An aspirant's several years search for Allah, made possible by His grace/mercy ,and not through any efforts of the seeker, a search for secret India, Paul Brunton
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
146.System of the World. Part four
We were discussing that you have to invite God in your life.
How do you invite
God in your life? By praying to Him. You have to beg God again and again. He
may or may not grant your prayer. But if you are earnest in your desire to
reach God (and God will look in your heart), this mote is certain, as certain
can be, that He will grant you your prayer. He will transform you. Some people
are lucky (because they are ready) and get transformed quickly; otherwise, most
often it is a gradual process and may take decades (two or three decades in the
case of this mote)
God enters your
life, often, in an unobtrusive way. Law of cause and effect is not
violated, although there are exceptions. For instance, in the case of Shahab, a
letter came from Germany, which was a supernatural event, because the spirit of
Fatima (daughter of holy prophet) could not have known the prayer of Shahab (blog
65). There are other examples.
The principal that is never violated is that the sanctity of the overall experiment is
preserved. The rules of the game are not changed. One is not allowed to
interfere in God’s system. Let me give you some examples to illustrate this
Bala did not eat or drink for fifty six years (blogs 79- 80). Therese Neumann
did not eat and drink for twelve years (except for a wafer each day). When Sri
Yogananda asked Giri Bala that why didn’t she let the public know her secret of
living on air, it would eliminate hunger in the world, she was shocked. Her
answer was most revealing. She said it would be against God’s plan.
learnt the seven winning lottery numbers, one day in advance of drawing, by a
spiritual technique (blog 135). He was strongly warned by higher powers, never
to do it again. God’s laws, such as hiding the future, are for important
reasons. To look into future, without God’s permission, is against God’s plans
Christ performed miracles left and right. Why didn’t he (or other powerful
mystics like Sri Yukteshwar, Data Sahib) disclose the secrets of making
electricity, or a fusion nuclear reactor, or disclose the existence of American
Continent, etc. Because, that would have interfered with God’s plans. It would
violate the sanctity of the experiment.
to wonder in the past (I don’t anymore) that why don’t Data Sahib, the highest
saint of Pakistan, help the inhabitants of Lahore in a major way (Blog 62-63).
He helps in the form of daily free food for hundreds. Perhaps few dozen are
helped, monetarily, each day. In a city of 6-7 million, and in a country of 190
million, these efforts seem to be very insufficient. I used to wonder, why
doesn’t he eradicate the basic problem of poverty, and thus help millions.
Perhaps he could do that. He could provide the secret of cheap solar energy, or
to produce rain on demand, or reveal a cheap way to convert sea water into
fresh water. I don’t wonder anymore, because he is not allowed to do so. It would
interfere with the basic premise of the experiment, that human beings should
progress ( or regress, as in the case of 16 centuries of stagnation in human
thought from Greek period to Renaissance ) on their own.
Before we proceed any further we must address what is meant
by supernatural. Miracles are supernatural events, because they apparently do
not obey the existing laws of nature.
They may yet obey some other undiscovered
laws of nature.
It is clear that there are souls.
I have provided ample evidence (107-110). Now how do we explain souls
scientifically? We simply cannot. A dead body is no different from an inanimate
object like a lump of coal or a cup. Brain disintegrates after death. I suppose
if we were to ask this question to Mr Einstein who reportedly did not believe
in God, after showing him a soul and convincing him that there is life after
death in the form of souls, he might have answered in the following way. “There
must be physical laws governing the
existence of soul forms, just as there are laws which govern the visible
universe. It is just that we have not yet discovered those laws. After those
laws are discovered the explanation will be very simple. Think, how our ability
to predict solar eclipse to a second, might appear to a man living thousands of
years before Christ. Or what would he think of a man walking on the street
talking in a few inches long cellular telephone to another person who may be
thousands of miles away, and only the recipient, out of 7 billion inhabitants
of earth, can hear him. Think of a bird pecking at his own reflection in a
mirror, a reflection that looks and moves like real.Soul may be like a reflection in a mirror,
both real and unreal, but obeying the laws of nature.”
