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Science and religion

Science and religion

विण्णए समागम्म धम्मसाहणमिच्छिउं

Instruments of religion and science must meet together

Instruments of religion must be in agreement with science and instruments of science with religion. Thus, religion must get related with science; both should be in agreement. Both should fulfill each other, become associated, and not oppose each other. Responsibility of this lies with the scientists and religious persons also.

Scientists must try to discover only that which enhance the prosperity of public. Instead of developing destructive weapons, they should find out methods of increasing the happiness. They should work for the love of humanity.

Religious persons also should treat science as an associate. They should consider it as a friend, not an enemy. Because of rain if any village is denuded, somewhere volcano has been erupted or some place is famine stricken, then the news is immediately flashed throughout the country through radio or television, things for rehabilitation is collected and sent there through air. In this way, through the aid of science, benevolence preached in the religion can be practiced.

- Uttaradhyayana Sutra 23/31

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  1. Jashvant Shah
    Mar 4, 2013 #

    Jai jinendra. Regarding Science and knowledge. The science of the modern world is having its own limitations.It deals with materialistic world. While religion deals with what I call as non-matter entity.The scope of so called science is between the birth and the death.It does not deal beyond these two limited i.e. before birth and after death.While spiritual religion has no limits.So the word “Vigyan” in this sutra does not apply to the science that is commonly talked of.The science referred in the sutra is about the science of the soul.

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