(These observations need not be accepted, but only to be examined)
Comparison or competition between ‘Science and Spirituality’ seems superfluous, if mankind is keen on lasting peace or stability of human minds. Moreover, whole or entire Science isn’t needed for comparison with Spirituality, but only the ‘Science of the Mind or Psychology’ would suffice. Presently, ‘Psychology’ still remains classified as Social Science, and it is yet to become a pure science like Physics or Chemistry etc.
Like Apples and Oranges, Science and Spirituality too are different. Science is the actual primary perception of Consciousness and Spirituality is secondary intellectual perception or the replay of the processed and stored first perception in memory. While first is original and vertically progressing, second is merely its variant. Science tries for a paradigm shift in the platform or basic structure of life. Spirituality isn’t so.
Science is the collection of actual primary perceived facts in nature, which are also unraveled, examined, proven and replicable. However, Spirituality can be regarded as the collection of intellectual or metaphysical observations of Great Philosophers, Saints, Spiritual and Religious Teachers as well as great thinkers, as shown below.
Science is incomplete, but it is still headed in the direction of Truth. Consciousness perceives the contents in its own memory, even if given by others, as secondary Intellectual Perception.
Science is still growing and incomplete, nevertheless it is still headed in the direction of Truth. Consciousness also perceives the contents in its own memory, even if given by others, as secondary Intellectual Perception. There is nothing wrong in admitting it.
Let us see how the same Consciousness produces both Knowledge of Science and Spirituality in different ways, as explained below.
At the beginning of life in all, there is only Consciousness and no knowledge
Main functions of the Consciousness are Perception and Responses
Perception is inward and expressions are outward of the Consciousness
Perceptions of Consciousness are stored as ‘Knowledge in Memory’
Consciousness has 2 modes of perception viz., a) Actual and b) Intellectual
Primary or Actual Perception is of external events through senses
Secondary or Intellectual Perception is the Replay or Use of Memory
Memory contains Knowledge of both self perceived and given by others
Science is the collection of primary or actual perceptions in nature
Spirituality is the expressions of intellectual perceptions using memory
Expressions for both modes of Perceptions, are inevitably intellectual or wordy
The Need and Role of Spirituality
When nothing was known about misery or turbulence in human minds, mankind merely and inevitably stayed with it. This inevitably quiet observation of own misery seemingly helped the Consciousness to return to its original, whole, oneness or undivided state, and lose its misery, more often permanently. Yet man didn’t know or care to understand how the Consciousness could get rid of its misery or the effect of damage, by merely staying with it and ‘not escaping from it’. This is the natural way, which was practiced in earlier days. This wasn’t told or documented, but was done.
The 2nd or the present method is that ‘Use or Replay of old Knowledge in memory also brought temporary relief from misery’, due to diversion from the present boredom or misery. This is unnatural and undesirable. Besides, it caused dependence on all kinds of diversions like over indulgence in acts of sensory perceptions and even chemical inputs into the body. So instead of permanently eliminating the misery, it preserved the misery, because of this diversion. Now the whole world population is gradually becoming a slave to this 2nd method. This is due to constant pushing of new business oriented knowledge.
Science and Spirituality are both collections of knowledge. So far, both have failed to end human misery, despite trying their best. Limitations of Science is openly accepted and conspicuous, but not of Spirituality. Science is curative, though only to a limited extent. Spirituality is merely palliative, but it may not declare so.
So when Psychology or the ‘Science of the Mind’ succeeds in ending human misery, Spirituality and all such knowledge oriented activities would be obviously abandoned.