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The Science Of Spirituality

By Dwarkanath Munshi

'Intriguing and even mystifying' is the first reaction to the title of the book. But the reader soon feels comfortable with what he/she is served in simple and seemingly familiar words and expressions.

What the author sets out to achieve, however, is to explain in detail how the state and style of religion, philosophy and science, as he sees the truth is in confusion and has failed to answer convincingly human-kinds' external questions of the purpose and meaning of life.

One of the prime concerns of the author is to draw a clear distinction between religion and spirituality. In his view, religion is based upon a man's attempt to discover the quintessential truth about himself and the universe. This of course is a very generous description in polite terms. Religion today is no longer pure theology. Its pull arises, for the most part, from the deep-seated aspirations in the human being for a prolonged enjoyment of every material possession. And he seeks it through the path of codes, conventions and propitiations laid out therein to reach God.

For the uninitiated, only his own religion is the true guide. Today's religion thus divides, circumscribes, limits, even cripples the flight of mind and dims the light thereof.

Religions have been governed by tradition and are preoccupied with statements and observations by prophets and other authorities about truth rather than truth itself. In short we are confused. The book strives to examine the causes and dispel the confusion.

Spirituality on the other hand sheds off this blind faith. This other path leads to "ultimate bliss" through self-abidance and "consciousness". This path holds the prospect of uniting and liberating human kind and giving the mind immensely powerful wings of flight to infinity and thought and deed in the search for truth. It modernises the old ways of accepting religion. That is what the Science of Spirituality explains, asserting that it fuses the faith of religion, the synthetic view of philosophy and the rationalization of science. It further avers that the new science of spirituality, built on the 'debris and ruins' of the old religions, would develop over time to meet the needs of human kind.

The author goes on to offer the concepts and theories of the phenomenon. Yet in his characteristic humility, he promptly disclaims any originality emphasizing that he has only picked it up from existing sources. He is also open to reviewing or even demolishing his assertions and theories if found weak or inadequate.

The book is what may be called a mono-discussion, starting with "Reality" whose nature and purpose can never be known except that one could perceive what is 'truth' which also can contain errors of perception.

As the discussion progresses, the subtleties and intricacies of the author's thoughts and ideas unfold what he has felt and experienced over the years of introspection, which keep deepening but lead on the reader in curiosity and novelty of the subject.

That it may be an audacious effort to walk over areas where angels may fear to tread so to say. Yet one is tempted to add here that 'only one who has studied can teach and only one who has acquired can give'.

The overall result is nonetheless, stimulating in that you see a refreshing, even though at places a fairly complex approach to age-old concepts, attributes, faiths, expressions and definitions. Here is presented a novel face of the science of spirituality with its own vocabulary and hypothesis, smoothly progressing through arguments and definite opinions, graphics and equations to a wholly new set of conclusions.

"Consciousness" is one of the cardinal aspects of the theory which is averred to be a state of 'dynamic awareness' at different levels-spiritual, intellectual, emotional, vital and gross. That is the real stuff of the universe. The theory claims that each individual should achieve a dynamic equilibrium-and has chalked out a path for it "for restoring sanity". It is a conglomerate concept made up of awareness, existence, bliss, light, knowledge and creativity.

Rising to ever higher levels of awareness, one can see one's identity with the Cosmic Consciousness. Human beings acquire different attributes at different levels of consciousness. This is achieved by continued transcendence or dissolution of the circumscribing thoughtfield. At the superconscious stage, the author holds, the person would be commanding extraordinary positive powers. A totally original concept offered by the author relates to control of thought to create "thoughtonous" analogues to e.g. protons of amazing powers of travelling in time and space. The style throughout is of a talented knowledgeable teacher, talking to a class, taking good care that it be all intelligible to the audience. Like Rapid Readers for examinations, the book explains much complexity in simple modern terms.

Shri Kaw is a reputed writer. His sweep is over vast and varied subjects-poetry English and Hindi, fiction, short stories, one Act plays, One of his collection of his essays is a best selling ribtickeling as well as thought-provoking humour, pregnant and profound, boldly presenting his own tribe in "Bureaucratzy" (presently he holds with distinction the topmost administrative position of secretary in the Union Ministry of Education).

The Science of Spirituality is by any standard a path-breaking "dream of a future world where the present preoccupations of sex, food, money, power will give way to art and music, philosophy and spirituality", a truly futuristic offering, which is Shri Kaw's own words he "launches on the human consciousness".

His youthful visage screens a sober, mature, sharp intellect. However, he accepts or at least does not disapprove to be called a "pioneer". Yet he wears the celebrity status and spectacular band rather nonchalantly. Having grown up in a middle class family with siblings equally gifted in their own lines, there is a palpable reserve about him, as if he should succeed at a higher level but should not appear to stand out from the rest.

A book no seeker of serious knowledge can afford to miss.

Source: Kashmir Sentinel



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