Buddhism - the science of spirituality
Spirituality: Science has developed physical comfort and Spirituality
or religion is for developing mental comfort. spirituality is the other
name for Moral Science and without the base of Moral Science any Science
may lead to disaster and destruction of mankind itself.
Destruction is caused not only by natural calamities but also through
despotic rulers, hegemonic powers and religious zealots. Our progress in
the fields of science and technology has been breathtaking.
The kinds of lethal weapons we have manufactured have given us a
sense of invincibility. But it is only when we are faced with the
natural disaster that we realise the powerlessness of man in the
It is all very well to conquer the moon and other planets. But our
priority should be to first save our own planet and people from the
savagery of human beings and ravages of nature.
The educated elite and those who are at the helm of affairs should
stop prostituting their intelligence to support the vested interest of
their class, caste, region and religion but work for the welfare of the
whole of humanity.
Science is rational in approach and so should be spirituality. The
only difference being that Science approaches through analysis and
development of matter.
Spirituality approaches through analysis and development of mind and
in the final analysis one should give mind the top priority because mind
is the forerunner of all things and mind is foremost. Having thought
with the mind we speak and act. As we think so we become is the common
This spirituality one finds in one‚Äôs religion or religious teachings
which is the real guide to human peace and happiness. And every religion
has some morals to teach.
thus we can say that religion is a Moral Science. In general every
religion teaches morals for peace and unity of mankind. Because ‚Äúwithout
morals there are bound to be quarrels‚ÄĚ Albert Einstein has rightly said‚ÄĚ
The religion in the future will be a cosmic religion.
It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogma and theology
covering both the natural and the spiritual; it should be based on a
religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and
spiritual, as a meaningful unity.‚ÄĚ
So what could be the tests based on which we can have a cosmic
Tests of religion
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar the architect of Indian constitution enumerating
the four tests a religion must pass says: ‚Äú(i) That society must have
either the sanction of law or the sanction of morality to hold it
together. Without either, society is sure to go pieces. In all societies
law plays a very small part.
It is intended to keep the minority within the range of social
discipline. The majority is left and has to be left to sustain its
social life by the postulates and sanction of morality. Religion in the
sense of morality, must therefore, remain the governing principle in
(ii) That religion as defined in the first proposition must be in
accord with science. Religion is bound to lose its respect and therefore
become the subject of ridicule and thereby not merely lose its force as
a governing principle of life but might in course of time disintegrate
and lapse if it is not in accord with science. In other words, religion
if it is to function must be in accord with reason which is merely
another name for science.
(iii) That religion as a code of social morality, must recognise the
fundamental tenets of liberty, equality and fraternity. Unless a
religion recognises these three fundamental principles of social life
religion will be doomed.
(iv) That religion must not sanctify or ennoble poverty. Renunciation
of riches by those who have it may be a blessed state. But poverty can
never be. To declare poverty to be a blessed state is to pervert
religion, to perpetuate vice crime, to consent to make earth a living
[Buddha and future of his religion]
In this world what is reflected on the outer is merely a mirror of
what is on the inner. Trying to change the world without working to
change mind is like trying to change the image in a mirror without
changing the object that is being reflected. The physical environment
and circumstances we experience are merely a reflection of our mind. Our
mind is created by our thoughts.
Once a deity questioned Buddha as follows:
The inner tangle and the outer tangle
This generation is entangled in a tangle
And so I ask of Gotama this question:
Who succeeds in disentangling this tangle?
To which the Buddha replies as follows:
When a wise man,
established well in Virtue,
Develops Consciousness and Understanding
Then as a Bhikkhu ardent and sagacious
He succeeds in disentangling this tangle.
Now here one can become virtuous by practising morality, higher
consciousness is developed through meditation or so called mental
training and understanding comes by developing wisdom.
Thus it has been said that the Buddha the guide to humanity taught
Dharma to experience Reality. He said not to be obsessed with
Materiality But to practice the path of Spirituality And this path He
said is non other than the path of Wisdom, meditation and morality.
Through morality one can attain peace in the external world, through
meditation one can attain peace in mind-the internal world and through
wisdom one can attain the final peace by transcending both the internal
and external world and attain the final peace called Nibbana or Nirvana.
