What is meant by ‘spirit’ and what does it have to do with sustainability?

The Inside - Out Project


It is commonly accepted that human beings experience three layers of experience body, mind and spirit. Body relates to the way our physical self interacts with the surroundings; mind relates our thoughts and intellect but what is spirit and what does it have to do with sustainability?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spiritual Leader, Global Humanitarian, Peace Ambassador and Founder, Art of Living Foundation makes an important connection between science and spirituality as two forms of inquiry. He says

modern science is objective analysis, while spirituality is subjective understanding…..Science explores the outer world with a series of questions beginning with the basic query, “What is this? What is this world all about?” while spirituality begins with the question, “Who am I?” In the ancient world these two forms of knowledge were not in conflict but were understood to have a deep and subtle connection. Man’s knowledge of himself complemented…

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