Newton’s Garden

Newton’s Garden is a musing on the similarities of Newton’s Laws of Motion and the eastern conceptualization of Karma.

Newton’s Laws of Motion creates a deterministic universe wherein the future of the entire universe, down to the littlest atom, could be known due to interdependent causal relations. This universal theory states firstly that objects either remain at rest or at constant velocity, unless acted upon. Secondly that the sum of an objects force is it’s mass times acceleration and thirdly that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Buddhism has a similar law of action known as Karma. Western interpretation of Karma typically is “What goes around comes around” or “Do unto others as you would have them do to you”. That is essentially if one treats others in a good manner, they will be treated well in return or if one performs “bad” actions there will be an equal and opposite “bad” reaction. The true law of Karma is much more sophisticated than this interpretation. Karma is the law of Action, not reaction. That is not to say it is not a law of causality but that for every action, there will be another causal action. Karma thus accumulates and influences one to act in accordance, creating habitual patterns with exponential consequences.

To illustrate repetitive karmic nature, I folded repeating tessellations. I adorned the tessellations with mushrooms to convey the concept that Karma is all connected (through the mycelium) and that it grows. Every action is seeded and will equally bear fruit.



~ by Benjamin Wuest on January 24, 2014.

2 Responses to “Newton’s Garden”

  1. Wow, that is beautiful what an awesome concept, and illustration!

  2. LOve that thought –That is— that everything –yes, everything you do —thoughts, words and actions count—nothing goes without being acknowledged, one way or the other–by the universe.
    We are all connected and included. Thanks Ben.
    Gt. aunt Carol

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