Inner Science Series – Part 1

Today , I was teaching chemistry to my daughter. The topic was “Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure”. In this chapter, there was a concept -“Every system tends to be more stable and chemical bonding is nature’s way of lowering the energy of the system to attain stability. Higher energy levels lead to instability of the system.” The purpose of bonding of atoms to form molecules is to reduce the overall energy of the system. As the energy levels of the system reduces the system becomes more and more stable.
I felt everything related to matter and beyond matter is interrelated, all the concepts of science are related to spirituality.

In spirituality , each of us is in search of stability and peaceful state of mind. We say that meditation makes us calm and stable. Our brain when in hyper active state is very unstable and generates a lot of thoughts. We are not peaceful in this state of mind. When we meditate, slowly the vibrations in our mind start slowing down, our thoughts start vanishing and the Mind becomes serene and calm like a deep ocean.
On closer look we will see both the above concepts – in Chemistry and in Spirituality are the same. Both say the same thing- “Higher energy levels lead to instability in a system and on reducing the energy of the system the stability can be achieved.”

This concept can be extended to children who are hyper active. We usually see parents of hyperactive children being advised to put their children into sports or some sort of physical activity to expend their energy. It is same as saying reduce their energy levels by expending their energy so that they become calm and stable.


Economically turbulent period in theWorld Economy and its effect on Families :

As an educator, I come in touch with children from various backgrounds . It is heart rendering to see how the economically turbulent times in the World and the National economy are affecting the families in India.

In the present century, most of the families in India are nuclear families. These families work as small independent units in their own way , lacking any support from extended families . Being independent a lot of responsibility comes on one’s shoulder. In the Indian family structure, mostly the fathers are the breadwinners and the mothers sit back voluntarily or take a break from their careers to take care of their kids and the family.
With the present turbulent period in the world and the national economy , it has become very difficult for the sole bread winner to secure his job. With the present economically tough conditions , companies are under stress of maintaining their profit margins and are not able to support the employees . We are constantly hearing of mass layoffs by private sector companies. These companies themselves have stressed balance sheets and are unable to bear the employee costs. But, what happens to either the people who are still working or those who have been laid off? The people who are still working, work under extremely stressful conditions. This stress comes from the insecurity of their jobs. They work under unnatural conditions, work overtime or work odd hours to secure their jobs. Those who are out of job are too under the pressure of running their families and maintaining their status quo. In both the cases , these breadwinners are under huge stress. A lot of unhealthy feelings such as anger, fear etc , enter inside these people. Whichever side these breadwinners are , stress is carried down to their families . The first people to bear with all these unhealthy emotions are their partners and their children. Constant arguments crop up at home with playing the blame game . The silent sufferers are the children who are caught in the crossfire that occurs off and on between their parents. Now a days , I see a lot of children becoming depressed and suicidal with all the disturbance going on at home.
Times are turbulent but, we need to find a solution to keep ourselves calm as parents . We can turn to spirituality to keep ourselves calm during these turbulent times. Spirituality offers a lot of insight into realms less trodden by us and leads to deeper understanding of the functioning of life. Here, we need to be very clear that spirituality is very different from religion. Spirituality is independent of any religion and is above all religions.