Science and the Sacred

Science and the Sacred

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.

 

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