SpiritMag Sep ’06
I-1. The Inner Sciences
The term ‘science’ means a logical inquiry about the events seen in the world. It is based on rational thinking and, therefore, it is acceptable to any reasonable human being. This has led to a number of scientific subjects that have near-universal acceptability.
When I decided to float the body in the name of “Center for Inner Sciences” (CIS in short) last year, I had certain issues in mind and had an urge to share some ideas with a number of people. My experience of delivering lectures and talks, conducting intensive workshops worldwide, and writing books and articles in the last ten years had led me to conclude that the intellectual cross-section of the human society everywhere is interested in knowing the inner sciences. I had noticed how people got excited when they saw that the issues hitherto in the domain of religions could be discussed scientifically. The people could see the benefits of a scientific understanding of the issues.
Therefore, in this first article of SpiritMag, I thought of writing about what, in my opinion, comprises of the inner sciences. The human curiosity instinctively wants to approach the invisible within the visible things. We want to approach the unknown from the known truths. We desire to enter into the microscopic inner domains of anything that is gross and macroscopic. This inward journey must be based on a logical scientific basis. This is what we will call “the inner sciences.”
Modern sciences have significantly contributed to our understanding of the matter in its all realm. Now we know the atomic structure comprising of the minutest sub-atomic particles. We also make sensible and plausible conjectures about what may be happening in the distant heavenly bodies. However, the predominant thinking among scientists and people by and large is that science pertains to the matter alone.
This is where CIS wants to make a distinct point. In addition to the matter, there does exist something non-material that is inherently conscious. We will call such an entity as spirit. It may be a tiny infinitesimal spirit within us giving rise to our consciousness. Also, there may be an infinitely large cosmic spirit responsible for the infinite creation that is visible to us.
CIS will contribute to a better scientific understanding about both the spirits. The spirit is the innermost truth within us and in the world around us that gives rise to the infinite variety in the manifest world.
Every month I will write a short article. Nine articles in the first series of “An Introduction to the Inner Sciences” would bear the following tentative titles.
1. The Inner Sciences: the present article.
2. Bottom Line of the Life Experiences – Our discussion should not lose sight of the simple and plain fact that we want to enjoy the life in the present and future.
3. Inner Sciences: Can We Prove Them? – Part I, and
4. Inner Sciences: Can We Prove Them? – Part II – It is generally felt that the scientific study pertaining to the matter can be proved in a laboratory. Does it apply to the scientific study of the spirit as well?
5. Inner Sciences: Why and What to Expect? – Why should we indulge in studying the inner sciences? Will it lead us to a happier life? Can such a study improve the quality of our life? Can it make the world more beautiful and peaceful? Can it give rise to the universal love, brotherhood and peace? We will see that the inner sciences can help us obtain affirmative answers to these questions.
6. Science and Religion – Didn’t religions come into being to reveal the true inner sciences. But now we find that Science and Religion are two poles apart. We will see that there is much less in common between them and there is much more to make them divergent.
7. Why Did the Religions Fail – These days the humanity is passing through a critical time. The religions are opposed by intellectuals worldwide. They have caused wars, strife and turmoil. And, probably, they are a principal cause of terrorism as well. Why did the religions fail?
8. We Need Scientific Religion or Spiritual Sciences – We need the correct fusion of science and spirituality, call it scientific spirituality, or spiritual sciences, or scientific religion, or inner sciences. We will point out some salient features of such a process of fusion that is based on the need to Rationalize Religion and Spiritualize Science.
9. Inner Sciences through the Outer World – Inner Sciences don’t confine to an inward journey within us alone. Besides that it includes an inquiry of the inner sciences pertaining to the infinitely big outer world that we live in. That sector of inner sciences may reveal the existence of the cosmic spirit – the creator of the creation.
Next month I will write on “The Bottom Line of the Life Experiences.” Apart from being logical and scientific, we must be watchful that our discussion is pragmatic. It must lead to an improvement in the quality of life – the life that is an aggregate of the life experiences we go through every moment. There is no point in developing a great heady philosophy that doesn’t make us feel better in the heart as well. Our approach should appeal to both, the head and the heart.
- Dr Harish Chandra
B. Tech. (IIT Kanpur)
Ph. D. (Princeton, USA)