Yoga has faith in Science.

Via on Dec 17, 2010

There’s always been on-going debate between Science and Religion. Theistic religions takes everything on faith. There’s no proof of God existing, but we have faith, we believe.

Belief is a strange thing, the Encyclopaedia Brittanica states belief as;

“a mental attitude of acceptance or assent toward a proposition without the full intellectual knowledge required to guarantee its truth.”

and…

“Belief becomes knowledge only when the truth of a proposition becomes evident to the believer. Belief in someone or something is basically different from belief that a proposition is true.”

So, belief is a feeling. A hunch. We don’t have proof of the truth, but we have faith and that for many, belief is where the magic begins. It’s all that’s needed for a meaningful, fulfilled, sane life.

Science gets quite irritated with this, to say the least! Science can’t stop with belief and faith—it has to keep asking questions about the hunch or feeling until it becomes the obvious recorded proof. Until then, Science cannot rest.

Here’s where Yoga philosophy comes in.

Yoga means to “yoke” or to “unite,” to get rid of duality in the spirit of unity. We often talk about it being the unity of mind and body using the glue of the soul so that we can become united with the universal soul.

But on a different level, yoga actually unites Science and Religion together. Yoga is devotional and contemplative and in a lot of ways ritualistic in that people who practice the spiritual path of yoga spend time chanting mantra or meditating. But yoga also constantly asks questions. It wants to get to the bottom of everything and find the truth.

Yogis become their own psychologists if they really start getting into their spiritual practice. They want to know why there is suffering in the world and they start by looking at themselves to see why they suffer and how they can rectify the suffering and find contentment and then pass on what they’ve learnt to everyone who wants to listen.

Yoga is about facing our fears and shouting BOO! Yoga is about looking into the darkest depths of ourselves and shining a big million-candle-power searchlight into the pit and shouting “Who’s there? Come out where I can see you!”

Yoga has faith when there’s no proof, but keeps asking awkward questions until it finds the right kind of answers.

Yoga is so much more than stretching and fitness. But the stretching is where the questions start and the fitness gives us the fortitude to listen openly to the answers.

About Tobye Hillier

Originally from England, Tobye Hillier has lived in Ireland for over 17 years, living in a small seaside town called Greystones 20 miles south of Dublin. A qualified Karuna yoga teacher (RYT 500), Tobye also plays a pretty darn funky 5-string bass guitar and likes to sing in other peoples' showers. Empathic and intuitive, He likes to bend Yoga to suit people and not the other way around.

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15 Responses to “Yoga has faith in Science.”

  1. Yes, I agree, well put, yoga is about facing our fears. I recently started thinking about how much more difficult it is for example to stand up for myself than to do utitta hasta padangusthasana, or much more challenging it is to be kind and not judge anyone I encounter than to sit in a cushion for an hour… yoga is about real life, about when we are out there, liked your article!

  2. Kathleen says:

    An Holistic reality is what we're discussing here…..Scientific attributes as well as Spiritual can be examined through electrical fields and similar parameters.

    Excellent article…thank you for posting!

  3. Scott Robinson YesuDas says:

    Nice, Tobye! It's easy to lose sight of the "yoking" aspect of yoga.

    I have two thoughts:

    Re. "faith": I usually tell people that I have little interest in "faith-in," and much interest in "faith-that." That is, when I say "I believe in you," it doesn't mean that I believe you exist, or that I subscribe to a certain constellation of factual statements about you–it means that I have trust in you, I believe in you. Not the same thing as assent to a creed or doctrine.

    Second: one of the primary things that got me hooked on Swami Vivekananda was his intellectual rigor and scientific mindset. "Anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually, and spiritually, reject as poison."

    • Tobye Hillier yogi tobye says:

      Faith in others is as much about our intuitive feelings on their potential… we often see things in others that they don't see in themselves, so we have faith in them.

      Thanks YesuDas!

  4. johnfossella says:

    Great post! Agreed that science and faith meet nicely in yoga … the first yogis were actually some of the best chemists in the Asian-European world! Some more here … http://genes2body2mind2me.com/2010/07/25/7-steps-

  5. Mairead says:

    Well doneTobye, enjoyed this too.
    Mairead

  6. Max says:

    Hi Tobes, perfectly put :) Yoga is a spiritual programme that becomes a way a life & put into practice every minute, hour & day, helps to keep our faith in our Higher Power & focus on the faith that is ‘within’ each & every one of us which will in turn be reflected outwardly

    Max x

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