The original science and key to our survival as a species
science is a step-by-step process producing measurable or verifiable results be
it within physics, chemistry or the life sciences that come under the umbrella
of Dharma. There was a time when Dharmic traditions governed humanity and there
is currently a determined drive by rampant forces to extinguish them in their
homelands, yet they are appearing as if self sown in the most unlikely places
because to the educated mind, they represent sanity in an insane world.
Dharmic traditions all recognise that we exist and that we are unique within the
animal kingdom, yet we have the same rights as all other life, we are part of
life and interconnected. Conversely, believers objectify themselves as superior
with an ordained right to dominate life which has given rise to the destructive
self-centredness evident in all cultures today.
Within Dharma there is a recognition that we cannot specify our exact origins or
purpose in any physical sense, yet within our complexity, it is recognised that
we should seek to maintain ourselves in a most pleasant way. This pleasantness
includes our physical well-being, our need for shelter and nutrition, yet our
mental and emotional state is far more important. Dharmic traditions teach that
by creating an internal harmony and discovering joy within ourselves, we foster
a symbiosis with our external world causing peace and prosperity. Conversely
belief systems teach that happiness comes from controlling the external
environment including other people.
One frequently quoted Bible passage is that one should 'build one's house upon
the rock' implying that if you are building a physical structure, should have a
good foundation so it won't fall down, likewise one should develop one's own
consciousness with a solid foundation (belief in god) so that the personality
can endure the hardships that most of us are familiar with today. People believe
they must be firmly in control and to maintain this control sociopolitical
structures have been created to give social and political freedoms to some yet
cause much of our population to be denied the physical necessities of life.
Belief systems to a certain extent provide an economic and political umbrella or
perhaps we should say 'a leaky boat'? They provide a temporary shelter yet they
have no basis in reality and in the history of humanity have never endured
because they cater to the whims of individuals without any real foundation.
Belief systems (religions) and the core of Western philosophy believes that the
reality we perceive with our eyes is real and permanent, and our fate is in the
hands of the gods. In terms of our ecological footprint, we are coming close to
extinguishing all life on earth including our own. The modern religions abdicate
our responsibility in this matter because God is going to save us and should we
extinguish all life on earth, this is God's will and nothing to do with us. In
contrast this lack of responsibility, this casting aside of our own intellectual
and spiritual faculties is the greatest of all atrocities.
In contrast to belief systems, Dharmic traditions show that the world that we
perceive is an illusion, constantly in flux representing factual knowledge and
that we are entirely responsible for our own destiny. Dharma recognises that in
comparison to all life on earth, we humans are newcomers and still learning to
find our way. Dharmic traditions recognise that pain is sometimes inevitable
because we live on a living and sometimes volatile planet, yet suffering is
something we inflict on ourselves.
In contrast to believers, the followers of Dharma take heart in knowing they do
not know the ultimate truths yet celebrate what is known of existence as they/we
make conscious choices - experiments that yield predictable and positive
results/best outcomes for all life. Non believers practise harmlessness, observe
their actions and reactions, are forgiving often to their own detriment as
believers have a tendency to take advantage.
Within Yoga, Buddhism and Sanatana Dharma, we are taught that certain actions
reduce certain outcomes with results as clear as any physics or chemistry in
experiment but unlike modern (Newtonian) science which objectifies the physical
elements of the cosmos, dynamic traditions are subjective and the individual
becomes the experiment working to generate specific results within themselves
and local environment.
In the modern world this knowledge has been replaced by belief and this is a key
difference between dharmic traditions and belief systems. Our modern world is
governed by beliefs/desires/economics and backed up by the military power of
those with a self-centred ideology seeking happiness outside of themselves and
they have flexible moral codes. As an example it's okay for the USA to drop
bombs and destroy entire communities whereas it's not okay for individuals in
many communities to take reasonable actions to defend themselves. This of course
produces a bigotry of the highest order and mass social injustice.
It has been shown within belief systems that following the presiding moral code
does not free one from karma and in fact it buries one deeper within it whereas
within the Dharmic traditions the action of getting to know life and increasing
one's respect for life aligns one with a path of cooperation with life and
releasing the joy from within. This is the original science against which the
modern physical sciences can be seen as quackery and ultimately delusional
because in many instances they create further separation, hardship and suffering
due to the inherent imbalance and misconception of what life is.
Yoga, Buddhism and Sanatana Dharma are scientific processes, not religions
because they do not require belief, all that is required is the application of
certain actions from which results can clearly be seen and thus the
steppingstones are created to greater joy and harmony yet we should avoid being
carried away by this word scientific as that in itself can create more belief
The self-centredness generated as a consequence of belief systems is driving the
destruction of the environment along with a major economic and political drive
to extinguish the dharmic traditions. If anyone truly wants to have peace, if
anyone truly wants to be happy, it will not be found in any belief system.
Belief systems only provide a temporary panacea whereas the Dharmic traditions
not only show us how to be more peaceable and joyful, the resultant insights
show us the way to the material sciences and the stars.
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