Talk on Materialism Spiritualism and Shrama Dharma by C Venkata Ramaniah on 9/11 of 2009 to senior IIM Alumnus.

Talk on Materialism Spiritualism and Shrama Dharma by C Venkata Ramaniah on 9/11 of 2009

  1. Brief Introduction
  2. Spiritualism – a brief
  3. Materialism – a brief
  4. History of philosophy( Eastern and Western ) – a brief
  5. Materialismspiritualism – a new paradigm in philosophy
  6. Tools used – truth and reality and five states of existence
  7. Under research and realization
  8. Shrama(Labour) – origin,development and philosophy
  9. Shrama Dharma – a new paradigm in social existence evolved from Eastern and Western life/cultural processes
  10. Materialismspiritualism and Shrama Dharma – two tools for synergy,peace.harmony,justice and development
  11. Objectives of the trust(MSMT)
  12. Conclusion – assimilation,integration and innovation and direction for future
1.Brief Introduction

There is a clear failure of the world order today.The gunpoint Capitalism and Communism evolved out of the Industrial Revolution are a clear failure at this stage unable to solve today’s problems. The conclusive orthodox religious order of various hues based on absoluteness, immutability, omnipotency, permanancy and perfection are not capable of answering today’s world awareness, often pulling the world backward towards intolerance and violence. The oft spoken love, brotherhood, concern for the fellow human being and co-operative social collaboration are missing today. From morning until going to bed, everybody seems to be running madly without holistic meaning to life.

It is the failure of the Teacher today than that of the student/public. The need of the hour is Innovation in every sphere more so in the social systems, social order and Spirituality.For a possible approach and answer, please visit http://www.materialistspiritualist.org/

In these days of MP’S corruption, corruption in highest places, corruption all around us, favouratism, nepotism, discrimination, embezzlement, self-agrandizement and mis-management every where, intolerance, violence, mistrust, social indifference and social disorder, we have to look for alternatives. This prompted the registration of this Public Charitable Trust on 11-06-2003. There is a need for paradigm shift in our thinking, faiths, beliefs, attitudes and behavior for achieving Synergy, Peace, Harmony, Justice and Development. There is a need for striking a balance between materialism and spiritualism for ensuring human survival and life survival in general. The attitude of imposing/prescribing everything i.e. do’s and don’ts for progeny must go and a system of freshness, creativity and a relook at the entire past is the need of the hour. The world today faces extreme violence, be it extremism or terrorism or fundamentalism of various origins. The root cause has to be analyzed in a dispassionate and objective manner. The technological knowledge gained by mankind should not become source of its own destruction. Wisdom should prevail over knowledge. There is a need for balance every where, be it personal life, materialist and spiritual thoughts, social order, justice, equality of opportunity or development.

There is a need to understand materialism and spiritualism and philosophy of Shrama (Labour). Materialism gives that all life originated from matter and the methods used are scientific postulations, verification and that is the path ( i.e. induction or deduction). Whereas spiritualism originates itself from the realizations/revelations of Rishis/ Mahapurushas / Prophets / Imams / Teachers / Rabbies. To understand realization is to go through that process and that is not in your hands. There is no verifiable proof as required by the scientific method. With individuals who have gained scientific knowledge and methodology and spiritual realization, fusion between them is possible which will lead to synergy between materialism and spiritualism for human well being . In order to create knowledge and skills in this historically evolved situation, new ways and new postulations based on the above are required at least for the present time. These two aspects namely Materialism and Spiritualism are the only known aspects/methods of enquiry about truth and there could be infinite possible methods if mankind has evolved to that state. This being a possibility to understand synergy, peace, harmony, justice and development in society ( global / national), one has to understand meaning of labour (Shrama), its origin, its philosophy and its ideals.

In order to bring forth a direction and knowledge and skills on these above lines i.e. Materialism Spiritualism and Shrama Dharma, this Public Charitable Trust was registered on 11-06-2003, with other objectives as given in this website. Perhaps there will be more synergy, peace, harmony, justice and development with minimum Laws and least policing with the right kind of social systems and processes. It is the failure of the teacher today, than that of the student/public. The appropriate and effective systems and processes have to come in place and hence creative research is required to create this. This is the major objective of this Trust.

