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Summary of my book God in Two Minutes. A re-look at God and religion as never before. It cuts across religions and challenges some of our strongest beliefs. When beliefs like the flat-earth theory have been proved wrong, is it not possible that some of our deepest faiths today may prove to be myths?
 
 
 

A 'Pseudo-Scientific' but Objective Re-look at God and Religion

Foreword

This article is an abstract of my e-book titled "God in Two Minutes" (Now published and downloadable at Amazon.com). Though the book describes the concepts in much greater details with very simple illustrations, examples and diagrams, this is an attempt to summarize a difficult subject. Difficult not because the concept is difficult to grasp, but because it addresses a topic which is close to our heart. This is a topic which one cannot help but read through the colored glasses of our deep rooted belief system.

With due respect to your beliefs, it is my humble request to read with an open mind, and get ready for a completely fresh look. Keep observing your thoughts as you read this - and whenever a thought based on your current belief surfaces, push yourself to be as open to a fresh look as possible.

What I have discussed in the book is not science, not religion, nor 'heavy' philosophy. It is plain and simple common sense.

The topic of religion is very relevant to this time when religious fanaticism has shaken the world. The book addresses the fundamental causes which have led to the great religious divide

The topic of religion is very relevant today when religious fanaticism has shaken the world. In a world divided by religion, this book is important to you and to every human being. You may say, “I am very open minded. I am not against other religions, so I do no harm to the world when I follow my faith”. Do you know that your very private beliefs too contribute to dividing the world? Do you know that YOU need to do something about this religious divide? If you love your children and want to gift them a better world, YOU NEED TO WAKE UP AND ACT NOW.

The book addresses the fundamental causes which have led to the great religious divide. It can help root out religious fanaticism from this world and make the world a much better place to live in.

An attempt is made to explore the mysteries of the Spiritual World, and to find an answer to the question “What is God and Religion?” This work is more an inquiry than an answer to this question. This piece does not purport to be a research paper on the subject of God and religion, and no claim is made of any proof for the arguments presented. The purpose of this piece is not to explain the concept of God and religion, but to indicate what it is NOT. The objective is an immediate damage control by opening our eyes to see clearly "WHAT GOD IS NOT" rather than searching for an answer to the question "WHAT IS GOD?".

What is God

We all learnt at school that the physical world consists of a three dimensional space (Fig. 1.1). The three dimensions of the physical space are represented by x, y, z axes (distances in x, y and z directions). An object occupies a unique position in this space, which is represented by point P in the figure and by values of a, b, and c on the x, y and z axes.

. Fig 1.1: Physical Space . . Fig 1.2: Mental /Spiritual Space
We are familiar with the Physical space and x,y,z coordinates. There is a similar mental space, the dimensions of which are our various feelings like love, fear, hope, faith, courage, etc. Just as we occupy a position in the physical space, we occupy a unique position in the mental space at any given time.

Similarly, I believe that there is a mental space and at any given time, we occupy a unique position in this space.

Just as an object in the physical space has a potential energy, we humans are endowed with immense mental energy, which depends on our position in the mental space.

The mental space is a multi-dimensional space where the axes are our various feelings like love, fear, hope, faith, courage, etc. (Fig. 1.2 shows only 3 dimensions for simplicity and for comparison with physical space). Our position in the mental space can be defined by how much we measure on the feelings axes.

Just as an object in the physical space has a potential energy, all of us humans are endowed with immense mental energy, which depends on our position in the mental space.

In Fig 1.1, an object at point P in Physical space (Fig 1.1) is associated with a unique potential energy which depends on its position, or how much it measures on the x, y and z axes. Similarly, our mental energy depends on how much we measure on our various feelings. In other words, a person at point S in Mental Space (Fig. 1.2) has a unique mental energy, or a unique mental state. The probability of success in whatever we do depends on our mental energy at that time. Since our feelings change from time to time, our position in the mental space keeps changing. And so does our mental energy – which explains the inconsistency in our performance.

Just as there are high potential energy points in the physical space, I believe that there are very high energy zones in the mental space too. Attaining God is nothing but reaching these high-energy zones in the mental space. These are zones where the measure of confidence, love, faith, hope, etc. is extremely high and you can be in an extremely powerful state of mind. This is where Buddha reached, and so did Christ, Mohammed and Mahavir. We will refer to these zones as "Godly Zones". (Fig. 2.2)

Fig. 2.1: Physical Space Fig. 2.2: Mental Space
Physical science and mathematics tell us clearly what force should be applied (and at what angle) to move from A to B in physical space. In the mental space, however, the laws of the space are not known. We are in the dark as to how to move from a low energy state in mental space to high energy state (Godly Zones)

In the physical space (Fig. 2.1), if we have to move a body from point A to point B, or from low energy to high energy, we know what force is required, and at what angle Ø we need to apply that force. What made it possible is Mathematics. After the discovery of Mathematics, man has mastered the laws of the physical space and has come a long way from the days of apeman. However, we are still apemen so long as the mental space is concerned. We know nothing about the laws of this space (Fig. 2.2). We do not know how to reach the Godly zones.

