Material Science is Opposed to the Sastras

BY: D. DAS - 1.10 2020

The sastric statement that the research/discoveries of the material science can never be compatible with their revelations points to the fact that the sastras reveal what the material science is not even preoccupied with knowing due to its inherently limited field of vision as proven by those amongst them who disregard the sastric conclusions as a mere myth but demand respect for their limited discoveries. This forms a part of the perverted reflection nature of their ways.

WIKI: " '....the mind is the set of faculties including cognitive aspects such as consciousness, immagination, perception, thinking, intelligence, judgement, language and memory, as well as noncognitive aspects such as emotion and instinct....' Under the scientific physicalist interpretation, the mind is produced at least in part by the brain".

This very vague definition of what the mind may be will not be easily reconcilable with the clearly defined sastric tattvas that constitute the so called human psyche. Yet, the material science dares to claim they can cure the mind, with results that show otherwise. For one, the Vedic sastras clearly instruct that correcting mind's deficiencies cannot be achieved with drugs.

The material science develops from the natural tendency to investigate the world around us.

Later on, reflecting on and comparing one's own experiences with all that is taught by karmi as well as religious authorities plays an important role in the individual's spiritual growth.

The key obstacle in one's development is that the karmi authority's education, based on material science, is not able to answer the elemental questions relating to one's identity.

The material science is kind of a performance of a "good karma" only. It forces one to control his/her mind to focus on the issues of interest but because the goal is not the Supreme Person it doesn't satisfy the definition of yoga and cannot, therefore, as the teaching reveals, purify one's consciousness to elevate it to the mode of goodness.

"For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy. "
(Bg. 6.6)

The tedious studies the mind subjects itself to find out more details about the object of its own speculation, in other words, enjoying what itself wants, may temporarily satisfy its curiosity but does not, as Srila Prabhupada explains in the purport, conquer it "to become one's friend": "....when the mind is conquered, one voluntarily agrees to abide by the dictation of the Personality of Godhead, who is situated within the heart of everyone as Paramātmā...." or in other words, one's consciousness only then can be sattvic.

The sastras teach that to reach the point of enquiry into brahman, or the "athato brahma jijnasa" of the Vedanta Sutra, a "good" karma is not good enough and that is then why this point is not reachable through any amount or intensity of academic education.

Srila Prabhupada explains that Krsna will inspire (" way or another....") those who search for Him to perform some ajnata-sukrti needed to bring us to that point (of such an enquiry), the edge of the material energy and the dawn of the brahman itself. The constitutional, or intrinsic, incompatibility of these two sastricly described states, Krsna points out, becomes clear at that moment.

Samkhya reveals the material nature's essential tattvas which fully define its (material nature's) constitution.

Practice of yoga leads its practitioner through a gradual, personal and direct experience of them because these tattvas are what our gross and subtle bodies are composed of (and therefore controlled by), to go beyond them to liberate the practitioner from their influence.

On the path of bhakti, Prabhupada explains, it is Krsna Himself who takes His devotees past them by revealing from within, as He promises, for example, in Bg 10.10 "To those who are constantly devoted to serving Me with love, I give the understanding (of what should be accepted and what should be rejected) by which they can come to Me. Prabhupada explains:

" the Second Chapter the Lord, instructing Arjuna, said that He had spoken to him of many things and that He would instruct him in the way of buddhi-yoga.....which itself is action in Kṛṣṇa consciousness; that is the highest intelligence...."

But on the other hand, the material science, even though seemingly quite similar to the samkhya, introduces into one's awareness foreign, external concepts that cannot be realized as being part of one's self.

So, even with a marginal knowledge of the workings of the law of karma, it seems clear that any meditation on the nature of a quantum, DNA or on the mind as originating in one's brain etc., despite the respect we may give them as today's topmost material knowledge, will likely lead to more karmic reactions, rather than liberation. Unless it can be explained differently, it does seem reasonable to fear that following the material science will mean merging one's consciousness ever deeper into the darkness of the material energy and its power to entrance and confuse "....with her (ever expanding) complexities....".

For example, if we were to realize one of the many seemingly strange, due to our conditioning, sastric revelations that the brain is a direct result of one's polluted mind rather than the other way around, so even though in itself it may not be of much use for the practice of bhakti, the service to the Supreme, fully transcendental, Personality of Godhead, it will protect not only from potentially self deluding sentimentalism resulting from a neglect of Krsna's revealing "philosophy" but also, as designed, from falling for speculations contradicting the sastric revelations and the resulting havoc and confusion concerning one's own identity as a pure spirit soul, the source of all the lower tattvas....

We see it all around us that without at least theoretical knowledge of one's own identity it is impossible to conceive of, understand and therefore accept, the topics of the sastric revelations practicing which alone, as they themselves proclaim, can award their clear understanding. The shadowy academic learning will not do.

Prabhupada does explain that as soon as a material scientist, in his futile search for himself, realizes that he is on a wrong track not leading to his desired destination, he turns to a spiritual path to lead him there.

Therefore, it does appear that turning to the material science can be helpful in one's quest for the Absolute Truth but only so long as we try to understand the Krsna's revelations from the perspective of the bodily concept of life. Once a "higher taste", as Srila Prabhupada names it, is reached, the material science and its speculative views become irrelevant.