Brief points for the TALK

    * Spiritualism – a brief
    * Materialism –a brief
    * History of Eastern and Western Philosophies — a brief
    * Materialism Spiritualism – a new paradigm in philosophy
    * Tools used – Truth and reality and five states of existence
    * Under research and realization
    * Shrama (Labour) – origin, development and philosophy
    * Shrama Dharma – a new paradigm in social existence evolved from Eastern and Western life/ Cultural processes
    * Materialism Spiritualism and Sharma Dharma – the two tools for Synergy, Peace, Harmony, Justice and Development
    * Conclusion- assimilation, Integration and Innovation and direction for future.

2.Spiritualism-a brief

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Not to be confused with Spirituality.

This article is about the religion. For other uses of spiritualism, see Spiritualism (disambiguation).

By 1853, when the popular song Spirit Rappings was published, Spiritualism was an object of intense curiosity.

Spiritualism is a monotheistic belief system or religion, postulating a belief in God, but the distinguishing feature is belief that spirits of the dead can be contacted, either by individuals or by gifted or trained “mediums“, who can provide information about the afterlife.[1]

Spiritualism developed in the United States and reached its peak growth in membership from the 1840s to the 1920s, especially in English-language countries,[2][3] By 1897, it was said to have more than eight million followers in the United States and Europe,[4] mostly drawn from the middle and upper classes, while the corresponding movement in Latin speaking countries is known as Spiritism.

The religion flourished for a half century without canonical texts or formal organization, attaining cohesion by periodicals, tours by trance lecturers, camp meetings, and the missionary activities of accomplished mediums. Many prominent Spiritualists were women. Most followers supported causes such as the abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage.[2]By the late 1880s, credibility of the informal movement weakened, due to accusations of fraud among mediums, and formal Spiritualist organizations began to appear.[2] Spiritualism is currently practiced primarily through various denominational Spiritualist Churches in the United States and United Kingdom.

Not to be confused with Spiritualism.

The Helix Nebula, sometimes called the “Eye of God”

Spirituality is matters of the spirit, a concept often (but not necessarily) tied to a spirit world, amultidimensional reality and one or more deities. Spiritual matters regard humankind‘s ultimate nature and purpose, not as material biological organisms, but as spirits or energywith an eternal relationship beyond the bodily sensestime and the material world.

The spiritual is contrasted with the physical and the temporary. A sense of connection is central of spirituality — connection to a reality beyond than the physical world and oneself, which may include an emotional experience of awe and reverence. Spirituality may also include the development of the individual’s inner life through practices such as meditationand prayer, including the search for God, the supernatural, a divine influence, or information about the afterlife. Spirituality is the personal, subjective aspect of religionmysticismmagicand occult

Spiritualism: Encyclopedia – Spiritualism

Spiritualism may refer to a variety of modern religious ideologies, primarily active in the United States and Europe. Central tenets of Spiritualist liturgy and dogma are the beliefs and practices of mediumship which purports to be evidence of the continued existence of an individual’s spirit or soul after death. The origin of Spiritualism is commonly considered to be the Modern Spiritualist movement of the 19th century United States. Spiritualism – Background. Spiritualism in its modern incarnation started …

Including:

SPIRITUALISM according to MSMT:

Spiritualism originates itself from the realizations of Rishis/ Mahapurushas / Prophets / Imams / Teachers / Rabbies.  To understand realization is to go through that process and that is not in your hands. There is no verifiable proof as required by the scientific method.  With individuals who have gained scientific knowledge and methodology and spiritual realization, fusion between them is possible which will  lead to synergy  between materialism and  spiritualism for human wellbeing.

 

3.Materialism a brief

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For the prioritization of resources, see economic materialism. For the Marxist analysis, seedialectical materialism. For consumerism, see consumerism.

The philosophy of materialism holds that the only thing that exists is matter; that all things are composed of material and all phenomena (including consciousness) are the result of material interactions. In other words, matter is the only substance. As a theory, materialism is a form of physicalism and belongs to the class of monist ontology. As such, it is different from ontological theories based on dualism or pluralism. For singular explanations of the phenomenal reality, materialism would be in contrast to idealism and to spiritualism.