Materialism with God Theory. This hypothesis is an attempt to compromise
the two basic observations that ordinary human beings make. First, everything
is made by somebody; thus, this highly complex universe could not have come into
existence just spontaneously. Therefore, there has to be a Creator who created
it. Secondly, one thing leads to another, every action leads to its
consequences. Every human being has observed that such and such thing happened
or happens due to such and such thing. For ordinary human beings God never
comes and plays any role in their daily lives or anybody else’s daily life
This theory is an amalgam of hypothesis no 1
and 2. It accepts a Creator, and therefore answers the first criticism to the
“materialistic theory”, namely, that nothing can be created out of nothing. The
theory also explains the second
criticism to the materialistic theory; i.e. the phenomena of miracles, answering of
prayers, foretelling of the future, and the existence of the spirits of dead
persons who once inhabited earth. God or His deputies are responsible for these
It also answers the criticism to the
religious theory (see details in blog 136), namely, why is there so much
suffering and injustice; the answer is, because they have nothing to do with God. God ordinarily does not interfere in the
running of the world; therefore, whatever is going on in the world is happening
due to the law of cause of effect, just as it would happen if there were no
God.If people are poor, there are
economic reasons for it. If they suffer due to old age or disease, that is due
to the limitation of their body. If they are preyed upon by cruel or powerful
people, it happens because they are weak, or their government is not redressing
this problem, and so on. Even animal suffering is due to their weakness or old
age. Remember, God does not have to be good according to this hypothesis; at
best, He is indifferent and does not care.
God has to be hidden, because He wants human
beings to develop on their own, be their own masters, and learn from their own
mistakes. It complies with our daily experience of events happening due
to our free will interacting with environment.
is not useless. As a matter of fact, it is the engine that propels us forward.
The whole of human history is due to human effort.
If we were to
take this theory in its pure form, then God created this universe 13.8 billion
years ago, and since then it is running on its own.
But things are
not so simple. We still have to answer three questions:
1. Does God
ever interfere in the running of this world?
2.What is the purpose of the universe?
3. Is God
personal or impersonal?
Let us try to
answer these questions:
1. Does God
ever intervene in human affairs? This is a difficult question to answer, because logic will say No, while evidence
points towards Yes. I don’t have the answer.
If you try to place yourself in the position
of God, you will imagine Him as some form of tremendous energy with a mind. A
mind that is supermind. That Mind sets up an experiment with a set of basic
unchangeable rules, like the speed of light (nothing can exceed that limit );
charge of an electron; magnitude of strong nuclear force ( which holds the
atoms together ); principle of conservation of energy ( energy can be neither
produced or destroyed ); attraction of atoms to each other resulting in the
formation of chemicals and thus formation of life, including us; force of
gravity to be the weakest of the four forces of nature and yet the only one
which acts at long distances, 4-7 billion km in the case of Pluto. It is this force which makes the earth revolve around the sun. Dark energy
pushing the galaxies apart; nuclearfusion atomic reaction that fuels all stars ( including our sun, which then provides solar energy to the earth ). liquid water, a source of energy from a nearby star, and oxygen,
are the requirements of life anywhere in the universe, etc.
The purpose of the experiment may be to see
the emergence of intelligent, self-aware (animals are not self-aware), sentient
(capable of feeling) life forms, and follow their progress over billions of
years. After the experiment is over, make necessary changes and start a new
experiment. Logically there should be no outside interference because it would
pollute the results.
But, this mote thinks that the evidence is to
the contrary. God (or His deputies) interferes in two ways:
(a). Minor way, when a person invites God in
(b) Major way, when He interferes in human
development and history
intervention. Everything in our lives happens by the interaction of our
free will with the environments through the law of cause and effect. God is not
concerned. He does not interfere, whether we are virtuous or evil, whether we
perform good deeds or bad deeds.To ask God to interfere in your life, you
have to invite God in your life. This is a cardinal principle.
