Balanac­ing our In­ner & Outer :Worlds

The Miracle - - Front Page - BY: MANSOOR ALAM

It is now known that the old the­ory of a static 8ni­verse is no longer ten­able. Mod­ern sci­ence has re­vealed that there is noth­ing fixed or static in the 8ni­verse, and it has been ex­pand­ing ever since it came into ex­is­tence. Thus, by na­ture of its cre­ation, our 8ni­verse is dy­namic and ev­ery­thing in it is per­pet­u­ally chang­ing. Our Earth has been chang­ing as well. Sci­en­tists say that it has taken mil­lions of years and sev­eral eons of adap­ta­tion for it to be­come suit­able to sup­port life. Our moun­tains, oceans, deserts, and forests have traded places on Earth through the shift­ing sands of time so has the life that it sup­ports. Some species have come and gone and oth­ers have adapted to change. These nat­u­ral changes have oc­curred every­where on Earth in its air, on its land, and un­der its seas. Here also, there is t is now known that the old the­ory of a static 8ni­verse is no longer ten­able. Mod­ern sci­ence has re­vealed that there is noth­ing fixed or static in the 8ni­verse, and it has been ex­pand­ing ever since it came into ex­is­tence. Thus, by na­ture of its cre­ation, our 8ni­verse is dy­namic and ev­ery­thing in it is per­pet­u­ally chang­ing. Our Earth has been chang­ing as well. Sci­en­tists say that it has taken mil­lions of years and sev­eral eons of adap­ta­tion for it to be­come suit­able to sup­port life. Our moun­tains, oceans, deserts, and forests have traded places on Earth through the shift­ing sands of time so has the life that it sup­ports. Some species have come and gone and oth­ers have adapted to change. These nat­u­ral changes have oc­curred every­where on Earth in its air, on its land, and un­der its seas. Here also, there is ones – by hook or by crook. Ini­tially, the self-de­struc­tive forces pro­duced by fol­low­ing such a course re­main rel­a­tively im­per­cep­ti­ble, thus pro­duc­ing a false sense that their power will last for­ever. But as time goes on, these na tions ti meet t th their i even­tual t ld de­struc­tion t ti d de­spite it their power. His­tory is full of such sto­ries an­cient Baby­lon, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Rome and even some parts of the New World are now grave­yards of pow­er­ful civ­i­liza­tions. This de­struc­tion is not a ran­dom act but is the re­sult of their wrong ac­tions based on the law of the rise and fall of na­tions. $ctu­ally, there are two as­pects of this law i.e., two sides of the same coin. Both are es­sen­tial, for the rise, growth, and the moral and in­tel­lec­tual ad­vance­ment of a na­tion i) knowl­edge of the forces of the outer world, and ii) knowl­edge of the forces of the in­ner world within hu­man be­ings. One with­out the other is bound to lead to ul­ti­mate de­struc­tion of any civ­i­liza­tion. With proper bal­ance be­tween these two forces, hu­man so­ci­etal ad­vance­ment will know no bounds, both in­tel­lec­tu­ally and spir­i­tu­ally. ones – by hook or by crook. Ini­tially, the self-de­struc­tive forces pro­duced by fol­low­ing such a course re­main rel­a­tively im­per­cep­ti­ble, thus pro­duc­ing a false sense that their power will last for­ever. But as time goes on, these na­tions meet their even­tual de­struc­tion de­spite their power. His­tory is full of such sto­ries an­cient Baby­lon, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Rome and even some parts of the New World are now grave­yards of pow­er­ful civ­i­liza­tions. This de­struc­tion is not a ran­dom act but is the re­sult of their wrong ac­tions ti b based d on th the l law of f th the rise i and d f fall ll of na­tions. $ctu­ally, there are two as­pects of this law i.e., two sides of the same coin. Both are es­sen­tial, for the rise, growth, and the moral and in­tel­lec­tual ad­vance­ment of a na­tion i) knowl­edge of the forces of the outer world, and ii) knowl­edge of the forces of the in­ner world within hu­man be­ings. One with­out the other is bound to lead to ul­ti­mate de­struc­tion of any civ­i­liza­tion. With proper bal­ance be­tween these two forces, hu­man so­ci­etal ad­vance­ment will know no bounds, both in­tel­lec­tu­ally and spir­i­tu­ally. But first of all, let us be clear that a na­tion can­not hope to re­cover from its abyss un­less it changes its in­ner self. Stop­gap mea­sures or do­ing patch up work only to treat the symp­toms would only pro­long suf­fer­ing and would not cure the dis­ease. $ na­tion needs a fun­da­men­tal change in its out­look, its psy­chol­ogy, and its at­ti­tude if it truly wants to change its des­tiny. One way to achieve glory is by as­sign­ing two sep­a­rate are­nas of hu­man thought one for sci­en­tific think­ing – done by peo­ple of sci­ence, and the other for re­li­gious think­ing – done by peo­ple of re­li­gion. One is not al­lowed to in­ter­fere with the other. Re­li­gious peo­ple take charge of Re­li­gion and its hi­er­ar­chy, and the sci­ence peo­ple take charge But first of all, let us be clear that a na­tion can­not ca hope to re­cover from its abyss un­less le it changes its in­ner self. Stop­gap mea­sures u or do­ing patch up work only to treat the symp­toms sy would only pro­long suf­fer­ing and would not cure the dis­ease. $ na­tion needs a fun­da­men­tal u change in its out­look, its psy­chol­ogy, ch and its at­ti­tude if it truly wants to change ch its des­tiny. O One way to achieve glory is by as­sign­ing two se sep­a­rate are­nas of hu­man thought one for scien en­tific think­ing – done by peo­ple of sci­ence, an and the other for re­li­gious think­ing – done by p peo­ple of re­li­gion. One is not al­lowed to inte ter­fere with the other. Re­li­gious peo­ple take ch charge of Re­li­gion and its hi­er­ar­chy, and the sci­ence peo­ple take charge sci­en­tist, there is only “be­ing,” but not wish­ing, no valu­ing, no good, no evil, no goal.” $lbert Ein­stein, Out of My Later ears, p. 2 “We be­gan our era of sci­en­tific ef­fi­ciency con­fi­dent that ma­te­ri­al­is­tic tri­umphs would solve life’s prob­lems. We are find­ing we were wrong. Life is not as sim­ple as that.” J.W.T. Ma­son, Cre­ative Free­dom, pp - . “Man has cre­ated a new world with its own laws and des­tiny. Look­ing at his cre­ation, he can say, truly, it is good. But look­ing at him­self what can he say While we have cre­ated won­der­ful things we have failed to make of our­selves be­ings for whom this tremen­dous ef­fort would seem worth­while.” Erich Fromm, Psy­cho­anal­y­sis Re­li­gion, pages -2 Why does the West fail to deal with the com­plex prob­lems of hu­mankind $fter all, the West came to their cur­rent method­ol­ogy af­ter a long, hard fought bat­tle with the Church re­sult­ing in the con­sti­tu­tional sep­a­ra­tion of the Church and the State. The an­swer may ac­tu­ally lie in the very prin­ci­ple of the sep­a­ra­tion of Church and State which es­sen­tially cre­ated a du­al­is­tic self one pri­vate, the other pub­lic one re­lated to the Church, the other re­lated to the

