|Published online: October 20, 2015||$US5.00|
This is an age when materialistic pursuits and desire for instant gratification dominate. This then leads to compromises in principles and hence a rise in conflicts between societies and nations. These work against universal peace. Spiritual awakening (or heightening the spiritual awareness), of individuals and thereby of organizations, is the way to restore inner peace based on a universal brother-and-sisterhood among humankind. This paper presents an in-depth look into this issue. It will be discussed in the context of fundamental spirituality. Finally we point out that what really determines one'a happiness is not so much one's material possessions but one's relationship with nature. A loss of harmony between the sublime/spiritual/divine in nature and within us is depriving us of a truly delightful and peaceful living within ourselves and among the nations. Since we are surrounded by nature, it should be within our reach. All we need is to awaken to the reality. Unfortunately, misuse of technology, for example smart phones, can connect us to the rest of the world but can disconnect us from immediate surroundings. We must learn to substitute quiet watchfulness for our science dominate hectic pace and amusements to restore peace in society.
|Keywords:||Science, Spirituality, Peace|
The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.41-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 20, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 383.779KB)).
Nicholson Family Professor of Civil engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, USA
Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Santa Clara University, Cupertino, CA, USA