The trouble with string theory is its lack of data. However,
if we disregard this problem and discuss it just as a possibility, still there
are at least three problems with Materialistic Theory:
(a). How did the universe come into existence? Scientists
did not follow Sherlock Holmes dictum, because they did not consider all the possibilities. They should have
considered the possibility of a Creator, and then refuted it, if they could. It
cannot be refuted. The philosopher Bertrand Russell, in a debate with a bishop,
conceded that he cannot disprove the existence of God.
(b). Where did string/brans come from? You see the scientist
believe that universe was created out of nothing. But their nothing is not
really nothing (an absolute vacuum, where nothing is present). The nothing of
scientists is full of positive energy and an equal amount of negative energy,
cancelling each other.
Thus we are led to the next question, where did all these
particles, fields and energy come from? If there were precursors of them, where
did they come from? And so on.At some
point the process has to start from absolutely nothing.
That brings us to the point where we started.
Can this huge, infinite universe or for that matter anything start from nothing? Prove it. Create one particle in an
(3). How do you
explain miracles, answering of prayers, foretelling the future, and the
existence of the spirits of dead persons who once inhabited earth, without a
God. I have dealt with these phenomena, in great detail, in my eleven blogs;
102-112 in part three. If I narrate them here again, it will be needless
However, who, except
God (or His deputies) could transform sandy soil into candy (blog 104)?
Who, except God ( or
His deputies ) could answer the prayer of Mr Shevani’s to meet the greatest
Qalander of present time, or for that matter Giri Bala’s prayer to learn the
way to live without food or drink (blog 111)? Who, except God (or His deputies)
would have inspired Swami Vivekananda to tell Mr Dickenson, 43 years in
advance, that his guru will give him a silver cup? Who, except God (or His
deputies) could provide proof of life after death, in the form of spirit of
Bimla Kumari haunting a house in Cuttack, India?
A logician will say,
where did this Creator come from?
The answer is that
this mote does not know. This is an unanswerable question. Our small mind is not capable of answering
this question, just as a cow cannot learn to read.
This mote has offered
his arguments (blog 113). I will repeat them in an abbreviated form for purpose
1. God can be conceptualized as energy, or something even
more subtle than energy, with a supermind.Human brain is an example. It is made, mainly, of nerve cells, created
and fed by our daily food. These cells have the power to think, feel, and
create movements and store as memory. These cells communicate with each other
instantaneously, at the speed of light. If our brain, a collection of billions
of cells, made of atoms, and atoms made of subatomic particles, such as
electrons and protons and neutrons, can have thoughts of pain, pleasure,
compassion, jealousy, and anger, why not God, a collection of pure energy, have
can such supermind arise, out of sheer nothing? The answer is that the same
process of evolution, which caused
the atoms to combine with each other and make chemicals such as amino acids,
which led to the formation of a cell, and then to man, in 3-4 thousand million
years( blog 99), could have created God ( I shudder at my own temerity ) in a
limitless amount of time.It may have
happened with the same two engines of mutation and natural selection. There is
no logical or biological reason for evolution to stop at a certain point. If
not mutation, then deliberate experimentation, by the supermind, on the leptons
and quarks, to continue its improvement.
Religious theory. God created this universe. He runs it. He
is responsible for all the happenings in the world and universe, because
everything happens by His divine will. I have discussed this theory in great
detail in four blogs; 134-137. There is no need to repeat it. But, let me
reiterate the points against it.
Now, let us discuss the arguments against the Religious
1. It does not explain evil
2. It does not explain injustice
3. Makes God, indifferent, cruel and unjust
4. Why is God hidden?
5. If everything is preordained by God, then what is the
purpose of creation?
6. It flies against our daily experience of events happening
due to free will.
