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A Dialogue on God (The Spiritual Dimension)
A Dialogue on God (The Spiritual Dimension)
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About The Author

Dr V V Rampal graduated form university of Delhi and I.I.Sc Bangalore. He did his post graduation from I.I.T., Bombay and PhD form university of Southampton, UK. As a senior scientist in the Defence R&D Organisation for over thirty years, he contributed in his field of specialization more than hundred technical publications and four books. He has also been on the teaching faculty of Roorkee University and I.I.T Kanpur. He was Advisor to Govt of India in the ministry of Science and Technology. For over a decade now, he has studied Vedic spiritualism and is actively involved in science and spirituality with frequent contributions to reputed spiritual journals. His present interests lie in Vedanta and scientists realism and has authored ‘Belief, Reality and Religious Practice’ published in 2007.

Preface

We do not know the purpose of life and yet we live. We do not know God and yet we talk about him. We have been doing this for centuries. Not knowing him or knowing him as unknown, beyond known or unknowable does not prevent us to talk about Him. Any discussion adds to our knowledge, for by discussion we generate ideas and then try to validate them.

The subject of God is neither new nor exhaustible, for it is a mystery that still remains unsolved; a riddle that is full of paradoxes. Any discussion on God is full of potential for argument and disagreement.

This discussion on God is yet another effort to raise questions and try to know the answers. We are of course free to form our own opinion as to the correctness of their views. It is a process of learning. One cannot be sure whether it is true knowledge or a mere hypothesis; for that depends on the instruments of verification.

As to the motivation for writing this book it is to emphasize that self development and social responsibility are as important as generating wealth and growth of the intellectual advancements. Practice of spirituality and social needs need not confront each other. Aberrations caused by excessive materialism and lack of ethics and morality in a competitive society need to be corrected in the larger interest of human survival. This is best done through spreading awareness of universal values associated with religious feelings and spiritual consciousness. Intellect based technological progress alone does not solve all problems of survival. Devoid of spiritual input, scientific progress can cause new tensions through consumerism and exploitation of limited resources. Unchecked, this one sided progress can lead to greater problems of physical and mental pollution that makes existence difficult and even life-threatening. In the circumstances, it become necessary to bring awareness to the spiritual aspects of life more convincingly on a wider canvas to stop the greed and prevent destruction of nature in the garb of economic development fro selfish ends. Mind needs to be trained to recognize the difference between needs and desires development of self over the interests of society, joy of unrestricted acquisition and peace of contentment. It is also important to recognize what constitutes the essentials of religion, what is intended and what is practiced, in relation to universal existence, the meaning behind exhortations and ritual practices. Re-assertion of universal values is a timely need, it serves as the mind course correction in the overall development of society. In short, the aim of this exercise is to highlight that rationally need not confront faith, but work along with it in the common interest of our survival and development. Spirituality, as the core of religion, needs its due appreciation and a place in the scientific and economic development of our lives.

This book is intended to initiate a yet another thought stream on spirituality. It will be of interest to all those who have an outside curiosity on the subject but have never delved on the related questions. They may not entirely agree with the answers but the intension is not to provide solutions; it is to create answers on an aspect of life that is inherently spiritual in content and always embedded, though at times unconsciously in every one’s mind. The question of divine justice, ethics and morality in competitive life and the spiritual content of religion have touched most persons. It is through knowing what others think about it that we become a bit more aware of the subject and relate our actions to those views. In that respect, every effort at enhancing such awareness is desirable and even needed. Specifically, he persons who are more likely to benefit from reading this dialogue are: those interested in eastern religions, those who relate religion to social structure, those who are interested in Vedanta as a philosophy of life, those who are curious to know the relevance of religion in life, and religious institutions which are engaged in educating and informing others about religious way of life.

The book is dedicated to those who respect and value intuitive thought and those who keep an open mind to both rationality and faith.

I hope the discussion finds some interest among the readers who are sincerely concerned with different aspects of spirituality, knowing fully well that no discussion on God can be completely satisfying to all.

I fell highly indebted to all the masters of spirituality who inspired me by their writings and teachings on the subjects. It is with great humility that I echo their words which have inspired people through centuries of human existence.

