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IS GOD A FACT, FICTION OR MYTH?
EXPERIENCES OF THREE PERSONS OF DIFFERENT FAITHS
SEE DIVINE LIGHT OF GOD.
Prof. Fritj of Capra-at Berkeley University,
During the year 1981, I read a book, THE TAO OF
PHYSICS by Fritj of Capra, Prof. of high energy
physics at Berkeley University, California. He
saw SHIVA in open sky during daytime. In preface
of this book Prof. Capra describes this
experience of SEEING Cosmic Light And The
Figure Of Lord Shiva (Nataraj)- a deity God
worshipped by the Hindus.
This inspired Prof. Capra to write above book,
which discusses Eastern religions, Science and
Philosophies, with help of mainly the famous
equation of Albert Einstein E=MC2.
Prof. Capra beautifully correlates with science
of Matter or Mass, Energy, Space and Time along
with verses of The Gita and Upanishads and other
philosophies like Chinese, Tao, etc. Prof. Capra
'saw' cascades of energy coming from the outer
space, in which particles were created and
destroyed in rhythmic pulses; I 'saw' the atoms
of these elements and those of my body,
participating in this cosmic dance of energy; I
felt its rhythm and I 'heard' its sound, and at
that moment I KNEW that this was the Dance of
Shiva, The Lord of dancers, worshipped by the
(2). Amenda Mehrtens:- A student of North
I record another experience of a young student
of North Florida University. In April (1995), I
was invited to give a talk on Hinduism to the
students of comparative religions class in NFU
(FL). They were mostly Christian students. When
I described my following experience of SEEING
The Holy Cross in 1979, and then after my
life's turn towards the study of world
religions, all students were spell bound.
end of talk after the question answer session,
we were dispersing. A young girl approached and
placed the following note in my hand. She had
never studied any religious scripture in depth.
But her experience of "Seeing Divine Light"
is worth reading. She wrote:-
"Thank you for your wonderful seminar.
Almost 2 years ago, I had similar experience,
though there was no one religion which struck
me, rather what (after studying) is most similar
to BRAHMAN reaching ATMAN. As you say seeming
crazy; for this reason I have stopped trying to
But this seed was planted and I too came to the
same conclusion that all religions should be
respected and merged in a way that the world
community can love one another.
Any how if you have any type of mailings please
(3). My Own Experience in 1979-80.
"It was a cold winter night. I was fast asleep on the second
floor of my clinic at Naroda- a suburb of
Ahmedabad- Gujarat, India. I woke up perspiring
like a moist sponge. My clothes were soaked with
sweat. Body hairs were raised in elation,
amazement and surprise. I wiped my face and
eyes. I saw a shining ball of dazzling light
outside the East window. The brightness of
light was greater than thousand Suns in the sky.
From the East window a ball of dazzling light
entered my room. It pervaded in all objects like
table, chairs, books etc., and then it entered
my body. For a few seconds I felt and
experienced as if I was weightless and floating
in a soft cloud of light.
total existence and everything in the room was
in tune and oneness with this cosmic light. I
realized as if everything was made up of that
light. There was no Sun in the sky at midnight.
I knew this was something else. I saw at my
The time was EXACTLY 12.00 midnight or
Zero hour between Year 1979 and 1980. The date
was DEC 31-1979.
I perfectly remember and saw that a Shining
Cross with this bright light in the
background. At a later date I understood that it
was 'Cosmic light' of God, and Holy Spirit of
I did not understand any significance of that
event at that time. Even today, after 20 years
in 1999, I do not know its meaning. Whatever I
saw that night was not a dream or imagination. I
am very positive about this. It was a real
experience in fullest conscious state of my
3 months prior, after hearing Swami Chinmayaji's
Lecture, in Oct-'79, I had started the study of
Karma Yoga Chapter III of The Bhagavat Gita-
Divine Song of Lord of Universe. Gita is the
most popular scripture of all Hindus. I had no
background of Christianity nor had any strong
attachments to Hinduism, any world religion or
even God. I never believed in myth, idol
worship, Guru worship, and various fire rituals
carried out in Hinduism. My knowledge of
Hinduism was very superficial and hear-say.
I did not meditate or practiced Yoga or
attended any Yoga classes or took any Yoga
But in those days I was writing my
scattered thoughts on religious subjects. I
recorded this experience in my note book on next
is still a question for me and I have no
answers. Why I was chosen in India by Almighty
God to SEE (Darshan) this Divine Light of HOLY
CROSS, exactly at a particular time of year
change of Christian Calendar? This is called
Shakshatkara or DIVINE EXPERIENCE in
in retrospect, I understand its some meaning.
