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Einstein, Albert - Rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law

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003931

Type of Spiritual Experience

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A description of the experience

Einstein

You will hardly find one among the profoundly scientific minds without a peculiar religious feeling of his own.... his religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law; which reveals an Intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection.

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The World As I See It

It is very difficult to explain this feeling to anyone who is entirely without it, especially as there is no anthropomorphic conception of God corresponding to it. The individual feels the nothingness of human desires and aims and the sublimity and marvellous order which reveal themselves both in nature and in the world of thought. He looks upon individual existence as a sort of prison and wants to experience the universe as a single significant whole.

The source of the experience

Einstein, Albert

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