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  1. Spirituality in an age of science – Managing the messy mind
  2. Science-spirituality harmony Science can make things better; spirituality can make people better
  3. Darkness about our inner world “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” - Martin Luther King
  4. The mind is a mess WHO: mental health is the biggest health challenge The mind is attacking the body: More people are killing themselves than are being killed by others
  5. Mental medicine is often a bigger mess Cracked: Why Psychiatry is doing more harm than good – James Davies The Age of Anxiety: A History of America’s Turbulent Affair with Tranquilizers – Andrea Tone
  6. Mental medicine is often a bigger mess Pathologizing human problems perpetuates them. Human problems need spiritual solutions more than chemical solutions.
  7. Science looks for matter, not spirit Methodological naturalism Eg. Fishing net, Personality thru X-ray, Seeing color on b-w camera
  8. The unknown knower Nobel Laureate Dr Wilder Penfield’s experiments in book The Mystery of the Mind “The source of consciousness is extra-cerebral.”
  9. The Gita’s tripartite model of the self Three-level existence: Body – Hardware Mind – Software Soul – User
  10. Srila Prabhupada - “Philosophy without religion is just mental speculation” Spirituality Philosophy Religion
  11. Srila Prabhupada - “Religion without philosophy is at best sentimentalism and at worst fanaticism.” Spirituality Philosophy Religion
  12. Become an inner explorer Yoga: Not experimental, but experiential Not controlled experiments, but experience through self- control
  13. Mantra yoga Mantra acts as The elevator of consciousness, granting us higher happiness An inner muscle-builder, empowering us to wiser choices