This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Spirituality in Loka Sangraha


Dipika Vyas — Vadodara.

The scientific spirit of enquiry links itself not only to an external technology focused on the manipulation of the outer physical manifestation, but to yoga, an inner technology focused on changing one’s internal, psychological reality. As a result the society stays rooted in spirituality and in a sometimes manifest, sometimes more tenuous awareness of the Oneness that underlies the variety on the surface. Loka sangraha itself indicates the collectiveness and is concerned with the development, growth and harmony of society. Religion is important and an intrinsic element, which has roots in every aspect of the lives of members of society. But the question arises as to how far we can consciously strengthen Loka Sangraha through religious acts and spirituality. Social problems which can be alleviated via Loka Sangraha include: Following inhumane traditions; narrow viewpoints, acceptance and thinking; conflicts in family; wrong traditions; inhumane behaviour; increased use of money in religious acts and rituals; and the centralization of power and wealth in religious organizations and monopoly of religious leaders. The above-mentioned social issues and spiritual conflicts can be overcome by the consciousness of people of society through yoga. For that the individual needs to become conscious about the essence of spirituality. The psychology of human beings should be perceived and understood by members of society in collective ways, so that it can help to grow spiritually and become collectively active in strengthening Loka Sangraha. Also, yoga can help the individual to have a balanced standpoint in conflicts at the family and societal level, so that Loka Sangraha can be strengthened.

Email the author: "Ms. Dipika Bipinchandra Vyas" <dipika_vyas@rediffmail.com>