Science, Spirituality, and Service are three pillars that shape our understanding of the world and our role within it. Science, with its empirical methods and logical inquiry, has been instrumental in unravelling the mysteries of the universe. It encourages us to question, observe, experiment, and draw conclusions based on evidence. Spirituality on the other hand, invites us to explore the dimensions beyond the material world. It encourages us to delve into our inner selves and reminds us that there is more to existence than what meets the eye. Service, in its essence, is a profound expression of compassion and empathy. It transcends the boundaries of self-interest and connects us to a higher purpose – the betterment of society, the environment, and the lives of others.
All these three are like rivers and can claim to be separate and independent, flowing from point A to point B. Every river can say that, but this sense of individual identity and existence gets subsumed into the ocean when they join it. They may seem to flow separately to the person who’s not really experienced the oneness of the three. But like a person who experiences the realization that there is no true separation between the river and the ocean so can one appreciate that these three elements are not truly separate.
Drawing from my lived experience, I will explore this interconnectedness of Science, Spirituality and Service and present how they can be seamlessly merged for making this world a better place. I will be doing this at the Gandhi Memorial Lecture at the prestigious Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru tomorrow at 5 p.m on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi.