Respected Ali Sina, Although I am still not sure what is the real truth, but I accept before you that now I am no more a believer in the prophethood of the person whom I considered the best human being. You have already asked not to seek help from you and I have also promised so, but I think you would not be so miser that you would not even give some advice. I have been very religious till two years ago and for many years I used to teach Quran to the local youths and children. In love of Quran I learnt a little Arabic also and am able to understand the Quranic Arabic. I would force my wife to pray and recite Quran. But now when she observes that I don’t pray, she asks me the reason. First I left the five prayers and now when I don’t even attend the Friday prayer she has become very curious to know the reason. She is not too educated to read an English book. I am in a fix whether I should reveal the truth or wait. Moreover I live in a volatile Muslim majority region. Even a rumor can create great disturbance. On one side my conscience doesn’t allow me to remain as a hypocrite. Whenever a religious discussion starts some where I have to act as a believer. On the other hand when I think about the safety and future of my children I become very mentally disturbed. I think you understood me.
Yes I perfectly understand you. Your safety and the safety of your family have the priority importance. No you are not being a hypocrite to act in a way to prevent danger. You’d be reckless if you didn’t. I understand how difficult it must be to live in such state and even fear to speak one’s mind to ones nearest and dearest. More difficult is to face a bunch of savages who think by killing you they’ll go to heaven.
As for your wife and children you may say to them that you have become disillusioned of the Muslims and the way they interpret Islam to justify hating and killing people. This much you can say safely.
You ask me to not be a miser and at least give you some advice in regards to truth. Okay, here is my honest response. I don’t know. I only share what I know to be true. This much I know that Muhammad was a mentally sick man and not a prophet of God. This I can say with certainty. But I can’t advise you what you should believe.
I can however share my own search for the truth. As you can see from my articles I started as an agnostic and sometimes an atheist. My views changed recently when I investigated the claims of the people with near death experience. It started by watching their testimonies on Youtube. Many of those testimonies were verifiable. That confirmed that these people were not hallucinating. Their experiences were real. They actually insist their experiences were more real than this world. When we dream we may not be aware that it is a dream. But when we wake up we immediately know it was a dream. This is not the case with the people having near death experience. They say this world, in comparison to what they experienced, is a dream.
I am grateful for how my brain is wired. I don’t cling to any idea and I am ready to change my views at the drop of a hat if compelling evidence is provided to me. The Youtube testimonies of the near death experiencers, especially those verifiable ones, were compelling evidence of the survival of consciousness after death. If I had to remain honest to myself I had to accept it. The next task was how to make sense of it. I have a scientific background. Things must make sense. Scientific means verifiable and measurable. The verification for the independence of consciousness from body is convincing. I have posted a dozen of videos in Why I Believe in God and Afterlife Now. If those videos don’t convince one, it is because that person has made the choice not to accept the facts.
Is spirit measurable? Can we test its existence with some laboratory instrument? There are some inconclusive claims about recorded voices of the dead people or cameras capturing images of ghosts. Such claims are not substantial enough to be accepted as evidence. But the fact that we cannot measure this substance called consciousness or spirit yet does not disprove its existence. A couple of hundred years ago we did not know anything about waves. We could see light and could hear voices but we had no idea that they have the same substance. The only difference is their frequency. Since then we have discovered there are many other frequencies. With that knowledge we can now communicate with each other across the world at the speed of light. We do that by transforming one wave length to another and back again. Nothing magical about it. When we did not know anything about wave, the idea of instant communication at long distances would have sound absurd. So the absence of evidence for the independence of consciousness is not the evidence of absence of such thing.
Now we know that even matter is vibration. Albert Einstein said, “Everything in life is vibration.” Matter is made of particles. Particles are vibration of energy. Upon this idea is based the string theory, which is the most widely accepted theory of everything. The chair you are sitting on, your body and your thoughts are all vibrations. They are made of the same substance with different frequencies. This is the frontier of the 21st century science. The diversity is caused by different frequencies. A good example is musical notes. Through their careful arrangement you can compose a symphony. But all notes are generated with vibration of the same cord. What make them different is the frequencies with which they vibrate.