7. Does not explain the cruelty of predator animals to prey.
8. All human effort is completely useless.
Each of the above mentioned points are examined in detail in
When one thinks that how this universe is run, many
questions arise in one’s mind. For instance, who created this universe? Did the
universe create itself? Why was it
created? Is there a God? Is planet Earth, which we call our world, runs
on the same principles, as the rest of universe? Are we the only intelligent,
self-aware, sentient form of life, or are there other planets or moons where
there are similar life forms? What are the fundamental laws of nature? A
universe is governed by same laws of nature, are there other universes which
have different laws? Does true vacuum (where nothing is present) exist? And
there are many other questions which philosophers and astrophysicist have in
This mote is a mystic, not a philosopher, astrophysicist, or
a religious scholar. Here I want to theorize, not on the universe, but on the
system of this world, our earth.
Basically, there are three hypotheses to explain the system:
1. There is no GOD or Creator. The universe was created at a finite
period of time. Nobody knows, for sure, what was before that time. Scientists
have theories about it, but essentially it is unknowable. Why was it created
and who created it is also unfathomable, but scientist surmise that it created
itself.After the creation of universe,
it is running on its own, by the laws of nature. Everything that happens in the
world happens, because of the law of cause and effect. For purposes of this
discussion we will name this, the “Materialistic theory”
2.There is a God or Creator. God created this
universe at a finite period of time. God was there before the universe was
created. He created it because of reasons only known to Him. Everything that
happens in the universe happens because of His will. The world runs by
fundamental laws of nature including the law of cause and effect. These laws
were created by God. We will call this the “Religious theory”
3.There is a God or
Creator. God created the universe at a certain period in time. God was there
before the universe was created. He created it because of unknown reasons.
However, after the creation of the universe he does not run the universe (but
He may intercede on some occasions if He so desires), it runs automatically by
the law of cause and effect and other laws of nature.We will call this ‘Materialism with God
Let us now examine these three hypotheses in greater detail.
Materialistic theory: I have discussed the origin of universe and
the evolution of life in some detail in my blogs 98-101, in Part Three.
According to the present knowledge, the universe started with a big explosion
called Big Bang, 13.8 billion years ago. Nobody knows what was there before Big
Bang. Was there a complete vacuum, with nothing in it? No matter and no energy.
If that is true then this huge universe came into existence out of nothing! I
think this is a preposterous notion. Nothing can arise out of nothing.
Science deals with this question in several ways:
1. It is useless to surmise without facts. Since we have no pre-Big
Bang data we are not going to think about it. Universe is just there.
2. There is no pre-Bing Bang,
because Time started at Big Bang. This is what St. Augustine also said 1600
years ago. Big objects such as planets and stars pull the fabric of time-space
towards themselves by their force of gravity. Time slows. A big object such as Sagittarius
A at the center of our galaxy has a mass of 4 million suns. Time must be slower
over there. At Big Bang the whole matter-energy of the future universe was
compressed in a singularity much smaller than an atom, the size of a Planck
length; a centimeter divided by 1 followed by 32 zeroes. The massive pull of
this singularity made the Time stand still.
3. As Sherlock Holmes, a fictional detective, once said, that
if you eliminate the impossible, whatever is left, is the truth. Therefore, it
follows that there must be the same amount of energy-matter before Big Bang as
it was at Big Bang, and is there now, 13.8 billion years later, because the law
of conservation of energy-matter states so. The law of conservation of energy
is a fundamental law of nature. According to this law, energy can neither be
created nor destroyed, but it can be transformed.
One of the current popular theories is that most or all or some
of the energy-matter was in the form of extremely small ( the size of a Planck
length ) strings, or in the form of membranes (abbreviated as brans). These
strings ( like the strings of a guitar ) vibrated at different speeds, all the
time, giving rise to different types of particles, just like different musical
notes emerge by different tension and plucking ofguitar strings.These subatomic particles caused the
formation of atoms.
If my writing, at this time lacks clarity, it is because the
subject itself is not clear.
