Materialism vs Spiritualism


1.“The underlying basis of the physical, biological, and psychological universe is physical: i.e. matter-energy in space-time.”

2.“The underlying basis of the physical, biological, and psychological universe is spiritual: i.e. non-material-energetic and transcending space-time).”

These two perspectives are not logically derived conclusions, but basic propositions from which one views, experiences, and explores the world.

The first arises from the enormous successes of modern scientific methodology.

The second arises from deep-felt experiential certitudes resulting from self-introspection, meditation, and scriptural sources which can carry as much weight as experiments and mathematical formulations.

What this means is that people subscribing to one of the two views cannot by discourse, debates, and discussion, let alone mutual denigration, ever come to see eye to eye with those who hold on to the opposite view.

What may be possible (at least for some people) is to adopt the first perspective in certain contexts which makes the interpretation of perceived reality more rational, consistent, and fruitful; and adopt the second perspective in certain other contexts which makes lived life meaning, joyous, and fulfilling in many ways.

Trying to prove or disprove transcendental truths and reality via logic and scientific methodology may be as fruitless in convincing one’s oppponent as making scientific discoveries or proving mathematical theorems through spiritual modes.

Ancient Hindu thinkers were very aware of this when they made a clear distinction between apará and pará truth

April 11, 2016

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About Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.
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