Thursday messages (No 565) 9th March, 2017
The ultimate pathway of Hindu dharma is given in the 11th and 9th Manthra of eesaavaasya Upanishad
11th manthra gives this message; “ vidyaam cha avidyaam cha yasthad veda upabhayam saha avidyayaa mruthyum theerthwaa vidyayaa amrutha masnuthey.” There are two types of knowledge; they are the spiritual knowledge vidya and scientific knowledge avidya. Use the science knowledge / avidya for overcoming the day to day pains and problems in our life and use the vidya , the spiritual knowledge for attaining the permanent peace in our life. Thus, like Albert Eistein said the science without religion is blind and religion without science is lame. Here the integration of both , one for body to some extent and other for mind are needed.
9th Manthra “andham thama pravisnanthi ye avidyaam upasathe thatho bhooya iva they thamo ya u vidyaayaam rathaa:” the message and meaning of this manthra is “ those who are thinking that science ( avidya = eternal experimental scientific knowledge) can solve all the human problems, they are leading themselves into blinding darkness. The same thing will happen to those who are thinking that spirituality (vidya= eternal, experiential spiritual knowledge) can solve all the human problems. Thus the Hinduism focus on the use of both experimentable knowledge and also experiential knowledge.
Here, in India the spiritual knowledge was/ is never termed as a religion and never against the science and scientific knowledge. The scientist and spiritual leaders were all known as Rushies and maharsshies. The Vedas are the spiritual books and their respective upavedas (subsidiaries) are the scientific books. Those who deal with pure scientific, mathematical and astronomical subjects were called as achaaryaas like Aryabhataachaarya, Bhaskaraachaarya, Lallaacharya, Acharya, P.C. Ray, Acharya, J. C Bose and so on.
We integrated science in every aspect of our life and also in explaining and experiencing the worldly life.
IN THE SERVICE OF DHARMA AND MOTHERLAND
IISH COMMUNICATION TEAM
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