Science and Spirituality – The Connection28th January 2020
The universe is a single atom; the convergence of science and spirituality.Dalai Lama
Whenever there is a talk on spirituality, most of the time we feel that it is related to some particular religion and maintain confused state of mind. It’s need of the hour to discuss and remove the confusion between science and spirituality.
“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”Isaac Newton
Let’s understand and build a bridge between science and spirituality.
We all have programmed our conscious mind in such a way that whenever we think or talk about spirituality, the things that comes into our mind is picture of any demigod or religion or spiritual masters.
Thought of spirituality accompanies feeling of sacrifices, quietness or those who spread negativity on the name of it. These are the reasons why there is a confusion and negativity for spirituality.
Here, I have used word “Conscious Mind” because confusion lies in our consciousness, but when we connect to subconscious, clarity prevails. Our subconscious mind know it all but we never get connected to it. We never seek answers from within and only find answers from outside world.
It is good to have confusion, because clarity only comes after confusion. Till we accept the confusion, we will not become seeker. The moment clarity comes it accompanies the bliss.
What is Spirituality?
For example, for a moment consider yourself as an ant and you are having conversation with another ant. The conversation is happening inside a room. As an ant you say the following statements to other ant:
- Do you know that there is species know as human being.
- Our (ant’s) entire community can fit on whole body of this human being.
- Thousand’s of us can be swallowed by them at one time.
- We even cannot see complete structure of human being with our eyes.
Don’t you think that room in which both ant’s were in communication is like whole universe for them. But for us it’s just a room. Due to limiting beliefs and logics these ant’s were not able to imagine the form of human beings. Similarly, for all our us the hidden secrets of this cosmos are beyond imagination, beyond logic and we categorise them as spirituality.
Expanding our boundaries of beliefs and seeking beyond logic is spirituality.
Now we can conclude that spirituality is not about any religion but expanding our boundaries of logic for seeking. Spirituality is just a medium to cross boundaries of limiting beliefs and to attain bliss.
Science and Spirituality – The Connection
Let’s understand by comparing scientific law and verse from Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another.The first law of thermodynamics, also known as Law of Conservation of Energy
Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse No. 23 नैनं छिन्दन्ति शस्त्राणि नैनं दहति पावक: | न चैनं क्लेदयन्त्यापो न शोषयति मारुत: || 23|| nainaṁ chhindanti śhastrāṇi nainaṁ dahati pāvakaḥ na chainaṁ kledayantyāpo na śhoṣhayati mārutaḥ
Weapons cannot shred the soul, nor can fire burn it. Water cannot wet it, nor can the wind dry it.
Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse No. 13 देहिनोऽस्मिन्यथा देहे कौमारं यौवनं जरा | तथा देहान्तरप्राप्तिर्धीरस्तत्र न मुह्यति || 13|| dehino ’smin yathā dehe kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā tathā dehāntara-prāptir dhīras tatra na muhyati
Just as the embodied soul continuously passes from childhood to youth to old age, similarly, at the time of death, the soul passes into another body. The wise are not deluded by this.
Just by understanding 2 verses of Gita and scientific law we can easily relate between science and spirituality.
Science terms it as an energy whereas scriptures termed it as soul. This scientific law was discovered in mid 1800’s whereas Gita was recited 5,000+ years ago. It goes without saying from where the reference was taken to discover the law.
“The new physics provides the modern version of ancient spirituality. In a universe made out of energy, everything is entangled, everything is one.Bruce H Lipton, Phd Developmental Biology