God had chosen me to be HIS instrument in
linking Eastern and Western religious thoughts.
This I say "today" in January 1999, after my
study of world religions in an unattached manner
for last 20 years.
God a fact or fiction, a myth or truth, or
beliefs and blind faith of illiterate,
uneducated and ignorant masses? Is there
something like some maker of this Perfect and
When such questions arise in mind of any reasoning
individual of great material achievements
(Siddhis), a true seeker of God is born.
Then such a person starts real search of God in
true sense. Most people do not care for God or
religion. They simply perform rituals, do
prayers and try to preserve traditions preached
in their holy books. Others are only interested
in worshipping many idols of Deity Gods and
scriptures of major world religions proclaim
that ‘God is One’.
has any method by which one can SEE God and get
100% conviction (Shradhdha) or
faith about God. Why there are so many Gods and
Goddesses in Hinduism? Is God of Muslims, Jews,
Christians and Hindus different or one?
Christians believe that the resurrected HOLY
SPIRIT OF JESUS CHRIST is pervading everywhere.
Later I read Swami Vivekanand had experienced
this Spirit of Jesus Christ during his
meditation practices under guidance of his Guru,
Swami Ram Krishna Parmhans.
the last twelve years, with HIS grace I wrote
and published some books on the Gita, Vedanta
and Indian philosophy. An atheist doctor
practicing in a remote village of India could
not have written these books. I get divine
inspiring thoughts when I start writing on such
subjects. I have witnessed mercy and care of God
in all events that occurred in my life before
and after 1979.
more than convinced that GOD is one, Omnipresent
and Almighty. He was, is and will ever be with
me during all events that will happen in my
future life also.
above experience I lost interest in my well
established medical practice of 30 years and
withdrew from practice and all social
commitments. By the end of 1981-82, I closed my
Naroda clinic and immigrated to USA. I was a
crazy reader from the childhood. Now I started
reading subjects like world history, history of
religions, history of sciences, life stories of
great scientists and philosophers etc. I never
read these subjects before. A man of reason and
science always wants proof of God, direct or
theory of Karma preached in Gita provides this
proof by indicating “How The Perfect Laws of
Mother Nature” govern all individuals in an
Happiness and sorrows come to every person
according to right and/or wrong Karma done or
even not done (Akrama) by him/her at
proper times. (Theory of Karma, Akarma, and
Vikarma-in Gita Ch-IV).
time that all open minded people of reason and
spiritual quest study all world religions as
Gandhiji has recommended. The Upanishads,
Patanjali Yoga and Gita provide a time tested
path of SEEING, KNOWING AND UNITING WITH
FORMLESS (Nirakar but not Nirgun) GOD, by
studying one’s own Self (Atma)
Adhiatma-Vidya. Anyone can SEE God face to
face by devoted study of Gita and search of God
with inquisitiveness of a scientist. YOU CAN
SEE HIM TOO. This search starts with
study of SELF (ATMA) and also ends in
says that Divinity dwells within HEART. God
cannot be seen with normal eyes or by other four
senses. But Omnipresence of God can be felt by
the waking or conscious MIND, when all
Egocentric Desires (Vasanas) and false
beliefs regarding God and religions come to an
end. Then true love, compassion and an
attitude of equality for all human beings
develops. This is first level of Spiritual
strongly believe in a cycle of re-births and
deaths of soul (Bhram). You are born at a
particular time and place according to desires
and actions (Vasanas and Sanchit Karma) done in
previous lives. It is difficult to explain such
mystic or illogical religious beliefs to a man
of intellect and reason.
Sometimes I ask myself. Was I an American or a
Christian in previous life who was inspired by
Swami Vivekanand, who visited USA in 1892 and
gave many spiritual talks in America and Europe?
Is it possible that a desire to get birth in
India would have remained in my mind at the time
of my death when I died as an American? Is this
does not sound logical, then beliefs of previous
and next births are mostly or partly misguiding.
One need not waste time to prove or disprove and
propagate such beliefs. But it is easy to
understand that Karma done in this present life
operate mostly in this real life perfectly well.
This can be proved and understood to a fair
extent by Meditating on One’s Self.
Holy Spirit or pure Soul in me and all living
creations is one and same.
The same spirit was present in all great souls
of past who inspired people in different lands.