Overview

The view is perhaps best understood in its opposition to the doctrines of immaterial substance applied to the mind historically, famously by René Descartes. However, by itself materialism says nothing about how material substance should be characterized. In practice it is frequently assimilated to one variety of physicalism or another.

Materialism is often associated with the methodological principle of reductionism, according to which the objects or phenomena individuated at one level of description, if they are genuine, must be explicable in terms of the objects or phenomena at some other level of description — typically, a more general level than the reduced one. Non-reductive materialism explicitly rejects this notion, however, taking the material constitution of all particulars to be consistent with the existence of real objects, properties, or phenomena not explicable in the terms canonically used for the basic material constituents. Jerry Fodorinfluentially argues this view, according to which empirical laws and explanations in “special sciences” like psychology or geology are invisible from the perspective of basic physics. A lot of vigorous literature has grown up around the relation between these views.

Modern philosophical materialists extend the definition of matter to include other scientifically observable entities such as energyforces, and the curvature of space. However philosophers such as Mary Midgley suggest that the concept of “matter” is elusive and poorly defined.[1]

Materialism typically contrasts with dualismphenomenalismidealismvitalism and dual-aspect monism. Its materiality can, in some ways, be linked to the concept of Determinism, as espoused by Enlightenment thinkers.

Materialism has been criticised by religious thinkers opposed to it[weasel words], who regard it as a spiritually empty philosophy. Marxism uses materialism to refer to a “materialist conception of history”, which is not concerned with metaphysics but centers on the roughly empirical world of human activity (practice, including labor) and the institutions created, reproduced, or destroyed by that activity (see materialist conception of history).

History of materialism

Axial Age

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Materialism developed, possibly independently, in several geographically separated regions of Eurasia during the Axial Age.

In Ancient Indian philosophy, materialism developed around 600 BCE with the works of Ajita KesakambaliPayasiKanada, and the proponents of the C?rv?ka school of philosophy. Kanada was one of the early proponents of atomism. The Nyaya-Vaisesika school (600 BCE – 100 BCE) developed one of the earliest forms of atomism, though their proofs of God and positing that the consciousness was not material made them not to be materialists. The atomic tradition was carried forward by Buddhist atomism and the Jaina school.

Xun Zi developed a Confucian doctrine oriented on realism and materialism in Ancient China. Other notable Chinese materialists of this time include Yang Xiong and Wang Chong.

Ancient Greek philosophers like ThalesParmenidesAnaxagorasDemocritusEpicurus, prefigure later materialists. The poem De Rerum Natura by Lucretius recounts themechanistic philosophy of Democritus and Epicurus. According to this view, all that exists is matter and void, and all phenomena are the result of different motions and conglomerations of base material particles called “atoms.” De Rerum Natura provides mechanistic explanations for phenomena such as erosion, evaporation, wind, and sound. Famous principles like “nothing can come from nothing” and “nothing can touch body but body” first appeared in the works of Lucretius.

Common Era

Later Indian materialist Jayaraashi Bhatta (6th century CE) in his work Tattvopaplavasimha(“the Upsetting of all principles”) refuted the Nyaya Sutra epistemology. The materialistic C?rv?ka philosophy appears to have died out some time after 1400 CE.

In early 12th-century al-Andalus, the Arabian philosopherIbn Tufail (Abubacer), wrote discussions on materialism in his philosophical novelHayy ibn Yaqdhan (Philosophus Autodidactus), while vaguely foreshadowing the idea of a historical materialism.[2]

European Enlightenment

Later on, Thomas Hobbes and Pierre Gassendi represent the materialist tradition, in opposition to René Descartes‘ attempts to provide the natural sciences with dualistfoundations. Later are materialist and atheist Jean MeslierJulien Offroy de La Mettrie, Paul-Henri Thiry Baron d’HolbachDenis Diderot and other minor French enlightenment thinkers, as well as Ludwig Feuerbach, and, in England, the pedestrian traveller John “Walking” Stewart, whose insistence that all matter is endowed with a moral dimension had a major impact on the philosophical poetry of William Wordsworth.

