Miracles are not against science; they are above science
Many scientifically educated people balk at the mention of miracles such as Krishna’s lifting of Govardhan hill. To them, such things seem blatantly unscientific, even anti-scientific. And as most people like to think of themselves as scientific, they hesitate to accept anything that seems to go against science.
However, miracles, especially those performed by God, are not against science; they are above science. The Bhagavad-gita (09.10) informs that working under the supervision of Krishna, material nature creates and changes things in an orderly manner. This orderly manner is uncovered by science through its discovery of the laws of nature and their practical application in the form of technology. Science studies matter and its working according to laws – this working is a valid and valuable truth to know.
At the same time, its important to know that there are higher realities beyond the laws of nature and the highest such reality is Krishna. For example, by Krishna’s will, the law of gravity governs the normal interactions of matter. And by his will, that law goes into temporary abeyance when he desires to intervene for performing his pastimes.
As Krishna exists above science, his actions are not anti-scientific, but trans-scientific – they don’t falsify or contradict science; they point us to forces that exist above the investigative focus of science.
The claim that there is nothing beyond the reach of science is not a scientific claim, but a philosophical claim made by fanatical materialists who want to misappropriate science for justifying their ideology. We don’t have to let science be thus hijacked by atheists.
By recognizing the validity of science and the validity of Krishna’s capacity for supernatural interventions in the arena of science, we can avoid falling into the trap of becoming spiritually close-minded in the name of science.
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