One of the greatest debates of all times has been the fight for supremacy between religion and science.
While science believes in showing proof for everything….. Religion has a more artistic way of expressing the same.
Both have and are been used and misused by human kind to gain fame, money and power. By creating a war between the two, an ego battle is fuelled, which blinds one.
As a psychiatrist, when I try to explain people about the dangers of clinical depression, they’ll bring about “religious” viewpoints to reinforce their denial of the same. Unfortunately they’ll remain in clinical depression for several years before they come back for treatment. When treatment works, they’ll curse having spent 5yrs in Depression. The reason is this rigidity and ego we have created around ourselves.
Today morning I got a rather pleasant surprise in my facebook inbox.
Hema Goutham Bulusu sent me this beautiful picture of Shiv-shakti.
Among the many, one of the beauties of “Shiv-shakti” is that it an amazing unifier of science and religion.
The “shiv-shakti” is a Hindu symbol, that represents two essential aspects of the One Whole universe: the masculine principle, Shiv, which represents the constitutive elements of the universe and the feminine principle, Shakti, which is the dynamic potency, which makes these elements come to life and act.
Its amazing that we find the similar concept in the chinese theory of Yin-Yang (which dates back to 700 BC). It states that complementary forces – i.e. – Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) – interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the parts. Hence a balance between both these will eventually lead to the perfect wholesome self.
Further more we can find similarity, if we look at the scientific process of wheat grain germination.
The grain of wheat is made up of 3 parts.
The hard outer – bran
the inner – endosperm
the innermost – germ cell
Science has proved that under adequate stimulation the germ cell and the endosperm unite to form a new wheat plant.
In everyday psychology if you take a closer look, you’ll find that these principles hold a key to happiness.
You have a “personality” that dominates your interaction with the world. It might be arrogant, fearful, fearless, dependent, show-off, glamorous.. This “personality” changes as per the situation and as per the people around.
Deep inside you there are 2 “psychological forces” which give rise to this personality.
- One which is full of desires and governed by the heart.
- The other a practical one, governed by the mind.
When one of these forces is completely dominant it leads to extreme of actions. An action that’s very rigid in its approach. This rigidity can be a great destroyer.
When there is a dis-balance in these forces, doubt is created – A restlessness, an anger, a fear, a jealously, a negativity.
When these forces are in balance, you are in the best of your performance levels. You enjoy what you are doing. The past, present and future just become time-lines and you are engrossed in all 3 of them together. There is great creation.
The key to happiness is to strive for a personality which is perfect balance and harmony of these two psychological forces.
written by -
Dr.Hemant Mittal (MBBS, DPM, MD(mindmantra))
(Psychiatrist, Motivational Writer and Counselor)
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