1 November, 2013
My dear young friends,
As I mentioned in my last letter, I attended “7th All India Students’ Conference on Science & Spiritual Quest” at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore on 1-2 Sept’12. Magnificent JN Tata Auditorium of IISc was filled to capacity with 750 participants. I felt honored to chair a Session on “Life, Science and Spirituality”, which was addressed by Prof. B.M. Hegde (Padma Bhushan) former Vice Chancellor, Manipal University, Prof. A.K. Mukhopadhyay, Professor & Head, Department of Laboratory Medicine, AIIMS and Prof. Ramgopal Uppaluri, Deptt. Of Chemical Engineering, IIT, Guwahati.
Prof. Hegde talked about energy treatment based on eastern medical wisdom to be an essential part of future integrated system that works with quantum physics as the base. Prof. Mukhopadhyay opined that the journey from Higgs-Boson to consciousness would have several milestones still in the dark. Prof. Ramgopal Uppaluri attempted to compare the scientific and vedantic models of evolution.
With the recent discovery of sub-atomic “God particle” at the CERN’s 10 billion $ Atom smasher, which is believed to confer mass to other particles that make up matter; man has got a clue to generating mass. Einstein had already established the relationship between mass and energy; We seem to have a better understanding of mass and energy now, but all of it limited to only one side of the coin.
Other side of creation is consciousness or “Chetna” that is behind life manifesting metabolism, power of converting food into energy, capacity for growth, power of healing and reproduction. Given all the necessary cellular chemicals, no one can create a living cell in the test tube. A molecule, no matter how orderly and precisely arranged, is life-less. A surgeon with best of his skills, supported by modern medical electronics can’t heal a body. After his job, he depends on some power for self-healing and recovery. That healer, the life giver is yet to be discovered. Consciousness is in the realm of spirituality.
Today majority of youth tends to discard “Spirituality” and “Consciousness” saying these are not needed, not useful, out of course or opining that it is a waste of time to understand these aspects.
Spirituality is derived from “Spirit” which is “pure self” beyond the body. It is one’s consciousness, conscience, thinking & feeling part of existence, sensitivity, motivation and divinity.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam has suggested that the younger generation should be trained in both scientific temper and spiritual pursuit. The nation’s overall growth is truly reflected in terms of a perfect blend of creative technical skill-sets with moral & ethical leadership, in other words integrating capabilities with values. Education with values is essential for national development. Science and spirituality are the two sides of the coin, if it has to circulate for the cause of sustainable progress of mankind across generations.
Albert Einstein said that science is blind without spirituality and the spiritual world is lame without science. What he meant was that we should blend science and spirituality to be able to use science for constructive purposes. Atomic research can lead us to Atom Bomb as well as Nuclear Energy. Chemical research can lead us to Chemical weapons as well as Chemotherapy. Modern science has airplanes, satellites, mobile and internet, DNA test and MRI on one hand and Green House effect, electronic and nuclear waste, weapons, tampering devices etc. on the other.
Was Mahatma Gandhi not spiritual? His discovery of truth, total commitment to non-violence, practicing before preaching, thinking of down trodden were all spiritual values at the highest level of consciousness!
It is disheartening to see a corrupt and valueless society-segment emerging today in India, which has been the hub of spirituality and righteousness. It is here human consciousness has been evolved to its fullest extent. In India, science and spirituality have been regarded as serving a common cause of understanding the purpose and meaning of existence and to serve the man and nature with renewed inspiration and with fullest of dedication and commitment.
By ignoring spirituality (Atmagyan) and consciousness (Chetna), we can learn quality management but not become quality conscious, we can learn energy but not become energy conscious, we may memorize history but not create history. Education without spirituality is like a flower without fragrance.
Sometimes I think “Are we human beings trying to avoid spiritual experience” or “Are we spiritual beings compulsorily undergoing human experience”. Please think over it !!
Satyamev Jayate !!!
Best wishes and Regards,
M.Tech., Ph.D., CBI Scholar, D.Engg., FNAE, Hon.D.WRE
Chairman, Great Lakes IEMR, Gurgaon, NCR, Delhi
Co-Chairman, Advisory Council, Great Lakes-Bauer Global Energy Executive MBA program, University of Houston
Former Director General (NPTI & CPRI / REL)
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