We were discussing another theory, which may be the correct
solution, and satisfy the paradox stated in blog 139.
does God have foreknowledge? There are two possibilities:
1. He knows it because He has an infinite mind
that can compute all the possibilities.
The play is being played a second time. First time in a computer, similar to
some sort of simulation, or actuallyin
our planet or some other planet. What is going to happen now, in our planet,
will be the same as happened the first time around. Suppose you are watching a
film second time, you can easily tell how the plot will proceed. What the
actors are going to say? If you play the film thousand times, every single detail
will occur exactly the same way. The drama of this world is something like
that, except that we write, direct and act in this drama, and not the decrees
Men of God tell a particular
future event. Because God wants them to tell. God gives them permission to tell
and they always seek permission from God before they tell, because they fully
know that it is a divine law to have the future hidden from mankind (otherwise
mankind would not put their full effort). They violate the law with divine
sanction. When Brunton asked Chandi Das to tell him his future, Chandi Das
rebuked him and said, “Why do you seek to know? The Creator has kept the future
hidden for a fit reason” (blog 91)
Let us now restate the paradox:
1. Some persons can see future, therefore it exists
2. Future does not and cannot exist, because it has not been
Both statements are true. There is no paradox!
What is required is to restate 1, as:
1. Some persons can see future, therefore it exists
somewhere, but not the actual future, but how is it going to transpire, in a
screen play, which these persons can access.
There is one small puzzle to be settled. When Chandi Das
told Brunton his future, he also said that he can only see a part of the
“Only in part. The lives
of men do not move so smoothly that every detail is ordained for them.”
Did he mean the two-tier hypothesis of Ramakrishna?
‘Just as, when a cow is tied to a post with long tether, it
can go to a distance of one cubit, or it can go up to the full length of the
tether according to its choice, so too is the free will of the man….God has
given man some power and freedom to utilize it as he likes.
That is why the man feels himself free…’
This mote thinks that the solution to this problem is not
the two-tier hypothesis of religion but that the things get clearer as the
event approaches ( a seer told me this fact ). It is as if one was witnessing a
city from far distance. One can only see a mass consisting of thousands of
house. As one approaches nearer, one can see separate houses and buildings.
Still nearer, one can see the multiple storeys and windows in the buildings. As
one approaches further, one can see occupants of the houses and whether they
are men and women or children.
In the end, let us see what the components of hypothesis 2
(free will) are:
1. Man is free to choose his own fate
2. Nothing is preordained.
3. God started this play of universe for His inscrutable
4. God sometimes interferes in the screen play for His
unfathomable reason. This part appears contradictory to number 1. This will be
discussed in greater detail when I discuss the “system of the world” at some
5. God has foreknowledge of the future.
6. A Master screen play exists.
7. The future can be foretold by some men of God.
8. The difference from hypothesis one (fate) is that the
fate is not preordained. Everything happens by the interaction of free will
with Mother Nature. Future does not yet exist. The difference from hypothesis
two (free will) is that future can be foretold by selected persons.
Difference from modern scientists is:
(a). That there is God, who created everything
(b). Future can be foretold (according to science, future
cannot be foretold because it does not yet exist). It does not yet exist,
because it has not been made yet.
What are the flaws in the components of hypothesis 2?
It is based on many
suppositions but very little evidence.
Let us study this criticism. Component number one and two
are not in dispute by scientists and logicians. Components number 3-5 depend
upon the existence of God. I have written eighteen blogs (blogs 97-114) to
prove the existence of God. I presented lot of anecdotal evidence. The reader
is at liberty to read those blogs and make his/her own mind. I don’t want them
to be repeated over here. Personally, I do not have an iota of doubt.
I have also presented plenty of anecdotal evidence in
support of item number seven. I do not have any doubt left, after I learnt the episode
of lottery numbers (blog 135), by the seer himself.
