You must be aware that modern physics believes in the theory of uncertainty, modern physics believes in the illogical behavior of atoms; the behavior of electrons has become unpredictable. It was such a shock to the modern physicists, because they had always believed that matter behaves consistently. The whole foundation of science has been shaken – these twenty years, it has been such a shock. People have not yet become aware of it, because the theories are so complicated and so subtle that they will never become part of common knowledge. And they are so against common sense – they look more like fairy tales, stories written for children.
The electrons jump from one spot to another, and between the two they don’t exist. Now, can it be believed? An electron jumping from spot A to spot B, and between the two he is not? And I am using he knowingly, deliberately, because you cannot use it any more. A great mystery – they call it a quantum leap. A special word has been coined – quantum – because in the middle it is not found.
It is as if from New York you come to Pune, but in the space between the two you are not. You simply disappear from New York and you appear in Pune. Now there is a possibility some day – right now it is science fiction, but the possibility is there that one day it may happen that there will be no need to take long journeys, wasting time. Time has limitations.
For example, if you want to go to the nearest star it will take four years – the nearest star! And that too only if you go with the speed of light. And it is immense, the speed of light: 186,000 miles per second. If you go at this speed, which seems almost impossible, then it will take four years to reach the closest star.
And then there are stars which are a hundred years, two hundred, one thousand, two thousand, one million, two million years away. There are stars so far away that we have not been able to detect them yet.
How can journeys be made to faraway stars? The only possibility is if one day we manage to do what the electron is already managing to do. …a machine in which you enter here and you disappear, and another machine on the star, one million years away, and you appear there. Between the two, no traveling time is lost: you simply dematerialize here and you materialize somewhere else. It is a possibility. If the electron can do it, why not man? Man is nothing but millions and millions of electrons, so the possibility is there.
Even to think of it seems to be mind-blowing, but modem physics says electrons are behaving in a very mysterious way – illogical, unpredictable, confusing.
I am not a philosopher who is trying to make a system of thought. I’m a mystic who is trying to convey the mysteries that have become available to me. I will confuse you.
It is like a friend of mine who is a jigsaw puzzle fiend. One day his kids were playing with his puzzles and they put his Marilyn Monroe puzzle back in the same box with his Revolutionary War puzzle.
I asked him how he made out with things all mixed up.
“Oh,” he said, “I did all right. But I never realized that George Washington had such sexy legs.”