Schopenhauer wrote that “…materialism is the philosophy of the subject who forgets to take account of himself.”[3] He claimed that an observing subject can only know material objects through the mediation of the brain and its particular organization. The way that the brain knows determines the way that material objects are experienced. “Everything objective, extended, active, and hence everything material, is regarded by materialism as so solid a basis for its explanations that a reduction to this (especially if it should ultimately result in thrust and counter-thrust) can leave nothing to be desired. But all this is something that is given only very indirectly and conditionally, and is therefore only relatively present, for it has passed through the machinery and fabrication of the brain, and hence has entered the forms of time, space, and causality, by virtue of which it is first of all presented as extended in space and operating in time.”[4]

Marx’s social materialism

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Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, turning the idealist dialectics of Georg Hegel upside down, came up with dialectical materialism and a materialist account of the course of history known as historical materialism. For Marx, the base material of the world is social relations (and mainly class relations, e.g, between serfs and lord, or today, between employees and employer). As an expression of these basic social relations, all other ideologies form, including those of science, economics, law, morality, etc.

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels used the term to refer to a theoretical perspective that holds the satisfaction of everyday economic needs is the primary reality in every epoch of history. Opposed to German idealist philosophy, materialism takes the position that society and reality originate from a set of simple economic acts which human beings carry out in order to provide the material necessities of food, shelter, and clothing. Materialism takes as its starting point that before anything else, human beings must produce their everyday economic needs through their physical labor and practical productive activity. This single economic act, Marx believed, gives rise to a system of social relations which include political, legal and religious structures of society.

Scientific materialists

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Many current and recent philosophers—e.g., Daniel DennettWillard Van Orman Quine,Donald DavidsonJohn Rogers SearleJerry Fodor, and Richard Dawkins—operate within a broadly physicalist or materialist framework, producing rival accounts of how best to accommodate mindfunctionalismanomalous monismidentity theory and so on.

In recent years, Paul and Patricia Churchland have advocated a more extreme position,eliminativist materialism, which holds that mental phenomena simply do not exist at all—that talk of the mental reflects a totally spurious “folk psychology” that simply has no basis in fact, something like the way that folk science speaks of demon-caused illness.

Defining matter

The nature and definition of matter have been subject to much debate[5], as have other key concepts in science and philosophy. Is there a single kind of matter which everything is made of (hyle), or multiple kinds? Is matter a continuous substance capable of expressing multiple forms (hylomorphism)[6], or a number of discrete, unchanging constituents (atomism)? [7] [8][9] [10][11][12] Does it have intrinsic properties (substance theory)[13][14], or is it lacking them (prima materia)?

Without question science has made unexpected discoveries about matter. Some paraphrase departures from traditional or common-sense concepts of matter as “disproving the existence of matter”. However, most physical scientists take the view that the concept of matter has merely changed, rather than being eliminated.[citation needed]

One challenge to the traditional concept of matter as tangible “stuff” is the rise of field physics in the 19th century. However the conclusion that materialism is false may be premature.Relativity shows that matter and energy (including the spatially distributed energy of fields) are interchangeable. This enables the ontological view that energy is prima materia and matter is one of its forms. On the other hand, quantum field theory models fields asexchanges of particles — photons for electromagnetic fields and so on. On this view it could be said that fields are “really matter”.[citation needed]

All known solid, liquid, and gaseous substances are composed of protons, neutrons and electrons. All three are fermions or spin-half particles, whereas the particles that mediate fields in quantum field theory are bosons. Thus matter can be said to divide into a more tangible fermionic kind and a less tangible bosonic kind. However it is now generally believed that less than 5% of the physical composition of the universe is made up of such “matter”, and the majority of the universe is composed of Dark Matter and Dark Energy – with no agreement amongst scientists about what these are made of[15]. This obviously refutes the traditional materialism that held that the only things that exist are things composed of the kind of matter with which we are broadly familiar (“traditional matter”) – which was anyway under great strain as noted above from Relativity and quantum field theory. But if the definition of “matter” is extended to “anything whose existence can be inferred from the observed behaviour of traditional matter” then there is no reason in principle why entities whose existence materialists normally deny should not be considered as “matter”[16]

Some philosophers feel that these dichotomies necessitate a switch from materialism to physicalism. Others use materialism and physicalism interchangeably.[17]

Criticism and alternatives

The professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame Alvin Plantinga criticises it, and the Emiritus Regius Professor of Divinity Keith Ward suggests that materialism is rare amongst contemporary UK philosophers: “Looking around my philosopher colleagues in Britain, virtually all of whom I know at least from their published work, I would say that very few of them are materialists.”[18].

