"Science and Spirituality"-Harmony Vision, where are you?
- Hi, everyone! Some of you might have followed an interesting
exchange between Harmoyvision and myself a few weeks ago. Subject:
the heart vs. the mind. I feel I learned a lot from that exchange.
It opened my eyes to some issues, like caring more for the rest of
Anyhow, yesterday I found this talk while waiting for my meal at the
Smile of the Beyond, and I thought of sharing it with you all. I am
always amazed at how Sri Chinmoy combines poetry and prose. I call
it poetic prose.
It is a style that is very flexible, almost elastic in its variety
of expression, and it enables Sri Chinmoy to illumine any subject
matter in a varied way, combining definitions of concepts as well as
metaphors and inner dialogues which bring the subject matter closer
to our heart, through our identification, which is elicited by his
By the way, Harmonyvision, I enjoyed your post on The Mother
Science And Spirituality
Hunter College, New York, N.Y.
March 6, 1970
Man's scientific and spiritual achievements are the conscious
inspiration-light and aspiration-might of the Divine's urge toward
two goals: the realisation of the body's countless necessities and
infinite capacities, and the manifestation of the soul's
transcendental vision of the Beyond here on earth, in the heart and
immediacy of today.
Science is that precious thing on earth which is pushed forward by a
glowing imagination and pulled forward by its own growing
experience. Spirituality is that precious thing on earth which is
carried within by fulfilling aspiration and later brought to the
fore, where it can become consciously one with God the Field of
Experience, God the Experience and God the Experiencer.
Within our living memory, we have seen science advancing very fast,
while human happiness has been receding at an alarming rate. Today's
world is seeing a flickering candle flame of spirituality, but
tomorrow's world will be flooded with the light of spirituality,
destined and decreed.
Science right now deals mostly with the material world. What is the
material world, after all? It is the world that does not believe in
the possibility and inevitability of a divine life. Spirituality
right now deals mostly with the inner world. What is the inner
world? The inner world is the world that says that the possibility
of a divine life on earth is undoubtedly unreal today, but tomorrow
it will be possible, the day after it will be practicable and just
the day after that it will be inevitable.
Science has the capacity to show mankind the full development of the
mental life. Spirituality has the capacity to show mankind the
possibility and inevitability of the life beyond the mind, the
The outer progress and world-discovery swiftly follow the fruitful
imagination in the world of science. The inner progress and
self-discovery gladly follow the soulful aspiration in the life of
the world within, the world of spirituality.
Science and modern life are simply indispensable to each other. The
modern life is the eye; science is the power of vision.
Spirituality, and the future life of mankind will be indispensable
to each other. The future life of mankind will be the fully awakened
consciousness, and spirituality will be its guiding and fulfilling
Science itself has become an art, and this art must now stand
alongside all other arts. No art can ever have its fullest
expression in the modern world without the aid of science.
Spirituality is the supreme art of our nature-transformation. God
the Supreme Artist uses spirituality to divinely reveal to the world
man's embodied divine Reality and transcendental Truth.
To fulfil his practical needs, man bitterly cries to science. To
fulfil his personal inner needs, man helplessly cries to
The somber despair of ruthless destruction and the matchless ecstasy
of the outer, human fulfillment have a common friend: science. The
most hopeful certainty of a new and pure creation and the
life-energising, life-nourishing, life-transforming and
life-fulfilling delight of the inner and divine fulfillment have a
common friend: spirituality.
Science and spirituality must be united. They need each other.
Without the one, the other is incomplete, almost meaningless.
Together they are not only supremely complete but also divinely
meaningful. Science is the Body of God. Spirituality is the Soul of
God. Science is also God the Body. Spirituality, is also God the
Soul. God the Body needs God the Soul to realise Himself, His
Individuality, God the Soul needs God the Body to fulfil Himself,
God's Soul and God the Soul say to God in silence, "We loved You
before and we shall love You ever."
God's Body and God the Body voice forth, "God, we love You now and
this love of ours will forever last."
In the world of Night and Fight, Science says to Spirituality: "You
fool! You are a perfect nuisance!"
In the world of Night and Fight, Spirituality says to Science, "You
rascal! It is beneath my dignity to speak to a dead stone!"
In the world of Light and Delight, Science says to Spirituality:
"Brother, I need your Wisdom."
In the world of Light and Delight, Spirituality says to Science,
"Sister, I need your capacity."
Joy to all!-Kamalakanta