Thursday, September 25, 2008

REPORTS


He was smoking, his body was heated up. It was the after-effect of the report. He felt the strip of clips being dragged out of his pocket. He looked into the cold,ruthless face of his operator. He felt new clips being introduced and once again he felt his trigger being pressed.





55 is addictive :) CIAO

IN COILS


Inspired by a certain sweet maiden, this is my first attempt at a 55. Please forgive me if it is horrible and pukey. (A 55 is a short story written in 55 words or less)


He looked at her and smiled inwardly. She was so frail and helpless. He could easily poison her. She looked at him. He appeared so harmless. One blow with a stick could kill him. She served him milk. He lapped it up and slithered back to his snake hole his hunger satiated.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

EXPECTATIONS, BURDENS, MORBIDNESS


The last time I visited a hospital was about 3 months ago for the treatment of my foot. I was very privileged to visit the mortifying sanctities of a hospital once again on Tuesday. The inner sanctums of a human mind are vast and unfathomable. The number of activities and thoughts which the human brain processes per second is truly amazing. But the problem is that these thoughts often cloud your senses when they should be functioning at their active best. How was I supposed to hear the blaring horns ?? How was I supposed to avoid the skidding car ?? Perhaps my senses were drug induced :) or perhaps my mind was wandering.

An overnight stay was required. My hip was patched up and my leg was cleaned and stitched up.
The pain was unbearable, but the pain was good. It felt long overdue....it felt nice..... That night , calmed by the white sheets and numbed by the chloroform and phenyl vapours, I lay thinking about the many forms of human expectations.

Why do we expect ?? Because we feel that at some level, our expectations will be met. It might not be a 100% fulfillment but it may be fulfilled up to 90%,80%,70%,60%....................... My college expects me to be there till 8pm to 9pm until the accredit ion process is completed and on some level I am fulfilling their expectations. The burden of expectations gets to you sometimes....it weighs down on your mind like lead. The failure to meet expectations
is horrible but the pain of not having your expectations met is numbing.

I have been fortunate enough and unfortunate enough to see both sides of the coin. But sadly all my life its been the damn est thing which has thrown me into the realms of morbidness. I expect and I blasphemise. I commit about a 100 sins per day by fuel ling my expectations. I stayed awake all night. I tried to speak to myself but my voice had gone all croaky and cracked. I wanted to talk to somebody, maybe even to myself but i could not.

Its the saddest feeling to have buried inside your chest. There is something that you want to say, there is something that you want to tell someone.....but you cannot force it out. Your organs and your body refuse to obey your commands. It is essential to classify human expectations under two heads. You either expect practically or you expect hypothetically. The latter is what has pinched me from time to time :)

The next morning I dressed and walked to college. It was forbidden but then I am a strange guy. This perpetual sadness is haunting me every step of the way. My hip is paining and my leg is stinging. But then.... pain is good, pain is nice..... CIAO

Monday, September 22, 2008

10 ways to stop / disrupt a Marriage or 10 ways of trying to stop / disrupt one....(FOR MEN ONLY)


1. Do nothing at all . Sit on your couch, sweating, your eyes sifting from side to side, your hands clasped, muttering and cursing under your breath.

2. Borrow a friend's motorbike and unscrew your ass from the living room couch. Zoom over to the marriage location and lose your nerve. Turn around and race back to your house.

3. Eat your best friend's brain and chatter incessantly about how miserable your life is without her or him :)

4. Eat vada pav and do not be tensed or worried. Then snore soundly for 48 hours. Sleep through the wedding and then wake up the day later. Reach the venue and smash the remains of the ceremony in anger only to discover that you are a day late.

5. Barge into the ceremony and create a scene. Shout and swear loudly and conk the priest on the head with the ceremonial coconut. Then dance around the holy fire like a wild savage and kick about at unknown people (Note: It is advisable to down two bottles of scotch before this act)

6.Disguise yourself as the priest and mutter crappy shlokas. After the pheras, stand up and announce that the marriage is not valid as you never recited the proper mantras and then grasping the girl/boy's hand tightly, flee from the spot.

7. Bomb the f**king place....................................with tomatoes, rotten eggs, decaying cowdung and solidified elephant dung :)

8. Chloroform the girl's/boy's fiancee and hang him upside down inside a secluded room. Whip his a*s badly and set him free with swollen bu****ks. (Note: This step is avoidable and may potentially land you behind bars for a few days)

9. Bribe the caterers to mix 5 kilotons of jamalghota in the marriage party's food. Sit back and enjoy the result....it is going to be loose :) and in motion :)

10. THE GRANDEST AND THE MOST IMPRESSIVE PLAN OF ALL : Book an elephant, preferably one with loose motion problems (Feed it some loose motion inducing food to be absolutely sure). Hire a drunken dancer. Instruct the dancer to dance in front of the elephant and attach a clump of sugarcane to his a*s. The Elephant will run after the dancer (spraying dung all over the place mind you) and trample the entire set up in a matter of minutes. Stand inside a safe house and enjoy your handiwork.This plan may be altered a bit. You can sit atop the elephant reach into the pandal and instruct the elephant to smash the priest aside and lift the girl/boy and twirl him/her about in it's trunk. Then flee the place like a frog on uppers.



These points were put down after interviewing a sample class of 9 people. The last and the least practical point...............i claim to be mine :) CIAO

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

BLAH BLAH !!!


Scarier times are a byproduct of scarier events. Sitting in my air conditioned R & D lab hundreds of kilometres away, I have no connection with the Delhi blasts....or so my mind convinces me. Terror has a direct impact on the lives of the creatively expressive people like me.... I am on my way home at 8pm ...walking as usual when my cell phone rings and my mom expresses her concern and tells me to reach home safely because blasts occurred in Delhi, hundreds of kilometres away.

Sheila Dixit appears nice and calm on the news channels but the blasts must surely have shaken the lady to the core. Blasts are mushrooming like cockroaches and the Indian Government cannot clamp down upon them. The news Channels instead of airing some useful methods which could help in preventing atleast some of the future blasts are airing the recent events at the Bigg Boss House. Who cares about a stupid comedian, a half wit moronic actress, a bhojpuri item girl, a foul mouthed dimwit, a robot like model and a bunch of other publicity seeking dinosaurs?? Total Bullshit !!!

The news media is only concerned with the blood, the gore and the exciting aftereffects. As soon as the excitement dies down they scoot from the spot and the channel starts airing the latest "BREAKING NEWS" which is Arshad Warsi's latest tattoo. I really wish I had an AK 47 in hand during these times........but I am not a murderer :)


Vilasrao Deshmukh has the shit scared out of him as the latest threats now target Mumbai. I am uncertain about my life....Who knows the next time I am passing by a dustbin or I am standing in a crowded bus........This may even be my last post :) It scares me.....but it also steels me....I am not afraid of dying , I am afraid of the uncertainty of it.....It would leave my family shattered and that scares me the most.


The Large Hadron Collider has been reportedly hacked into....Superb.....I salute the guys who did it..... The beast of a machine has been run successfully and I hope it will provide us with some answers including the mysterious God Particle.


When I board the bus in the morning, I inadvertently get into an argument with the bus conductor because I flourish a ten rupee note and the ticket costs five bucks. What am I supposed to do for God's sake???? Roam around with a bag full of change.....or steal from beggars' bowls?? I still do not know the answer......


I love walking home nowadays and I am loving walking to college......I do get exhausted at the end of the day and my hip pains at night.............but I end up saving money and toughening myself up. (Hey...... I am not a miser. That money is very important). I am saving money as fast as Usain Bolt and I am quickly learning new ways to cut corners :) The day I buy a car.....I will be the happiest man alive because I know the value of a four wheeler having walked thousands of kilometres .


I have also learnt that one cannot speak in one's native language when he/she is another state because India is made up of states.....and I was foolishly nursing the notion that several states make up India. Raj Thackeray,why dont you take a long vacation and go to the Bahamas or something????

Until the next time...........CIAO.