Religious and spiritual objections

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, materialism denies the existence of both God and the soul.[19] It is therefore incompatible with most world religions including Islam,ChristianityJudaism, and Buddhism.[20]

In most of Hinduism and Transcendentalism, all matter is believed to be an illusion calledMaya, blinding us from knowing the truth. Maya is the limited, purely physical and mental reality in which our everyday consciousness has become entangled. Maya gets destroyed for a person when they perceive Brahman with transcendental knowledge.

Kant argued against all three forms of materialism, subjective idealism (which he contrasts with his “transcendental idealism”[21]) and dualism.[22] However, Kant also argues that change and time require an enduring substrate.[23], and does so in connection with his Refutation of Idealism[24]

Postmodern/poststructuralist thinkers also express a skepticism about any all-encompassing metaphysical scheme.

Philosopher Mary Midgley[25], among others [26][27][28][29], argues that materialism is aself-refuting idea, at least in its eliminative form. While some critics hold that matter is an ill-defined concept, it is not clear that substitutes, such as Spirit, or Hegelian Geist fare any better.[citation needed]

Other ontologies

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Bundle Theory. It can be argued that it is the properties of material bodies, such as size and shape, which are perceived, and not the material substrate itself. Locke said we “know not what” the basic substance is.[30] As Berkeley wrote “I acknowledge it is possible we might perceive all things just as we do now, though there was no Matter in the world; neither can I conceive, if there be Matter, how it should produce any idea in our minds”. If mind-independent properties (properly speaking property-instances or tropes) are held to exist in association with each other but without a material substrate, bundle theory results. If bundle theory is shown to be illogical or inconceivable, the existence of a substrate is thereby demonstrated conceptually, despite the unpercievability of matter per se.

Idealism. An argument for idealism, such as those of Hegel and Berkeley is ipso facto an argument against materialism. Matter can be argued to be redundant, as in bundle theory, and mind-independent properties can in turn be reduced to subjective percepts.

Dualism. If matter is seen as necessary to explain the physical world, but incapable of explaining mind, dualism results.

EmergenceHolism and Process philosophy are some of the approaches that seek to ameliorate the perceived shortcomings of traditional (especially mechanistic) materialism without abandoning materialism entirely.

Materialism as methodology

Some critics object to materialism as part of an overly skeptical, narrow or reductivistapproach to theorizing, rather than to the ontological claim that matter is the only substance.Particle physicist and theologian John Polkinghorne objects to what he calls promissory materialism — claims that materialistic science will eventually be able to explain phenomena it has not so far been able to explain.[31] He prefers dual-aspect monism to materialism.[32]

The psychologist Imants Barušs suggests that “materialists tend to indiscriminately apply a ‘pebbles in a box’ schema to explanations of reality even though such a schema is known to be incorrect in general for physical phenomena. Thus, materialism cannot explain matter, let alone anomalous phenomena or subjective experience [33], but remains entrenched in academia largely for political reasons.”[34] (Compare with Charles Fort)

The flow of time

Four-dimensionalism is the most commonly accepted theory of time among members of the scientific community.[citation needed] Critics of materialism could argue that it’s impossible for our subjective sense of time to arise from a static, four-dimensional universe. It must be noted that the flow of time isn’t the same as the arrow of time.

See also

 Â4.History of philosophy(Eastern&Western)—a brief

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The history of philosophy is the study of philosophical ideas and concepts through time. Issues specifically related to history of philosophy might include (but are not limited to): How can changes in philosophy be accounted for historically? What drives the development of thought in its historical context? To what degree can philosophical texts from prior historical eras even be understood today?

