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Prem Spirituality Model
- Ringing in a Spiritual Revolution
| by Prem Kamble
This article is based on my paper (with some updates) presented at the
8th International Conference on "Sustainable and Human Development
Through Spirituality, Peace Economics and Peace Science" on 6th April,
2018 at Hotel Le Meridian at Bangalore, India. It has been published
in International Journal of Exclusive Management Research, June 2018
(paper downloadable at
ssrn). You can read a short introduction of the paper
Human development can happen when all humans and the world are at peace. Human beings are at peace when the mind is at peace. I look at Spirituality as a possible solution because spirituality is directly linked with human mind and human ability to use the power of the mind.
The Industrial Revolution helped bring muscle power in the hands of the common man. The information revolution gave brain power. The next big revolution - The Spiritual Revolution will make mind power available to the common man.
Whereas the Spiritual Revolution is imminent, we don't know when - it may take 50 years, or may take 500 years. We need to find ways to expedite the onset of Spiritual revolution .
This paper suggests two ways to help an early realisation of the vision of Spiritual revolution:
- We need a more scientific yet simple definition of spirituality comprehensible to the common man
- We need more scientific approach to research on spirituality
My paper tries to contribute in both these areas, by suggesting a simple definition of spirituality, and by building a model which can open the doors to a more scientific research on Spirituality. It does not offend any religion nor is anti-religion, but it helps everyone to follow their own religion without bias for other religions, so as to gain from the benefits of their respective faiths, while avoiding the ill effects of an overdose of faith.
1.2 Current Understanding of Spirituality
Let me start with our current vague understanding of Spirituality. We say that Buddha and several other ancient saints were highly spiritual. Let us try to analyse what was meant when we say Buddha had reached a very spiritual state.
The spiritual state of prophets and sages like Buddha was characterised by the following three attributes:
1. Compassionate: They were extremely high on love and compassion, possibly on all the positive feelings. They were in a state of extreme benevolence with no ill feelings.
2. Powerful: They were extremely powerful individuals. They had complete control over their mind and were able to use their "Mind Power". They had high "mental energy".
3. Enlightened: They were said to be enlightened. They had an extremely powerful transcendental experience which is difficult to express, and is sometimes referred to as having seen Ultimate Reality, or experienced God. This experience gave them immense wisdom and perhaps great insights into worldly affairs.
Let me call this state of mind as "God State" (explained later) for ease of discussion. We will build a "scientific" model, which I call "Prem Spirituality ModelTM" (Prem means Love!), to look at these three characteristics and try to derive a more scientific definition to the phenomenon of spirituality. We will examine and understand each of these attributes of spirituality, including "Enlightenment", and see how they fit into our "scientific" model.
The word "Scientific" is used within quotes as the model is based on not only the known science, but also the yet-unknown possible future science. In fact, the present science is not adequate to explain the spiritual phenomena and completely new scientific methods may need to be developed.
2. Need for a New "Science"
2.1 Physical Science & Mathematics Failed to Explain Spirituality - Need a New "Science"
Even Mathematics, which provides a language to define and express the universal laws of physical phenomena fails completely when it comes to the phenomena of the mind. Calculus, an advanced form of mathematics, also provided more help in explaining the physical world, but was unable to enter the world of the mind.
Prem Spirituality Model envisions that there will be a completely new "science" which I call "spiritual science" and a completely new language called Mentomatics to explain the universal laws of spiritual phenomena. After the Classical Model and the Quantum Model of science, we will have the "Spiritual" Model.
My Model provides a curtain-raiser for exploring the new spiritual science and gives insights into this new language of Mentomatics which when fully developed can unravel the laws of spiritual world which are as much a reality of our universe as the laws of physical world.
This model draws an analogy with the history of development of physical science to envision a possible future development in "spiritual" science. It is a vision of what new scientific developments would look like when we extrapolate the past scientific developments in the realm of physical world and apply them to the unknown world of the human mind.
The model also demonstrates how spirituality can possibly be completely detached from the realm of religion and be researched as a pure science.
As things stand today, it would be unrealistic to expect major breakthroughs. The purpose of this paper will be served even if, based on this analogy, this model can pave the way for further scientific research on spirituality and show us the path to realize the dream of a Spiritual Revolution.
Since we will use some very basic concepts of physics, it will be worthwhile to brush up some elementary physics, which will not be more complex than school physics. There is no need to be overawed looking at the diagrams which look a bit mathematical. If you are familiar with the 3-Dimensional Physical space, you can easily skip the following section.
