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1. Introduction


The present article briefly reviews some of the key issues and challenges ahead of us in mathematically describing the physical nature. It then presents few salient features of Sahkhya description of nature from Srimad Bhdgavatam, which was written by Krsnadvaipayana Vyasadeva few thousand years ago. Srimad Bhagavatam is an essential and integral part of the vedic tradition, the tradition which has gifted the world with the decimal system, ayurvedic system of medicine, Patanjali's yoga sutra, Sanskrit (the topmost language) and a rich cultural and spiritual heritage. According to Vyasadeva and other authorities, the vedic literatures have a divine origin. Among all vedic literatures, Srimad Bhagavatam is one those rare literatures which are relished by the topmost scholars of vedic tradition. Vyasadeva, the author of the vedic literatures including Vedanta-sutra and Srimad Bhagavatam [1], writes,


nigama-kalpa-taror galitamphalam

suka-mukhad amrta-drava-samyutam

pibata bhagavatam rasam dlayam

muhur aho rasika bhuvi bhdvukdh


TRANSLATION: O expert and thoughtful men, relish Srimad-Bhdgavatam, the mature fruit of the desire tree of Vedic literatures. It emanated from the lips of Sri Sukadeva Gosvaml. Therefore this fruit has become even more tasteful, although its nectarean juice was already relishable for all, including liberated souls.The Sahkhya description of matter given in Srimad Bhagavatam is worth studying for all those who are looking for a unified description of the nature. In past there have been instances where leading scientists like Erwin Schrodinger got inspiration from the vedic literatures. According to Walter Moore [2], the biographer of Erwin Schrodinger, "The unity and continuity of Vedanta are reflected in the unity and continuity of wave mechanics. In 1925, the worldview of physics was a model of a great machine composed of separable interacting material particles. During the next few years, Schrodinger and Heisenberg and their followers created a universe based on superimposed inseparable waves of probability amplitudes. This new view would be entirely consistent with the Vedantic concept of All in One".