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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  • Sumit Sharma

    What an amazing answer by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj. He always teaches the world by his own examples.

  • vidya karekar

    Wonderfully explained by Maharaj

  • CS Sandeep S. Shinde

    Wonderful answer by H.H. Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Thank you very much.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Wonderful answer by Radhanath Swami. Character can be build only through value based spiritual life. Other wise there is a great risk of misusing the Science and Technology for destructive destinations.

    • Sumit Sharma

      Great! We need to bring spirituality into society, otherwise it’s very difficult to control the things that are happening today.

  • Piyush Singh

    An apt answer to this very tricky question. Amazing point to note that a particular thing is only good or bad as much as its possessor is. Thank you for publishing this useful Q&A.

    • Rajeev

      Completely agree with you Piyush Ji.

    • Sumit Sharma

      Very nice. In fact Radhanath Swami Maharaj quotes a very wonderful comment in another site where he says that “All the great tools that people learn in educational institutions are
      only as valuable as the ideals and intentions of the people utilizing
      them.”. Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!

  • Keshav Kishor Das

    very useful answer for frequently asked question. Helps during preaching….. Thank you Maharaj.

    • Sumit Sharma

      Yes, answers like these give us many solid points to present the philosophy in nice way. In fact that’s the beauty of being in disciplic succession where one simply has to repeat the truth as it is. Srila Prabhupad used to say that the only contribution I have made in writing “Bhagavad Gita As It Is” is that I have not put my own thoughts.

  • rajeev

    Swami Ji has given us grounding thoughts to work on how we must work on purifying our intentions along with the knowledge we have ..

    • Sumit Sharma

      Great point! His explanation has triggered lot of thought processing in my mind as well. The more we ponder on his answers, the more we realize the depth of what he wants to say.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb answer by Radhanth Swami. The analogy of the knife in the hands of a thief and surgeon is brilliant. Spirituality and meditation really helps us to have a positive outlook in life and to develop character and values.

    • Piyush Singh

      Yea. Certainly, Spirituality and meditation really helps us to have a positive outlook in life.

    • Sumit Sharma

      Yes true! Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s way to explaining things is amazing! It becomes so easy to understand any philosophical point with his explanations.

  • CS Sandeep S. Shinde

    Very nice answer.

  • Y Raja Shekar

    Excellent answer by Radhanath Swami. Sadhana, Satsang and Sadachara will help us understand and experience spirituality.

    • Piyush Singh

      Really excellent answer guiding us to understand and practice spirituality.

  • Y Raja Shekar

    As Radhanath Swami answers anything can be used for the purpose of God. It depends on whose hands it is in.

    • Sumit Sharma

      Great point

  • svdd

    Very nicely explained by Maharaj.

  • vidya karekar

    too good

  • CS Sandeep S. Shinde

    Excellent. Thank you very much.

  • NSP

    Excellent answer by Maharaj!

  • Vikas Agarwal

    Very nice explanation for us people who believes everything can be seen only through logical eyes only

    • Piyush Singh

      Yes, this explanation really helped a lot.

    • Sumit Sharma

      Yes indeed. Let’s make others aware about this.

  • Sandeep Soni

    Thanks for the explanation with wonderful co-relations and examples.

    • Jasson Thompson

      Spiritually itself contain science though vedic scripture and culture we can learn Astrology, psycology , behavior science . Radhanath swami is teaching us Intricacy of spiritual Science .

      • Sumit Sharma

        Great point. Devotional service path is very scientific and must be explained to the whole world. Even great scientists in the past have accepted it that way.

  • sumit

    With regular Satsang, Sadhana and Sadachar, we get the determination and discrimination virtue to utilize our assets for the real welfare of the human society.
    Wonderful lines on Humility by Radhanath swami, I never found better lines on Humility than which are stated in the colored box above. Truly magical line, every word chosen is doing full justice. Thanks for making us this transcript available.

    • Piyush Singh

      Indeed there are so many wonderful lessons in this crisp answer by HH Radhanath Swami and no doubt the wisdom on Humility is simply superb.

    • Sumit Sharma

      That’s very true! Radhanath Swami Maharaj is humility personified.

  • Subrahmanyam

    Really amazing explanation by Maharaj about the utility of science.and three principles of GITA

    • Sumit Sharma

      True. Actually, if one goes in the depth of science, he/she would realize that certainly there is someone who is controlling everything. Otherwise, it’s very hard to explain things in the way they are. We need saints like Radhanath Swami Maharaj who can provide us that kind of vision.

  • laxmikanth

    yes indeed it is very as answered by Radhanath swami , if a knife is in the hand of a hoodloom and where as if the same kife is the hand of doctor, the smae things matters when it is in the differernt hands .

    • Sumit Sharma

      Well said Laxmikanthji. And that’s what is called leadership. A true leader knows where to use what and he very appropriately engages skills of people into various things so that there is a balance in the society. We need leaders like Radhanath Swami Maharaj…

  • Laxmikanth

    i think question could be rather , “Can the science disprove spirituality ?” 🙂

    • Sumit Sharma

      Amazing. Greatest of the scientists accepted spirituality in one way or the other, however today’s atheistic scientists put forth so many philosophies that it’s become very hard for common populace to extract out reality out of the propaganda. Srila Prabhupad used to call them jackals in the garb of scientists. He used to narrate a very nice story of a jackal cheating the innocent animals of the forest. He encouraged his followers to expose the falsity of their philosophies and guide the innocent people to the real truth.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Just like a knife in itself is not good or bad, it depends on the intention of the person using it, similarly technology can be used effectively in the service of the Lord or for destruction. So we have to use whatever we have in the Lord’s service which will make the world a much better place to live in. Science and Spirituality when dovetailed can help us perfect our lives.