Church, the other re­lated to the State one sub­jec­tive, the other ob­jec­tive one de­voted to Sun­day, the other de­voted to the rest of the days. Thus, God be­came as­so­ci­ated with the pri­vate life of cit­i­zens while the State took con­trol of their pub­lic life. Forces within the in­ner world of hu­man be­ings thus be­came dis­as­so­ci­ated with the forces of their outer world. This cre­ated ten­sion in peo­ple’s in­ner and outer worlds. $ll the power the West has mus­tered through the con­trol and mas­tery over the outer world seems un­able to con­trol the de­struc­tive forces of its in­ner world. One has be­come bright and shiny while the other has re­mained dark and gloomy. The full­ness of body and empti­ness of the soul are the ob­vi­ous man­i­fes­ta­tions of prac­tic­ing this Western ap­proach to life. In the words of Erich Fromm “Ours is a life not of broth­er­li­ness, hap­pi­ness, con­tent­ment but of spir­i­tual chaos and be­wil­der­ment dan­ger­ously close to state of mad­ness --- not the hys­ter­i­cal kind of mad­ness which ex­isted in the Mid­dle $ges but a mad­ness akin to schizophre­nia in which the con­tact with re­al­ity is lost and thought is split from af­fect.” “Those who try to find a so­lu­tion by re­turn­ing to tra­di­tional re­li­gion are in­flu­enced by a view which is of­ten pro­posed by re­li­gion­ists, that we have to choose be­tween re­li­gion and a way of life which is con­cerned only with the sat­is­fac­tion of our in­stinc­tual needs and ma­te­rial com­fort Priests and min­is­ters ap­pear to be the only pro­fes­sional groups con­cerned with the soul, the only spokes­men for the ideals of love, truth, and jus­tice.” Psy­cho­anal­y­sis Re­li­gion, pages -2. Con­trary to the ap­proach prac­ticed by the West, the past glory of Mus­lims in Sci­ence was not the re­sult of sep­a­ra­tion of sci­ence and re­li­gion. Those rev­o­lu­tion­ary Mus­lim sci­en­tists were truly de­voted to re­li­gion while car­ry­ing out their sci­en­tific stud­ies. There were no con­tra­dic­tions be­tween their sci­en­tific think­ing and their re­li­gious think­ing. In fact, the driv­ing force be­hind their sci­en­tific dis­cov­er­ies was the Qu­ranic com­mand to ob­serve the signs of God spread through­out the 8ni­verse ( - , , 2 - 0- 2, 2 , 2 - , etc.).

