There is an outer technology of machine and equipment that has been instrumental in making human life a little more comfortable. A lot of time, money and energy continue to be invested the world over in inventing and perfecting more such technology for the future use of mankind. The development has been stupendous and one has come a long way from Mendel’s laws of inheritance, right up to gene-mapping and gene-manipulation. But is that all? Or is this the only possible direction of development? Is it development at all or does each advancement only bring, as its kickback, a biological amputation?Our less medicated ancestors perhaps meditated better upon the deeper mystery of life. The universe was throbbing for them with a wonderful Presence. Technology has robbed us of the wonder and the marvel, replacing it with gadgetry that is often complex and stifling, — an imprisonment and enslavement we have learnt to dubiously call ease and comfort, whilst real peace and ease have become even more elusive! There seems to be an assumption that the human body and its laws are fixed and unalterable, except through external manipulation. This assumption is as fallacious as the one that earlier scientists had made about a static universe. The universe grows and evolves and so does the human body. The pressure of evolution is not yet over. Man is not the last word in Nature. And this excessive reliance on gadgets and machines in supporting the distressed human body may well work against the evolutionary force. It may even lull the body’s own powers to heal. For there is a healing force within. And there is a technology woven into the inner fabric of our lives. This inner technology we must wake up and govern the outer if we are to master life and conquer death. With outer technology there is always a limit and encumbrance. But the potential of inner technology is practically limitless. Great wonders have been done mastering the technology devised by man. Greater wonders await us by mastering the technology concealed in man.
(Dr. Alok Pandey has been working in the field of psychiatry with a spiritual approach for more than 15 years. He has developed a working concept of integral health and integral psychology which he is using in his life and practice. He is one of the founders of SAIIIHR).