Monday, September 8, 2008

SHERLOCK HOLMES :THE MYSTERY OF THE DISAPPEARING HARPOON- PART 2



“Mr. Downing immediately made a quick survey of the surroundings to ensure the harpoon’s disappearance and then contacted Scotland Yard. But here Mr. Holmes comes the most astonishing part…..After I visited the scene of the crime, a glaring fact struck my eyes….the pedestal on which the harpoon was mounted had a gold ring lying under it!!!” Lestrade remarked his eyes aglow with excitement. “And what is so special about this ring my dear friend? “enquired Holmes, his eyes twinkling with merriment. “Mr. Holmes…this ring belongs to Neil Johnston and was buried with him when he died….” said Lestrade. Holmes drew a deep breath and smiled. “Aaah Watson…..a most startling fact eh??” remarked Holmes, his nostrils quivering.

“Now Lestrade….since you have obliged me with your singular tale…..I too have a surprise for you. You chided me for my carelessness today Watson but the truth is that the pain of waiting for a certain individual, coupled with the lack of activity forced me to supplement my weaknesses. Gentlemen, I am about to introduce to you, a charismatic and an extremely gifted individual. I may not be wrong in saying that he matches me wit to wit and trick to trick….and if I am not mistaken ….those are his footfalls upon my humble staircase….”

The door swung open and for a moment I was speechless. Even the proficient gabbler Lestrade seemed to be for once…out of words. “Gentlemen ….I give you Monsieur Hercule Poirot “, Holmes remarked with a flourish. The man strode over and shook Holmes firmly by the hand. Then he turned around and tipped his hat. “Aaah Monsieur Watson…the able and intelligent historian….a pleasure to meet you at last “ the little man said beaming and twirling his striking moustache. “And you mon ami “ he remarked looking at Lestrade “ you may not be my Inspector Japp but you are as able as efficient as he is”. Lestrade flushed with pleasure. “You arrive at an opportune time my dear Poirot, Lestrade here has an engaging case to be looked upon. It would be my honour if you would join me in unraveling this ball of twisted string”, said Holmes smiling in his familiar indulgent manner. “It would be my pleasure mon ami” replied Poirot beaming “but how I wish my able Hastings was here to witness this brilliant occasion! He would have been absolutely delighted. Very well Monsieur Holmes. If you give me a few minutes to apply my pomade and drink my sirop, I will be most wholeheartedly at your disposal”.

After half an hour, Poirot had refreshed himself and the story had been recounted for his benefit. “This case is rechreche’- very fine” he remarked, “Did you by any chance Madame, add chocolate to this sirop ?”. Miss Hudson, Holmes’s landlady, who had just entered the room and served Poirot, nodded in affirmative. “A la bonne heure”, he said smiling, “you are a very intelligent lady, mademoiselle”. Miss Hudson left the room blushing. I knew of Holmes’s startling ability to charm the fairer sex but evidently Poirot was a master at it too.

“Have you collected the evidence Lestrade??” Holmes asked. “Yes Mr. Holmes…I have it here in my overcoat pocket”, said Lestrade and took out a sealed plastic bag. “Vous eprouvez trop d’emotion, Lestrade”, remarked Poirot “it affects your hands and efficiency. The next time please seal the bag a little better”. I looked at Holmes only to find him suppressing a smile. “A treat for you Watson, Poirot and I will solve the case without leaving 221 B Baker Street”. Poirot chuckled “Wonderful mon ami…you have made this interesting”. ”Have you solved the case already???” Lestrade asked incredulously. “No….I have not….not yet……” said Holmes, his fingertips together, ”not yet……” .





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This post is also dedicated to Agatha Christie.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

SHERLOCK HOLMES :THE MYSTERY OF THE DISAPPEARING HARPOON- PART 1


I am very excited about this post. This is because I have taken up a huge challenge. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of my all time favorite authors. I still worship him and I still revere Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes has been an integral part of my childhood and I cannot thank Sir Arthur enough for creating a character so delightful and believable that it has influenced the lives of several eager and curious readers like me.

I am about to write a short story…a memoir and I hope that I can do at least 0.0001% justice to the living fictional legend that roams the foggy streets of London up to this very day. I dedicate this post to the memory of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

SHERLOCK HOLMES

THE MYSTERY OF THE DISAPPEARING HARPOON- PART 1

It was with great anticipation that I opened my overflowing tin chest. I cast aside the length of cord which held the lid together and delved into the container. I rummaged for a good fifteen minutes before I finally laid my hands on the document I was looking for. It is from this document then ….that I put forward the details of a very singular and interesting case which happened to involve Holmes and myself. You will pardon me for not revealing the exact date of the incident so that it may not be traced back to it’s actual occurrence, for the wounds are still raw and the people concerned are still threatened by the law.

It was on a dreary and most depressing day that I found Holmes in the blackest of moods as soon as I entered our Baker Street quarters. His eyelids were heavy and drooping and his pipe was emitting the foulest of black puffs. “Have you been using that infernal drug again Holmes?” I asked with some asperity. “Pray…have a seat Doctor. You look remarkably fit and toned”, Holmes remarked, his keen eyes performing a routine check as usual. “Do not worry about me Holmes…you look as if you have been starved for days at end” I uttered. Holmes’s cheeks had shrunken and his keen eyes had lost some of their luster and had assumed a dream like glazed look. It was at moments like these when I assumed control. The master became the listener and the awed student became the teacher.

“What good do you get out of that drug, my dear chap?” I remarked blandly, “It will slowly finish you off. I have often told you….do not let some substance destroy that great brain which you have been gifted with”. “Ah!! Good old Watson”, Holmes smirked, “it is to engage myself in these moments of inactivity that I call upon my worthy friend……But….your arrival is most timely……for I see a man upon our doorstep….Maybe he brings some magical potion to stir me out of my slumber…...Eh Watson??”.

I turned to face the doorway and was greeted with the sight of our guest. “Good Evening my dear Lestrade….you bring me a case I hope. Watson’s arrival is most certainly turning out to be an omen for some thrills”, Holmes remarked. In reply the ferret like Inspector raised his cap and occupied a seat next to Holmes. “Pass him the glass Watson…here Inspector, pour yourself some brandy. A worthy medicine….. to cure us of the ailments of a terrible chilly evening. Now….Sir….pray…how can I help you??”. Lestrade downed the brandy and began in the earnest. “A strange caper, Mr. Holmes. A most singular case. A robbery took place at the London Museum last night. At around 10 pm, Mr. Downing, the curator abandoned his office and locked the doors to the museum. When he reopened the doors the next morning and began his usual inspection, he discovered to his horror that a harpoon belonging to the legendary whaler, Neil Johnston had vanished.”

CHICKEN A LA PRAWN


COOK OF THE DECADE

“The essence of food is the love with which it is cooked” Abhik Chatterjee (2008).

Being the self-conceited donkey that I am….I quoted myself :)

I have always considered myself a decent cook….not fabulous but decent…. And I am if I may say so…an adventurous cook. I indulge in cooking at least twice a week and my cooking exploits start after 2 am in the morning (because Mom will kill me if she sees me dirtying the kitchen platform). I love to make people eat….nothing gives me more satisfaction than people licking their fingers and telling me that they want some more (also because praise is effusive after a post-meal bonhomie :) ).

I invent recipes…..yes….. Do not snort into your palms with laughter….I really do…but my recipes are not 100% original. I incorporate an inspiration into each of my recipes.

My inspiration for this recipe came when I was in San Francisco, Alameda for the American Regions Math’s League. The person at whose house I was staying as a PG had a son named Bryan who just loved prawns. I cooked some for him and he loved it. Together we improved upon it and the final product was fantastic. Looking at my Diary of 2004….I am posting the recipe. You are free to try it out and I hope you enjoy cooking….never mind if the first outcome is a charred mess….I have been through that many times….Happy Cooking :) :)

CHICKEN A LA PRAWN



(The name makes no sense I know….but I could not come up with a better one)

[Serves 3]

Time : 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • Boneless chicken : 250 gms
  • Prawn : 200 gms
  • Curd : a cupful
  • Tomatoes : 2
  • Onions : 2 (finely diced)
  • Sweet Tomato Sauce
  • Cardamom
  • Ginger paste : Quarter cupful
  • Cheese : 6 slices
  • Salt : According to taste

PROCEDURE

  • Take the boneless chicken into a bowl and wash carefully.
  • Marinate the chicken till it is tender.
  • If you wish you can marinate the chicken using salt water.
  • Add a cupful of curd to the chicken and mix well.
  • Take a separate bowl and add ginger paste, onions and mashed tomatoes.
  • Crush the mixture and grind it into a paste. You can use a grinder to achieve better results.
  • Take a non stick pan and grease it with 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Add the mixture and sauté for 10 minutes till the onion granules are golden brown.
  • Now take the prawns and sauté them in a separate pan over a low flame with 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil for 10 minutes.
  • Let the prawns cool and then take out the curd coated chicken pieces and prying them open gently, stuff them with the sautéed prawn.
  • Add the stuffed chicken pieces to the paste prepared above and fry over a deep flame for 15 minutes.
  • Add shredded cheese slices and a small amount of ketchup.
  • Add salt and cardamom leaves with discretion.
  • Serve hot with lemon slices.

