east and the west, I am above and below, I am this entire world." [from My View of the World 1951]

4. I am born into an environment — I know not whence I came nor whither I go nor who I am. This is my situation as yours, every single one of you. That is why we are eager to find out about it as much as we can.

And that is science, learning, knowledge; it is the true source of every spiritual endeavor of man. We try to find out as much as we can about the spatial and temporal surroundings of the place in which we find ourselves put by birth…

Although Schrodinger rejected traditional religious beliefs - Jewish, Christian, and Islamic - but he loved to indulge in religious expressions and metaphors. Schrodinger, like Heisenberg was deeply inspired by Vedantic concepts that helped him cope with the absurdity of quantum mechanics.

5. I think that life may be the result of an accident, but I do not think that of consciousness. Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms. For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in terms of anything else. (1931)

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