Science, Spirituality and Universal Peace
Aims and Objectives of the 9th ICPNA
The main aim of the 9th ICPNA is to highlight the significance of both science and spirituality in our life and explore if there can be a reconciliation between the two and if friendly relationship and cooperation between scientists and spiritual leaders can usher in an era of universal peace and happiness. It also aims at evolving strategies to ensure eco-sustainability of the future embedded in spirituality and scientificity.
About the Theme
The theme of the 9th ICPNA this time is Science, Spirituality and Universal Peace. While science is knowledge about the structure and behaviour of the natural world based on facts that you can prove by experiments, spirituality is connected with the human spirit rather than the body and physical things. It relates to people’s thoughts and beliefs rather than to their bodies and physical surroundings. Apparently both science and spirituality are opposed to each other. Scientific inventions and discoveries have revolutionized the way we live.
Never before in human history has man experienced the physical comfort to the extent that he enjoys today. Science has not only freed him from the travails of trudging miles and miles to reach a destination but has also made it possible for him to go around the world in a few hours. It has enabled him to land on the moon – the so called territory of celestial beings. It has virtually defied the dictates of destiny and karma by discovering cures for almost all diseases and enhancing the average human lifespan. The problem with science is that it refuses to tell us what is right or wrong. It rejects the existence of souls, super-souls and the Supreme Being who is believed to create and dissolve the universe.
Spirituality lends a sense of meaning and purpose to life. It believes that after death a person’s soul or spirit continues in another realm or is reincarnated in this world. It advocates the dignity of life, equality and reverence for all forms of beings. It inspires a person to control his greed, refrain from inessential violence and evil propensities. It makes him look within so that he can fathom the inner world which is said to be infinitely infinite holding the key to human happiness. It unravels the deep understanding of the interconnectedness of life. The spiritual values like ahimsa, truth, non-stealing, non-possessiveness and celibacy alone will make it possible for humanity to live in peace and harmony.
This conclave aims at reconciling science and spirituality by evolving strategies to create a new human being who combines both a scientific outlook on life and a spiritual bent of mind. Reconciliation between science and
spirituality will pave the way to universal peace.