Let me assure you that this is my original recipe. It has not been nicked. Accusations will be dealt with a cold rebuff. Praises are welcome :) Until the next time…..Feed and be fed :) :)

CIAO.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Does God exist ? : Part 3


I would like to include this very interesting interview in my third and final part :

Scientific Proof of the Existence of God


An interview with Amit Goswami
by Craig Hamilton





Before you read any further, stop and close your eyes for a moment. Now consider the following question: for the moment your eyes were closed, did the world still exist even though you weren't conscious of it? How do you know? If this sounds like the kind of unanswerable brain teaser your Philosophy 101 professor used to employ to stretch your philosophical imagination, you might be surprised to discover that there are actually physicists at reputable universities who believe they have answered this question—and their answer, believe it or not, is no.

Now consider something even more intriguing. Imagine for a moment the entire history of the universe. According to all the data scientists have been able to gather, it exploded into existence some fifteen billion years ago, setting the stage for a cosmic dance of energy and light that continues to this day. Now imagine the history of planet Earth. An amorphous cloud of dust emerging out of that primordial fireball, it slowly coalesced into a solid orb, found its way into gravitational orbit around the sun, and through a complex interaction of light and gases over billions of years, generated an atmosphere and a biosphere capable of not only giving birth to, but sustaining and proliferating, life.

Now imagine that none of the above ever happened. Consider instead the possibility that the entire story only existed as an abstract potential—a cosmic dream among countless other cosmic dreams—until, in that dream, life somehow evolved to the point that a conscious, sentient being came into existence. At that moment, solely because of the conscious observation of that individual, the entire universe, including all of the history leading up to that point, suddenly came into being. Until that moment, nothing had actually ever happened. In that moment, fifteen billion years happened. If this sounds like nothing more than a complicated backdrop for a science fiction story or a secular version of one of the world's great creation myths, hold on to your hat. According to physicist Amit Goswami, the above description is a scientifically viable explanation of how the universe came into being.

Goswami is convinced, along with a number of others who subscribe to the same view, that the universe, in order to exist, requires a conscious sentient being to be aware of it. Without an observer, he claims, it only exists as a possibility. And as they say in the world of science, Goswami has done his math. Marshalling evidence from recent research in cognitive psychology, biology, parapsychology and quantum physics, and leaning heavily on the ancient mystical traditions of the world, Goswami is building a case for a new paradigm that he calls "monistic idealism," the view that consciousness, not matter, is the foundation of everything that is.

A professor of physics at the University of Oregon and a member of its Institute of Theoretical Science, Dr. Goswami is part of a growing body of renegade scientists who in recent years have ventured into the domain of the spiritual in an attempt both to interpret the seemingly inexplicable findings of their experiments and to validate their intuitions about the existence of a spiritual dimension of life. The culmination of Goswami's own work is his book The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World. Rooted in an interpretation of the experimental data of quantum physics (the physics of elementary particles), the book weaves together a myriad of findings and theories in fields from artificial intelligence to astronomy to Hindu mysticism in an attempt to show that the discoveries of modern science are in perfect accord with the deepest mystical truths.

Quantum physics, as well as a number of other modern sciences, he feels, is demonstrating that the essential unity underlying all of reality is a fact which can be experimentally verified. Because of the enormous implications he sees in this scientific confirmation of the spiritual, Goswami is ardently devoted to explaining his theory to as many people as possible in order to help bring about what he feels is a much needed paradigm shift. He feels that because science is now capable of validating mysticism, much that before required a leap of faith can now be empirically proven and, hence, the materialist paradigm which has dominated scientific and philosophical thought for over two hundred years can finally be called into question.

Interviewing Amit Goswami was a mind-bending and concept-challenging experience. Listening to him explain many ideas with which he seemed perfectly at home, required, for me, such a suspension of disbelief that I at times found myself having to stretch far beyond anything I had previously considered. (Goswami is also a great fan of science fiction whose first book, The Cosmic Dancers, was a look at science fiction through the eyes of a physicist.)

But whether or not one ultimately accepts some of his more esoteric theories, one has to respect the creativity and passion with which he is willing to inquire. Goswami is clearly willing to take risks with his ideas and is fervently dedicated to sharing his investigation with audiences around the world. He speaks widely at conferences and other forums about the exciting discoveries of the new science and their significance, not only for the way science is done, but for society as a whole. In India, the country of his birth, he is actively involved in a growing organized movement to bridge the gap between science and spirituality, through which he is helping to pioneer a graduate institute in "consciousness studies" based on the premise that consciousness is the ground of all being.

Goswami is considered by some to be a pioneer in his field. By attempting to bring material realism to its knees and to integrate all fields of knowledge in a single unified paradigm, he hopes to pave the way for a new holistic worldview in which spirit is put first. In fact, as far as we know, he is the only new paradigm scientist who is taking a clear stand against the relativism so popular among new age thinkers. At a time when the decay of human values and the erosion of any sense of meaning has reached epidemic scale, it is hard to imagine what could be more important than this.

And yet, for all the important and valuable work he seems to be doing, in the end we are left with serious reservations as to whether Goswami's approach will ultimately lead to the kind of transformation he hopes for. Thinkers such as Huston Smith and E. F. Schumacher have pointed to what they feel is an arrogance, or at least, a kind of naiveté, on the part of scientists who believe they can expand the reach of their discipline to somehow include or explain the spiritual dimension of life. Such critics suggest that the very attempt to scientifically validate the spiritual is itself a product of the same materialistic impulses it intends to uproot and, because of this, is ultimately only capable of reducing spirit, God and the transcendent to mere objects of scientific fascination.

Is science capable of proving the reality of the transcendent dimension of life? Or would science better serve the spiritual potential of the human race by acknowledging the inherent limits of its domain? The following interview confronts us with these questions.

WIE: In your book The Self-Aware Universe you speak about the need for a paradigm shift. Could you talk a bit about how you conceive of that shift? From what to what?

Amit Goswami: The current worldview has it that everything is made of matter, and everything can be reduced to the elementary particles of matter, the basic constituents—building blocks—of matter. And cause arises from the interactions of these basic building blocks or elementary particles; elementary particles make atoms, atoms make molecules, molecules make cells, and cells make brain. But all the way, the ultimate cause is always the interactions between the elementary particles. This is the belief—all cause moves from the elementary particles. This is what we call "upward causation." So in this view, what human beings—you and I—think of as our free will does not really exist. It is only an epiphenomenon or secondary phenomenon, secondary to the causal power of matter. And any causal power that we seem to be able to exert on matter is just an illusion. This is the current paradigm.

Now, the opposite view is that everything starts with consciousness. That is, consciousness is the ground of all being. In this view, consciousness imposes "downward causation." In other words, our free will is real. When we act in the world we really are acting with causal power. This view does not deny that matter also has causal potency—it does not deny that there is causal power from elementary particles upward, so there is upward causation—but in addition it insists that there is also downward causation. It shows up in our creativity and acts of free will, or when we make moral decisions. In those occasions we are actually witnessing downward causation by consciousness.

WIE: In your book you refer to this new paradigm as "monistic idealism." And you also suggest that science seems to be verifying what a lot of mystics have said throughout history—that science's current findings seem to be parallel to the essence of the perennial spiritual teaching.