In this sense I can say that I have lived many
previous lives. I was Veda Vyasa, the writer of
Mahabharata and Gita about 2500 years ago. I was
Shankaracharrya in 7th century and Arya Bhatta
in 4th century AD. I lived as many scientists
who gave knowledge in different countries of the
world. In same way I can say that I was Jesus,
Moses, Buddha, Ram and Krishna many centuries
ago! By reading thoughts of all these great
personalities we get tuned to their minds,
feelings, and devotion to God. In a verse of
Gita, Lord says:-
Bahuni me vyatitani janmani tava ch Arjuna ;
Tan Aham vettha sarvani natvam vettha Paramtpaha.
lived many lives in past and I know them all.
But, Oh man of great penances (Paramtapa),
you do not remember any life, although you have
also lived many lives in the past’’.
curious seeker like Arjuna can see Universal
God. A scientist like Mr. Capra can SEE and hear
‘HIS’ sound, and get such divine inspirations.
This is totally a subjective Self Experience,
occurring at individual level only. A
scientist, an artist, a lover of truth and
non-violence is very near to God compared to
rich people giving big donations, or family
minded politicians or narrow minded priests of
secular religions. Lord says in Gita, “Only one
successful soul or one living person in a
million knows Me perfectly”. (Gita.
Ch-VII-V-3).A verse of Shiva prayer describes
the Invisible Shiva, the God of Cosmic
Energy and Time, as follows:-
“Asit giri samam syat, kajjalam sindhu patre,
Sur taruvara shakha, lakhini patra bhurvihi,
Likhati yadi grahitva sharada sarva kalam,
Tadpi tava gunanam param isham ne yati”.
Shiva Mahimna Strotrum -
description of Lord will ever remain incomplete-
even if Goddess SHARDA (Goddess of music, speech
and knowledge) turns all oceans into ink, all
lands into a big paper, all trees into a pen and
describes the forms, qualities, kindness and
mercy of God till the end of time” (Dooms Day).
is beyond words and beyond OM or knowledge. Speech or any spoken language (Vani) roots from OM. Religion
is within the range of OM and words.
Morality (Dharma or Religion) could be explained
by words. Religion is like a map which indicates
correct paths to reach desired goals in life.
Religion shows ways of achieving desired
life-goals. Achievement of goals brings joy and
there is One God, then there should be only one
religion. Open minded and able people in all religions must come
forward to find simple common factors to
Establish a New World Religion. This will
provide correct guidelines to all people,
priests and political leaders also.
the Gita (Ch, IV-7 & 8) declares that HE sends
divine messengers in every era (Yuga), Whenever
Ethical values decline. God himself assumes
human forms or sends HIS messengers to help the
poor, uplift morals, and punish the sinners.
Divine souls and prophets of all religions at
different places were human forms, incarnations
(Avatara) or Vibhooties of
God according to this verse. Their life stories
and message is same. Mohammed fought against
idol worship of many Gods by different Arabs
tribes. Christ fought against the priests and
the rulers. He was crucified by his own people.
step in God search needs winning the fear of
death and die like a martyr. Only after passage
of some centuries people understand their
message of love and equality of all humans,
preached by such prophets. Then people worship
such martyrs as God. Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed and
Gandhi belong to this Divine class of
in an interview said these words to
Attenborough, the producer of famous movie
'Gandhi'. “Mr. Attenborough you are making a
movie of a man of the caliber of Jesus Christ
and Buddha. Please see that you do not do any
injustice to this great soul (Mahatma).”
modern tools of communication like press,
transport, internet, T.Vs, etc., we can
propagate thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi on subjects
like education, ideal political system,
sociology, economics, sex, marriage, diet,
health, religion and God.
These thoughts are worth studying by people in
all countries. He has left behind great
literature. It will help everyone to become
instrumental in bringing true world peace in the
21st century. People know Mahatma Gandhi as a
fighter of political freedom.
he fought with a gun of non-violence and bullets
of love. He believed in democracy, but he also
said, “Only I am a true communist in this
world”. He was a lawyer but an advocate of poor
and the untouchables. He preached village
autonomy as an ideal system for any government.
strongly believed that borders of states or
countries, small or large must be decided upon
basis of Spoken languages of residing people and
not on religious or any other manner.
His thoughts on ‘Swadeshi’ are based
on sound economic principles.
means “People must use the products made in
their own country". He was a selfless political
saint (Rajarshi), who has showed us a
path of Truth, Non-cooperation, Non-violence and
Struggle for equal human rights for men and
women of all classes and faiths. Any religious
person cannot harbor in mind, any hatred towards
any other Human being, even his enemies.
Mahatma Gandhi was a true Karma-Yogi.
sincere Namaskar and Salutations to all True
Gurus, Saints and Prophets of all Religions and
Hari Om Tat Sat.
That (God) is Truth.
Shantihi, Om Shantihi
peace prevail Let peace prevail Let peace