Jain philosophy simplified

  • By Shri Narottamdas Kapasi
  • July 2002

Jainism and Science    

213. Truth is welcome to both, Jainism as well as science.
214. Knowledge springs from within.  It may be in consonance with science.
215. A spiritual truth is an eternal truth. Science does not appear to accept a spiritual truth.  It bases itself on experimented truth.
216. With the availability of new facts, science accepts new truths.  The process of science, the process of research never ends. The science, therefore, never attains the alternate truth. It discards earlier view and accepts new ones.
217. Science is limited to physical truths; neither to spiritual truths nor to mental truths.  The latter truths are therefore beyond the search of science with the result that the scientific truths can, at the best, be only partial truths.
218. A partial truth or a complete truth is welcome to Jainism.  The former, to the limited extent and the latter to its natural extent.
219. With the belief in relativity, Jainism, some times, accepts scientific truths as relative truths and does not take cudgels with science.
220. The field of science and both of them may co- exist.  If science challenges religion, it ceases to be a scientific approach.  It must accept its limitations.  Newton knew the limitations of science and frankly accepted that he knew little.  It was like a pebble in the sands and like a drop of water in the vast ocean.
221. It will be better for lovers of science to accept ultimate spiritual truths. Placing blind faith in so-called scientific truths is unscientific.

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