AG: It is the spiritual teaching. It is not just parallel. The idea that consciousness is the ground of being is the basis of all spiritual traditions, as it is for the philosophy of monistic idealism—although I have given it a somewhat new name. The reason for my choice of the name is that, in the West, there is a philosophy called "idealism" which is opposed to the philosophy of "material realism," which holds that only matter is real. Idealism says no, consciousness is the only real thing. But in the West that kind of idealism has usually meant something that is really dualism—that is, consciousness and matter are separate. So, by monistic idealism, I made it clear that, no, I don't mean that dualistic kind of Western idealism, but really a monistic idealism, which has existed in the West, but only in the esoteric spiritual traditions. Whereas in the East this is the mainstream philosophy. In Buddhism, or in Hinduism where it is called Vedanta, or in Taoism, this is the philosophy of everyone. But in the West this is a very esoteric tradition, only known and adhered to by very astute philosophers, the people who have really delved deeply into the nature of reality.

WIE: What you are saying is that modern science, from a completely different angle—not assuming anything about the existence of a spiritual dimension of life—has somehow come back around, and is finding itself in agreement with that view as a result of its own discoveries.

AG: That's right. And this is not entirely unexpected. Starting from the beginning of quantum physics, which began in the year 1900 and then became full-fledged in 1925 when the equations of quantum mechanics were discovered, quantum physics has given us indications that the worldview might change. Staunch materialist physicists have loved to compare the classical worldview and the quantum worldview. Of course, they wouldn't go so far as to abandon the idea that there is only upward causation and that matter is supreme, but the fact remains that they saw in quantum physics some great paradigm changing potential. And then what happened was that, starting in 1982, results started coming in from laboratory experiments in physics. That is the year when, in France, Alain Aspect and his collaborators performed the great experiment that conclusively established the veracity of the spiritual notions, and particularly the notion of transcendence. Should I go into a little bit of detail about Aspect's experiment?

WIE: Yes, please do.

AG: To give a little background, what had been happening was that for many years quantum physics had been giving indications that there are levels of reality other than the material level. How it started happening first was that quantum objects—objects in quantum physics—began to be looked upon as waves of possibility. Now, initially people thought, "Oh, they are just like regular waves." But very soon it was found out that, no, they are not waves in space and time. They cannot be called waves in space and time at all—they have properties which do not jibe with those of ordinary waves. So they began to be recognized as waves in potential, waves of possibility, and the potential was recognized as transcendent, beyond matter somehow.

But the fact that there is transcendent potential was not very clear for a long time. Then Aspect's experiment verified that this is not just theory, there really is transcendent potential, objects really do have connections outside of space and time—outside of space and time! What happens in this experiment is that an atom emits two quanta of light, called photons, going opposite ways, and somehow these photons affect one another's behavior at a distance, without exchanging any signals through space. Notice that: without exchanging any signals through space but instantly affecting each other. Instantaneously.

Now Einstein showed long ago that two objects can never affect each other instantly in space and time because everything must travel with a maximum speed limit, and that speed limit is the speed of light. So any influence must travel, if it travels through space, taking a finite time. This is called the idea of "locality." Every signal is supposed to be local in the sense that it must take a finite time to travel through space. And yet, Aspect's photons—the photons emitted by the atom in Aspect's experiment—influence one another, at a distance, without exchanging signals because they are doing it instantaneously—they are doing it faster than the speed of light. And therefore it follows that the influence could not have traveled through space. Instead the influence must belong to a domain of reality that we must recognize as the transcendent domain of reality.

WIE: That's fascinating. Would most physicists agree with that interpretation of his experiment?

AG: Well, physicists must agree with this interpretation of this experiment. Many times of course, physicists will take the following point of view: they will say, "Well, yeah sure, experiments. But this relationship between particles really isn't important. We mustn't look into any of the consequences of this transcendent domain—if it can even be interpreted that way." In other words, they try to minimize the impact of this and still try to hold on to the idea that matter is supreme.

But in their heart they know, as is very evidenced. In 1984 or '85, at the American Physical Society meeting at which I was present, it is said that one physicist was heard saying to another physicist that, after Aspect's experiment, anyone who does not believe that something is really strange about the world must have rocks in his head.

WIE: So what you are saying is that from your point of view, which a number of others share, it is somehow obvious that one would have to bring in the idea of a transcendent dimension to really understand this.

AG: Yes, it is. Henry Stapp, who is a physicist at the University of California at Berkeley, says this quite explicitly in one of his papers written in 1977, that things outside of space and time affect things inside space and time. There's just no question that that happens in the realm of quantum physics when you are dealing with quantum objects. Now of course, the crux of the matter is, the surprising thing is, that we are always dealing with quantum objects because it turns out that quantum physics is the physics of every object. Whether it's submicroscopic or it's macroscopic, quantum physics is the only physics we've got. So although it's more apparent for photons, for electrons, for the submicroscopic objects, our belief is that all reality, all manifest reality, all matter, is governed by the same laws. And if that is so, then this experiment is telling us that we should change our worldview because we, too, are quantum objects.

WIE: These are fascinating discoveries which have inspired a lot of people. A number of books have already attempted to make the link between physics and mysticism. Fritjof Capra's The Tao of Physics and Gary Zukav's The Dancing Wu Li Masters have both reached many, many people. In your book, though, you mention that there was something that you felt had not yet been covered which you feel is your unique contribution to all this. Could you say something about what you are doing that is different from what has been done before in this area?

AG: I'm glad that you asked that question. This should be clarified and I will try to explicate it as clearly as I can. The early work, like The Tao of Physics, has been very important for the history of science. However, these early works, in spite of supporting the spiritual aspect of human beings, all basically held on to the material view of the world nevertheless. In other words, they did not challenge the material realists' view that everything is made up of matter. That view was never put to any challenge by any of these early books. In fact, my book was the first one which challenged it squarely and which was still based on a rigorous explication in scientific terms. In other words, the idea that consciousness is the ground of being, of course, has existed in psychology, as transpersonal psychology, but outside of transpersonal psychology no tradition of science and no scientist has seen it so clearly.

It was my good fortune to recognize it within quantum physics, to recognize that all the paradoxes of quantum physics can be solved if we accept consciousness as the ground of being. So that was my unique contribution and, of course, this has paradigm-shifting potential because now we can truly integrate science and spirituality. In other words, with Capra and Zukav—although their books are very good—because they held on to a fundamentally materialist paradigm, the paradigm is not shifting, nor is there any real reconciliation between spirituality and science. Because if everything is ultimately material, all causal efficacy must come from matter. So consciousness is recognized, spirituality is recognized, but only as causal epiphenomena, or secondary phenomena. And an epiphenomenal consciousness is not very good. I mean, it's not doing anything. So, although these books acknowledge our spirituality, the spirituality is ultimately coming from some sort of material interaction.

But that's not the spirituality that Jesus talked about. That's not the spirituality that Eastern mystics were so ecstatic about. That's not the spirituality where a mystic recognizes and says, "I now know what reality is like, and this takes away all the unhappiness that one ever had. This is infinite, this is joy, this is consciousness." This kind of exuberant statement that mystics make could not be made on the basis of epiphenomenal consciousness. It can be made only when one recognizes the ground of being itself, when one cognizes directly that One is All.

Now, an epiphenomenal human being would not have any such cognition. It would not make any sense to cognize that you are All. So that is what I am saying. So long as science remains on the basis of the materialist worldview, however much you try to accommodate spiritual experiences in terms of parallels or in terms of chemicals in the brain or what have you, you are not really giving up the old paradigm. You are giving up the old paradigm and fully reconciling with spirituality only when you establish science on the basis of the fundamental spiritual notion that consciousness is the ground of all being. That is what I have done in my book, and that is the beginning. But already there are some other books that are recognizing this too.

WIE: So there are people corroborating your ideas?

AG: There are people who are now coming out and recognizing the same thing, that this view is the correct way to go to explain quantum physics and also to develop science in the future. In other words, the present science has shown not only quantum paradoxes but also has shown real incompetence in explaining paradoxical and anomalous phenomena, such as parapsychology, the paranormal—even creativity. And even traditional subjects, like perception or biological evolution, have much to explain that these materialist theories don't explain. To give you one example, in biology there is what is called the theory of punctuated equilibrium. What that means is that evolution is not only slow, as Darwin perceived, but there are also rapid epochs of evolution, which are called "punctuation marks." But traditional biology has no explanation for this.

However, if we do science on the basis of consciousness, on the primacy of consciousness, then we can see in this phenomenon creativity, real creativity of consciousness. In other words, we can truly see that consciousness is operating creatively even in biology, even in the evolution of species. And so we can now fill up these gaps that conventional biology cannot explain with ideas which are essentially spiritual ideas, such as consciousness as the creator of the world.

