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Science for comfort or for peace?

In all its experiments for discoveries and inventions, science bases its data on the hard rock of objectivity and truth. In other words, before arriving at any conclusion, Science observes, studies and analyses the basic nature of all the components constituting a part of any experiment.

Let us take one simple example of launching a rocket or a superfast train or an aeroplane. Whatever be the purpose or the mission of that rocket, the basic nature of the factors involved cannot be overlooked i.e. the gravitational pull of the earth, the level of air resistance at different heights, friction, speed etc. Similarly, in the present-day fast modes of transport, the law of friction, air pressure, streamlining, the impact of sound etc become significant before the success of any feasible and practical solution.

It is with this input, of course, the significance of other factors like hard work, financial support etc cannot be overlooked, that science has been able to invent many gadgets for the comfort and luxury of human existence. Look back a few decades in time and you will realise that all scientific endeavour is aimed at making life on this earth happier, longer and healthier. All new inventions have attempted to gain more happiness and a longer human existence on the globe of this earth. Easier and faster means of transport and communication seem to have turned the whole world into a small village only for the comfort and ease of man.

Man is basically a ‘peaceful soul’. Science must base its efforts and experiments for human happiness on such a nature of man.


Yet man today remains more discontented and unhappy than he had been a few decades ago. Why? Has science gone wrong anywhere in its assumptions? Has it failed to rightly judge and assess the true nature of its data (man) in this sphere? Science aims at making man’s life comfortable but has it studied the true nature of its object i.e. man? Is science sure that man will be happier and contented if he were given more and more material comforts and luxuries?

How wrong science has been in its assessment, assumption and analysis! Man may like to have more comforts and luxuries, yet his contentment depends on the peace that he attains from his life and all the things around him. He is not just the material self. He is essentially a ‘soul’ that acts through the medium of ‘his body’. Satisfying or comforting the body does not essentially mean the comfort and contentment of the soul.

Man is basically a ‘peaceful soul’. Science must base its efforts and experiments for human happiness on such a nature of man. Without attaining peace no human being can hope to enjoy happiness. If Science fixes the attainment of peace for man as its goal only then can it hope to bring true happiness and contentment. Peace, and not comfort, is the basic need of human existence and development and this finally leads to true happiness.

By Dadi Janki

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU) is an international non-governmental organisation, which intends to help individuals re-discover and strengthen their inherent worth by encouraging and facilitating a process of spiritual awakening.

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