Spirituality is the basis
Jnana Prabodhini has pinned its faith on spirituality. This is the basis of all work at Jnana Prabodhini. Whether it is formal education through industrial activity, or social education through agricultural service to people, spirituality is the basis of all these. The Philosophy of 'Advaita', in particular, is the fountainhead of inspiration. There is one single energy which manifests itself through all that is seen and unseen. This basic energy is called the Parabrahma. It exists for every being and even the so called non-being and is full of Consciousness and full of Bliss. It is 'Sat, Chit and Ananda'.
There is no conflict whatsoever between the Advaita Vedanta and the latest concepts of the Sciences about the Ultimate Truth. The Philosophy Advaita was not propounded by the Rishis who were the scientists of the past. This philosophy can be modified by the scientists of the present. Philosophy cannot be divorced from Science. Whereas Science stops at a certain point, Philosophy goes further into the darkness and extrapolates some postulations, such as, whether the Parabrahma has attributes suh as 'Sat, Chit and Ananda', These hypotheses cannot, need not necessarily be tested in a laboratory, or seen through a microscope or heard by a radio-telescope. There can certainly be indirect evidences. However, one must concede that it is an extrapolation, a line of thought made possible by the hypotheses of Philosopher Scientists.
The Purpose of Life on Earth
What is the purpose of all this Parabrahma ? Alas ! It appears too remote a phenomenon, and might be that the human mind will never be able to grasp the real purpose of the whole creation. However, it is possible to deduce the purpose of life on earth. This appears to be the evolution of a better species possessing greater consciousness. It appears that the Divine Consciousness works through all living organisms and manifests itself in more and more degrees. Whichever action, therefore, facilitates this manifestation is good, virtuous, holy, chaste, or ethical. Any action which prevents or delays the manifestation is bad, wrong, wicked, sinful and even a crime.
|Dr. Girish Bapat
Head & Director of Jnana Prabodhini