All cultures — be they prehistoricancientmedieval, or modernEasternWesternreligiousor secular — have had their own unique schools of philosophy, arrived at through both inheritance and through independent discovery. Such theories have grown from differentpremises and approaches, examples of which include (but are not limited to) rationalism(theories arrived at through logic), empiricism (theories arrived at through observation), and even through leaps of faith, hope and inheritance (such as the supernaturalist philosophies and religions).

History of philosophy seeks to catalogue and classify such development. The goal is to understand the development of philosophical ideas through time.

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More Particularly Indian Schools of Philosophies(points from MSMT): Â

    1. Brahminical School or Vedic School.
    2. Shramanical School  – Jina and Buddhist schools
    3. Materialist  or Charvaka school
    4. Western Philosophers -Broadly:
      • Socrates
      • Plato
      • Descartes
      • Hume
      • Hegel
      • Marx
      • Sartre
      • Contemporary Philosophy
      • Linguistics Philosophy – Logical Positivism and analytic philosophy.
      • Comments of Hawkings on  philosophy and philosophers.
      • Philosophy is not a closed chapter as long as speculation exists in human existence.
    •  

5.Materialism Spiritualism – a new paradigm in philosophy

    1. Origin of  life according to Materialism.
    2. Origin of  life according to Spiritualism.
    3. A survey of literature shows that there is no conclusive proof for either.
    4. These are two methods of investigation about truth in its completeness.
    5. Many possibilities tending to infinity exists for understanding truth in its completeness.
    6. Any conclusion without totality is a falacious exercise.
    7. So let’s start with basics of materialism and spiritualism and start the investigation independently.
    8. Fusion and synergy between materialism and spiritualism for human well being.
    9. This is the basic tenet of materialismspiritualism
    10. Explain truth equation
    11. Explain reality picture.
  • Limitations of spirituality/spiritualism:
  • Limitations of Materialism – thought- matter relation ship.  Which is origin.  Brain functioning vs thought.
  • Energy – Matter  conversion
  • Energy – life – is there a connection.  What is life – what is origin of life.
  • What is the core/ essence behind life as we explain in the physical world.
  • Cosmos to elementary particles – the connection/ or no connection or randomness.
  • Can we define awareness or consciousness.
  • An attempt is made by  MSMT as a new paradigm by defining Truth and Reality.
  • The various states of existence of phenomena.
  • Reality as capturing angles of inner realization and outer realization.
  • Discrete vs continuous.
  • We can only exist in discreteness or finiteness  in the physical world.
  • The continous or integrative total is incomprehensible.  Hence realize it through quanta/or discrete parameters through effort.
  • Effort comes from shrama.  This is the only thing available to us and to a great extent we may have control over it if we are aware of it and keep the right kind of thinking.
  • Effort for internal realization. Effort for external realization – physical .
  • Understanding matter and spirit or the subjective uncaptured unknown.
  • Realization in the spiritual arena is not in the individual’s hands.  It may happen by accident or by design which is also not known.
  • Both internal exploration and external exploration are required to understand truth.
  • Time bound  – generation after generation.
  • The question of life of solar system or earth.
  • The question of life as the primary, as the ultimate, as the custodian of consciousness or awareness – developing in a time bound manner.
  • If there is no life – all of us – there is no knowledge – no awareness.
  • There is a purpose and that purpose is – preservation of life by shrama/ human effort.
  • This is the only hope against vagaries of nature, cosmos and internal turbulances.
  • MSMT is built on this foundation.
  • Conclusiveness vs Openness.

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6.Tools used – truth and reality and five states of existence

    1. Truth
    2. Equation  — explain
    3. Reality Picture — explain
    4. Five states of existence
    5. Frame truth
    6. Scope for  innovation
    7. All phenomena are in the basic four states of existence.  i.e., finite, zero, infinite and indeterminate states.

Â7.Under research and realization

1 Research:

Continuous study- research and innovation through conscious human effort.

2 Realization:

Continuous realization by in ward looking and outward looking. Realization by accident or design.

3. Integrating research and realization.

Only realized individuals with big picture can do this.

4 Scope for many intellectuals to join the search.

 

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8.Shrama (Labour) – origin, development and philosophyÂ

    1. From birth  – the pains of the mother.
    2. Tools developed by creatures.
    3. Tools developed by higher order life chimpanzees,  orangatonges.etc
    4. Sharing of knowledge and skills among differently located groups when mingled.
    5. Origin and development of humans as per anthropology.
    6. Development of languages by humans.
    7. Development of tools by humans.
    8. Philosophy of shrama
    9. Research and realization angle.
    10. Scope for research , realization and development.

