what to expect

  • informal setting where questions are welcomed
  • expert teacher makes science clear and simple
  • time will fly right by / you won’t be bored
  • group size approx. 10-25 people
  • walk away with a better understanding of science and spirituality

Murali Gopal was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1979.  He graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and in Physics in 2003.  He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Ohio University 7 years later.  During this time, he interned at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. He later went on to Columbia University in New York City as a postdoctoral research scientist, where he recently completed his final semester of advanced Sanskrit.

In 2010, he dedicated himself to spiritual pursuits and entered monastic life at the Bhakti Center.  He offers courses on science and spirituality. He regularly gives seminars relating Bhakti to cosmology, astronomy, quantum physics, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience.  He is recently being considered as an advisor for the Temple of Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, India.

BHAKTI & PHYSICS SEMINAR 1

with Murali Gopal

dates – saturday, october 21, 10:00am – 4:00pm

sunday, october 22, 2:00 – 5.00pm

location – the bhakti center / 3w

admission – suggested donation $50 (see donation policy below)

Students must register and donate online.

Register and donate here.


This seminar series is designed to introduce you to the concepts and questions of quantum physics and cosmology and then view the same in light of the Bhakti tradition.

Throughout time saints, mystics and yogis have searched for the foundation of reality.  Though following a method different from the orthodox scientific method, their findings are objectively experiential and nothing short of amazing; sometimes aligning with modern science and sometimes challenging it to go deeper.

The teachings of the Bhakti tradition include descriptions of the nature of the material world, the spiritual world, consciousness, God, and our existence amidst all of it.  We are all encouraged to explore and realize these deep truths for ourselves.  From questioning reality and its possibilities, to the implications of quantum physics, to the mystic slumber of Maha Vishnu creating innumerable universes, you may never view the world the same way.  In the words of William Shakespeare: 

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Hamlet (1.5.167-8)


The seminar series consists of three modules in the span of 2 days:

  1.  1st Module— Cosmology: The four pillars of the Big Bang theory, inflation theory, beyond the Big Bang, questioning cosmology as a science, the cosmological and teleological arguments and counter arguments for the existence of God based on cosmology, time scales in the Vedas, creation of the multiverse by Maha Vishnu, Siva and Durga as the efficient and material causes for the universe, development of the elements, 3 Vishnus, secondary creation.

  2. 2nd Module—Quantum Physics and Consciousness: The mind body problem, wave-particle duality, measurement and interpretation in quantum mechanics, the quantum mind body problem, consciousness as a quantum phenomenon, consciousness according to Vedanta, elements of Sankhya, yogic theory of perception.

  3. 3rd Module—Particle Physics: Greek atoms. Development of atomic structure. Explosion of particles. Fundamental forces.  Standard Model of particle physics. Higgs boson (aka the God particle). Theories beyond the Standard Model. Particles and fields.  Vaisheshika (particles) vs Sankhya (fields).  Vaisheshika’s atomic theory.  Sankhya’s development of elements.  Yogic science (levitation, perception of other realms, and invisibility).


The Bhakti Centers Donation Policy

The principle of bhakti is to do for others without motive. In yoga’s spiritual culture a teacher shares the wisdom of the sacred texts as an act of devotion rather than for profit. This is especially important in the Bhakti tradition where teaching and learning are essential ways bhakti is exchanged in daily life. It also keeps affordable for all this most important activity, sharing knowledge for upliftment.

At The Bhakti Center we honor these important principles of education: that teaching is done purely out of love, and that it is kept affordable. Therefore, for all of our classes on the sacred texts we don’t charge a set price.

So how do teachers survive? The answer is that pure teachers depend on God and good students honor that by sharing a donation from the heart and according to their means. Gratitude and generosity from student to teacher is also part of the yoga tradition.

For the class “Bhakti & Physics Seminar 1” we suggest a donation of $50, although all donations will be welcomed.

All students must be registered online for this class.