1. Seeking our common ‘North’: Why are we all here? Just to be born, live, die? Why? Surely, there must be some purpose, some commonality among us all, which would represent the essence of who we are, so that we can together work out a strategy to realize it.
So, where are we all going? Let’s try and understand the scientific spirit of unity to which all of us can subscribe to, irrespective of our respective faiths and religions.
2. Unity in variety is the plan of nature: Why do we say: ‘Know Thy self’. ‘Love thy neighbor as thy self’. Don’t hurt others? Because, they’re your ‘own’ self! There’s no other!
Science is also now accepting our most ancient idea of unity, of a singular consciousness; a changeless entity behind the ever-changing variety. Had religions recognized ‘God’ as this singular unity, they could have been a great unifying force, inspiring all people to strive to be good, better, best.
3. Petty Preachers: Unfortunately, modern preachers, maulvis, pundits of Religions have remained self-centred, petty, narrow-minded and have failed to realize the spiritual-fruit of their religion as perceived by their Founders and so, have failed to rise up to the spiritual Reality, and teach people that:
· I am a spirit, Self, Life’, within a body
· I am not the body
· The body shall die, but I shall not die.
· Here am I in this body; it will fall, but I shall go on living.
· Spirit must see itself as Spirit.
· Now the spirit is seeing itself as the body. That must stop.
· The moment you begin to realize that, you are released.
· Those who’re evil-doers, whose minds are not peaceful, can never see Light
· It is to those who are true in heart, pure in deed, whose senses are controlled, that this Self manifest itself.
· After long searches here and there, in temples and churches, in earths and in heavens at last we come back Completing the circle from where we started, to our own soul and find that; He, for whom we have been seeking all over the world, for whom we have been weeping and praying in churches and temples, on whom we were looking as the mystery of all mysteries shrouded in the clouds:
· Is nearest of the near, is our own Self, the reality of our life, body, and soul.
4. The truth of truths is that as ‘Self’, we’re all one, interconnected, interdependent, interrelated. Within all living-beings it is the Life, aka Consciousness, Spirit, Self, Kingdom of God, Rooha, Noor, that makes us alive.
As bodies we’re all separate but when I ‘learn’, ‘practice’, ‘fulfill our duties’ and ‘work as worship’ seeing God as the same self in all others, then I gradually grow into this realization, the fruit of our religion.
5. Reflect on the fundamental question: Who am ‘I’, “I”, “I’, what is the idea before me? I am. I exist. Yes. I am existing as this body with its visible name and form. And, I know that this body will die. Am I then existing as nothing but a combination of material substances? Is that all I am?
It can’t be because I know ‘the body will die’ and I also know the fundamental scientific principle that existence can never go out of existence, though it may change in name and form! Then what, if anything, will survive the burning away of the body which is changing its name and forms and getting dispersed as smoke?
6. I also have an invisible mind: Besides my visible name and form, I also have a subtle mind, which is the storehouse of all the invisible thoughts, knowledge, memories, desires, likes, dislikes, tendencies, etc. which impel me into particular ways and which are the cause of my being in this particular body with its name and form, in this particular family, at this particular time period.
7. Processes for Realizing my Self: Doing work is not religion, but work done rightly, righteous conduct, fulfilling our duties, our Swadharma, leads to realizing of our real Self, aka ‘Perfection’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Salvation’, etc. Religion comes from intense self-sacrifice. Desire nothing for yourself. Do all for others. This is to live and move and have your being in God. The difference between God and the devil is in nothing except in unselfishness and selfishness.
8. Our Duty? As scientific and educated people we have to convince the fundamentalists of Religions, preachers or followers, that the infinite, absolute, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent can only be realized, or thought of, or stated, through the relative, and the images, idols, crosses, and crescents are simply so many symbols – so many pegs to hang the spiritual ideas on.
It is a privilege to serve mankind, for this is the worship of God; God is here, in all these human souls. He is the soul, Self of man. Modern religions have to give up their petty idea of ‘me and mine’. Religions must get together with other religions, academia and governance to inspire all of us to work together for the good of the whole humanity; not just for ‘me and mine’.