WIE: This brings to mind the subtitle of your book, How Consciousness Creates the Material World. This is obviously quite a radical idea. Could you explain a bit more concretely how this actually happens in your opinion?

AG: Actually, it's the easiest thing to explain, because in quantum physics, as I said earlier, objects are not seen as definite things, as we are used to seeing them. Newton taught us that objects are definite things, they can be seen all the time, moving in definite trajectories. Quantum physics doesn't depict objects that way at all. In quantum physics, objects are seen as possibilities, possibility waves. Right? So then the question arises, what converts possibility into actuality? Because, when we see, we only see actual events. That's starting with us. When you see a chair, you see an actual chair, you don't see a possible chair.

WIE: Right—I hope so.

AG: We all hope so. Now this is called the "quantum measurement paradox." It is a paradox because who are we to do this conversion? Because after all, in the materialist paradigm we don't have any causal efficacy. We are nothing but the brain, which is made up of atoms and elementary particles. So how can a brain which is made up of atoms and elementary particles convert a possibility wave that it itself is? It itself is made up of the possibility waves of atoms and elementary particles, so it cannot convert its own possibility wave into actuality. This is called a paradox. Now in the new view, consciousness is the ground of being. So who converts possibility into actuality? Consciousness does, because consciousness does not obey quantum physics. Consciousness is not made of material. Consciousness is transcendent. Do you see the paradigm-changing view right herehow consciousness can be said to create the material world? The material world of quantum physics is just possibility. It is consciousness, through the conversion of possibility into actuality, that creates what we see manifest. In other words, consciousness creates the manifest world.
To be honest, when I first saw the subtitle of your book I assumed you were speaking metaphorically. But after reading the book, and speaking with you about it now, I am definitely getting the sense that you mean it much more literally than I had thought. One thing in your book that really stopped me in my tracks was your statement that, according to your interpretation, the entire physical universe only existed in a realm of countless evolving possibilities until at one point, the possibility of a conscious, sentient being arose and that, at that point, instantaneously, the entire known universe came into being, including the fifteen billion years of history leading up to that point. Do you really
mean that?

AG: I mean that literally. This is what quantum physics demands. In fact, in quantum physics this is called "delayed choice." And I have added to this concept the concept of "self-reference." Actually the concept of delayed choice is very old. It is due to a very famous physicist named John Wheeler, but Wheeler did not see the entire thing correctly, in my opinion. He left out self-reference. The question always arises, "The universe is supposed to have existed for fifteen billion years, so if it takes consciousness to convert possibility into actuality, then how could the universe be around for so long?" Because there was no consciousness, no sentient being, biological being, carbonbased being, in that primordial fireball which is supposed to have created the universe, the big bang. But this other way of looking at things says that the universe remained in possibility until there was self-referential quantum measurement—so that is the new concept. An observer's looking is essential in order to manifest possibility into actuality, and so only when the observer looks, only then does the entire thing become manifest—including time. So all of past time, in that respect, becomes manifest right at that moment when the first sentient being looks.

It turns out that this idea, in a very clever, very subtle way, has been around in cosmology and astronomy under the guise of a principle called the "anthropic principle." That is, the idea has been growing among astronomers—cosmologists anyway—that the universe has a purpose. It is so fine-tuned, there are so many coincidences, that it seems very likely that the universe is doing something purposive, as if the universe is growing in such a way that a sentient being will arise at some point.

WIE: So you feel there's a kind of purposiveness to the way the universe is evolving; that, in a sense, it reaches its fruition in us, in human beings?

AG: Well, human beings may not be the end of it, but certainly they are the first fruition, because here is then the possibility of manifest creativity, creativity in the sentient being itself. The animals are certainly sentient, but they are not creative in the sense that we are. So human beings certainly right now seem to be an epitome, but this may not be the final epitome. I think we have a long way to go and there is a long evolution to occur yet.

WIE: In your book you even go so far as to suggest that the cosmos was created for our sake.

AG: Absolutely. But it means sentient beings, for the sake of all sentient beings. And the universe is us. That's very clear. The universe is self-aware, but it is self-aware through us. We are the meaning of the universe. We are not the geographical center of the universe—Copernicus was right about that—but we are the meaning center of the universe.

WIE: Through us the universe finds its meaning?

AG: Through sentient beings. And that doesn't have to be anthropocentric in the sense of only earthlings. There could be beings, sentient beings on other planets, in other stars—in fact I am convinced that there are—and that's completely consonant with this theory.

WIE: This human-centered—or even sentient-being-centered—stance seems quite radical at a time when so much of modern progressive thought, across disciplines from ecology to feminism to systems theory, is going in the opposite direction. These perspectives point more toward interconnectedness or interrelatedness, in which the significance of any one part of the whole—including one species, such as the human species—is being de-emphasized. Your view seems to hark back to a more traditional, almost biblical kind of idea. How would you respond to proponents of the prevailing "nonhierarchical" paradigm?

AG: It's the difference between the perennial philosophy that we are talking about, monistic idealism, and what is called a kind of pantheism. That is, these views—which I call "ecological worldviews" and which Ken Wilber calls the same thing—are actually denigrating God by seeing God as limited to the immanent reality. On the face of it, this sounds good because everything becomes divine—the rocks, the trees, all the way to human beings, and they are all equal and they are all divinity—it sounds fine, but it certainly does not adhere to what the spiritual teachers knew. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says to Arjuna, "All these things are in me, but I am not in them." What does he mean by that? What he means is that "I am not exclusively in them."

So there is evolution, in other words, in the manifest reality. Evolution happens. That means that the amoeba is, of course, a manifestation of consciousness, and so is the human being. But they are not in the same stage. Evolutionarily, yes, we are ahead of the amoeba. And these theories, these ecological-worldview people, they don't see that. They don't rightly understand what evolution is because they are ignoring the transcendent dimension, they are ignoring the purposiveness of the universe, the creative play. Ken Wilber makes this point very, very well in his book Sex, Ecology, Spirituality.

WIE: So you would say they have part of the picture but that without this other aspect that you are bringing in, their view is very—

AG: It's very limited. And that's why pantheism is very limited. When Westerners started going to India, they thought it was pantheistic because it has many, many gods. Indian philosophy tends to see God in nature, in many things—they worship rocks sometimes, that kind of thing—so they thought it was pantheistic and only somewhat later did they realize that there is a transcendent dimension. In fact, the transcendent dimension is developed extremely well in Indian philosophy, whereas the transcendent dimension in the West is hidden in the cave of a very few esoteric systems such as the Gnostics and a few great masters like Meister Eckhart. In Jesus' teachings you can see it in the Gospel according to Thomas. But you have to really dig deep to find that thread in the West. In India, in the Upanishads and the Vedanta and the Bhagavad Gita, it is very much explicit. Now, pantheism sounds very good. But it's only part of the story. It's a good way to worship, it's a good way to bring spirituality into your daily life, because it is good to acknowledge that there is spirit in everything. But if we just see the diversity, see the God in everything, but don't see the God which is beyond every particular thing, then we are not realizing our potential. We are not realizing our Self. And so, truly, Self-realization involves seeing this pantheistic aspect of reality, but also seeing the transcendent aspect of reality.

WIE: In addition to being a scientist, you are also a spiritual practitioner. Could you talk a little bit about what brought you to spirituality?

AG: Well, I'm afraid that is a pretty usual, almost classic, case. The ideal classic case, of course, is the famous case of the Buddha, who recognized at the age of twenty-nine that all of his pleasure as a prince was really a waste of time because there is suffering in the world. For me it was not that drastic, but when I was about thirty-seven the world started to fall apart on me. I lost my research grant, I had a divorce and I was very lonely. And the professional pleasure that I used to get by writing physics papers stopped being pleasure.

