The spiritual and the Material, Why are they Different?
A Closer Look
Let us closely examine the distinctive features of both the worlds a bit more closely, starting with the spiritual one. The most significant one is this: not only that we are unwilling to question spiritual matters, but also are vehement in our objections to others doing so. (The opposite is true, for the material world; not only that we are quite happy to question such matters, but also help others doing so) Notwithstanding our objections, if some of those continue with their attempts, they are sure to face the society’s wrath. That too, of a scale much beyond the bite of usually expected reactions to, even the most horrendous of crimes. And I think we consider more or less as normal, if that exposes them to large scale violence and death, in addition to public display of anger and hatred. In short, in the spiritual world, those progressive, suffer.
However, when we come to the material world, what we see is something dissimilar. Not only that we are bent upon questioning everything material, but also vigorous in urging others to do so. In spite of this, if some of us fail in making visible progress in research, we are more than willing to supplement their efforts, even if it is at our cost. In short, in the material world, those progressive, flourish.
Differing Approach to Changes?
In fact, what should determine the way we are disposed to think is our own perception of our world. Our idea of the reality around us would have been teaching us to think in terms of black and white, light and dark, up and down or good and bad. And we have been doing so all these while, with the real world as well as abstract thoughts. Now that our ideas of reality are undergoing tremendous changes, mainly owing to results encountered in quantum physics and related research, noticeable changes should have been happening with our abstract notions as well. Like, instead of viewing reality only as black or white, we should be thinking in terms of white, black, and neither white nor black. And our thoughts should have included new vistas of demarcation, like good, bad and neither good nor bad or up, down and neither up nor down.
But that is not happening. Why?
In the material world, I think we approach an issue with an open mind because that is the best way to solve our problem, that is, of getting an answer. And the answer, which could be a new idea or improvement to an existing one, is to meet some need. The fulfillment of this need would have been making our life more comfortable. Realizing that the potential to further our comfort could be hiding in each and every idea, we are always ready to acquire and assimilate any new thought, however outlandish, impractical or laughable.
A good example of such an approach is the way we look after our health. Whenever something untoward happens with our body, we consider it with an open mind. We take services of experts to examine the problem carefully and use whatever is available within our reach to remove the body part in full or at least in part, and eliminate the root cause. Whereas, when the same thing happens to our mind, we do not examine our mind. Except in cases where the problem experienced by our mind is easily understandable or too obvious, we employ whatever is available within our reach to agitate everything else in our midst in full or at least in part, till the society is completely at home, with the disturbance felt. (Which could even be causing many other ‘minds’ fall sick!) Just as we are always seen desirous of a sound body, we can also find our efforts constantly make unsound minds.
Why this Difference?
Why this difference?
The often heard refrain, that spiritual world is beyond the comprehension of man, has been successfully preventing the populace from any kind of research into these peculiarities, notwithstanding the fact that those are too obvious to be overlooked. On the contrary we have been working overtime, that too in a resourceful manner, to locate peculiarities of behavior, even in cases where nothing obvious or noticeable exists, as far as the material world go. We are always ready to dismantle an old theory or formulate a new one, at the flimsiest of reasons. Therefore it is amply clear that from both these worlds, i.e., the spiritual one and the material one, our expectations are vastly different. As far as the spiritual go, we don’t seem to be willing to augur a change and, as far as the material world go, there is nothing more welcome than a change. (In one case, a change could indicate to the end of world and in the other, it is a sure sign of progress!)
What can we infer from this?
In the absence of any other indications to the contrary, we can safely conclude that both in the spiritual world and in the material world, all we are aiming is to remain happy or contented. Why are we confronted with two distinct entities, when our aim is only one, that is, to be happy? The most obvious answer is that these two ‘worlds’ are there to meet two different needs in human’s quest for happiness, the spiritual ones generally acknowledged as the more important of the two. And from the above discussion, it becomes clear that spiritual world is there to oversee that facet of the human, which does not appreciate any changes, if one is to remain happy. Similarly, material world may be taking care of that part of the human, where wants and desires need to be constantly on the move, for achieving happiness.
Thus our interaction with the material world enhances our knowledge, making it easier to derive all the benefits that can accrue. We are open minded, receptive and tolerant while interacting with the material world, as, such an approach helps us in acquiring more knowledge. And as we know more about our world, we can do things also more. More the number of things we do, greater, the happiness we derive.
But what does our interaction with the spiritual world do? As we can easily gather, our interactions with the spiritual world being so designed as to stifle the seeds of change, or that of independent thinking, the most likely result of such interaction will be prevent something that would have resulted from such a broad minded or rational approach to life. What does free thinking lead to? Questions, from questions to answers and so on, to culminate in what can be termed as ‘progressive thought’. Therefore all that we do with the spiritual dimension of our life is to hinder progressive thought, and to hasten ‘reverting to societal control of the ancients’, as we discussed earlier. This makes it clear that we can’t afford to be open minded, receptive or tolerant, while addressing the spiritual world.