This very wisdom is developed through the practice of Upekkha or
equanimity. Venerable P.A. Payutto, a leading Thai scholar-monk,
explains upekkha as follows: ‚ÄúSeeing things as they are with a mind that
is even, steady, firm and fair like a pair of scales; understanding that
all beings experience good and evil in accordance with the causes they
have created; [and the readiness] to judge, position oneself, and act in
accordance with principle, reason and equity.‚ÄĚ
The one who has upekkha is fully aware of what is going on but
without being blinded by attachment. This does not mean hermetic
isolation, apathy or insensitivity though. It is a mindful detachment
that allows the development of wisdom.
Wisdom is what really allows us to help others with compassion and
understanding. Carl Jung and Edgar Cayce, both spiritually gifted
psychologists and healers stated that peace cannot happen unless every
human being becomes involved in the peace process. Peace will not happen
by itself. Peace will not happen by accident.
It had to be brought by offering training to enable human beings to
raise their level of consciousness and to establish peace within
themselves. Peace can only happen if people obtain a higher level of
The spiritual training will enable individuals to love and have
compassion for others. In time it will bring peace in the world. Here
religion or spirituality plays a major role.
Now here it is important to see how Buddhism as a religion plays its
Buddhism - A scientific experimental path
Albert Einstein the father of modern science said: Religion without
science is blind. Science without religion is lame‚ÄĚ and if there is any
religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be
The humans who are considered to be the supreme beings on this planet
earth have entered into the twenty first century with many astonishing
inventions and discoveries to their credit and yet they seem to find no
solution to eradicate dukkha (suffering or Un-satisfactoriness).
All the time we humans have been trying to eliminate or rather
suppress the sufferings by engaging ourselves in some or the other
pleasure seeking ventures and finally landing in greater problems.
Having passed through this futile experiments for finding solutions
to the ills of the world, now it is time to conduct the same age old and
most effective experiment as conducted and taught by Buddha himself as
Experiment for enlightenment
A) Aim: To end suffering and attain final Enlightenment called
B) Instruments: Mind and Body (Nama-rupa).
C) Procedure: Follow the Noble eight-fold path.
Noble eight fold path:
1) Right View- To understand wholesome deeds, unwholesome deeds and
comprehend the law of Kamma. (Action and its moral retribution).
2) Right Intention- The intention of non-greed, non-hatred and
3) Right Speech- Abstaining from false speech, malicious speech,
harsh speech and idle chatter.
4) Right Action- Abstaining from killing, stealing and sexual
5) Right Livelihood- Abstaining from wrong and corrupt means of
6) Right Effort- Awakening zeal for abandoning of unwholesome states
of mind and arising and sustaining of wholesome states of mind.
7) Right Mindfulness- The four foundations of mindfulness (satipattana)
namely contemplation on body, contemplation on feelings, contemplation
on mind and contemplation on mind-objects.
8) Right Concentration- Abandoning of five hindrances namely lust,
ill-will sloth-torpor, worry-agitation and doubt through Dyanas. The
above experiment is the need for the attainment of final liberation
called Nibbana. Now it is left to the wisdom and scientific temperament
of modern humans to make use of the tool and technique given by Buddha
to eliminate the sufferings and attain to the final liberation called
Without the practice of charitywithout being established in morality
there is no any guarantee that one can attain clarity (right view).
Moralisation is the best immunization From the dangerous of immoral
Make a move towards spiritualization For a healthy & peaceful
The path to this is mental purification Through the practice of
Morality & Meditation.
Thus Spirituality is not just Hinduism or Buddhism Spirituality is
not just Islam or Christianity Spirituality is Morality (moral science)
Spirituality is contentment and peace.
May all be well and happy.
