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**Is Accepting the Vedas not Blind Faith?**

Sometimes people argue, "Who knows whether what the Vedas say
is all true or not? Better to depend on Science." Those who are unaware of
the limitations of the senses are often proud of scientific advancement. Many
examples show how even in the field of Science many things, which have no
experimental proofs are accepted as axiomatic truths. Some of them are:

When an Astronomy book says, "This is the sun", you
accept. When it talks of cosmic distances based on calculations, you accept
because it is 'scientific'. When it says there are 10 billion stars in the sky,
you accept it, although there is no foolproof method to verify it. You agree
blindly, because you've developed faith in what they spoke previously. After
sometime, whatever the Astronomy book says you accept (even those things which
cannot be proved or perceived through senses). This is due to the credibility
of the book. Because the book has gained some credibility in the eyes of the
reader, the reader becomes ready to believe everything that the book says even
without verifying it.

Everyone in the scientific community knows that mathematicians
work with an imaginary number called 'i', which is the square root of minus
one. This number does not figure among the natural numbers (1,2,3 etc.).
However, important branches of mathematics - for example, the theory of
analytical functions - are based on this imaginary unit. Thus the existence of
this number cannot be denied; yet there is no experiment to prove it.

•Another scientific theory that is beyond the limit of experimental science is Heisenberg's
Uncertainty Principle.The statement of this principle is that it is impossible
to simultaneously determine the position
and momentum of any object. No experimental technique can prove this principle.
However, scientists all over the world accept this

statement as a fact, knowing that the experimental proof is beyond
their ability.

• There is no scientific experiment to prove the Third Law of
Thermodynamics. This law, as formulated by Plank, states that the entropy of a
perfect crystal at absolute zero degree is equal to zero. Factually, there is
no means available for measuring degree Kelvin or for measuring directly the
.absolute entropies. Therefore the proof of this law is beyond the realm of
experimental science.

All these examples show that, in every field of material science -
be it Mathematics or Physics, there are axioms, which are impossible to verify
experimentally, yet which must be accepted to progress in studying that field.
If this is the case with Material Science, what then to speak of Spiritual
Science, which deals with subjects entirely beyond sense perception?

The Vedas also present the truth as Axiomatic Truth, which if
accepted and practised, can gradually bring a faithful practitioner to the
platform of realization. So the acceptance of Vedas is not blind faith. In
fact, it is the safest method of knowing the truth because the Vedas present
the Absolute Truth, which never changes. Accepting the so-called truth based on
scientific discovery is risky, because the scientific truths are standing on a
tottering platform; they are seen to be revised, updated, and modified moment
after moment, day after day and year
after year.