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Srikanta Swamy (SS): What do you say to someone who is struggling with the pain of withdrawal symptoms of leaving his religion and coming to the realization that this is all there is and that there are no personal Gods - Brahma, Vishnu or Shiva, speaking in the context of our Hinduism?
Me: Deal with it. It's a fact of life. Look at the bright side. You no longer have to worry about eternal punishment. Your life is now your own, not governed by external forces except for those imposed…Continue
WHY PRAYER "WORKS"
Prayer is a unique combination of meditation, wishful thinking, simple greed, conscience-clearing and a desire for peace of mind. It’s all rolled into one! And it’s all quite selfish when you examine it.
Since most people begin prayer with their eyes closed and their hands clasped or at least at rest, you’re off to a good start in the area of relaxation. That’s really all meditation is anyway, which is why it works for so many people.…Continue
A mentally healthy person whether a believer or non-believer has to have these nine characteristics:
- Self interest,
- Self direction,
- Acceptance of Uncertainty,
- Scientific thinking,
- Risk Taking, &
- Self acceptance.
These characteristics are CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT in Religious people. Let us see how this happens.
1. SELF-INTEREST. The emotionally healthy…Continue
Of course it is true that some highly educated people believe religious claims. Why is that?
Permit me to offer some explanations.
FIRST, smart persons are very good at defending ideas that they believe for non-smart reasons. They want to believe something, say for emotional reasons, and they then become quite adept at defending those beliefs after the fact, since they are smart! But it is arrogant of those with no credentials in the sciences, and no experience in the field or…Continue