Consciousness: A Scientific Reality


Consciousness. I was introduced to this term in one of the discourses of Yogi Ashwini as I sat in the dhyan hall wondering if it was fact or fiction…the skeptic in me wanted an empirical proof and a scientific validation…In years to come I realized what he speaks is in fact the ultimate science, of which modern science is a speck mere. And while vedic science of yog tapped into phenomenal power of consciousness millennia ago, the modern science is warming up to the idea gradually…

Consciousness is no longer a taboo for the scientific community, it is not only accepted but extensive research is being carried out in the field of “Consciousness Studies”. The University of Arizona in Tucson hosts a research center on consciousness studies and other renowned universities such as New York University, University of Colorado and the University of Virginia are offering courses on consciousness. Advanced degrees in consciousness studies are offered by the University of Skoevde in Sweden, Greenwich University in Australia, and Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India, among others. John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California, has a Department of Consciousness Studies, and Brunel University in London offers an MSc degree in Cognition and Consciousness.


Consciousness is at the very root of quantum physics. To quote,

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”  – Max Planck, Nobel Laureate who propounded the quantum theory.

“It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.”  Eugene Wigner, Nobel Laureate, theoretical physicist and mathematician.

“Quantum physicists discovered that physical atoms are made up of vortices of energy that are constantly spinning and vibrating, each one radiating its own unique energy signature and they are in turn influenced by consciousness.” writes Dr Bruce H. Lipton, PhD In his book The Biology of Belief: Unleasing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles. He goes onto explains further, “Remember the atomic models you studied in school, the ones with marbles and ball bearings going around like the solar system? Let’s put that picture beside the “physical” structure of the atom discovered by quantum physicists. No, there has not been a printing mistake; atoms are made out of invisible energy not tangible matter!…As it turns out, we undergraduate biology majors were right about one thing—the quantum universe is mind-bending. Let’s look more closely at the “now you see it, now you don’t” nature of quantum physics. Matter can simultaneously be defined as a solid (particle) and as an immaterial force field (wave). When scientists study the physical properties of atoms, such as mass and weight, they look and act like physical matter. However, when the same atoms are described in terms of voltage potentials and wavelengths, they exhibit the qualities and properties of energy (waves). (Hackermüller, et al, 2003; Chapman, et al, 1995; Pool 1995) ”

The quantum double slit experiment is a very popular experiment that demonstrates that light and matter can display characteristics of both classically defined waves and particles and infact it has also been used to examine how consciousness and material world are intertwined.

In the double slit experiment, a series of single photons (light particles) are fired at a solid plate that has two slits. On the other side of the solid plate, a photographic plate is set up to record what comes through those slits. In the absence of a measuring device, the photon appears to travel through both slits at one time,  suggesting that it behaves as a wave interfering in the same way that water ripples cross each other. But when a measuring device is put, the interference pattern disappears, and each photon travels through only one of the slits.

That is, it behaves like a particle as if it ‘knows’ it is being watched. This phenomena is called the “observer effect” and continues to baffle the scientific community till date. The only explanation seems to be that the very act of observation (consciousness) creates the physical reality. The wave characteristic changes to a specific particle by the simple act of observing or measuring it. 

In fact, Dean Radin, PhD in his paper published in the journal, Physics Essays  explains how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality.

While modern science has begun to accept consciousness as a practical phenomenon, it is yet to understand its working…something which had been mastered and also applied in day-to-day life by vedic seers to perfection.

What quantum physics identifies as ‘vortices of energy that are spinning and vibrating’, was termed as ‘prana’ by the vedic masters. They defined consciousness as the ability to manifest this prana as per individual capacity. The higher the level of consciousness, the faster/stronger is the physical manifestation. It is consciousness which manifested as a boon or curse through the vani (speech) of a Rishi or a Yogi, it is consciousness that enabled Rishi Vishvamitra to create a parallel universe or King Bhagirath to usher Ganga on Earth.

And this is not a thing of the past, even in today’s day and age I have practically experienced manifestation of consciousness under sanidhya of Yogi Ashwini. Whatever he says, happens. In fact anyone practicing Sanatan Kriya (essence of yog) has his/her own experience of manifestation of consciousness – be it in the form of getting the body shape one desires to, manifestation of thoughts, distance healing, telepathy, astral travel and more… And trust me this is no ‘science fiction’ or ‘magic’, it is simply the power of accessing the phenomenal power of ones consciousness by practicing the profound SCIENCE of yog under the sanidhya of a Guru. A SCIENCE mastered and perfected by our Vedic seers and given to us thousands of years ago, a SCIENCE which is certainly more than mere asans or breathing techniques!

Tulika Sharma

Tulika Sharma

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