"Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points." ~D.T. Suzuki

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Temple of Science

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” ― Albert Einstein

“The most beautiful thing we can experience
is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science.
He to whom the emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead
 —his eyes are closed.
The insight into the mystery of life,
coupled though it be with fear,
has also given rise to religion.
To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom
and the most radiant beauty,
which our dull faculties can comprehend
only in their most primitive forms
—this knowledge,
this feeling is at the center of true religiousness."

Albert Einstein
"In the temple of science are many mansions...
and various indeed are they that dwell therein
and the motives that have led them there.

Many take to science out of a joyful sense of superior intellectual power; science is heir own special sport to which they look for vivid experience and the satisfaction of ambition; many others are to be found in the temple who have offered the products of their brains on this altar for purely utilitarian purposes. Were an angel of the Lord to come and drive all people belonging to these two categories out of the temple, it would be noticeably emptier but there would still be some men of both present and past times left inside... If the types we have just expelled were the only types there were, the temple would never have existed any more than one can have wood consisting of nothing but creepers... those who have found favor with the angel... are somewhat odd, uncommunicative, solitary fellows, really less like each other than the hosts of the rejected.

What has brought them to the temple... no single answer will cover... escape from everyday life, with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from his noisy cramped surroundings into the silence of the high mountains where the eye ranges freely through the still pure air and fondily traces out the restful contours apparently built for eternity."

Albert Einstein - A passages from a 1918 speech

"Try not to be a man of success
But try rather to be a man of value"

© 2012 MU - Peter Shimon

"The state of mind which enables a man to do work of this kind is akin to that of the religious worshipper or lover. The daily effort comes from no deliberate intention or program, but straight from the heart"

"I wake up wondering
 if I know we're near mountains because of memory
because of something in the air.'
Robert Pirsig ZAMM 

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