EDITION: June - August '07


The relationship between science and religion in the modern world that is in the last three to four centuries has hardly changed.

It remains a historical fact that orthodox science and orthodox religion stood opposed and still stand opposed to each other with deep mistrust and contempt.

All attempts to integrate science and religion have so far failed, due to empiric science rejecting the inner dimension of life. If empiric science rejects the validity of any kind of inner perception and awareness, then it thus also rejects its own validity, which is largely based on inner structures and truths that cannot be supplied or affirmed by the senses, like for e.g. logic and mathematics. If science accepts these inner observations, which its own conclusions depend on, then it cannot reject inner awareness.

Religion in turn has to adapt its position to evolution. If religions would drop their mythical beliefs and concentrate on their esoteric core, the path for an evolutionary spirituality would be cleared.

Science and religion try to explore and explain reality and the meaning of life in different ways. The scientist thus investigates the cosmos, nature, atoms, genes etc. from the outside and uses elaborate equipment. Meanwhile the mystic, using his own insight, developed through meditation or contemplation, looks „inside“ to seek the source of life.

Through the perceptions of both, inside and outside, spirit and matter become more and more related. Mystics like scientists realise that only one world exists, which, depending on the aspect or perceptive faculty, presents itself differently. One could even say that through simple shifting of consciousness this world is perceived differently.

Modern quantum physics penetrates areas beyond „solid“matter that originally appeared in deepest moments of spiritual enlightenment. „There are no more solid walls“is the perception that unifies mystics and scientists.

The idea that the life of human beings on the planet has a cosmic aim beyond individual endeavour is an important new view of 20th century spiritual research.

Traditional religions also give life a meaning, but because they separate God from man, their teachings usually exhaust themselves in moral commandments, whose observance promise salvation in an otherworldly paradise and whose non-observance leads to damnation in an otherworldly hell. This simple dualism has ceased to satisfy intelligent beings.

In the modern world, science has become a primary force of human and planetary development. But science, exactly like religion in the past, doesn’t have an answer for everything. The more science influences our life, the more important the role of religion and spirituality becomes, to remind us of our humanity.

We have to bring scientific and material progress into balance, arising from the responsibility that stems from inner clarity.

A dialogue between religion and science, a willingness to learn from each other, could initiate developments which could be of great value for humankind.

Dassana has been leading meditation courses in Ibiza, Holland and Germany.