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Spirituality of Science

Science as we know is the knowledge and wisdom that is built on repeated experimentation and validation of the results. Whereas spirituality is the mind therapy to seek humbleness and kindness in order to tame the greediness and savagery embedded in the human nature.  Monks, Sufis, Gurus and Yogis all try to teach their respective religious manifestations to control the negative and positive aspects of human life. Here it’s relevant to mention that the world of spirituality is founded on very strong imaginative and creative ideas and it sometime feels like crossing the minds with metaphysics or quantum science.  Well my focus in this article is not to go on war of words to prove science vs. spirituality notion because it’s totally a wrong approach to ponder. Rather it’s more convincing to see science as a fountainhead of spirituality. Why I think like this, because there are many wonders and miracles of science that have led us to foresee the future like forecasting the weather of coming weeks and diagnosing the chronic diseases even in the life present in the womb. If I am not wrong it is oftenly perceived by people that the power to foresee and anticipate future comes along with spirituality package. However the spirituality of science and its power of foreseeing is witnessed by human kind and finds it to be more credible to follow than any other forms of spiritual practices.

This universe is wonderful and it becomes more wonderful when science looks at it.  Science has exposed the universe which was unseen and unimagined by visual and cognitive faculties of humans. Hubble telescope has become the artificial human eye to peep out at the planets and galaxies million light years away from earth. The photos and videos of space has enabled human to see through its naked eyes the vastness, symmetry and exquisiteness of cosmos. All this progress in science and technology is initiated by human’s imagination and quest to look beyond the horizons of sky. Therefore it can be said that scientists are the real spiritual guides who ideate, ponder and probe the creation of universe with tangible and convincing perspective.

Now coming to that point the provoked me to write this article is the Afghan woman; Aesha Mohammadzai who appeared on the cover of Time magazine after having her nose and ears cut off by Talibans as punishment for fleeing her abusive husband. But now after going through the facial rebuilding treatment in U.S, she is living a life as beautiful and cherished woman. Her eyes would never break her nerves; the remake of her face beauty has healed all the inside pains; all the heartaches are gone that use to come whenever she unintentionally sighted her distorted face on a mirror. Now her soul is healed and her spirits are high, thanks to medical science because for Aesha it’s more than that spiritual uplift which she could ever incur from any Sufi. The conclusion I made from Aesha’s life experience was realization of the difference our modern science is making to neutralise the harm done by dogmatic cultural and social practices on human mind and body. Science is clearly a spiritual guide of the whole mankind irrespective of colour or creed. It is also a great benefactor of the world which is carrying the trademarks of most trustworthy and effective revealer, healer and foreseer.

Albert Einstein encircled the importance of science-spirituality combo in this way:

‘’Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.’’

To understand the quotation we can simply correlate it to the modern practices of our judicial system where rape and murder cases are now trialled on the basis of DNA test along with presence of witnesses. Furthermore, DNA test is recognised to be more precise and readily admissible in courts as primary evidence. That’s why science of DNA enabled the prosecution to put only the right culprits in prison and in many cases wrongfully imprisoned people are acquitted to live a life as free man.  Well it’s a never ending list of accomplishments and serviceability of science, so let’s bring down the curtain with wise words of Carl Sagan to equally credit both science and spirituality:

‘‘Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.’’

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Umair Malik is a textile engineer based in Shanghai. Newbie in the Eden of rational mindsets, he is interested in freethinking based on rationality and empathy. He can be reached out on Twitter @drMalikUmair

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