The main supposition, for which there is zero evidence, is
the existence of a Master screen play. I arrived at it by logic. It is the only
way to reconcile the paradox. The seers have to see something in the present,
because as Saint Augustine repeatedly said (and this mote arrived at the same
conclusion, independently) that the future does not yet exist. How can anybody
see anything which does not exist? Therefore, it is logical to assume that
there exists, somewhere in present,
a record of future events (I called it screen play).
This mote prayed to God, even today, a way to access the
future, at least for once, so that I can then say that I have myself seen some
future event. For me, at least, then it won’t be hearsay.
We were discussing the
possible explanations of prophecies
5.There is a parallel world,
which is an exact copy of our world, but it is ahead of us in time. Let us
suppose it is 500 years ahead of us. Let us further assume that it is one
hundred light years away from us (a light year is the distance light travels in
one year, at the speed of 186,000 miles per second.). If the year on our earth
is 2014, the year in the other world is 2514. If we had the ability to watch
the events at the other world right at this minute, we would be watching what
is going on in the other world in year 2414. (It took the light to reach to us
a hundred years; therefore it is 2514 minus 100).
So, if by some technique you were
able to make a video film of the last 4 hundred years of the other planet;
years 2014 to 2414 of the other world, and feed it to a giant computer on earth,
or still better, download it in the memory center of your own brain, if you were
a holy man, you would have the ability to forecast events which are going to
happen on earth, in the next four hundred years,! You could have started
recording in year 1614 of earth time, and be up to date, in the present year of
However, to have all that to
happen, you have to fulfill the following conditions:
1.A planet which is an exact replica of our
planet, like an image in the mirror.
2. The planet is
ahead of our planet in time.
3. We have the
ability to watch or record the events in the other planet.
First two are highly
implausible suppositions, but the third is easy and is being routinely done by
many telescopes on earth and in space.
Therefore, we cannot
discard this possibility. Maybe, in the future, when the science is much more
advanced, we will find the parallel world.
However, there is one
consideration, which can make us reject this scenario, at least the part which
deals with prophecies.
We were discussing the possibility of a parallel world,
which is exactly similar to our world, like the image in a mirror, but is ahead
of us in 500 years, away from us by 100 light years, and this is the year 2014.
A man of God, or a scientist, has downloaded the film of years 2014 to 2414.
What is going to happen in year 2015 is exactly, and in every single detail,
recorded and can be viewed.
Let us play out the scenario of Swami Vivekananda telling
Dickenson that he will receive a silver cup from his guru (blog 102). This
event occurred 43 years later. Therefore, if Vivekananda foretold the event, he
must have seen, in his mind’s eye, what happened in the other planet; he must
have seen an image Vivekananda
telling image Dickenson that he will
get a silver cup, by seeing what happened in another ( third) planet.
there is no other (third ) planet! We assumed there were only two planets. Is there a
third planet? If we proceed on this path, there has to be a fourth, and fifth
planet. As a matter of fact, an infinity of mirror-image planets, ahead of each
other in time. We are entering the realm of absurdity.
Is that the end of our theorizing? If this mote is baffled,
he derives some satisfaction, that mightier minds and more advanced mystics
than him have similarly accepted defeat. Listen to what St Augustine had to say
then, Ruler of Thy creation, by what way dost Thou teach souls things to come?
For Thou didst teach Thy Prophets. By what way dost Thou, to whom nothing is to
come, teach things to
come; or rather
of the future, dost teach things present? For, what is not, neither can it be
taught. Too far is this way of my ken: it is too mighty for me, I cannot attain
unto it; but from Thee I can, when Thou shalt vouchsafe it, O sweet light of my
another theory, which may be the correct solution, and satisfy the paradox
stated in blog 139. We will call it explanation 6.
6. The people who prophesied, and told about
future events have access to the Master screen play. In the drama of the universe,
God is not the writer, and director of the play, He is more like the
producer of the play. He had the idea to create the play.Whatever, the actors will do or say on stage,
how the plot will proceed, how the drama will end, is in the screen play.
