Science and Spiritualism
Science and Spiritualism
In today’s material world there is lot of stress on scientific evidence to back up each experience. People tend to believe what they see or feel. Gradually over a period of time there has been a shift away from spiritualism. Therefore a pertinent question that pops up is whether science and spiritualism are exclusive of each other. Evidence from the past suggests a strong connection between science and spiritualism. That Ancient India was a storehouse of quality information is an undisputable fact. Lot of scientific information was available with clarity and accuracy. For example the fact earth was a round planet was known in India much before it was confirmed by western astronomers. Not just this but lot of other astronomical information was available in depth to the people of ancient India.
There was greater understanding of various therapies, metallurgy, Ayurveda, education and philosophy. All the knowledge available was put to practical use so as to improve the quality of living. Due to this people were able to lead comfortable lives in a very natural way. But there was a sense of intrigue about the source of the knowledge available then. This was because there were serious restrictions on physical movements and hence it was difficult to travel to gather information. There were very few sources of external information like encyclopedia and almanacs available for reference purposes.
It is not surprising that most of the knowledge available was sourced from searches within the self by these greats who were in pursuit of scientific information. It was a fact that all these scientific researchers were people who were spiritual practitioners. They all believed that each human being was a miniature manifestation of the larger universe and all the knowledge that was available in the universe also existed within each human form. What was required was pursuit of highly evolved spiritual and meditative practices to delve deep into this ocean of knowledge and acquire expertise from it. Through rigorous control of their thought processes these sages could control external influences to draw from their deep inner reserves of knowledge. And their minds were also programmed to an open state to attract and accept relevant knowledge available externally. Thus without any dependence on any external source credible and complete knowledge could be acquired.
It was true that the ‘Scientists’ from the ancient era were ‘Sages’ and that all the ‘Sages’ then were also ‘Scientists’. This was a classic example of a positive confluence of science and spirituality.