Pilgrims flock to India for Buddhist ‚Äėdragon‚Äô celebration
Pilgrims from as far afield as Malaysia and Mexico have flocked to
India‚Äôs isolated region of Ladakh this week for celebrations to mark 800
years of the ‚Äúdragon‚ÄĚ sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
The events have included hours of chants and prayers around the
44-year-old Gyalwang Drukpa, the head of
Buddhist nuns blow ceremonial trumpets as they perform a rarely
performed religious dance called Nga Chham, outside The Naro Photang
Puspahari temple in Shey, Some 15 kilometers south of Leh, on
Thuresday. Monks and nuns from monasteries across the Himalayas have
gathered in India‚Äôs far northern region of Ladakh to celebrate 800
years of Drukpa, or ‚Äúdragon‚ÄĚ sect of Tibetan Buddhism.. AFP
the Dragon lineage, plus a more contemporary song contest
inspired by his motto, ‚ÄúLive to Love.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIt was like love at first sight,‚ÄĚ said pilgrim Trent Williamson, who
embraced the faith after meeting the Gyalwang Drukpa in Williamson‚Äôs
‚ÄúMentally I stopped killing. Even if there was a mosquito on me I
didn‚Äôt kill it,‚ÄĚ said the Australian, who took the Tibetan name Jigme
Kunga Shonu or ‚ÄúFearless Youth Loved by All.‚ÄĚ
Williamson, who works as a music producer in Sydney, won the song
contest with a cheerful tune entitled: ‚ÄúIn this world of great despair,
the dragon man is here.‚ÄĚ
The Drukpa or ‚Äėdragon‚Äô sect was founded in the 13th century and is a
part of the Kagyupa tradition, one of the four main schools of Tibetan
The Gelukpa line, headed by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai
Lama, established its presence in mountainous Ladakh first. But the
Drukpa order gained favour under Ladakh‚Äôs Namgyal royal dynasty in the
Cristina Pandal, 61, who travelled to the scorching, high-altitude
lunar landscape of Ladakh from Mexico City, said she had embraced
Buddhism after tiring of the more organised Christian churches.
‚ÄúJesus had the same teachings but I don‚Äôt believe much in the church
and its rules and the way the teachings get manipulated ‚ÄĒ there‚Äôs too
much guilt,‚ÄĚ said Pandal. The Drukpa leader has about 10,000 foreign
followers outside of South Asia, according to Drukpa Trust volunteer
Lynne Chiang, who is Malaysian.
Many Malaysians made the journey to the Naro Photang Puspahari temple
in Shey, 15 kilometres (9 miles) from Ladakh‚Äôs main town of Leh, for
this week‚Äôs celebrations.
Among them was a man introduced Thursday as ‚Äúa godfather of Asian
pop‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ record producer Chow Kam Leong, who also took part in the song
But in spite of their evident reverence for the Gyalwang Drukpa, not
all are completely open about their beliefs in their home countries.
Williamson said that he preferred not to tell too many in Australia ‚ÄĒ
outside of close friends ‚ÄĒ that he follows a Buddhist master.
‚ÄúAustralians are very afraid of things that they don‚Äôt know,‚ÄĚ he
said. ‚ÄúThey judge you. I‚Äôd rather not have the trouble.‚ÄĚ
Pandal said fellow Mexicans did find her Buddhist path strange but
she didn‚Äôt let it bother her.
‚ÄúI respect everybody‚Äôs choices in life,‚ÄĚ she shrugged.
‚ÄúBut I have found my way.‚ÄĚ
The Buddha‚Äôs sacred hair relics presented to Sri Lanka
At a historical ceremony, held recently in Chitagong in Bangladesh,
strands of the sacred Hair Relics of the Buddha were gifted by the
Government of Bangladesh, to a high-level delegation from Sri Lanka.
Among the Sri Lankan dignitaries who represented Sri Lanka at this
sacred event, were the Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya chapter of the
Siamese sect, Foreign Minister Rohita Bogollagama and several other
Cabinet Ministers. Ven. Kirinde Assaji Thera, of Gangaramaya, Hunpitiya,
delivered a sermon at this historic occasion.
These strands of sacred hair, had been kept under high security at a
Buddhist Monastery in Chitagong. Ajit Ranjan Bama, president Bangladesh
Buddhist Association, was actively associated with the initiative to
gift these sacred hair relics of the Buddha to Sri Lanka.
Historically these Hair-Relics were gifted originally by the Buddha
to the two merchant brothers Tapassu and Bhalluka, immediately after the
Buddha attained Enlightenment.
It was from these two merchant brothers, that the Buddha received His
first meal, after He emerged from seven weeks of bliss, contemplating
the Enlightenment He achieved. The sacred Hair Relics were gifted to
them in gratitude.
These sacred relics which were brought to Sri Lanka are placed at
Gangaramaya, Hunupitiya for public exhibition enabling the devotees to
worship and make offerings.
Later on the sacred Hair Relics will be taken to Senanayake Arama,
Madampe, on the way to Chilaw, which will be permanent abode of these
This monastery situated in a calm and tranquil environment possess a
unique feature. The stupa at this Monastery is the only structure of
this category built entirely in granite.
The custodian of this monastery is Keerthi Senanayaka. The initiative
of Sammodha Caldera, went a long way towards Sri Lanka receiving these
Hair Relics from Bangladesh.