I remember one time when I was at a conference and all day I had been going around, beating my own drums and arguing with people. Then in the evening when I was alone, I felt so lonely. And I realized that I had heartburn, and I had already exhausted a full bottle of Tums and still it would not go away. I discovered suffering; I discovered suffering literally. And it is that discovery of suffering that brought me to spirituality, because I couldn't think of anything else. I couldn't think of any other way—although I had given up the idea of God entirely and had been a materialist physicist for quite some time. In fact, when my young children asked me one time, "Are you an atheist?" I said something like, "Yeah." And, "Is there a God?" And I said, "No, I don't believe in God." That kind of thing was quite common for me to say. But in that era, around thirty-seven, that particular world—where God didn't exist and where the meaning of life came just from brain-pursuits of glory in a profession—just did not satisfy me and did not bring happiness. In fact it was full of suffering. So I came to meditation. I wanted to see if there was any way of at least finding some solace, if not happiness. And eventually great joy came out of it, but that took time. And also, I must mention that I got married too, and the challenge of love was a very important one. In other words, I very soon discovered after I got married for the second time that love is very different than what I thought it was. So I discovered with my wife the meaning of love, and that was a big contribution also to my own spirituality.

WIE: It's interesting that, while you turned to spirituality because you felt that science wasn't really satisfying your own search for truth, you have nevertheless remained a scientist throughout.

AG: That's true. It's just that my way of doing science changed. What happened to me, the reason that I lost the joy of science, was because I had made it into a professional trip. I lost the ideal way of doing science, which is the spirit of discovery, the curiosity, the spirit of knowing truth. So I was not searching for truth anymore through science, and therefore I had to discover meditation, where I was searching for truth again, truth of reality. What is the nature of reality after all? You see the first tendency was nihilism, nothing exists; I was completely desperate. But meditation very soon told me that no, it's not that desperate. I had an experience. I had a glimpse that reality really does exist. Whatever it was I didn't know, but something exists. So that gave me the prerogative to go back to science and see if I could now do science with new energy and new direction and really investigate truth instead of investigating because of professional glory.

WIE: How then did your newly revived interest in truth, this spiritual core to your life, inform your practice of science?

AG: What happened was that I was not doing science anymore for the purpose of just publishing papers and doing problems which enabled you to publish papers and get grants. Instead, I was doing the really important problems. And the really important problems of today are very paradoxical and very anomalous. Well, I'm not saying that traditional scientists don't have a few important problems. There are a few important problems there too. But one of the problems I discovered very quickly that would lead me, I just intuited, to questions of reality was the quantum measurement problem.

You see, the quantum measurement problem is supposed to be a problem which forever derails people from any professional achievement because it's a very difficult problem. People have tried it for decades and have not been able to solve it. But I thought, "I have nothing to lose and I am going to investigate only truth, so why not see?" Quantum physics was something I knew very well. I had researched quantum physics all my life, so why not do the quantum measurement problem? So that's how I came to ask this question, "What agency converts possibility into actuality?" And it still took me from 1975 to 1985 until, through a mystical breakthrough, I came to recognize this.

WIE: Could you describe that breakthrough?

AG: Yes, I'd love to. It's so vivid in my mind. You see, the wisdom was in those days—and this was in every sort of book, The Tao of Physics, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, Fred Alan Wolf's Taking the Quantum Leap, and some other books too—everywhere the wisdom was that consciousness must be an emergent phenomenon of the brain. And despite the fact that some of these people, to their credit, were giving consciousness causal efficacy, no one could explain how it happened. That was the mystery because, after all, if it's an emergent phenomenon of the brain, then all causal efficacy must ultimately come from the material elementary particles. So this was a puzzle to me. This was a puzzle to everybody. And I just couldn't find any way to solve it. David Bohm talked about hidden variables, so I toyed with his ideas of an explicate order and an implicate order, that kind of thing—but this wasn't satisfactory because in Bohm's theory, again, there is no causal efficacy that is given to consciousness. It is all a realist theory. In other words, it is a theory on which everything can be explained through mathematical equations. There is no freedom of choice, in other words, in reality. So I was just struggling and struggling because I was convinced that there is real freedom of choice.

So then one time—and this is where the breakthrough happened—my wife and I were in Ventura, California and a mystic friend, Joel Morwood, came down from Los Angeles, and we all went to hear Krishnamurti. And Krishnamurti, of course, is extremely impressive, a very great mystic. So we heard him and then we came back home. We had dinner and we were talking, and I was giving Joel a spiel about my latest ideas of the quantum theory of consciousness and Joel just challenged me. He said, "Can consciousness be explained?" And I tried to wriggle my way through that but he wouldn't listen. He said, "You are putting on scientific blinders. You don't realize that consciousness is the ground of all being." He didn't use that particular word, but he said something like, "There is nothing but God." And something flipped inside of me which I cannot quite explain. This is the ultimate cognition, that I had at that very moment. There was a complete about-turn in my psyche and I just realized that consciousness is the ground of all being. I remember staying up that night, looking at the sky and having a real mystical feeling about what the world is, and the complete conviction that this is the way the world is, this is the way that reality is, and one can do science. You see, the prevalent notion—even among people like David Bohm—was, "How can you ever do science without assuming that there is reality and material and all this? How can you do science if you let consciousness do things which are 'arbitrary'?" But I became completely convinced—there has not been a shred of doubt ever since—that one can do science on this basis. Not only that, one can solve the problems of today's science. And that is what is turning out. Of course all the problems did not get solved right on that night. That night was the beginning of a new way of doing science.

WIE: That's interesting. So that night something really did shift for you in your whole approach. And everything was different after that?

AG: Everything was different.

WIE: Did you then find, in working out the details of what it would mean to do science in this context, that you were able to penetrate much more deeply or that your own scientific thinking was transformed in some way by this experience?

AG: Right. Exactly. What happened was very interesting. I was stuck, as I said, I was stuck with this idea before: "How can consciousness have causal efficacy?" And now that I recognized that consciousness was the ground of being, within months all the problems of quantum measurement theory, the measurement paradoxes, just melted away. I wrote my first paper which was published in 1989, but that was just refinement of the ideas and working out details. The net upshot was that the creativity, which got a second wind on that night in 1985, took about another three years before it started fully expressing itself. But ever since I have been just blessed with ideas after ideas, and lots of problems have been solved—the problem of cognition, perception, biological evolution, mind-body healing. My latest book is called Physics of the Soul. This is a theory of reincarnation, all fully worked out. It has been just a wonderful adventure in creativity.

WIE: So it sounds pretty clear that taking an interest in the spiritual, in your case, had a significant effect on your ability to do science. Looking through the opposite end of the lens, how would you say that being a scientist has affected your spiritual evolution?

AG: Well, I stopped seeing them as separate, so this identification, this wholeness, the integration of the spiritual and the scientific, was very important for me. Mystics often warn people, "Look, don't divide your life into this and that." For me it came naturally because I discovered the new way of doing science when I discovered spirit. Spirit was the natural basis of my being, so after that, whatever I do, I don't separate them very much.

WIE: You mentioned a shift in your motivation for doing science—how what was driving you started to turn at a certain point. That's one thing that we've been thinking about a lot as we've been looking into this issue: What is it that really motivates science? And how is that different from what motivates spiritual pursuit? Particularly, there have been some people we have discussed—thinkers like E. F. Schumacher or Huston Smith, for example—who feel that ever since the scientific revolution, when Descartes's and Newton's ideas took hold, the whole approach of science has been to try to dominate or control nature or the world. Such critics question whether science could ever be a genuine vehicle for discovering the deepest truths, because they feel that science is rooted in a desire to know for the wrong reasons. Obviously, in your work you have been very immersed in the scientific world—you know a lot of scientists, you go to conferences, you're surrounded by all of that and also, perhaps, you struggle with that motivation in yourself. Could you speak a little more about your experience of that?

AG: Yes, this is a very, very good question; we have to understand it very deeply.

The problem is that in this pursuit, this particular pursuit of science, including the books that we mentioned earlier, The Tao of Physics and The Dancing Wu Li Masters, even when spirituality is recognized within the materialist worldview, God is seen only in the immanent aspect of divinity. What that means is: you have said that there is only one reality. By saying that there is only one reality—material reality—even when you imbue matter with spirituality, because you are still dealing with only one level, you are ignoring the transcendent level. And therefore you are only looking at half of the pie; you are ignoring the other half. Ken Wilber makes this point very, very well. So what has to be done of course—and that's when the stigma of science disappears—is to include the other half into science. Now, before my work, I think it was very obscure how this inclusion has to be done. Although people like Teilhard de Chardin, Aurobindo or Madame Blavatsky, the founder of the Theosophy movement, recognized that such a science could have come, very few could actually see it.

