( By Dr Ramesh Kapadia )

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Space Time and Death

Newtonian classical physics has dominated our thinking for the last three centuries. Time has been viewed as a linear time and death as the final end of life. Modern scientific concepts, evolved since the beginning of this century when in 1905 Einstein published his treatise on special relativity changed for ever our concept of space and time, and with it also the concept of death. The notion that time flows in one way fashion is a property of our consciousness. It is a subjective phenomenon and is a property that cannot be simply demonstrated in the natural world. This is an incontrovertible lesson of modern science. A flowing time belongs to our mind and not to nature. * "It is we, who pass away, not time." We serially perceive events that simply 'Are'. The serial perception of many such events we interpret to be flow of time. The physicist mathematician P.C.W. Daview states, ' No physical experiment has ever been performed that detects the passage of time'. In relativistic physics we can never talk about space without talking about time and vice versa. When his very dear friend Michele Besso died in 1955, Einstein wrote to Besso's surviving son and sister explaining the concept of time and death : 'The foundation of our friendship was laid in our student years in Zurich, where we met regularly at musical evenings ... later the patent office brought us together. The conversation during our mutual way home were of unforgettable charm ... . And now he has preceeded me briefly in bidding farewell to this strange world. This signifies nothing. For us believing physicists the distinction between past, present, and future is only an illusion, even if a stubborn one.'

" Kalo Na Yato Vayamev Yatah "

Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time. And not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections; not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time.

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