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Scientific Method In Religious Practice

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Posted by Dima on November 14, 2002 17:37:25 UTC

This is complete version of my last message :)

Axioms of science: The world is arranged under the laws. The world can be learnt.
Axiom of religion: The God (Creator) exists
Between them there are no contradictions

Scientific Method in Religious Practice


Many people tend to view religion as something totally opposite to science, as a blind faith of intellectually weak people, who never bother themselves with searching for any proof...
Yes, this kind of religiosity does exist...
But there is also another kind of religion - that of reasonable people - adepts of which make real efforts on self-transformation according to the God's design. It is in this case that there exists a possibility of using a scientific method for attainment of the Highest religious Purpose - a complete spiritual Self-Realization.

What is the scientific method

The scientific method of studying any phenomena, from physical to psychological, biological, and psychoenergetic, must be based on reproducibility of results obtained in the course of an experiment.
Suppose, there is a phenomenon or a group of phenomena for which science has no explanation currently. The scientific method consists in development of a working hypothesis, setting of an experiment, that can either corroborate or refute this hypothesis, evaluating the results, etc.
But while in a physical experiment the object of research is a phenomenon of the material world which is studied by means of some material instrument, in religious practice the object of study is in non-material worlds, while as the scientific instrument the experimentalist-practician uses his soul, consciousness.
The studying of psychoemotional states with the help of encephalographs does not provide scientists with the complete picture of what a person experiences; this is but a reflection, a projection of reality onto the "material" plane.
But in the same way new discoveries become possible as scientific instruments get more sophisticated, one becomes able to directly experience new religious truths as one's consciousness grows more purified and larger in size. As a result of such practice a person's outlook inevitably changes towards more profound understanding of the structure of the Universe and realization of the interrelationships between the world and oneself. Also, false religious dogmas get destroyed in a natural way.

About principles of working with scriptures

A person willing to engage in religious study should know the Bible and other religious scriptures. But study of these books can be optimized if one takes into account the following:
1) Books were written by people, and people tend to err sometimes;
2) A significant part of what is written in these scriptures is but an allegory;
3) Many recommendations that they contain were relevant only to the specific situation at the time the particular scripture was written;
4) Some parts of the scriptural text have been to a significant extent distorted or taken out by people over time. Other important information was not even included in those scriptures - for either objective or subjective reasons.


The complete doctrine of spiritual practice can be summarized in short in the following three points:

1) There is God - the Universal Consciousness of the Creator, Who lives in the highest eon of multidimensional universe.
2) He is Love.
3) We really can and should strive to become one with Him through transforming ourselves into Love. And it makes sense to dedicate our lives to comprehending and realizing this, as well as helping others do it also.
A spiritual practice for psychogenetically mature people implies:
1) Initial familiarization with the concept of Spiritual Path and accumulation of relevant knowledge;
2) Ethic purification in accordance with the principles that incarnate people received from God. At this stage various methods of psychic self-regulation, based on shifting the concentration of consciousness from one chakra to another and mastering the functions of chakras can render one a significant help.
3) Psychoenergetical work on transforming oneself into a developed spiritual heart, expansion of it within multidimensional structure of the Absolute, and substituting the Higher Self for individual lower self
The religious Truth in all its entirety is impossible to understand by its description - one can only perceive it by one's own personal experience. And all people who successfully advance on this Path experience it.
Such practice results in clearly perceptible and noticeable changes of the inner state of a person.
This doctrine of spiritual heart has never been published before. But now this knowledge is available for all people( Spiritual Practices (Training Aid) ).

Mistakes and deviations

1) Religion-specific theological schools, which do not consider all spiritual phenomena and do not have a developed practical part, cannot be called scientific
2) Scientific approach to studying religion cannot be based solely on the systematization of outer form of worship, i.e. religious rituals. Rituals represent the most primitive stage of religious practice that does not aim at serious positive transformation of a person, of his spiritual state. The only benefit of religious rituals is strengthening of the faith in the existence of God, which creates a foundation for further advancement.
3) Also those esoteric schools cannot be called scientific-religious that do not aim at cognition of God. They usually seek merely development of certain personal qualities of their students, but this cannot be considered a religious practice.

If a strictly logical approach that takes into account all above said, is used, religion really becomes science, while its practical part - spiritual Self-Realization.

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