Attaining God is nothing but reaching these high-energy zones in the mental space. This is where Buddha reached, and so did Christ and Mohammed

While the language of mathematics describes the laws of physical space precisely, it fails miserably in the mental space. What is required is possibly a new language, which I call Mentomatics, which will explain the laws of mental space. Before mathematics was devised, laws of physical space were as much a mystery as the laws of mental space are today without Mentomatics.

To reach the moon you have to fire your rocket at a specific angle with a specific force. If you were to explain how to reach the moon without a mathematical language, some of your followers would reach Mars, some would crash-land on the moon, some would be lost in the space and some would not take off at all. Only one in a million million would reach the moon.

In the absence of a Mentomatical language, some people have tried to explain how to reach the high-energy zones of mental space, or to reach 'God'. It is no wonder that only one in several millions like Buddha, Mohammed, Christ, etc. could reach the destination and the rest of us were left groping.

Keep observing your thoughts as you read this. Whenever a thought based on your current belief surfaces, push yourself to be as open to a fresh look as possible

I believe that in the olden days there were extremely learned sages (saints) who reached dizzy heights in the mastery of spiritual learning. Unlike physical science for the study of which you use sophisticated instruments and gadgets, the study of spiritual science or spirituality required nothing but your mind and body. As a result, the ancient sages had acquired advanced knowledge of spiritual science and had mastered the art of reaching Godly zones. They could attain high mental energy levels, but they could not explain to the common man how they did so in the absence of Mentomatics. In order to explain to the man in a language that he could understand in those days, they created the concept of God. They said God gave them the energy. They gave 'God' a physical human shape because that is all that common man understood then.

The common man is far advanced today and understands the basics of physical science. He is in a position to understand abstract concepts like energy and force which the ancient common man could not have imagined in the wildest of his imagination. Hence, I have the liberty to explain to you the concept of God with an analogy of abstract concepts like forces and energy, a liberty which the ancient saints did not have. Nevertheless, let me caution you that I am not using physical science to explain the concept of God - I am only drawing an analogy as an illustration. I know that today's physical science may not be able to explain it. You may need a new ‘science’ and a new language like mentomatics to explain it.

The concept of God is a method - in fact a psychotherapy - which helps you to get to a higher state of mind and to a higher mental energy

The concept of God was created by the ancient sages to help you to move closer to the high-energy zone from wherever you are in the mental space.

So what is the concept of God? It is a method, in fact a psychotherapy which helps you to get to a higher state of mind and to a higher mental energy, and closer to the Godly zone in the mental space. And where is God? If at all there is something called God, it is right within you. The high energy level that you can experience by reaching the high-energy zone is latent within you.

Why did we call this a psycho-therapeutic method? Because it works by increasing your faith in God, your love for God and raising your confidence and hope. So you move up in the mental space closer to the high-energy zones (fig. 2.2). It is the faith in God, and not God, that works for you. And it is not God who does it for you, you do it yourself. When you wear a ring with special stones that are believed to bring good luck to you, it is your faith in the miracle stone that helps you and not the stone itself. The book describes in much greater details and with simple illustrations how the methods of God and the miracle ring work.

So the concept of God is the current best available method to reach the high-energy zones. It may be slow, not very easy to follow, but it is the best available method today. I believe that a time will come when you would have a mentomatical method to reach high-energy state within minutes or seconds. You may be able to attain so called God in two minutes. Sounds ridiculous? But so would TV, radio, pistol, aircraft and computers (which are miracles of mathematical science) be unbelievable to an apeman.

What is Religion?

Religion originated as a code of conduct – rules of social behavior and hygienic living. As time passed, the code of conduct got married to the concept of God.

While the language of mathematics describes the laws of physical space precisely, it fails miserably in the mental space. A new language, which I call Mentomatics, will explain the laws of mental space

In the olden days, there was a wide gap between the learned and the common man. The learned sages wished the welfare of the common man. They probably knew about disease, what caused it and how to prevent it. They wished to create the norms of good social and hygienic behavior and ensure compliance. The best way to ensure compliance was to tell the common man that such behavior pleases God, or in other words, God says so. The code of conduct got converted to the voice of God and Religion was born.