Wave lengths with frequencies between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz are audible to human ears (0.017 meter to 17 meter). Visible light corresponds to a wavelength range of 400 – 700 nanometers (nm). For millions of years we humans could hear and see only these wave lengths. Now we can measure wave lengths as small as 10-6 nm (0.000001 nanometer) such as Gama rays and as large as 100 km such as radio waves. The absence of evidence of other wave length was not the evidence of their absence. We just did not know about them.
Thought are also vibration. Consciousness is thought. This means that thoughts and brain are of the same substance. To say thoughts cannot exist without the brain is absurd. If brain can exist independent of consciousness, consciousness can also exist independent of brain. If both matter and thought are vibration of different frequencies, there is no reason to assume that one frequency is more real than the other.
Therefore, not only we have evidence of the survival of consciousness, as the NDEs show, we also have logical explanation that this idea is not contrary to reason and science. There is nothing irrational in the belief that consciousness/spirit will survive the cessation of the biological life. Note that even the body does not cease to exist. It will decompose to its basic elements and will be recycled. We all know about the law of conservation of energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed. It just changes form. Thought is energy. Consciousness is thought. It cannot be created or destroyed. This means our consciousness is eternal.
How can this be so if only God is eternal? Eternal means uncreated! If we are uncreated then who is God and what He has to do with the universe?
This proposition makes no sense, as long as we think of God as an entity outside ourselves. But what if this dualistic definition of reality that we have about God and His creation is wrong? What if the universe is not created by God, the way a table is created by a carpenter, but is a thought of God, like a melody in the mind of a musician? What if the universe is the dream of God?
In one of his programs, Carl Sagan dismissed the Hindu notion of the universe being the dream of God. In Hinduism, the universe is but the dream of the god who after a 100 Brahma years (864 billion years) dissolves himself into a dreamless sleep and the universe dissolves with him until after another Brahma century he recomposes himself and begins again to dream the great cosmic lotus dream. According to this philosophy, there are an infinite number of universes, each with its own god dreaming the cosmic dream.
Sagan said “these great ideas are tempered by another perhaps still greater, that men may not be the dreams of the gods but rather that gods are the dreams of men.” But maybe Sagan was wrong. Maybe the ancient Hindus had it right. Sagan’s views were informed by science of his time. Science is rapidly expanding. Today more and more scientists are subscribing to the theory of holographic universe.
In 1997, theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena proposed that gravity arises from infinitesimally thin, vibrating strings and the intricate world of strings, which exist in nine dimensions of space plus one of time, would be merely a hologram. This world, according to this theory is played out in a much simpler flat cosmos where there is no gravity.
The holographic universe is gaining rapid acceptance among scientists. Maldacena’s idea offers a way to put the popular string theory on solid footing. This theory if true, can solve the apparent inconsistencies between quantum physics and Einstein’s theory of gravity. Last year a team headed by Yoshifumi Hyakutake of Ibaraki University provided compelling mathematical evidence that Maldacena’s conjecture is true.
Many scientists, including Leonard Susskind who is one of the foremost theoretical physicists and a proponent of the String theory and holographic universe, believe this century will bring such dramatic changes in our understanding of universe and reality that is unparalleled in history. Forget about Galileo’s discovery that the Earth is not the center of the cosmos. Forget about Darwin’s discovery that man is evolved from apes. If those discoveries were shocking, the discovery that we may be a 3D projection of a reality that is beyond this world is earth-shattering.
So could we be the dream of God as ancient Hindus thought? This means we are not creations of God. We are pieces of God . We are God. God is experiencing Himself through us.
Now all that is good and dandy, but how it will change my life. In what way I can benefit from this knowledge? Knowledge is power. If everything is vibration and thought is also vibration. Then the universe is thought and thoughts are waves. Waves interfere with each other.
When two waves meet while traveling through the same medium, their interference causes the medium to take on a shape that result from the net effect of the two individual waves upon the particles of the medium. They can amplify or annul each other, depending on how they interact. The following pictures illustrate this point.
