As an enthusiastic practitioner of Hindu-Christian dialogue in India in the sixties, I noted how frequently my Hindu dialogue partners resorted to modern science to make their points. They either drew parallels between ideas held by classical Indian authors and modern scientific findings, or they claimed "Vedic" origins for contemporary scientific or technical developments. More often than not they would perceive complete harmony between Vedanta and twentieth-century Western science, detailing how contemporary physics was supporting Advaita Vedanta or how Darwin's theory of evolution had been anticipated by Samkhya. Having had a lifelong interest in the sciences I found this turn of dialogue attractive. While in India, I was also introduced to Carl Friedrich von Weizsacker, the well-known physicist-philosopher, who, while visiting development projects on behalf of the German Government, was eager to learn more about India's religions and cultures. We quickly became good friends and he invited me several times to spend part of my summer at his Max-Planck Institute in Starnberg where we were able to engage in lengthy fruitful conversations.

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