( By Dr Ramesh Kapadia )

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I am an optimist. I find it quite exciting to live in the hey-day of science. Science and religion have heartily embraced each other. It is a rare rendezvous. Science has shaped the modern world. Modern thought is scientific thought. The aim of science is to study nature and human experience objectively. To quote Karl Pearlson ( Grammer of Science, 1900 -p.6 ) :

" The classification of facts, the recognition of their sequence and relative significance is the function of science, and the habit of forming a judgement upon these facts, unbiased by personal feeling, is characteristic of what may be termed the scientific frame of mind."

Science is verified knowledge. The history of science in recent centuries is thus the history of the triumph of free inquiry over mere opinion, untested belief, prejudice and dogma. It is a remarkable adventure of the human spirit which has borne abundant fruits, not only mental but also material; for science as lucifera ( light ) has flowered into science as fructifera ( fruit) , giving a bumper crop of discoveries and inventions which has transformed beyond recognition the world in which we live. Dogmatism and cocksurness which stifle the spirit of free inquiry, are as much enemies of true science as of true religion. The humility of the 20th century physical science present a sharp and welcome contrast to the cocksurness of the 19th century classical physics. Up to the end of 19th century, physics was warped in its final judgements. It was materialism and mechanism reigning supreme in the universe. Physical science started with the exploration of the mysteries of external nature ; but at the farthest end of this search,it found itself face to face with the mystery of man, his mind and consciousness, the deepest mystery of all. The breakdown of a rigid framework of classical physics and its reason became inevitable at the end of the 19th century with the revolutionary discoveries of relativity and quantum physics. Eddington, Jeans, Max Plank, Einstein, Shrodinger, Niel Bohr, Heisenberg, and the other great 20th century physicists postulated that the observations of modern scienece reveal the basic oneness of the universe. It becomes apparent at atomic level and manifests itself more and more as one penetrates deeper into the matter down into sub-atomic realms. The unity of all things and events has become a recurring thing throughout the observations of modern physics and also the Eastern philosophy. Dr. Capra in his book, " The Tao of Physics " makes a fascinating exposition that " the basic elements of the Eastern World view are also those of the world view emerging from modern physics. Eastern thought and more generally, mystical thought provide a consistent and relevant philosophical background to the theories of contemporary science". In modern physics, the question of consciousness has arisen in connection with the observation of atomic phenomena. Quantum theory has made it clear that this phenomena can only be understood as links in a chain of processes, the end of which lies in the consciousness of the human observer. In the words of Eugene Wigner, " It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum theory in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness". In this light, there is no conflict between science and religion, between the physical science and the science of spirituality.

Both have the identical aim of discovering truth and helping man to grow physically, mentally, and spiritually and achieve fulfilment. But each by itself is inadequate and helpless. They have been tried separately with unsatisfactory results . The older civilizations took guidance mostly from religion. Their achievements were partial and limited. Modern civilization relied uptil now on the 19th century classical science. Its achievement also have turned out to be limited. Now the emergency of modern science, with its study of 'within' and 'without ' of all the manifestations, will produce fully integrated human beings and thus help to evolve a complete human civilization for which the world is ripe and waiting. The new scientific revolution has finally begun to stir medicine. We can hope that it brings with it a medical model which is appropriate to the study of the living.

The unique nature of man is revealed to the common man by the very simple discipline of sitting down with oneself for a few minutes, each day with eyes closed and awareness brought on to the process of natural breathing. Thoughts may come and go but awareness is kept on breathing, the life force. At this time, the person perceives the infinite dimension of his finite personality. Steady rhythmic alpha activity of less than 10 cycles per second is recorded from brain during this stage. The healing that follows is not limited to the coronary arteries but occurs in a person as a whole which makes his behavior altruistic, habits healthy and concept of time and death sanguine. This idea is enlarged throughout this book. It is simple and easy to put into practice, and it starts off a glorious journey towards the fulfilment of human existence. Hence the title " Primer of Universal Healing ".


Ramesh I. Kapadia