However, He did not write the screen play. He knows by His infinite mind what
is in the screen play. He did not preordain the screen play but He has
foreknowledge of the screen play.
writer and director of the play are we, ourselves, and the Mother Nature.
people, who tell the future, do not travel into the future. They stay in the
present. They do not see the future, because the future does not yet exist.
Scenes are brought to their mind’s eye, or words are wrung from their mouths
without their forethought, by higher powers, which have access to the Master
We were discussing the possible explanations of prophecies
2. The predicted
events were made to occur, when their time came, by some powerful living
persons or spirits. Take the example of Mr Dickenson being told that one day
his guru will give him a silver cup. Swami Vivekananda may not have seen the future;
words may have been wrung out of his mouth by some unseen power, just as it
happened to Sri Yogananda (blog 103):
“One day in my Ranchi
school, a boy named Kashi, a brilliant youth of twelve, asked me “Sir, what
will be my fate?”
‘You shall soon be
dead’. An irresistible power forced the answer from me.
The boy died the same
When Yogananda was
walking in a street of Calcutta, an unseen power may have influenced his mind
and made him buy a silver cup for Dickenson. Higher powers, when necessary, do
influence our minds.
For instance, take
the two incidents quoted in section 6 and 7 of blog 112, as Mufti Sahib’s
prayers. In one instance some higher power influenced the mind of the wife of
the landlord, and in the other case the mind of the person who gave Mufti Sahib
money for the bus fare.
This argument can be
invoked in some cases, but not all.For
instance, a fakir told my grandfather
that he and one of his sons will be buried in one grave. To have it happen, a
colossal event such as Partition of India had to take place, in which millions
of people died or suffered. It could not have been done just to make the fakir right. Similarly Yogananda sister
could not have attired herself in her bridal dress and later during the day
kill herself to prove herself right.
3. The causes or
signs of future start appearing in the present, from them the future can be
This argument was
first made by St Augustine sixteen hundred years ago (1). For instance the
sunrise from day-break. I quote:
the day-break, I foreshow, that the sun, is about to rise. What I behold, is
present; what I foresignify, to come; not the sun, which already is; but the
sun-rising, which is not yet. And
I not in my mind imagine the sun-rising itself (as now while I speak of it), I
could not foretell it. But neither is that daybreak which I discern in the sky,
the sun-rising, although it goes
it; ……… . Future things then are not yet: and if they be not yet, they are not:
are not, they cannot be seen; yet foretold they may be from things present,
which are already, and are seen.’
This argument is not
valid in any of the 14 situations cited above, such as for Swami
Vivekananda to see the event of the silver cup 43 years in advance
4. The people who
prophesied had the ability to travel in the future. Travel in the future is the
fodder of science fiction. Even famous physicists claim that theoretically it
is possible (2). If some men of God have this ability they could go in the
future for few minutes, like Chandi Das did in front of Paul Brunton, and then
come back to the present, and report their findings (blog 91)
us examine what the scientists have to say:
‘If you want to advance through the
years a little faster than the next person, you'll need to exploit space-time.
Global positioning satellites
pull this off every day, accruing an extra third-of-a-billionth of a second
daily. Time passes faster in orbit, because satellites are farther away from
the mass of the Earth. Down here on the surface, the planet's mass drags on
time and slows it down in small measures. In thesuper
massive black hole Sagittarius A at the center of our galaxy, the mass of 4 million suns
exists as a single, infinitely dense point, known as a singularity [source: NASA].
It must slow the time a lot over there.
We call this effect gravitational
time dilation. (3) ’
If you were travelling on a space
ship at 99.999% of the speed of light, one year on that space ship would have
equaled 223 years on earth. When you came back after a year, all the people you
knew before your journey would have died. One would have travelled 223 years in
The trouble about all these
speculations is they do not help us one bit. Take the example of a traveler
starting on his space trip in year 2014, at close to the speed of light. Let us
say he has the magical ability to watch the events on earth. After a month he
wants to notify all the events to somebody on the earth. Let us further suppose
that he can send the message at the speed of light. The message will take
another month to arrive on earth. Two months have passed since he started his
journey. These two months are approximately equal to 37 years of earth time. Time
travelled 223 times faster on the earth than on the space ship. It is 2051 on
earth. The message cannot tell the earth inhabitants anything that they already
don’t know. They have lived through it. It is their past. What the men of God
supposedly do is to watch the future, which yet do not exist.
