Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Can Science Prove Spirituality

By on December 30, 2015 in Nature with 40 Comments

can science prove spiritualityQuestion to Radhanath Swami: We have heard that in Hinduism, you can find yourself through meditation. If more people get the right values and follow this path of spirituality, then there would be much greater peace in the world. Why don’t we use a tract of science to prove these values and the way they work?

Answer by Radhanath Swami: Science and technology are potentially a reason for great benefit to humanity and all living beings, or potentially they could be a reason for great devastation; it depends on the character in the hearts of the people who use it. I will give a simple example- a knife. One person who has that knife can kill someone, cut their throats and take everything away from them what they have. So when the knife is in the hands of a thief, it is destructive. But, the same exact knife when fits in the hands of a surgeon, it will save a person’s life with compassion. So is the knife good or bad? The knife is as bad as the person who holds it or as good as the person who holds it. That’s the way everything in this world is.

Knowledge, fame, strength, science, and technology, have a tremendous strength. But we could use that science and technology out of greed and we can actually pollute the environment, cost so much suffering to so many living beings including humanity, or we could use it to create great health, prosperity, and enlightenment.

So science and technology, especially when it is harmonized with the universal spiritual principles and character, we can have such great value within the world. – Radhanath Swami

The destiny of the world is very much in hands of the students who are going to universities and learning technology, learning science, and destiny is going to be determined by the values, the character, and the spirit of compassion that they have actually imbibed within their hearts. Question is, whether we want to be a part of the problem or a part of a wonderful holistic solution.

So the practice of meditation, the practice of chanting God’s names or mantras, puja, seva, are all ways of reconnecting to that deep enlightened state that is within us. That is our true potential. There have been many medical and scientific researches of how meditation actually affects in a very positive way to the brain and the cells of the body. There is a great detailed research about this chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, how it affects in such a positive way on the cells in the brain and the whole way we think. So science is beautiful if we are beautiful; and science can be very ugly if we are ugly. So this is holistic form of education along with the tools to discover and accomplish great things in this world.

We should also educate ourselves in how we can actually make those interconnections and share them and live with character, live with values, live with gratitude, and live with humility. – Radhanath Swami

 
Humility doesn’t make us cowards

Humility means were recognizing that there is a higher power beyond my own and I humble myself and harmonize myself with. This could make us very enthusiastic, determined, courageous and fearless, but not in the mood to exploit, in a mood to serve.- Radhanath Swami

These three principles are very core to the Indian spiritual traditions, especially the Gita. One is satsang, satsang means whatever we are doing in life, we should regularly be in the company of people who really inspire us and enlighten us toward the importance of spirituality and character, so that we don’t get distracted. In this world we are always being bombarded by weapons of mass distraction. There are so many distractions, and if we have a strong spiritual foundation, even when the storms come, our integrity is preserved. So satsang is important, being regularly in that company of people that really inspire us and educate us in these higher values.

The second is sadhana, our own spiritual practice, to give some time every day, as far as possible to actually make that interconnection. When you water the root of the tree the water, it naturally extends to every part of the tree: the branches, the twigs, the flowers, and leaves. Similarly, when we make that connection to God within ourselves in our own essence, then we find in that love, and it extends to everyone wherever there is life. All that comes through sadhana or spiritual practice, by tuning in to the grace that is within us and of course it is important that we tune-in regularly, because otherwise there are so many other frequencies that can capture our attention and meditation. Kirtan is the core of yoga practices, really tuning in like that.

The third principle is sadachar, which means living with character, living with compassionate values. Seva means embracing within our heart that there is no greater thing in all of creation than the opportunity to serve with love and that is character, in its deepest sense. When we make those connections in whatever religion we are in or in whatever social position we may be, then the science and the technologies we learn can be instruments, just like our own body and mind could be beautiful instruments to heal, in a spirit of compassion.

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