An exploration of the nature of reality as assumed by the scientific researchers and the spiritual searchers, their practices, the aims of their undertakings, and the qualities of their being.
A brief description of each week's topics for the webinar.
- Week 1. Assumptions, Procedures and aims of Spiritual Search and Scientific Research
- Week 2. Similarities and Differences between Scientific Knowledge and Spiritual Knowledge
- Week 3. Spirituality without scientific knowledge is ineffective, but science without spiritual perception is insignificant.
- Week 4. Can Science be a Spiritual Path?
Week 1. Assumptions, Procedures and aims of Spiritual Search and Scientific Research
Physics has been the queen of the sciences since the 16th century and the underlying assumption in that field is that the whole of the cosmos and all beings in it emerge by evolution from matter without any consciousness. In the spiritual domain the underlying assumption is that the entire cosmos emerges by involution from the highest level of consciousness variously labeled as Brahman, God, Absolute or simply That.
The purpose of scientific research is to gather more and more knowledge about the universe, hoping ultimately to lead to a single unified theory of everything. The quality of being of the scientist is irrelevant to the value of their research. In spiritual search, the only relevant knowledge is that which transforms the quality of being of the searcher, ultimately hoping to experience oneness with That, something extremely rarely achieved in human history.