This means that we can change the reality through our thought. The universe conforms to our thinking. Not only we become what we think, as Buddha said, the world becomes what we think of it. Being parts of God we are also creators like Him. God creates the universe with His thoughts and we create our reality with our thoughts.
Jesus said. (Matthew 5:27-28). “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Jesus knew about the power of thought. He knew that it is the thought that gives birth to reality. Today quantum physicists confirm that idea. In quantum physics, the observed universe is not independent from the observer. It is the conscious thought of the observer that gives birth to the formation of matter. So it is not heresy to say that we create our world by the way we think.
I even have my own theory that evolution takes place through the collective consciousness of the species. Darwin’s theory of evolution through the survival of the fittest has been extremely successful, except for the fact that evolution is not always gradual. There is also something called evolutionary leap. A species often undergoes sudden dramatic change from one generation to the next in a large scale affecting all the members of that species. This is called saltation. There are many proven cases of saltation, for which no scientific explanation exist. As the result saltation or macroevolution is rejected by a great number of biologists and scientific community at large. Again, evidence exist that saltation takes place. If we can’t explain it, it does not justify rejecting it.
How this evolutionary leap takes place? In my opinion it takes place through collective consciousness of a species. Let us say you are a fish and the oceans are infested with sharks. You take refuge in shallow waters were sharks can’t swim. These shallow waters can become over populated and easily depleted from oxygen. So you are safe from sharks, but you can’t breathe. You need to breath air and for that you need a lung. For a fish to evolve lung through the slow Darwinian process, thousands of generations should pass. By then the species can go extent. Saltation theory states that the species can undergo a mutation in one generation and suddenly generate a lung, which then will gradually evolve according to Darwin’s theory of adaptation.
There is evidence of saltation but there is no explanation for it. Those interested may want to read this article How is it triggered? The explanation, in my opinion is the collective consciousness of the species. This idea of collective consciousness to the scientific community that is by large materialistic is an absurdity. Despite the evidence provided by quantum physics, they can’t accept the notion that thought can influence matter or evolution. To provide evidence that it does, I will have to write a book and who knows? Maybe one day! For the sake of this article, accept it as a possibility. If that is true, we humans can evolve any time we create a collective consciousness at will.
Today’s collective consciousness is selfishness or hedonism if we have any. We actually don’t have a collective consciousness. We need to create a collective consciousness that focuses on oneness of humanity, and gets rid of hate, and replaces it with love. The need for unity of mankind must become as imperative to our species as was the need for lung for the early fish trapped in the oxygen depleted shallow waters of the oceans. When we all long for peace, instead of war, when we all see each other as one, instead of enemies, the next evolution of human race can take place in one generation.
Islam today is the biggest chain that shackles mankind and prevents it evolution. Islam promotes hate to one fifth of humanity. We need to get rid of it. We need to get rid of all ideologies that promote hate, Islam being the biggest of them all. Then we can replace the thoughts of hate with thoughts of love. And once that happens, there will be a change in our collective consciousness and our species will experience another great evolutionary leap. The new species that will emerge, our descendants, will be as different from us as we are from Chimpanzees. I can’t even imagine what they will be.
How far are we from this leap? Not very far. The Internet is paving the way. Billions of minds are connecting with each other creating a network of minds. Old beliefs will die. All religions have to get rid of their baggage and dead loads. Muslims have to abandon their sinking ship altogether. We will get there, maybe in 100 years, maybe less. This is our destiny. We can change the world by changing our thoughts, one person at a time.
You my friend, have taken the first step and have rid yourself of an ideology of hate. Now you can replace it with any ideology that promotes universal love. Just don’t ask me which one. I can’t suggest you any. I love Jesus and Buddha, but you have to find your own path. Enlightenment is a very personal path. Only one word of advice! Enlightenment is free. It can’t be sold or purchased. If anyone wants to charge you for it, that person is not enlightened. He is a businessman. You don’t need techniques to become enlightened and if you want to practice a technique, the best ones are free. Watch out for billionaire gurus.