Importance of Spirituality in Life. Compiled from books written by Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya Founder All World Gayatri Pariwar. Outline. Understanding Spirituality Science versus Spirituality Is spirituality a curse? Some misconceptions What is true spirituality? Its importance
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Compiled from books written by
Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya
Founder All World Gayatri Pariwar
Science is important but not everything
Two methods of study
Science – study of matter, physical forces/energies that influence matter
Spirituality – study of consciousness and its evolution/progressAbout Science and Spirituality
Consciousness is superior to matter …
so spirituality must be superior to science!
Is it really so?
Deals with what can be perceived by sense organs/physical instruments
Scientific method: hypothesis, followed by experiments for verification
What is proven by hard evidence is true
Deals with sublime unperceivable concepts like consciousness
Hypotheses cannot be verified in physical terms in any laboratory
Truth known only through self realization!Comparison of Science and Spirituality
Science accepted and used by all
Spiritual concepts and methods have huge variations across different sects/religions, even contradictory
Intellectuals have ignored, expressed doubts and ridiculed spiritualityComparison of Science and Spirituality
Earned success: understood physical matter and energy and used them to reap rich benefits
Earn respect, high positions and wealth
Contribute to betterment of society through technology development
Most are failures: flights of fantasy, magical powers that they cannot demonstrate, talk of concepts that cannot be proven
Most are poor, uneducated untalented
Most are dependent on society for even daily needsComparison of Scientists with “Spiritualists”
Wastage of time at
Wastage of resources on
Religious songs and discourses : a new
very popular mode of entertainment!