The world has seen considerable progress in material and technological terms over the last century. Today, there is a heightened awareness that sustainable development is possible only by adopting a values based framework. More and more people from all walks of life are recognizing the need for Spiritual development in order to cope with the pressures of day to day life.
In the past, the topics of thought & consciousness, wisdom & morality and meaning & purpose of life, have remained the debating ground of Philosophers and Theologians but have not yielded fruits that benefit humanity at large.
Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV) and its sister organization Rajayoga Education & Research Foundation (RERF) have been serving society at all levels through its various wings. Each wing aims to provide a spiritual approach that can bring about sustainable development in its respective domain.
The Spiritual Applications Research Centre (SpARC) was formed in 1995 as an internal research group that would dedicate itself in exploring and experimenting with applications of the spiritual knowledge of this institution towards the cause of world service.
The International Co-ordinating Centre for SpARC is situated in hall No. 13 at the International Centre for Higher Learning which is a part of the Academy for a Better World, Gyan Sarovar complex, Mt. Abu.
Accordingly, SpARC focused on projects that experimented with practical applications of Rajayoga in daily life. In addition, Special Interest Groups were formed that explored diverse topics, ranging from the Nature of Time and Space, to Values in Business.
Over time, it was observed that SpARC had another critical role to play.
Researchers from all backgrounds invest considerable time and energy in developing their own disciplines. But the increase in specialization has resulted in each group working in silos. Of late, there have been some efforts in providing interdisciplinary approaches in solving specific problems or bringing development in a few related disciplines. The need was to provide a platform that allowed researchers from all backgrounds to congregate on a spiritual basis, so that meaningful conversations and cross-pollination of ideas could take place.
With the blessings of the Almighty, SpARC has been refocused as a service wing to offer this interdisciplinary spiritual platform for researchers.
"It is good that all of you have gathered here to do research. To the extent you do research whilst sitting in the room of introversion, to that extent you will receive good touchings (divine inspirations). On the basis of these touchings, many souls will benefit. It is good. But move forward whilst having the balance of yoga and experimentation. Otherwise everything is good. To the extent you churn, to that extent butter will emerge. Very good butter will emerge which will make everyone powerful."
Building a better tomorrow through applied spirituality.
To engage in holistic research and foster an interdisciplinary approach on a spiritual foundation in order to develop effective tools and techniques for benefit of people of all walks of life.
There is growing need that the fields of scientific knowledge and spiritual understanding should complement each other for retrieving the lost glory of a value based society. This is only possible when spiritual understandings are analysed systematically so that they can be understood in a convenient way by all sections of society.
In order to achieve this objective, Spiritual Applications Research Centre (SpARC) has been established in 1995 to conduct and promote research, blending various branches of learning to enhance our understanding of reality as well as to find applications of spirituality to overcome problems facing humanity.
SpARC operates as a research wing. Researchers who are interested in SpARC activities across the globe communicate and collaborate using websites, Internet and other media technologies. Researchers of SpARC participate as Special Interest Groups (SIG), which hold discussions through, electronic forums. These Researchers also gather for meetings conducted at Head Quarters, Mount Abu and also at convenient venues as and when required. These meetings are in the form of informal dialogue, seminars, discussions and workshops. In addition, Conference for Researchers of all disciplines is organized annually, at Mt. Abu, to highlight how Researchers can inculcate Spirituality in their professional and personal life to sharpen their research skills. These types of programmes are also organised in different cities of India like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Barshi, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Delhi, Hydrabad, Jalgaon, Indore, Mumbai, Pune , Shahada, Solapur, Vallabh Vidya Nagar, etc.
Sponsors (Individual & Institutional), wishing to promote the activities of the SpARC, fund specific activities. Institutions and Individuals with relevant expertise who share the goals of SpARC are invited to form collaborative links with the centre.
Since the very beginning of the projects in 1995, every year many BK sisters and brothers come from various corners of the world, to attend the SpARC meetings at Head Quarters, which is situated in the Academy for a Better World, Gyan Sarovar, Mt. Abu. Each meeting has been a great occasion for "SpARClers" to present their papers and share their knowledge. Over the years, several SIGs have been formed and in August 1999, it was decided to form Local Chapters (LCs) or geographical groups of "SpARClers". Thus the sisters and brothers belonging to a geographical area can meet frequently, share their expertise, carry out proper churning or undertake research activity in a more effective way. Local SpARClers meet regularly and the progress has been remarkable.
More than 75 local chapters have been formed throughout India. With the establishment of LCs, the SpARC research activities have gained good momentum.