Well on the surface not much.
Many of you have heard me talk about yoga reality and science in terms of quantum mechanics. As we live in the age of science and Brian Cox it’s often a useful way of explaining and giving shape to some key yoga principles. For example when we are in guided relaxation and concentration we move towards an experience of feeling empty and light, full of space etc, knowing that quantum science tells us that matter is mostly made up of empty space. We are about 99.8% empty space. We hardly exist as separate physical beings.
Quantum physicists are working towards a scientific explanation for everything. They call this the Unified Field of Natural Law (UFNL). This field is where everything comes from, the source of everything and everyone in the universe. Every thought, every idea, all possibilities and events take shape in the field and emerge through us. Through mathematics and wonderful projects like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) quantum physicists are diving deep into and beyond particle level to find evidence of the UFNL. This is yoga practice on a huge scale and this is where we can identify the difference between your local quantum physicist and your local yoga class.
Quantum physicists are working to understand, define, measure and observe the UFNL. The yogi is working to experience, explore and use the UFNL.
Yoga science tells us that the UFNL is pure undifferentiated consciousness from which everything is made. We begin to have direct experience of the field when we practice yoga, which leads us to our most still, silent and spontaneous level of mind. That consciousness experienced in you and me is the Self. That absolute state of being from which all happiness and success derives. That is why we sometimes say that yoga is a way of bringing our selves to our ‘Self’. The very definition of yoga. Union.
So you could say in yogic terms the difference between your average quantum physicist and your average yogi is the difference between knowing and ‘Being ‘. It’s cheaper too. The LHC costs about £2.6 billion (still a lot less than we gave to bail out our hopeless bankers). A yoga matt cost £20 and a yoga class £8.00. Value for money I would say if you’re looking for the Unified Field of Natural Law.
Still the LHC is brilliant isn’t it?