So what I have done is to give actual flesh to all these visions that took place early in the century. And when you do that, when you recognize that science can be based on the primacy of consciousness, then this deficiency isn't there anymore. In other words then, the stigma that science is only separateness goes away. The materialist science is a separatist science. The new science, though, says that the material part of the world does exist, the separative movement is part of reality also, but it is not the only part of reality. There is separation, and then there is integration. So in my book The Self-Aware Universe I talk about the hero's journey for the entire scientific endeavor. I said that, well, four hundred years ago, with Galileo, Copernicus, Newton and others, we started the separatist sail and we went on a separate journey of separateness, but that's only the first part of the hero's journey. Then the hero discovers and the hero returns. It is the hero's return that we are now witnessing through this new paradigm.

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Now that was very lucid and explanatory. Now someone very close to me labeled me as a deist.... What is Deism exactly ??

Deism

Deism is the belief in God based on reason, experience, and nature. Many deists hold several additional beliefs however this is the core of what most deists believe.

"My mind is my own church." ~ Thomas Paine

Are You A Deist? You Might Be If:

1. You believe in God but are not accepting of the authoritarian creeds of any particular religion.
2. You believe that God's word is the universe (nature), not human-written holy books.
3. You like to reason or speculate what God might be like rather than be taught about it.
4. You think that religious ideas should reconcile with and not contradict science.
5. You believe God can be best found outside rather than inside a church building.
6. You enjoy the freedom of seeking spirituality on your own.
7. You are morally guided by ethics and conscience rather than by scriptures.
8. You are an individual thinker whose religious beliefs are not formed from tradition or authority.
9. You like to call yourself rational or spiritual before you call yourself religious.
10. You believe that religion and government should be separate.


Courtesy : Jay Boswell

Looking at the above points I can confirm that I am a deist. I believe that God exists and I have tried to prove it....I do not want to influence you....my reader...You are free to take your own course :)

Does God Exist ? : Part 2


I quote and borrow heavily from All About God

Does God Exist – A Scientific Inquiry
Does God Exist? The other day I was asked to prove the existence of God. It was a one-on-one conversation with a skeptical friend, who somehow thrust the burden of proof on me. He didn’t want the religious, moral or philosophical arguments -- He wanted the scientific “proof.”

Does God Exist – Is a Scientific Approach Possible?
When it comes to the question, “Does God Exist,” there are really only two possible conclusions: God either is, or He isn’t. There’s no half-way. There’s no sliding scale. Whether you’re an atheist or whether you’re a theist, there’s a certain level of knowledge, and there’s a certain level of faith.

I thought for a moment… Can I prove the existence of God -- scientifically? In my religious/moral/philosophical experience, He’s been proven to me. However, my friend hasn’t walked the same journey as me. He wants the facts -- he wants the naturalistic proof for a supernatural reality.

I came to the conclusion that my friend’s question was a fair one. He deserved my best attempt at an answer. So, I gave it a shot…

Does God Exist – A Scientific Examination of the Evidence
God may not be provable through mathematical formulae or properties of physics, but we live in an era where the evidence of an Intelligent Designer is all around us. Just look through the Hubble Telescope and peer to the edge of the massive cosmos. View the monitor of an electron-scanning microscope and delve into the intricate world of a microscopic cell. Try to comprehend the massive library of complex information inherent in the digital code that turns a fertilized egg into a human being. Study principles of quantum mechanics and investigate the world of extra-dimensionality. Review the nature of your conscience, subconscious, standards of morality, and thoughts of religion. Then, try to reconcile all of these realities with a basic theory of randomness and chaos.

Based on what we know today, I truly believe that atheism (not believing in any kind of god) is a much bigger "leap of faith" than theism (believing that some kind of god exists).

I asked my friend, “Have you really thought about some of the evidences for God? Or, are you presupposing a purely naturalistic world, and closing your eyes to some of the possible evidence? If I propose some observational evidence, are you even open to examining it?”

My friend asked me to go on. So, here’s my attempt at some basic scientific observations that point to God:

  • Causation. God provides the best explanation for the existence of the universe and all that's in it. (The alternative theory is that "nothing" exploded and resulted in everything that we see.)
  • Order. God provides the best explanation for abstract notions such as numbers, mathematical formulae, chemical-based processes, and natural laws. (The alternative theory is that the chaotic first elements ordered themselves into complex information systems.)
  • Design. God provides the best explanation for the absolute complexity inherent in cosmological, stellar, planetary, chemical and biological systems. (The alternative theory is that random chance engineered apparent design.)
  • Encoded Instructions. God provides the best explanation for the digital DNA code contained in and controlling the functions of all life on earth. (The alternative theory is that complex code, such as binary code running computers, can pop into existence without any kind of programming, testing and debugging process.)
  • Irreducible Complexity. God provides the best explanation for fully functioning biological organisms, systems, and subsystems that couldn’t come about through gradual evolutionary process without totally ceasing to exist at lower, evolutionary levels. (The alternative theory is that biological systems took huge, unseen leaps from simple to complex without any guided process or forward-looking instructions.)
  • Duality. God provides the best explanation for the separate human functions of brain and conscience (matter and mind). (The alternative theory is monism -- only matter exists and the human brain only appears to have a separate subconscious ability.)
  • Morality. God provides the best explanation for the existence of love, emotion, altruism, and inherent moral/ethical values throughout the world. (The alternative theory is that unguided materialistic processes evolve higher human consciousness.)


And now I quote Elizabeth Hensley and add some of my own viewpoints :

The Strong and Modified Weak Anthropic Principles:

Scientific Proof there is a Creator

The Anthropic Principles point out that there are over one hundred variables to this Universe, that would have made life as we know it impossible, if they were even slightly different. Either this Universe had to be finely tuned to the conditions that make the evolution of life possible, or there have to be googolplexes of Universes.

Consider the following analogy.

If you went down the street and saw a quarter on the sidewalk, you would think naturally, "someone dropped a quarter." If you went down the street and saw a handful of quarters on the sidewalk, you would think, "Someone had a big hole in their pockets, or dropped a roll of quarters." But if you went down the street and saw one hundred quarters on the sidewalk and they were all carefully balanced precariously on their edges, you would have to think somebody did this deliberately. The Universe as we know it, is that carefully balanced. This theory is known as the Strong Anthropic Principle. The only possibility other than this Universe was created, is there are so many universes that the equivalent of one hundred quarters falling out of someone's pocket and ALL of them ending up balanced on their edges occurred, completely by random chance. This theory is known as the, "Weak Anthropic Principle." So if you are a rational thinker here are your only two choices. Either this Universe was created , or that there are multitudes of Universes.

Now here is what I call the Modified Weak Anthropic Principle. If there are that many Universes, then the chances of a Being Like God evolving would also be equally increased by all that abundance. Ecological niches tend not to stay empty. You could, of course call such a Being something other than "God." But if it quacks like a Cosmic Duck and waddles like a Cosmic Duck and builds little universe nests that produce baby Cosmic Ducklings, why not call it a Cosmic Duck?

The Blind watchmaker may have started out blind, some universe somewhere, some when, but He/She/It evolved eyes right along with the rest of Life, and you can be quite sure sure, He/She/It will do whatever is necessary to guarantee His/Her/Its own development and continued survival, just the same as any other Life Form would. God does not play dice. He Plays poker, and He continually stacks the deck in His favor! Or, if we say He plays dice, He throws so many some are bound to land with the right numbers up."

To name just a few of the finely tuned variables that are mentioned in the books, "God the Evidence," by Patrick Glynn, John Leslie, in Universes" and from George Greenstein's "The Symbiotic Universe."

Gravity is roughly 1039 times weaker than electromagnetism. If gravity had been merely 1033 times weaker than electromagnetism, stars would be a billion times less massive and would burn a million times faster.

The nuclear weak force is 1028 times the strength of gravity. Had the weak force been slightly weaker, all the hydrogen in the universe would have been turned to helium (making water impossible, for example)

A stronger nuclear strong force (by as little as 2 percent) would have prevented the formation of protons, --yielding a universe without atoms. Decreasing it by 5 percent would have given us a universe without stars.

The charges of the electron and proton have been measured in the laboratory and have been found to be precisely equal and opposite. Were it not for this fact the resulting imbalance would force every object in the universe--our bodies, trees, planets, rocks, stars, to explode violently. The Universe would consist solely of a uniform and tenuous mixture not so very different from air. There would be nothing else. Greenstein's "The Symbiotic Universe."