Contents

Chapter 1Understanding God11
Chapter 2Faith In Science33
Chapter 3The Need To Be Spiritual54
Chapter 4Suffering And Religiosity77
Chapter 5Religion And Blind Faith102
Chapter 6Expansion of Consciousness124
Chapter 7Intellect And Spirituality153
Chapter 8Spirituality In Social Life185
Chapter 9Vedic Spirituality202
Chapter 10Vedic Symbolism222
Chapter 11Conclusion240
Appendix245
Bibliography247

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Dr V V Rampal graduated form university of Delhi and I.I.Sc Bangalore. He did his post graduation from I.I.T., Bombay and PhD form university of Southampton, UK. As a senior scientist in the Defence R&D Organisation for over thirty years, he contributed in his field of specialization more than hundred technical publications and four books. He has also been on the teaching faculty of Roorkee University and I.I.T Kanpur. He was Advisor to Govt of India in the ministry of Science and Technology. For over a decade now, he has studied Vedic spiritualism and is actively involved in science and spirituality with frequent contributions to reputed spiritual journals. His present interests lie in Vedanta and scientists realism and has authored ‘Belief, Reality and Religious Practice’ published in 2007.

Preface

We do not know the purpose of life and yet we live. We do not know God and yet we talk about him. We have been doing this for centuries. Not knowing him or knowing him as unknown, beyond known or unknowable does not prevent us to talk about Him. Any discussion adds to our knowledge, for by discussion we generate ideas and then try to validate them.

The subject of God is neither new nor exhaustible, for it is a mystery that still remains unsolved; a riddle that is full of paradoxes. Any discussion on God is full of potential for argument and disagreement.

This discussion on God is yet another effort to raise questions and try to know the answers. We are of course free to form our own opinion as to the correctness of their views. It is a process of learning. One cannot be sure whether it is true knowledge or a mere hypothesis; for that depends on the instruments of verification.

As to the motivation for writing this book it is to emphasize that self development and social responsibility are as important as generating wealth and growth of the intellectual advancements. Practice of spirituality and social needs need not confront each other. Aberrations caused by excessive materialism and lack of ethics and morality in a competitive society need to be corrected in the larger interest of human survival. This is best done through spreading awareness of universal values associated with religious feelings and spiritual consciousness. Intellect based technological progress alone does not solve all problems of survival. Devoid of spiritual input, scientific progress can cause new tensions through consumerism and exploitation of limited resources. Unchecked, this one sided progress can lead to greater problems of physical and mental pollution that makes existence difficult and even life-threatening. In the circumstances, it become necessary to bring awareness to the spiritual aspects of life more convincingly on a wider canvas to stop the greed and prevent destruction of nature in the garb of economic development fro selfish ends. Mind needs to be trained to recognize the difference between needs and desires development of self over the interests of society, joy of unrestricted acquisition and peace of contentment. It is also important to recognize what constitutes the essentials of religion, what is intended and what is practiced, in relation to universal existence, the meaning behind exhortations and ritual practices. Re-assertion of universal values is a timely need, it serves as the mind course correction in the overall development of society. In short, the aim of this exercise is to highlight that rationally need not confront faith, but work along with it in the common interest of our survival and development. Spirituality, as the core of religion, needs its due appreciation and a place in the scientific and economic development of our lives.

This book is intended to initiate a yet another thought stream on spirituality. It will be of interest to all those who have an outside curiosity on the subject but have never delved on the related questions. They may not entirely agree with the answers but the intension is not to provide solutions; it is to create answers on an aspect of life that is inherently spiritual in content and always embedded, though at times unconsciously in every one’s mind. The question of divine justice, ethics and morality in competitive life and the spiritual content of religion have touched most persons. It is through knowing what others think about it that we become a bit more aware of the subject and relate our actions to those views. In that respect, every effort at enhancing such awareness is desirable and even needed. Specifically, he persons who are more likely to benefit from reading this dialogue are: those interested in eastern religions, those who relate religion to social structure, those who are interested in Vedanta as a philosophy of life, those who are curious to know the relevance of religion in life, and religious institutions which are engaged in educating and informing others about religious way of life.

The book is dedicated to those who respect and value intuitive thought and those who keep an open mind to both rationality and faith.

I hope the discussion finds some interest among the readers who are sincerely concerned with different aspects of spirituality, knowing fully well that no discussion on God can be completely satisfying to all.

I fell highly indebted to all the masters of spirituality who inspired me by their writings and teachings on the subjects. It is with great humility that I echo their words which have inspired people through centuries of human existence.

Contents

Chapter 1Understanding God11
Chapter 2Faith In Science33
Chapter 3The Need To Be Spiritual54
Chapter 4Suffering And Religiosity77
Chapter 5Religion And Blind Faith102
Chapter 6Expansion of Consciousness124
Chapter 7Intellect And Spirituality153
Chapter 8Spirituality In Social Life185
Chapter 9Vedic Spirituality202
Chapter 10Vedic Symbolism222
Chapter 11Conclusion240
Appendix245
Bibliography247
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