2.2 Refresher of Simple School Physics - The Physical 3-Dimensional Space
You may skip this section if you remember school physics. We know that the
physical world consists of a three dimensional space (Fig. 2.1). An object
occupies a unique position in this space. We use x, y and z as the three
co-ordinates of this physical space which measure distances in the three
dimensions or directions from the Reference Point or Point of Origin (denoted
by coordinates (0,0,0) in Fig. 2.1). The physical position of an object in
this space is denoted by its x, y, and z co-ordinates. For example, in
Fig. 2.1, if an object is at point P, its position is denoted by co-ordinates
a, b and c respectively. So Fig. 2.1 is the all-familiar physical space.
It is also common knowledge that every object in the Physical Space has a potential energy. Its potential energy depends on its position in the three-dimensional space, denoted by x,y,z axes. In Fig. 2.2, an object at point P2 has a higher potential energy than an object at point P1.
This is all the elementary science that we will use in this paper.
3. Prem Spirituality Model - Definition
3.1 Physical Space and Mental Space
Now if you look back, there are several questions which start bugging you: How did you get the energy to move the earth when a moment back, you were powerless and hopeless? Your energy levels increased multifold with just a few words of encouragement. Where did the energy come from? Was it already there dormant within you and suddenly became active?
All that we can say for sure is that there was a change in the state of your mind. Earlier you were in a state of mind which was associated with a very low energy, and later you shifted to a state of mind which resulted in a very high energy. Nothing appears to have changed outside. It looks obvious then that it relates to some unknown phenomenon of the mind.
Borrowing from some very basic knowledge of our physical science, if we were to plot your energy states before and after you heard the words of encouragement, it would look something like what is depicted in Fig. 3. We have very vaguely depicted in a graph the low energy level L before you heard the words of encouragement and the high energy level H afterwards. Since the energy was generated from within due to a change of mind, we call this space the Mental or Spiritual Space and the energy as mental energy.
Point L represents your position in the mental space before you heard the magic words of encouragement and Point H represents your position afterwards. Point L corresponds to low mental state and low energy state, whereas Point H is high on both. Note that the axes are yet unknown and are marked with red '?'
Now doesn't this look similar to our familiar physical space (Fig. 2.2), where P1 and P2 were two positions of low and high potential energy? Apparently we humans also occupy different positions in the mental space (positions L and H in Fig. 3) with different energy levels. While the axes of the physical space were distances in x,y and z directions, the three axes here are marked with red coloured "?" sign to indicate that we still do not know what the axes of the mental space are. Let us try to define these axes.
3.2 What are axes of Mental Space?
If you closely analyse, there was indeed a change within you - in your state of mind. The magic words shifted you from a hopeless "mental state" to that of hope and determination. What changed your "state of mind" were your feelings. Your feelings of fear and despair were replaced by hope, confidence and courage. You had more faith in yourself. In other words, you measured low on some feelings at position L and measured high on those at H.
So the axes of the mental space are your feelings. In Fig. 4, we have shown a schematic representation of Mental Space with just three important feelings as axes, namely feelings of Love, Faith and Hope. Point L represents your position in the mental space before you heard the magic words of encouragement and Point H represents your position afterwards. Point L corresponds to low mental state and low energy state, whereas Point H is high on both.
I have taken only 3 important feelings to plot the mental space so that we can compare and contrast with the physical space which we know so well. Actually our mental state, or frame of mind depends not just on above three feelings but on multiple feelings and emotions as listed in Table 1:
Table 1: Positive and Negative set of feelings
Since there are multiple feelings, the mental space is actually a multi-dimensional space which may look something like Fig. 5. In this diagram, each line represents a feeling, with one side of the centre showing positive feeling and the other side negative feeling. For instance, hope and dispair are depicted as the positive and negative measures respectively of one feeling.
However, for simplicity we will work with the three dimensional space shown in Fig. 6.2 because it helps us to compare with the physical space which we are so familiar with (Fig 6.1).
Today you cannot measure feelings, but there was a time when we were not able to measure distances either. Today we can not only measure physical distances, but also intangible items like light, sound, wavelengths, etc., which was unthinkable once. Is it not then possible that a time will come when feelings will be measureable too? We will then be able to plot exactly our position in the mental space.
That completes our conceptualization of "Prem Spirituality Model" (Fig. 6). The model consists of the familiar Physical space with x,y,z coordinates, and a similar mental or spiritual space, the dimensions of which are our various feelings like love, fear, hope, faith, courage, etc. Just as we occupy a position in the physical space, we occupy a unique position in the mental space at any given time.
To understand how this model can explain spirituality, spiritual state and spiritual energy, we need to dive deeper in this model.
3.3 Physical State and Mental State
Just as a point in the three-dimensional physical space indicates the physical
position of a body in that space, a point in the mental space denotes a
particular state of mind or mental state. My mental state or my position in the
mental space can be defined by how much I measure on the feelings axes at that
time. Conversely, how I measure on the different feelings axes at any time
determines my mental state or my position in the mental space.
