Science and religion are often set one up against the other. But at their core, they point to the same reality: all the various forms of matter, including living organisms, are merely collapsible "in-carnations" ( em-bodiments) of energy. Energy sprouts into bodies or forms and relapses back into whence these were formed. Nothing comes into or goes out of this universe because nothing can - because there is nowhere beyond the universe to escape into. Life and death are thus meaningless phrases, since nothing can either be created or destroyed.Things, as both science and religion know, merely change forms.
Both science and religion agree on the existence of some order or 'Laws' (hukam) underlying this universe. God is nothing but the sum total of all these laws and all that is -hence nothing mysterious. That may be why men and women who have attained 'enlightenment' have generally laughed at the simplicity of their task once accomplished.
'God' is all that there is, and another name for all that there is, is cosmos. An inspired scientific insight is as much an act of 'enlightenment' as is a 'spiritual vision'. 'Kan kan main bhagwan' is translated into ' every particle is a universe in miniature form and is fired by the same energy.'
The Hindu system talked of billions of casements in human body opening into the vast, eternal reality; science talks of every centimeter in any form of matter, including the human or any other body, as a cluster of unvierses.
There is no place for God as a figurehead either in a mystical vision of truth or in science. Both however recognise the permanence and omniscience of Energy, though they address it with somewhat different nomenclatures. Both recognise the immortality of creation, and the mortality of forms. Death of forms is a cool fact; but forms die only into a 'whole' which is immortal. (Individual souls merge back with the universal spirit from which they seemed to have sprung. And even the springing forth is not separation because there is no seprate reality to spring into. The entire drama is play-acted witnin one, indivisble and unfathomable whole.
The distinction between science and reliigion is maintainable only throgh a distorted versions of both. Neither can afford to be snobbish towards the other. I think science and religion as pursuits of the same reality have no issues with each other, but their followers and students do sometimes seem to have. Unfortunately, their petty quarrels are carried out at he expense of the very truth they claim to pursue.
Comments: 1:I thought the religious folks would ahve objected to such de-mystification of their concepts about what they call the "supernatural"....About your references to 'out of body experiences, telepathy etc, yes this is an area that requires more research. Religious thought need not be arrogant on this and science need not close its doors on further research into such phenomenon. And I seriously believe that science does not close its doors on anything.