The absurdity of labeling spiritual doctrines as scientific

sonti's picture

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Lately, there is this fashion of labeling spiritual doctrines as scientific.

It intends to convey a sense of accuracy through consistency, seriousness and precision.

But there is nothing more absurd than doing so.

Science, first and foremost, is after the "why" while in spirituality dealing with the "why" is a waste of time and usually a distraction.

The spiritual quest, on the other hand, is after the "what" which evidently is of no much interest to science. The only "what" science is interested in is the "what for".

john's picture

I always stay away from

I always stay away from spiritual scripts and methods that are using titles and statements that include the word "scientific".

Even in the case of Goenka (who said Vipassana is scientific) I didn't like it though I have a high regard to Vipassana (and also to science).

john | Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:05
carlito santo's picture

Plus, science is based on

Plus, science is based on the senses and logic (which serve it fine) while spirituality can not base itself solely on the mind and inputs of the senses (btw, also cannot be based on their complete negation as many try to argue).

carlito santo | Thu, 01/30/2014 - 08:57
joejo's picture

Nothing Contradictory

Science deals with physical phenomenon and in that sense it may seem to be incompatible. Though one could argue that chemistry emerged as an offshoot of alchemy which holds that all is matter or energy same as the tantra view.

The only difference is that unlike modern science they studied (observed) psychic phenomena as well.

Hopefully modern psychology would break from this rigid scientific view.

I can say with a fair degree of certainty that all psychic phenomena can be explained based on a Law which could be applied to physical world as well.

joejo | Sun, 02/02/2014 - 04:04