4. Prem Spirituality Model - Implications
4.1 Physical Energy and Mental Energy
It is evident that a change in your mental state after you heard the magic
words was immediately followed by a change in your energy state. You shifted
from a "low energy state" before to a very "high energy state" thereafter. You
shifted from negative feelings listed in Table 1 to positive ones after you
heard the words of encouragement. Apparently, we are endowed with some power
that lies dormant within us but can be activated. Since the energy does not
seem to have come from outside, it appears that the energy was dormant within you
when you were in one state of mind and suddenly turned active in another state.
4.2 Prem Spirituality Model - God State and God Zones
What is commonly known as reaching god or attaining god is synonymous with reaching these high energy states in the mental space (Fig. 7). Hence we call this state of mind with extremely high mental energy as "God State". And we call the zones in the mental space which correspond to such highly positive feelings and high mental energy as "God zones"
Isn't this the same "God State" that we described right in the beginning in
section "Current Understanding of Spirituality"? We said that the God state is
characterised by three characteristics - Compassionate, Powerful and
Enlightened. That definition fits in well with our "mathematical"
representation in Fig. 7, as the God State is indeed characterised by high
positive feelings (compassionate) and high mental energy (powerful). It is a
highly spiritual and powerful state of mind. God Zones are zones where the
measure of confidence, love, faith, hope, etc. is extremely high.
5. What is Spirituality?
Two of our characteristics of spiritual state, namely Powerful and
compassionate fit well with our Prem Spirituality Model (Fig. 7). You can see why
I called it Prem Model as love (prem in hindi) is a very important component
of this model. We will see a little later that the third characteristic,
namely Enlightenment, also fits into our model as described in Fig. 7. But
before we do that, let us pause and see if we are getting a sense of the word
6. What is Enlightenment?
6.1 Common Meaning of Enlightenment
Enlightenment commonly refers to an “aha moment”, a moment when you suddenly get
complete clarity over something which you always heard but could not comprehend.
Something like an object on your office table or room which was always there but
you never noticed. It is a sudden awakening or insight.
6.2 Physical Laws of Universe are Known and Proved
We know that the physical space of Fig 8.1 is governed by the physical laws of
universe like gravitational law, laws of forces and action and reaction.
These laws have been fairly understood and explained. We can measure physical
distances (x,y,z axes), denote in numbers a position in the physical space,
measure the strength of physical forces and the potential energy. We know
exactly what measure of force and at what exact angle the force needs to be
applied to move an object from A to B in physical space (Fig 8.1). Physical
science and mathematics tell us clearly what force should be applied (and at
what angle) to move from A to B in physical space.
6.3 Universe Has Yet-Unknown Spiritual Laws Too
Indeed this spiritual space too does have its own laws. What
are these laws?
y = f(x1, x2, x3..)
In the mental space, if we want to achieve a mental energy of value 'y', we do not know
what the dependent parameters x1, x2 or x3 are, nor do we know how to measure
any of the parameters like feelings.
6.4 What are the Spiritual Laws of the Universe?
Indeed this spiritual space too does have its own laws. Scientific study of
Spirituality will reveal that just as there are universal laws of physical
science governing the world of matter, there are common and universal laws
of spiritual science governing the world of mind, which are interpreted and
expressed in different ways by different religions causing a divide. Most of
the preachings of religions (in their pristine form, not with the corruption
and distortion of religions over time) are nothing but universal laws of the
spiritual space. For instance, this verse from the hindu scripture Bhagwat
Gita which says "Do your duty without expecting the fruits of your work".
The original verse in Sanskrit language translates to something like this -
6.5 Why We Have Little Trust in the Spiritual Laws
Today we do not believe in these laws of spiritual space because more often
than not, they do not work for us. They do not work for us not because the
laws are incorrect but because we do not exactly know the laws and practice
them with incomplete knowledge. For that matter, the knowledge of spiritual
science itself is not so advanced like physical science in physical space
(Fig. 8.1) where you can precisely denote in mathematical formulas, measure
the parameters involved and repeat them in laboratories or real life to get
the same results repeatedly.
Why did Buddha reach God zones but so many others could not? Did Buddha too know some rules of this space which others didn't? When Buddha became enlightened, why is it that he could see and experience something which others could not?
Spiritual law "Do good and beget good" may fail for you depending on your feelings and your state of mind/position in the spiritual space when you did the deed. Did you have the feeling of love or a feeling of expectations, and with what measure or how intense were your feelings?
We simply do not understand the laws of this space nor can we measure any of its parameters, and hence are groping in the dark. Some people learn to practice these laws by chance, and some learn through the method of meditation. But even those who learnt to practice the laws did not know how to explain the laws as there was and is no language to express these. There is no formal, quick, precise, way to explain, learn and practice with repeatable precision like we do have for physical laws using mathematics and physics.
