The Merging of Science and Spirituality by Deepak Chopra

 

It’s commonly accepted that science and spirituality are not compatible. Science is considered our reliable way forward, while spirituality often regarded as a sentimental relic of our past we can’t quite let go of. So to say it is necessary for the two to work together may seem unrealistic. For centuries, science has led our progress; spirituality, as indicated through participation in orthodox religion has been in steady decline. But the unorganized, personal aspect of spirituality is the subjective pursuit of value, reality, and understanding through individual experience or consciousness. This aspect of spirituality has not declined. Instead, the drive to find external solutions to global problems that have value to our interior world is more powerful than ever. The scale of our planet’s problems is too great to be solved without an integrated approach of science and spirituality. The power of consciousness needs the systemization of the scientific method, and the tools of science depend on the wisdom and creativity of individual consciousness to guide it in a meaningful direction.

More and more scientists are recognizing this need. In part because fundamental science has come to a place where the ultimate questions of matter and creation cannot be understood unless consciousness is accounted for and factored in. Consciousness may well be the common ground on which the objective and subjective worlds are derived and united. With this vision, scientists have begun to meet and discuss solutions to global issues of health, hunger, conflict resolution, climate change, and economic injustice from a perspective that joins science and spirituality.

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“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

The Sages and Scientists Symposium sponsored by the Chopra Foundation is just one of these gatherings and it will be held August 22-24, 2014 in Carlsbad California. It will bring together not only eminent scientists but also leading lights in spirituality based in the development of consciousness. Spirituality is rooted in the idea that a transcendent reality exists beyond the external realm of the senses. This is pure consciousness, the source of the subjective world or the mind as well the objective world of matter. But the symposium talks are not focused on abstract questions of what preceded the Big Bang, or what is the nature of dark matter. Presentations are aimed at finding practical solutions for pressing issues like Alzheimer’s, clean water, obesity, women’s rights, hunger, and diabetes. Our future depends on the concerted effort of science and spirituality working together, because separately, neither has been up to the monumental task. Science works fine in everyday affairs without dealing with spirituality. And on the other side, spirituality can continue serving people’s spiritual needs as they go through their individual insights, crises and awakenings. However, unless the two views join forces, we won’t be using our full human capability to solve problems. Such a comprehensive human effort is precisely what global solutions require. Beyond providing a platform for addressing humanity’s problems, the joint efforts of science and spirituality promises to be the foundation for the next evolutionary leap in human potential.

Source – Courtesy of YouTube/The Chopra Foundation

  • Ed Gibney

    “Spirituality is rooted in the idea that a transcendent reality exists beyond the external realm of the senses.”

    Even if such a plane exists, we’ll never know about it and it’s idle to speculate endlessly about it. As Wittgenstein said, “What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.” More silence from Deepak Chopra please.

    • Lorna Brain

      You would be helpful by administering your own thoughts not quotes from other people.

      • Ed Gibney

        Here’s my thought—you are what is wrong with the world today, thinking your own precious little mind has thought something new that no one else has ever thought about and profoundly understood before. I shared my thoughts and the quote from a famous philosopher to back me up as well. Who is on your side?

        • Lorna Brain

          No, as in I strongly disagree; your generation is what is imperfect with this world. As of your explanation I am supposed to follow suit with your non-innovative ways of thinking – you aint different from many old men walking down the isles of power – full of nonsense and forceful to old adhege adherences.

          • Ed Gibney

            You might want to work on that brain of yours because it sure isn’t working very well…grammatically, logically, or knowledgeably. Now stop trolling me.

          • Lorna Brain

            And your perfectionism is your imperfection as you just displayed; quickly pointing out to my mistakes as if the message meanders. The thing is you are a grown man and you are philosophically immature. Instead you are looking for respect as if you are entitled to it like a teenager. Now learn old man, ask where you don’t understand, this world is too wide and shallow to utter a word of ignorance; I won’t explain myself on this but dig deep like a human with all capable 5 senses.

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  • Cheryl Levy

    Oh my goodness Lorna Brain. Based on your rude and disrespectful comments it would appear that you carry a lot of hate and anger. May you find peace and joy somewhere, somehow in your existence. Ed Gibney, I do respect your opinion. Personally, I am quite intrigued by Deepak Chopra and his teachings and choose to keep an open mind. That’s what is great about this world. We do have freedom of choice.