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1 H ERE AND H OW OF S PIRITUALITY : F OCUSING G LOBAL M ENTAL HEALTH Prof. KAILASH TULI IILM Institute for Higher Education New Delhi, INDIA

2 S PIRITUALITY Human beings exist at various levels They are the bodies They are the mind They are the spirits They are the Social creatures They are product of their cultures They function at physiological plain They are the functions of age They have Emotions Their geography influences them Their climate influence them They are part of infinite system

3 S PIRITUALITY But They Have a Soul Each one of Us has a Soul Body with Soul is Living Body without Soul is Dead Soul is the indicator lamp of the Body Spirituality is the characteristic of the Soul Version of spirituality and soul have few variations in different religions According to Myers, There is spiritual hunger in the age of Plenty Spirit rises, Matter falls

4 S PIRITUALITY AND R ELIGIONS Most of the religions rely on the soul (mystical in nature) phenomenon. Sounds enigmatic Various religions differ in explanation of the soul Yet there is some convergence in their explanations Spirituality is more closer to mysticism Scriptures often induce spirituality It is highly experiential in nature Concepts in religion are often not questioned Truth may be accepted but normally without questioning Counter questioning is not a common norm

5 S CIENTIFIC S PIRITUALITY It is the activity of the brain which gives riser to MIND ----Penfield Best example of scientific spirituality is of Albert Einstein interpreted the Universe with Theory of Relativity, Energy mass relationship E=mc2 etc. The scientific interpretation of environment is equally spiritual experience Knowing the truth is always fascinating Focus is on exploration, sharing, disseminating of knowledge and truth Everyone having quest can join in the race for unfolding the mysteries of Knowledge & Truth

6 S PIRITUALITY AND MODERN WORLD Spiritual thinking modes help in creating peace, harmony, order and Gestalt If in turbulent world people consider spirituality, then that can inculcate global harmony Technology has brought many comforts but at the cost of mental calmness Materialism in the age of plenty eventually makes many people insecure Spirit rises, matter falls That can be panacea for various human materialistic problems A balance need to exist in material desires Beware of GREED and its fallout

7 H APPINESS I NDEX According to Jigme Wangchuk, The king of Bhutan, Gross national happiness is more important than gross national product. Happiness is not always dependent upon material comforts Happiness is an inner state of mind and spirit Materialism brings comforts but is not a guarantee to happiness Giving, sharing, communing with others, brings new joys, satisfaction, contentment and hope Caring for poorest of the poor was the life Motto of Mother Teresa, the angel like lady, The Nobel Laureate, who kindled millions of lives

8 S EDUCTIVE T ECHNOLOGY AND G REED Materialism seduces people. Affordance is the quality of material objects to mentally catch-hold the people Greed is root problem of many sufferings Mahatma Gandhi said, Nature has provided for everybodys needs but NOT for Greed Need and Greed need to be differentiated with wisdom and self analysis Prudence is required to stop vicious circle of needs and greed Check when greed is superseding need Greed can eventually be killing self or others

9 C IVILIZED M AN S E IGHT D EADLY S INS Konrad Lorenz visualized eight grievous blunders of mankind. These are: 1) Overpopulation, 2) Devastation of Environment, 3) Mans race against Himself, 4) Entropy Feeling, 5) Genetic Decay, 6) Breakdown with Tradition, 7) Indoctrinablity, and 8) Nuclear Weapon Proliferation.

10 P EACE I NDUCING A CTIVITIES (PIA S ) Peace in Global context is both at Micro and Macro level One Vedic hymn pray about peace in ALL domains of Universe like water, air, fire Earth, flora and fauna and everything in Universe PiAs are a way of life to create culture and civilization of peace on Earth If every individual wishes and conceives for peace then finally world peace can emerge PIAs can include activities like Prayer, health care, Mediation, Loving and caring for the poor, spreading messages of peace and harmony, coexistence, forgiving and forgetting

11 S PIRITUALITY, G ESTALT AND Y OGA Spirituality has correlates like Yoga, Meditation, Prayers, Gestalt, Activities which have synergies with each similar philosophy are good to follow to achieve the major goals of world peace Yogic practices by Mahesh Yogi (like TM ) and Swami Ram Dev have such kind of impact on large segments of population Spiritual leaders like Dalai Lama, Ramakrishna, Sai Baba, Ninh Thanh have great impacts Combining Yoga, Gestalt and Spirituality has good impact in Counseling & Psychotherapy

12 C ONCEPT OF T IME & S PACE Meditating on Time dimension is very unique exploration of the inner psyche Imaging that human race is in continuity, yet no one is living for ever Imagining the vastness of this planet and beyond is wonderful and spiritual experience While flying one gets a glimpse of this vastness Powers of Ten by Charlie and Ray Eames will demonstrate this (To show 9-minutes video) Meditate on this experience in terms of infiniteness of time and space (Brief activity workshop). Attain calmness-Think collectively

13 C ONCEPTUALIZING AND LOVING THE GAIA Gaia is the Greek word for Mother Earth Human existence on this planet is very delicate balance of numerous variables Excessive tampering will harm the Gaia It is like the huge organism and if anything worst happens to it then it may not survive Earths death means the death of everybody living on that Everybody has a global responsibility We can be good to Mother Earth if wee are loving fellow human beings Sound mental health is essential to have loving attitude

14 J OURNEY TOWARDS U TOPIA Human race needs a clear future vision To think of Sustainability in times to come Promising future are good to dream but require commitment to achieve Threats of war, violence and Terrorism need eradication and these thoughts leading to horrendous acts lie in minds, which require sound MENTAL HEALTH Sound mind in sound body on sound society Spiritual humanity can dare to achieve UTOPIA And Thinking positively it will be achieved

15 S PIRITUALITY W ORKS ! There are many instances in which spiritual people have bailed out the world from dire consequences Consider the preaching and holy messages of great people History tells, after every act of war and violence on Earth, only peace has provided balm effect Consider the contributions of 95 Nobel Laureates and 20 organizations who were conferred the Nobel Peace Prize Evaluate what great scientists and inventors have given to this world, which makes our lives amazingly comfortable. Express your Gratitude

16 W HAT E NVELOPES U S ? Watch the places in which we live. Our three environments are: Nature Man-made Social These three are simultaneously enveloping each one of us Keeping a balance is essential From timer to time watch this envelope, which encases everybody on this Earth Honoring Gaia is essential for sustainability

17 S UMMARIZING IN M IRAGE FORM Paths of Knowledge and enlightenment is never-ending and infinite We can always look for reality but it never reaches so easily Keep exploring, questioning, investigating Quest for truth is enlightening intellectually Objectivity in spiritual matters will bring us closer to spiritual reality ***************************************************** THANK YOU *****************************************************

18 R ABINDRA N ATH T AGORE S G ITANJALI QUOTATION Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life. This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales, and hast breathed through it melodies eternally new. At the immortal touch of thy hands my little heart loses its limits in joy and gives birth to utterance ineffable. Thy infinite gifts come to me only on these very small hands of mine. Ages pass, and still thou pourest, and still there is room to fill.


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