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Is Astrological/Jyotish framework HEISENBERGian…? August 21, 2009

Posted by Neelam in Articles.
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Law of Karma is treated like Newtonian paradigm. To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, said Newton. Determinant approach! Shastras also proclaim, Jaisi Karni, Vaisi Bharni; as you sow, so shall you reap! Jyotish framework hinges on the Law of Karma. Destiny or destination is the resultant effect, an inbuilt component of this system.

Heisenbergian Paradigm offers a more liberal and relaxed view, embracing the uncertainties of variable nature of the actors. He tries to assign a range to Newton’s *EQUAL*. Indeterminacy is caused due to disturbances in *canonically conjugate variables*. The difference between the expected result and the actual result might be negligible, small or large, the precise outcome may not possible to predict. The finer units of measurement would, more readily record the difference.

Jyotish framework, I guess, is built upon Newtonian premise, though it succumbs to Heisenbergian approach. As we move from simple social systems to complex ones having greater choices and possibilities, there is a greater shift from certainty to uncertainty. There is also an increasing uncertainty within the certainty. From classical physics, we move to quantum physics! May be more like genetics, or teleology! The result is known, yet variations are accepted due to changing state of individual and environment.

Classical, deterministic approach does not work for modern and chaotic human systems where actions cannot be quantified, and the variable influences are equally immeasurable! What applies to the human body and the life of the individual, also applies to the society and the environment. Jyotish may be divine, but it is practiced here by mortals who belong to the system. They cannot predict the detailed moment-to-moment behaviour in this chaotic system but might foresee the overall PATTERN of its fluctuations. Likewise, the fine details may not be easy to predict, but one can predict a RANGE of possibilities.

No two moments are practically the same in time and space (the conjugate variables here). Hence the exact replication of an event is impossible.

Having said that, let me also suggest a theoretical possibility of total certainty. One has to become a GOD like being who can observe and measure the system without in any way disturbing it. One has to be omniscient to the point where one can gather complete and total information about the system. One has to be outside the system.

We are finite creatures, hence total knowledge and predictive power will always be beyond us. We may never know the universe fully and totally. We have to live with a measure of uncertainty, paradox, and ambiguity. For us, vital pieces of information would be missing, a price to be paid for entering into the life of the cosmos, for being participators instead of mere observers.

May be those who have left and are watching from beyond, can TELL precisely!