The very nature of water--so vital to life--is something of a mystery. Unique among the molecules water is lighter in its solid form than its liquid form: Ice floats. If it did not, the oceans would freeze from the bottom up and Earth would be covered with solid ice. This property is traceable to unique properties of the hydrogen atom.

The synthesis of carbon--the vital core of all organic molecules--on a significant scale involves what scientists view as an astonishing coincidence in the ratio of the strong force to electromagnetism. This ratio makes it possible for carbon-12 to reach an excited state of exactly 7.65 MeV at the temperature typical of the center of stars, which creates a resonance involving helium-4. beryllium-8 and carbon-12--allowing the necessary binding to take place during a tiny window of opportunity 10-17 seconds long.

A remarkable feature of the Universe is its emptiness. Stars are extraordinarily distant from one another. However, were it not for these vast reaches of empty space, violent collisions between stars would be so frequent as to render the Universe uninhabitable. The yet more frequent near misses would detach planets from their orbits around their suns, flinging them off into interstellar space where they would quickly cool to hundreds of degrees below zero.

I propose that the term, "supernatural" does not mean "antinatural." God is as natural a Being as any other life form. I propose as Teilhard De Chardin did, that if the evolutionary process really is so strong that Humans and Whales can evolve from pond scum in just five billion or so years, God is perfectly capable of evolving in ten billion or so years. The pond scum did not even know where it was going and it had no will. We at least have a vague idea of where we are going, and we have the desire. Heaven also is buildable because Humanity is so tenacious we get what we want eventually. We saw birds fly we learned to build machines that let us fly. We saw the Moon, we went there. We want to live forever, we evolve into God and build Heaven, just as we built Manhattan, the International Space Station and Disney World. To understand the Universe, all of space and time, one must see it as a whole. The next five billion years are every bit as real as the five billion years that have just come. The Universe (and us) are works in progress and are nowhere near finished yet. We are looking at a half unfinished construction site and seeing a mess. Do not judge any construction site by what it looks like while still half finished. Judge it only by its finished state. God is the natural result of a perfectly natural process we can understand. Every link in the long evolutionary chain is the natural result of the link right before it, one stair step after another, one long and difficult but far from impossible climb. The journey is difficult and often painful but I believe the results are well worth it!

The laws of Biology teach us that survival of the fittest favors a nurturing God. Sea turtles lay many eggs and then abandon them. Alligators lay many eggs and guard them carefully. Sea turtles are very endangered. Alligators are prospering. Survival of the fittest favors both a God who multiplies enormously and a God who nurtures His offspring. We can be sure God did not "wind up the Universe" and abandon it, as some Deists claim. The nurturing of offspring is a survival technique that works. He sticks around to guard His "nest." That is why prayer has been proved to affect organic tissue in double blind experiments.

Survival of the fittest also favors One who doesn't do too much for His children. Interfere too much and evolution ceases to be efficient, and we would have no motivation to grow up into the Head. Death must occur so there is room for evolution.

I conclude the second part....and leave you with some food for thought..........

TERROR MATRIX


8:15 pm

“When are we going to go home Mommy??” Alexander asked in a tiny voice. ”Patience…dear…these men are going to free Mommy very soon and then we will go back home together and watch Nickelodeon …Okay sweetie??” whispered Laura…


“Hey….shut your traps….both of you”…..The words rang out in the darkness and hit the two of them like homing missiles. Alexander started to cry………..

“Hey lady….shut your kid up….or I will blow his brains out….I SAID SHUT UP !!!” the cold voice echoed…The owner of the cold voice walked right up to them…His eyes were as lifeless as a tombstone and his face was masked by a bristling black beard…His long moustache hid his thin, cruel lips which were set firmly together. Alexander stopped crying all of a sudden….He spotted the glittering demonic look in the man’s eyes….

Alexander was crying again…..the bearded man had delivered a sickening kick to his ribs…..”You wild beast….” Laura cried out “You monster….don’t you feel ashamed?? Attacking a poor helpless child….Don’t you have any mercy?? “

“Hey Lady….Do not give me that mercy bullcrap….Do you want me to slit your throat??” he advanced menacingly towards her… “Number 12….stop...” a deep booming voice shot out from the darkness “another move and I will shoot you through the head….Control your volatile behavior”. Number 12 smirked and slowly melted back into the shadows.

8:35 pm

“Hello…..Yes…We want both our friends to be set free. WHAT?? Do you think we are mere kidnappers?? We do not want money you ignorant fool….We want justice…we want revenge….You police people are total swines….Do you think you can stop us by offering us marked bills?? 15 Park Avenue, West Street….Bring our friends over here and release them…No funny tricks you mongrel or we will blast both the woman and her child to hell…You have half an hour…I repeat …try any tricks and you will regret it..”

8:55 pm

“Number 12…it is almost time….bring the woman and her kid and prop them up against the window”….”There’s still some time…I have some unfinished business to attend to…” Number 12 intoned. “Whatever you do…do not hurt her” said the man with the deep voice. Number 12 chuckled and strode into the darkness. He spotted Laura and Alexander huddled together on the cold floor. “Get up!!” he roared and caught Laura by the wrist. He hauled her to her feet with one swift jerk and began to drag her away into an adjoining dingy room. Laura saw the carnal hunger in his eyes and began to struggle violently. “Help…No!! No!! Please …. “. Number 12 gagged her with his hand. Suddenly Alexander attacked him…The child kicked, scratched and punched in vain. Number 12 dealt a severe kick which left him sprawling on the floor. He dragged her into the room and shut the door. “NO…NO….” screamed Laura and burst into tears…He was too powerful….He grasped both her hands and pinned her to the floor falling on top of her…knocking her flat…forcing himself on her….Laura screeched….after a while there was silence….punctuated by his grunts of carnal satisfaction…

9:05 pm

You have been surrounded …..Vacate the building and walk out with your hands behind your head….Leave the woman and her child alone….Let them out first….I repeat…Let them out first…” roared a magnified voice shattering the evening calm.

“Damn…the STF …..Did they trace us?? How could they?? We used an encrypted number….The dirty dogs….they tricked us….” screamed Number 12. “Calm down Number 12…” said the man with the deep voice. Number 12 dragged the unconscious Laura out from the room and propped her against the open window. “Look at her….” he screamed “I will break her neck…back off….where are our friends?? I said back off you scoundrels!!!”. Alexander was shivering in the dark corner. He felt his hand being tugged at. He looked up to find a surprisingly kind faced man with red cheeks and startlingly blue eyes. “Get up kid…” he whispered “do not be afraid…I am here to help you…trust me…I will help you get out of here”. “Are you one of these bad men?? What about Mommy??” Alexander whispered back. The man hesitated before replying “Yes…I am one of them but I am not like them…I am a good man. Do not worry. I will save your Mommy….Come on now”.

Alexander obediently followed him. “Number 15” said the deep booming voice “bring the kid to the window”. “Yes Leader…just a minute….” replied the blue eyed man. Gripping Alexander’s hand tightly he whispered “RUN….” and bolted out of the room and down a staircase. “NUMBER 15….YOU DOUBLE CROSSER” screamed the Leader as shots rang out across the hallway.

Number 15 burst out of the back door and paused in the shadows. “Go on kid…see those policemen there ?? …go to them….go on….” “Are you going to get Mommy??” asked Alexander. “Yes I am…go on now” he said. Alexander ran across the road and was lifted up by a burly STF officer. “There you are kid…Did they let you go??” he asked. Alexander shook his head. “Number 15 saved me”. “Number WHO ??” asked the officer. “There he is” Alexander pointed to the man in the shadows. “Hey you….” shouted the officer.

A deafening blast pierced the night and the entire building was torn into pieces. Alexander saw his mother….A moment ago she was at the window…A second later she was ripped into bits before his eyes. The top floor of the two storey building dissolved into smoke and rubble. The STF team took cover behind their vans and cars. “MOMMY !!!!!!” shouted Alexander and broke down. “Holy Christ …they blew themselves up…” said the officer. A pistol shot rang out. Alexander released himself from the officer’s grip and ran across the road. His eyes fell on Number 15 ‘s crumpled body. There was a pistol in his right hand and a hole in his temple…………………

The STF officer came up from behind and took the sobbing Alexander into his arms………………

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