The Expanding And Spiritual Quotient (SQ)
To begin with let me confess that the terms Spirit and Spiritual Quotient are not the part of scientific vocabulary yet. And still you hear more and more about the terms like: Spiritual intelligence, Spiritual quotient, Spiritual relation quotient, Soul's intelligence, Cosmic intelligence, Self-actualization and so on. Man's interest in extra sensory process has always been multiplying despite his scientific bent of mind coupled with well-focused empirical zeal. Religion and Spiritualism have always involved greater number of believers and followers than non-believers: it is to say that the number of believers has always been higher than others, throughout the world.
Greatest scientists and scholars at some stage of their life have recognized the existence of ‘some kind of intelligence’, which cannot be measured or touched, perhaps referring to Spiritual Intelligence. We may talk and reason all our lives, but cannot understand a word of Truth unless we Experience it ourselves.
The neurologists and other scientists know that the greatest power is lodged in fine, not in the coarse. In his words Swami Vivekananda said, "we see a man taking up a huge weight, we see his muscles swell, and all over his body we see signs of exertion, and we think muscles are more powerful things. But it is thin thread-like structures, the neurons that bring power to the muscles. The moment one of these tiny looking neurons is cut off from reaching the muscles from brain, the muscles will not be able to move. These neurons actually bring the power from something finer still-- thought, and so on". Thus, it is the finer that is really the seat of power.
We can see the movements in gross but cannot see the movements in finer, as too subtle these are in order to be perceived. Perhaps our senses are not that sharp or keen to be able to notice the subtle world. Neurologists, psychologists and other scientists are working in such directions, with the hope that one-day humans (at least some of them), may be trained to work at very subtle level of the existence. Some familiar terms in this context are Extra Sensory Perception (ESP), Distance seeing or Remote viewing etc. After all we talk so much about mind but who has seen it? Who has touched or tasted it?
SQ-- The Spiritual Quotient
IQ and EQ are the integral part of Spiritual Quotient (SQ). Spiritual intelligence is not necessarily related to religion. According to Zohar, Spiritual intelligence is about the human need and talent for finding meaning in experience. She says" it is our access to and use of meaning, vision, and value in the way that we think and the decision that we make" SQ can not be quantified or measured, whereas IQ and EQ may be assessed. The reason being that the very essence of spiritual intelligence lies in its seeking a bigger and broader, ever growing perspective. SQ may also be seen as the highest and ever growing need in the mankind.
Basically all the human beings are spiritual in their nature. They may differ in their evolution of such a need and hence work at different levels of "need satisfaction". Abraham Maslow, a great psychologist and existentialist, classified such needs of the man in five categories in a hierarchical order:
The lowest needs in such hierarchy are Biological, such as hunger, thirst and sex. Next are the Safety needs that include security, stability and order. Then come belongingness such as affiliation, affection, and identification. Thereafter Self-esteem needs follows that include prestige, success, and self respect. Finally at the top in hierarchy comes the need for Self-actualization that refers to person's need to develop his full potentialities in whatever field he works.
The beauty and essence of Self-actualization is that it is spirally cyclic in nature: more and more a person gets satisfied, more and more he seeks such satisfaction. It's parallel is seen in Indian concept of Self-realization and Atma darashana. Vedanta refers to "Ananda", that keeps on multiplying and ever evolving that finally merges into Parmananda the Universal Self.
In today's materialistic and highly competitive world man seem to be loosing his identity and direction both. Fast growing technological changes have put a lot of pressure on him that blinds his vision for other alternatives of growth and survival.
Man seems to have become machine forgetting his true essence and original needs with which he comes to earth. Career, Competition, jobs, more money, higher status, etc. are the slogans of the day. Breath a moment, give a chance to your self for self-reflection. You may find some relevance of spiritualism not only with your career and career planning, but also with your life and success.
It gives you an opportunity to uncondition your mind and look for a different, unstressed and relaxed way of life even in career planning. It also provides you careers-- don't forget people do teach yoga, astrology, ayurveda, and other healing techniques throughout the world. As a matter of fact even though I personally don’t like calling it Industry, billions of dollars flow in market that gives some kind of relief to the people from the stress and agony being produced by the present style of living. Acupuncture is so widely being used in western and south Asian countries that people do make their career in this line too.
Why struggle only for English style of medicine and surgery only. Remember, you need to be creative in order to find new solutions of the chronic problems-- be it anything.
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