TED talk - Shekhar Kapur: 03 Transcript extract
Type of Spiritual Experience
This is a dig at all the materiliastic scientists who say that just because the spiritual cannot be apparently seen with the 5 senses, therefore it canot exist. Shekhar is saying it does exist
A description of the experience
When I was a kid -- I was about eight years old. You remember how India was. There was no pollution. In Delhi, we used to live -- we used to call it a chhat or the khota. Khota's now become a bad word. It means their terrace -- and we used to sleep out at night.
At school I was being just taught about physics, and I was told that if there is something that exists, then it is measurable. If it is not measurable, it does not exist.
And at night I would lie out, looking at the unpolluted sky, as Delhi used to be at that time when I was a kid, and I used to stare at the universe and say, "How far does this universe go?"
6:01 My father was a doctor. And I would think, "Daddy, how far does the universe go?"
6:06 And he said, "Son, it goes on forever."
6:09 So I said, "Please measure forever because in school they're teaching me that if I cannot measure it, it does not exist. It doesn't come into my frame of reference."
So, how far does eternity go? What does forever mean?