• Sadhguru at the Isha Yoga Center
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e want to build a Science Exploratorium – a very interactive engagement of the exploration of science for our children. This is not just for our children here at the ashram. This should be for anyone in the country, but considering the distances, we can do this largely for the South Indian schools. This would be a 150,000-200,000 square feet science lab, set up in such a way that if a child goes into it, he will get lost in wonder.

True power for humanity will come when we simply explore without exploitation.

If you just hold a mala, it forms a certain shape. If you know why, you would know the nature of the cosmos.Why is it forming this shape? Why is it not doing something else?’ If you just understand this, you will know the very nature of the solar system and the universe. This is how connected everything is. It is just that there is no exploration, particularly in India. This happened… At a dinner, a young woman sat next to a very celebrated scientist. She did not know who he was. Then, just to be polite, she turned to him and said, ‘Sir, what do you do?’ He said, ‘I’m studying science.’ She said, ‘Oh! I finished that in my tenth grade.’ This is the idea of science we have. We think science is a done thing. Science is not a done thing – it has not even started, it has just taken a few infant steps. We are too engrossed in technology and gadgets and have lost our way of exploration. True power for humanity will come when we simply explore without exploitation. Right now, technology is the means of exploitation of every little thing that we know, but science is a way of exploration which needs to happen. It is very similar to spiritual process; though an outward process. No one who truly involves himself in a scientific quest can escape a spiritual tendency within himself.

One thing we want to set up is a spherical theatre where there is a phenomenal IMAX effect. It is three-dimensional and everything comes at you; it is like one hundred percent real, and there are movies specifically made for this. We also want to set up different experiences and exhibits in the realm of physics, biology and chemistry. We want to build dorms for a thousand children, so for two days they should get lost in exploration, and after that your children should not be able to sleep. They must wonder about everything they see.  

Either people should be steeped in the spiritual process or they must be steeped in science, because both are a quest…

Not all of them may become scientists, but every human mind will wonder if you give them the opportunity. ‘Why is a tree branching out this way?’ If you look at it, the whole design of the universe is there in the way the tree is branching out. That is the way your bloodstream is branching out, that is the way the rivers are branching out. There has to be some design factor, and there is! Just reading something in one textbook and thinking science is a done thing will not create a profound society. Either people should be steeped in the spiritual process or they must be steeped in science, because both are a quest, both are an exploration, they are not conclusions. They are not about, ‘What can I do with it?’ They are about wanting to know. Only when the human mind is in a mode of wanting to know does it behave profoundly, does it behave responsibly; otherwise it naturally becomes exploitative, ‘How can I use this? How can I use that?’ Initially, it is about things, then it is about people, then it is about the whole world. We are only thinking how to use everything in the universe because we have become technology oriented, not science oriented, so we want to create a true sense of quest in our children.

Right now we are beginning to form a team. We had a few series of meetings with people in the Chicago Science Museum and the Exploratorium in San Francisco. I have been making these rounds in the last few trips, and now they have sent us a report as to how it can be done. We are looking for a powerful team, an energetic team which will create this. If you have the energy and if you have the commitment, you must get on this. If we manage to create what is on my mind, this will be a national piece that children of this country will enjoy for generations to come. Why I am saying this is – to create a miniature model of things which generate or produce truly balanced, purposeful and useful human beings that are interested in exploration, not just gadgets – a live demo is needed. Nobody is going to believe what you say, you have to make it work, only then will the world try to emulate that. So I think in the next ten years or fifteen years, if we do what we want to do, if we have the necessary money and the capability and the talent, if we make this happen, we will create a model which the world will want to emulate because it will produce those kinds of human beings for sure.

Love & Grace,
POSTED IN:Sadhguru, Sadhguru Spot
TAGS: children, Science
  • LAKSHMANAN

    Dear Sadhguru, Only you can create this. Pranams Sadhguru.

  • Ceekaykay

    Exploration and Exploitation
    Two daughters of Science
    One very considerate and lovely
    The other quite evil and very ugly
    One created cures for old maladies
    The other brought bombs and new tragedies
    Explore we must but exploit never
    And this sacred planet we must always revere

  • 13m0ngra5s

    Currently, I am finishing my MSc in neutrino physics and I’m looking for something interesting to do after… I am also interested in fine art and able to do crafts. How can I find out more to get involved in this?! Please let me know :-)

  • Karthikeyan Jegathesan

    Namaskaram Sadhguru,

    I would like to participate in your efforts to create the Science Exploratorium, as I , had the same feeling to create Science Museum, I think i grateful and my wish is comming true through my dear Sadhuru. I want to part yours. please let me know the details

  • Manoj Muthukuru

    Found out from Ashram that a formal team is not yet set-up but soon to form.

    • goutam

      Thank you. I hope they announce it openly so that all interested can contribute.

      • Manoj Muthukuru

        I am hoping for the same and will update this blog if I get to know future developments.

  • kskumaran

    Namaskaram Sadhguru,
    Education will happen in best possible way, when there is good Imagination skills for the Candid, Teacher. However each Kid, Teacher will have his own capability and restrictions. To grasp the truth, to grasp how things actually work, there is a necessity to ‘SEE’ what the stuff is, how it works..?, thru plain eyes. What can’t be taught over voluminous books and oratory, can be easily taught with right 3D visuals and sufficient explanation.
    Sadhguru please bless us all with such an oppurtunity. Pranams.

  • Thomas Albert

    I’m Waiting for the formal team to join , i like to spend my life for this kind of guru’s idea .

  • goutam

    I presume Sadhguru’s approach is to have both. In fact, his central message (as far as I understand) is that a spiritual process has certain objective basis to it – at least up to a certain level. So, he is emphasizing creation of these spaces (including Dhyanalinga) which will have an impact on an individual even if he/she realizes it immediately or not.
    I agree that the pace of this outward expansion is too fast – given that we are used to extra slow progress of things in the country – but he may have some reason of doing it this way.

  • Venkata Rao

    Man.. You are one of a Kind.. I bow down my Master.

  • Faith

    Greetings! You should have N Gopalakrishnan of indian institute of scientific heritage on board as well, that man is a devotee and doing a lot of good work in scientific field. I have read about Sadguru mentioning the need for such scientific study center in the past. During the recently concluded BSP at iii, I had a chance to address the audience at BSP to come together and support this initiative of scientific spiritual study center, where like minded people can work on uncovering the scientific basis of creation and life. It would be great to have the set up in the US (say Atlanta) as well and I am sure there will be good support from the administration. Why not set it up in the US first? Like Sadguru mentions every nation follows the trends in US, so let’s start with Science Mueseum in US and India at the same time.

  • Jayram

    Great Idea and initiative from Satguru. Whether we like it or not, we live in an era where proper mastering and understanding of science is vital for the survival and growth of the society. We need an army of thinking and compassionate scientist that can guide and shape the environment in which we live. Even though children are born with this immense curiosity to explore and learn, we most often extinguish this in our current society. I hope with the guidance of people of Sathguru many things are possible.

    Also, the writing closely matches my dream for a long time. I would love to contribute with my ideas for this project. Please let me know who will be the best person to contact regarding this project and I can mail my suggestions.

    P.S: I am a maturing Scientist cum Engineer working for a Startup company.

  • Pavun Shanmughasundaram

    Vanakkam.,
    SATHGURU IS THE SCIENCE.