(1979). "Srila Prabhupada's Insight into the Issues of Modern Science" in <i>Perspectives on the Bhaktivedanta Institute</i>

(1979). "Srila Prabhupada's Insight into the Issues of Modern Science"

in Perspectives on the Bhaktivedanta Institute

Publication Info: 

Thompson, Dr. Richard L. (Sadaputa dasa). "Srila Prabhupada’s Insight into the Issues of Modern Science." Perspectives on the Bhaktivedanta Institute, pp. 25-28, Philadelphia, PA: Bhaktivedanta Institute, 1979.


One of the primary goals of the Bhaktivedanta lnstitute Is to prove by logic and argument the existence of the Supersoul – a transcendental source of intelligence for the creation and maintenance of the cosmic arrangement, and also for each living entity. In this essay Dr. Richard Thompson (Sadaputa dasa) bases his argument on one of Srila Prabhupada's extraordinary purports in the Srimad Bhagavatam.  

At first glance it might seem that the subject matter of the Srimad Bhagavatam belongs to an antiquated phase of human culture – that it has little relvance to the precise, detailed world view developed over the past two hundred years by the process of investigation employed by materialistic science. The Bhagavatam introduces many ideas that appear incomprehensible, or even contradictory, to a person accustomed to the categories of modern science. Yet Srila Prabhupada has emphasized that the Bhagavatam outlines fundametnal principles that are realistic and scientific in the truest sense of those terms. Although these principles may superficially appear to belong to a religious doctrine having little connection with practical, experimental observation, a close inspection of the text of the Srimad Bhagavatam reveals that they actually comprise a consistent system of scientific thought.