9. Shrama Dharma – a new paradigm in social existence evolved from Eastern and Western life / cultural rocesses

    1. Dharma according to Vedic school.
    2. Dharma according to Buddhist school.
    3. Dharma according to Jina school.
    4. Dharma according to Charavaka school.
    5. Dharma according to the Abhrahamic schools.
    6. Dharma according to Jewish school.
    7. Dharma according to Christian  school.
    8. Dharma according to Islamic school.
    9. Dharma according to Communist school.
    10. Gunpoint Capitalism:
    11. Invading, Colonizing and husbanding various territories by capitalists and others for profit.
    12. Birth of Communism: Class annihilation.
      • Individualism vs socialism .
      • There is no single culture existing now. Borrowed from all cultural schools.
      • It is a mixed culture.
      • It exists every where around the globe in some form or other.
      • East and West have Converged.
      • Impact of Technologies like Internet, and soft libraries.
      • The culture already exists.
      • This is only an attempt to theorize what is already existing.
      • Change is a very painfull process.
      • Open up a little bit in your heart to allow fresh air, to allow creativity and change.  This will reduce pain.
      • So, tell the progeny to be fresh and open and use yesterday’s manuals as needed for their survival as their problems we don’t know.
      • Prepare the progeny for survival for tomorrow.
      • Assimilation of all schools of knowledge and skills from all sides. i.e., different cultures.
      • Integrating this knowledge and skills.
      • Innovating new knowledge and skills for today and tomorrow.
      • This is the attempt of the Trust.

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10.Materialismspiritualism and Shrama Dhama – two tools for synergy, peace, harmony, justice and development

    1. Materialismspiritualism gives the philosophical base and out look.
    2. Shrama dhama gives the social tools.
    3. Integrating and applying them gives raise to synergy, peace, harmony, justice and development.
    4. Emphasizing objectives of the Trust.
    5. Is it  possible for a few individuals to do this job?  That’s why I am coming to you and other forums for collaboration and joint work.
    6. This approach may ensure minimum laws and minimum policing.Â

Â11.Objectives & activities:

MATERIALIST SPIRITUALIST MISSION TRUST (MSMT) was registered as a Public Charitable Trust on 11.6.2003 with a view to create an organization with global outlook which will work towards the development of people of various religions, regions, materialists, economic and social groups of the entire globe and to Indian people of various religions, regions, materialists, economic and social groups in particular for creating a clean, efficient, effective, synergic and healthy global society. Â

The Objectives of the Trust are:Â

  1. To work with people of various religions, materialists, regions, economic and social groups towards establishing a just, equitable, harmonious, effective, efficient, synergic, healthy and prosperous society on a global scale and in India in particular and to propagate the principles of Materialism-spiritualism.
  1. To work towards creating conducive, clean and healthy environment as necessary conditions for global survival and Indian social survival in particular.
  1. To work towards creating education system relevant to the objectives of the Trust and also to strive to build the necessary educational material and information dissemination.
  1. To train and create a pool of teachers and educational institutions to strive to achieve the objectives of the Trust.
  1. To create platforms for the propagation of knowledge so created and so realized for the benefit of people of various backgrounds in the entire globe and in the whole of India in particular.
  1. To identify the relevance of philosophy of Shrama (Labour) and to create knowledge about it and to propagate the ideals of Shrama – Dharma for harmonious and Just society.
  1. To develop knowledge of management methods, entrepreneurship, trade union theory, work culture, social processes, cultural processes, traditions, group processes and faiths in tune with the principles of Materialism Spiritualism and Shrama Dharma and to create institutions to develop this knowledge base based on the above for the benefit of mankind in general and weaker sections in particular.
  1. To develop principles of measurement of work done and contribution of labour and capital from the standpoint of materialism spiritualism and shrama-Dharma.
  1. To develop knowledge of evaluating natural resources under possession, sharing of natural resources, sharing of converted and value added natural resources in terms of end products and sharing of wealth between individuals, between social groups/communities and between nations in terms of the principles of Materialism Spiritualism and Shrama Dharma.
  1. To develop knowledge of principles of creation of wealth and sharing of wealth between individuals, social groups and nations based on the principles of Materialism Spiritualism and Shrama Dharma.
  1. To develop knowledge of principles of justice, fairness and the legal knowledge based on the principles of Materialism Spiritualism and Shrama Dharma.