The achieve­ments of those Mus­lim sci­en­tists were truly as­tound­ing—maybe more than the Western sci­en­tific achieve­ments— be­cause they were pi­o­neers in cre­at­ing and ad­vanc­ing so many branches of new knowl­edge (with­out the mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties en­joyed by later sci­en­tists). It may even be fair to say that there would not have been a Western re­nais­sance in such a short time with­out Mus­lim achieve­ments in sci­ence. Western his­to­ri­ans of sci­ence (e.g., Robert Brif­fault, Ge­orge Sar­ton, John W. Draper) gen­er­ally rec­og­nize the fact that the West ac­tu­ally built its sci­en­tific su­per­struc­ture on the gi­ant shoul­ders of great Mus­lim sci­en­tists of the past. So, there we have it two dis­tinct ap­proaches to sci­ence. One may be called the iso­la­tion­is­tic ap­proach, the other holis­tic or in­te­grated ap­proach. These two ap­proaches cre­ate their own dis­tinc­tive so­cial, cul­tural, and moral en­vi­ron­ments. This is where the sec­ond as­pect of the rise and fall of na­tions comes into play. The in­ner soul of the Western so­ci­ety is suf­fer­ing from its iso­la­tion­ist ap­proach even though it has acTuired un­prece­dented power over the forces of na­ture through sci­ence. Poet ITbal ( - ) has beau­ti­fully cap­tured this dilemma of the West thus He, who seeks the path of stars in the outer world Could not travel the path of his own thoughts He, who has cap­tured the rays of the shin­ing Sun Couldn’t find the morn of his life’s own dark night In other words, hu­man rea­son can sub­due the forces of na­ture but can­not by it­self find a sat­is­fac­tory so­lu­tion to the com­plex­ity of the prob­lems of hu­mankind. The holis­tic or in­te­gra­tive ap­proach is the only way to bal­anc­ing both as­pects of hu­man ex­is­tence ma­te­rial (the outer world) as well as spir­i­tual (the in­ner world) which is ) to acTuire knowl­edge of the forces of the 8ni­verse and 2) to use its power for the ben­e­fit of all hu­mankind with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion what­so­ever. This is how we can cre­ate long-term bal­ance be­tween the outer and in­ner worlds.

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