Foundation Vedanta Course
Lesson 22.2 - Significance of Om
Poll:

Hari Om,


In Lesson 22.2, Significance of Om, it is said that sound is property of space. However, we know that sound cannot travel in space (i.e. vacuum) . Sound needs a medium (like air).
Given this, could you please elaborate how is Sound considered as property of Space?


Also, can we say that air can be perceived with sense of smell as well given that we experience various kinds of smells in the air itself?


Dhanyavaad.


Hari Om, In Lesson 22.2, Significance of Om, it is said that sound is property of space. However, we know that sound cannot travel in space (i.e. vacuum) . Sound needs a medium (like air). Given this, could you please elaborate how is Sound considered as property of Space? Also, can we say that air can be perceived with sense of smell as well given that we experience various kinds of smells in the air itself? Dhanyavaad.

Hari Om!


The sound and smell that you are talking about as examples are all at the grossest level. When the sequence of creation is explained in the scriptures we go from causal to subtle to gross. Space is the first subtle element that is born and the quality of that that space is said to be space. Do not mix up the scientific explanations that look at the world only at the grossest level with the subtler ideas that are conveyed in the scriptures.


With regard to your question on smell, all that smell is associated with the pollutants in the air and not with air per se. So you cannot attribute the sense of smell to air.


Hari Om! The sound and smell that you are talking about as examples are all at the grossest level. When the sequence of creation is explained in the scriptures we go from causal to subtle to gross. Space is the first subtle element that is born and the quality of that that space is said to be space. Do not mix up the scientific explanations that look at the world only at the grossest level with the subtler ideas that are conveyed in the scriptures. With regard to your question on smell, all that smell is associated with the pollutants in the air and not with air per se. So you cannot attribute the sense of smell to air.
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