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  1. To develop knowledge of principles of governance involving Legislature, Judiciary and the Executive based on the principles of Materialism Spiritualism and Shrama Dharma.
  1. To develop knowledge of principles of political, legal, social, economic and business processes and developmental theories based on the principles of Materialism Spiritualism and Shrama Dharma.
  1. To teach methods of spiritual/godly realization and attainment of salvation or moksha. To teach meditation and methods of realization of God/Spirit.
  1. To develop concrete knowledge about spiritual aspects and sharing of this knowledge among various sections of society and nations.
  1. To develop knowledge of view points on the laws of inheritance versus self earned wealth, position, power and influence based on the principles of Materialism Spiritualism and Shrama Dharma

ÂThe activities of the Trust are:Â

  1. To promote, assist and facilitate institutions necessary to initiate relevant work among various sectors of society for a clean and healthy environment. Â
  1. To develop and strengthen networks of agencies working in the field of spiritual, material and socio-economic development.
  2. To work towards relief and rehabilitation of people affected in calamities.  Â
  1. To start old age homes, day care centres, short stay homes, destitute homes, street children homes, balwadies, crèche centres, educational institutions and hostels for handicapped and mentally retarded people and to start mobile Medicare units, hospitals for poor people, to start educational institutions in medical, engineering, computer and management areas, to start deemed Universities/Universities, to construct places of worship/prayer of various types for congregations of all people, to start entrepreneur development programs, to act as a catalyst for enterprises, to start newspapers and magazines to fulfill the objectives of the Trust and to act as publishers to attain the main objectives of the Trust.
  2. To start institutions for the implementation of the objectives of Trust.
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  1. To conduct such other activities that may be necessary to further the objectives of the Trust.  The Trust may do all deeds, acts and things necessary for the furtherance of the objectives of the Trust, but shall not include any activities of profit.  Its income shall be applied only for public charitable purposes/objectives of the Trust.

The immediate activities are literature screening, book reviews, group discussions, Trust magazine creation, etc.Some literature screening is already  done .It is suggested to read Eastern and Western Philosophies, Bible, Koran, Geeta, Vedic and Puranic, Buddhist, Jain and other religious literature in conjunction with Brihaspati/Charvaka Philosophy and the following website onorigin of life:

http://universe-review.ca/F11-monocell.htm

and contemporary subjects like psychology, social psychology , sociology and anthropology for the big picture on the issue of “TRUTH”.

 

12.Conclusion-assimilation, integration and innovation and direction for future.

  • Assimilate the  past.
  • Integrate all aspects.
  • Innovate for present and future more particularly in the areas of social systems, social order and spirituality where there is vagueness and scope for doing much.
  • This may result in taking care of terrorism, extremism, and fundamentalism of various origins leading to a better world.
  • If we can’t exist on earth peacefully, the question of existing/ living on other planets like Mars is a futile exercise

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Venkataramanaiah Chekuru : Detailed Profile: http://www.materialistspiritualist.org/my_profile.html BE(Gold Medalist,73),MBA(IIM-B,76) . www.iimb.ernet.in www.andhrauniversity.info Out-sourced CEO,Mentor and Management Consultant. CEO-CVR SYNERGY MANAGEMENT SERVICES . Ex-Director on the Board/MC member-STPI,Hyderabad(Govt. Of India) . http://www.hyd.stpi.in Ex-VP(Corporate Management&HRD)-MIC Electronics Ltd . http://www.mic.co.in Ex-Director-MIC Tech Center . Ex-President(out-sourced from 2007-2011)/Retainer-Chadalavada Infratech Ltd . Ex-DGM-APEL(Andhra Pradesh Electronic Development Corporation Ltd) . Ex-Director on the Boards of several companies.
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