6.6 What is Enlightenment?
Our discussion so far of the spiritual model, the God state and the special powers of the people who reached the god state indicates that such insight could have come only if they had got insight into the laws of the spiritual space.
In our "scientific" model, we can therefore say that Enlightenment is a state of mind when a person in God state gets complete insight into the unknown laws of Spiritual space. When we say that they had a glimpse into Ultimate Reality, it would mean that they had a glimpse into the Spiritual Laws of the Universe. They had great insights into the reality of the world, into BOTH the physical and spiritual laws of universe. They had complete clarity of the laws - they could practice the laws without probably knowing the theory. In other words, they were practitioners of these laws, but not theorists. Even if they knew the theory, they could not have explained to the common man as they did not have the language of Mentomatics. (Even mathematics was not developed then).
How else could the ancient spiritual sages create Yoga, discover the medicinal and nutrition values of vegetation, get insights into astrology and astronomy without any of the sophisticated gadgets available today? It is said that Buddha had identified that all matter is made of tiny particles which he called kalapas. (Google on 'Kalapas' to know more). It shows that the state of mind they reached gave them special powers to see what is invisible to the common man. This is only possible if, in their enlightened state, they had special insights into both the physical laws of the physical space and the spiritual laws of the mental space.
Though difficult to reach with the methods available today and the current level of scientific knowledge, each one of us theoretically has the potential to reach the god zones and hence get the enlightenment which the spiritual saints got. They gained the expertise to use and practice these spiritual laws of universe, giving them what one may call supernatural powers.
6.7 Supernatural versus Spiritual Laws of Universe
Our model shows that these capabilities are not supernatural really, they are
part of the normal spiritual laws of universe, just like the physical laws of
universe. They are available to every human being who can reach the God
state - it is just that most of us do not know how reach that state. Everything
happens and is governed by natural laws of universe. There is nothing
transcendent or supernatural in this. Every one of us, can reach this state of
mind, each of us can be Buddha. What is required is a jet age method to reach
that state of mind.
If Buddha reached the state of mind 2500 years back using certain method, can we not with modern advances in knowledge find a scientific, faster, jet age method to reach the same state of mind with less efforts? After all in the physical world we have been able to reach places in hours what took months and years for ancient people to reach. We have been able to reach places like moon and mars which were not even accessible to stone ancient man. Yes, science will certainly explain. We need to be prepared for the unthinkable.
7.1 Mathematics helped explain the Laws of Physical Space
What gave clarity in the physical space is a field of study called Physical
Science. But the tool which really helped explain and document the laws was
Mathematics. Mathematics gave us a language with total precision to express
how to move a body from A to B in physical space (Fig. 8.1).
Before the discovery of Mathematics, man was completely ignorant of the laws of
physical space. The discovery of Mathematics was one critical milestone which
changed the history of physical science. It came like a bang after which the
growth of physical sciences took a miraculous turn to zoom upwards. It drew man
out from an era of ignorance and took him into today's era of scientific
revolution. Mathematics not only explained accurately the physical nature of
the universe, but also helped predict some effects. Then came calculus and
explained the rest of the phenomena related to physical forces in the universe.
7.2 Mentomatics will explain the Laws of Mental Space
The language of Mathematics, however, fails miserably to explain the phenomena
of the spiritual space. We need a new language to explain and express the laws
governing the Spiritual space.
7.3 Mentomatics - The Key to the Spiritual Revolution
The key to development of spiritual science is mentomatics. If we can develop
mentomatics, may be as a next upgraded version of mathematics and calculus,
the mysteries of the spiritual world will be solved. There will be no religion
and no god - only verified universal principles of Spiritual science.
With more "scientific" awareness of spiritual laws, there will be either more tolerance for different religions, or at the least, the futility of discriminating between religions will certainly become obvious.
8. Prem Spirituality Model and World Peace
How does the model contribute to world peace? In two ways.
9. What Next? The Way Forward
9.1 Summary of "Prem Model of Spirituality" & The Way Forward
Let us summarise the features of our model. The model also helps us define spirituality and to suggest a way forward towards the Spiritual Revolution
9.2 Skepticism, Criticism of "Prem Spirituality Model" & Further Reading
Because of limitations of scope and time for this paper, I know that a lot of
questions are unanswered. The paper raises serious doubts in the minds of
cynics and skeptics about the feasibility. It is not possible to satisfy all
doubts in this paper. This paper is limited to using the Prem Spirituality
Model to define Spirituality, explain the possible meaning of enlightenment and
to introduce the concept of Mentomatics.
Copyright 2018 Prem Kamble