Globalisation is a way of life, say speakers at meet Staff Reporter PUDUCHERRY: The Hindu Date:18/02/2008 Back Other States - Puducherry
Globalisation is not a political or economic philosophy, it has become a way of life, Aster Patel, member of the Governing Body, Auroville Foundation, said on Sunday.
“Globalisation is not a term which has got its meaning in economic or political parlance. It has become the expression of a life force,” she said while participating in the deliberations of the three-day meet on “Sri Aurobindo… the new dynamism of the material and the spiritual,” which commenced on Friday.
Globalisation is part of the evolution of humanity, she said while discussing the evolution of humanity and its existential urge to attain a perfect order. Scientific and technological developments happening around had brought in a “sea change in the thinking process of humanity.” In spite of the handicaps, humanity s such had not lost its urge to reach out to its fellow being at the time of distress, she said.
Drawing a parallel between religion and science, Ms. Patel said, “Science is trying to do what religion was attempting for. Both religion and science are aimed at helping humanity progress physically and mentally. All scientific and technological developments lead towards the discovery that life has many potential.”
Bilingual writer and Sahitya Akademi Award winner Manoj Das, in his presentation, said, “Human aspiration for God, light, freedom and immortality dates back to the dawn of civilisation and it still goes strong. Life has a spiritual culmination on this physical plane and not beyond.”
In his presentation on “Research on supernormal human functioning,” Michael Murphy, Member of the International Advisory Council, Auroville Foundation, said this philosophical aspect ranges from sports to yoga, artistic performance to “spontaneous feats” in moments of crisis. “Such research helped humanity learn about the human potential and practice to actualise,” he said.