Religion is a result of a marriage of convenience between the code of conduct and the concept of God. Most of the religious beliefs and rituals have a very scientific base. But there are two problems.

First, most of the rituals and rules have been distorted by touts and the half learned so called saints.

Secondly, the norms and rules were important in those days, but may not be so relevant today with the advancement of science, particularly the science of hygiene and medicine. Conditions have changed, technology has changed, but we still believe in the age old rituals without having a fresh look.

Need for a Fresh Look

We re-engineer business processes today, where we re-assess the relevance of the age-old processes with respect to the current tools and technology available today. Similarly, there is a serious need to ‘re-engineer' religion.

As stated, the norms and rules were important in those days, but may not be so relevant today with the advancement of science, particularly the science of hygiene and medicine. In spite of remarkable advancement in science and technology, we still believe in the age old rituals without having a fresh look.

Religion originated as rules of social and hygienic living. The best way to ensure compliance was to tell the common man that such behavior pleases God. The code of conduct got converted to the voice of God and Religion was born

What stops us from having a fresh look at religious rules and rituals? We saw that 'faith' was a very important component for this psycho-therapeutic method to be effective. There lies the real catch. You must have faith in the concept of God and religion to benefit from it. The more you believe in the method, the more it will work for you. But faith can also blind you – the more faith you have, the less you will question the rules. And blind faith has led to a serious side effect.

The most disastrous side effect of this psycho-therapeutic method was that multiple religions sprang up and so did religious conflicts. It is possible that Buddha, Mohammed and Christ reached the same high-energy zones. They all tried to explain how they reached there. All of them may have followed the same path, but in the absence of a precise Mentomatical language, we understood them as different paths and created several religions.

The over-dependence of faith in this method is the double edged sword which has led to religious extremism. Faith can be blinding. That is the greatest flaw in the method and there also lies the catch. The method may have worked for individuals, but clearly it has not worked for the world as a whole. It is said that today there are more deaths due to religious conflicts than due to all natural calamities put together. Clearly, there is a need to look for a better method.

If man had closed his eyes and said that walking is the only way to move from one place to another, he would never have invented the cars. If he had said that moving along land is the only way, he would not have invented aeroplanes.

I can foresee a world united again, a world where man will not be divided by religion. Religion will be 'scientifically' explained. Man will see his folly

Similarly we can find a way to reach the Godly zones, a way that will be several times faster than today's methods of religion.

To me Mentomatics seems to be the key to our understanding of the spiritual world. The beginning of our study of the physical world was made when we devised a way to measure the different parameters of the physical world like distance, weight or mass and time. When we could represent them in numbers, there came the beginning of Mathematics. Physical laws could be explained by mathematics only when we devised ways to measure distances, mass and velocity.

Similarly for the spiritual laws to be explained with Mentomatics, we need to first devise methods to measure the various parameters of the Spiritual world, namely the various feelings like love, confidence, hatred, etc. That could open the doors to the realm of mentomatical rules and the formulas governing the spiritual law. That could open the doors to the Spiritual World!

Like mathematics led to the development of Classical physics and Quantum sciences, mentomatics will lead to the discovery of Spiritual Science. And as quantum physics explained not only the laws of classical physics of slow moving items but also explained the laws of fast moving particles of the physical world, spiritual science will not only explain the laws of spiritual world but will also encompass the laws of classical and quantum physics.

Spiritual science will develop advanced 'mentomatical’ explanations for the spiritual phenomenon and will provide easy tools for the common man to attain spirituality. There will be methods available to realize "God-in-two-minutes" or instant spirituality. Sounds stupid? So would thoughts of television and aircraft sound stupid to an apeman. And we are no more than apemen in the realm of spiritual world.

Several years from now, people will say, “Once upon a time, there lived barbarians on this earth who believed in different religions and they killed their fellow beings in the name of God."

I can foresee a world united again, a world where man will not be divided by religion. Religion will be 'scientifically' explained and we will see that there is only one so called 'God' present in the form of an energy within each one of us. Man will see his folly.

You have read about barbarians who lived on earth years ago who killed one another for food. Several years from now, people will say, “Once upon a time, there lived barbarians on this earth who believed in different religions and they killed their fellow beings in the name of God."

The e-book "God in Two Minutes" discusses in greater details with simple illustrations and examples how the concept of God and religion may have originated, how exactly the method of religion works to benefit us, the biggest flaw in this method and the big mistake of mankind due to which this wonderful method, which was devised for our well-being, has actually led us to conflicts, divisions and miseries. The book can be downloaded at Amazon.com.

 
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