What are the arguments against free will, or hypothesis two?
Actually there is
only one argument against it, and that is if the future does not yet exist
(because it has yet to be made), then how come some men of God are able to tell
it, sometimes in precise detail? In blog 135, I narrated how a man of God who
foresaw the seven lottery numbers, one day in advance of their live drawing on
TV. It is as if future existed somewhere.
Thus we arrive at a paradox:
1. Some persons can see future, therefore it exists
2. Future does not and cannot exist, because it has not been
These are two mutually contradictory, immovable statements.
Only one of them can be right, or is there some way in which both are right?
Let us first examine the actual evidence of prophecies. I have
chronicled 13 such events (excluding the one in blog 135) in blogs 102-3. A
summary of them is in blog 114. Since many persons do not have access to
computer, I will restate the summary here:
anybody tell the future which has not been made yet? To have my grandfather
buried in the same grave with his son, required a colossal event to happen, in
which millions suffered. For Swami Vivekananda to see the event of the silver
cup 43 years in advance, only a Divine power had to be involved. How did Swami
Yukteswar know that the veterinarian will fall ill soon, recover, and die 6
months later? How did he know that Yogananda will be fed strawberries in
America? And Kashi did die, as predicted.
one explain the vision of the teacher putting a garland of flowers on the
president’s neck and receiving a check; Baroda Babu’s telling Dilip Kumar Roy,
12 years in advance, that he will have to wait for Indra Devi to join him as
his disciple for his real progress, and also telling him about what Sri Aurobindo
advised him regarding his hernia.
not have any explanation of Indra Devi’s vision of the pilot dying in crash one
year in advance and then his spirit coming to Indra.
Lawrence predicted on Friday, that he will die on Monday (blog 15-7). That is
how it happened.
In blog 91, I have narrated the incident of
Paul Brunton meeting Chandi Das. Chandi Das, reluctantly, narrated some
incidents of Brunton’s future. Some of them came true, by the time book was
What are the possible
explanations of prophecies?
1.All these anecdotes of prophecies are false.
They never happened.
2. The anecdotes are
true, but the predicted events were made to occur, when their time came, by
some powerful living persons or spirits.
3. The causes or
signs of future start appearing in the present, from them the future can be
4. The people who
predicted, had the ability to travel in the future
5.There is a parallel world, which is a copy of
our world, like the image in a mirror (or we are the image). It is ahead of us
in time. Whatever will happen in future over here has already happened in the
other world. Therefore access to that world enables us to know our future.
Now, let us examine
these speculations in greater detail.
1.All these anecdotes of prophecies are false.
These episodes have been carefully selected by this mote. I heard the story of
my grandfather and uncle, from the lips of my mother (blog 102). Mr Dickenson
told the story of silver cup many times, and Sri Yogananda, being a man of God,
would not have chronicled it in his autobiography, were it false. The source of
other anecdotes (3-8, in blog 102) is also written by Sri Yogananda in his
book. I, myself, talked to the teacher who put garland of flowers, around the president’s
neck. He verified it. I, myself, talked to the seer who foresaw the seven
lottery numbers. The other episodes are also taken from the books of men of
God, like Paul Brunton, Brother Lawrence, and Dilip Kumar Roy. So all these
episodes are authentic.
There is a valid
criticism, that all of these episodes are hearsay or could have been fabricated
by the authors, themselves. I have not mentioned a single episode, watched by
me, or experienced by me. I have no answer to this argument. Maybe God will one
day grant me such an episode. But it still will not answer the criticism,
because how will the readers know that I am not making it up.