There’s an old story about a saint in India who never had anything negative to say. He saw beauty in everything. This annoyed one of the local villagers who felt it was an unrealistic façade. One day, the villager met with the saint and asked him if he would like to go for a walk. When the saint agreed, the villager led him through the most depressed and gloomy part of town. Leading the way through a dingy alleyway, they came upon a dead dog, clearly dead for a while with flies buzzing around, etc. Taking advantage of the opportunity…

For better or worse, it’s an epidemic: people are turning their backs on religion. Religious leaders are at a loss as to what to do about it. They may try to water down their teachings to make them more palatable, compromise their moral positions, or introduce non-traditional music into the church. One thing is for sure: they just don’t get what the problem is. It seems they are unable to respond to the underlying reason people are walking away.

The fundamental problem is that religion, as it is understood today, is incompatible with the analytical and rational mentality that has…

Some think of the soul as one’s divine essence. Yet throughout the ages, Sages and Saints have told us that the divine essence cannot be touched, cannot be felt. The ungraspable cannot be grasped.

Similarly, no one can touch the sun. However, we all understand its nature. We feel its warmth on our bodies and witness how it feeds all of life. The soul is like the radiations from the sun. We feel it radiating from the depth of our being and permeating our feelings, thoughts, and emotions. The source of the soul is the central core of our existence…

“Akash” is an ancient Sanskrit term that means space or atmosphere. It is considered the finest level of existence. It is like a canvas upon which all of creation is painted. You can feel into the Akash by ringing a bell and allowing the sound to dissipate out into silence. That silence contains within it a feeling. What you are feeling is the Akash in an undisturbed state. The Akash can take on various qualities. For example, the atmosphere in a smoke-filled stale old bar has one feeling. The atmosphere in a church is quite different. There’s also a feeling…

I find it fascinating to look back at generational shifts and see the resulting societal changes, particularly in the United States. Even more interesting is how they explain where American society is today. For example, during the post-World War II era, parents who lived through the Depression and the war wanted a better life for their children (now known as the Baby Boomer generation). At the same time, the idealized notion of a little house with a white picket fence, a dog, a cat, and a car in the driveway became accessible to many Americans. …

During 1972 was my dark night of the soul (existential crisis). I was 21 years old, attending Ohio State University with a double major in honors physics and math. I came to realize there was a lot more to life. Pondering, I walked the off-campus streets at night with the autumn leaves crackling under my feet. I came to conclusions: Everything had to be coming from the same one thing. Otherwise, how could music so beautifully parallel biology? How could mathematics apply to music, biology, and more? …

Darwin was correct about species evolving to promote the survival of the fittest, but he didn’t have the whole story. According to computer models, the big bang of the brain occurred far too quickly to be attributed strictly to survival of the fittest. A viable explanation follows.

There is an underlying basis of existence. Modern physicists call it “the unified field”. Everything was born out of that field and gravitates back to it. It is the source of infinite intelligence and harmony that birthed and sustains the universe.

Much like gravity, the pull of that field is what accelerated the…

The American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson once said that when scientists talk to the public, they speak about what they know; when they speak privately amongst themselves, they talk about what they don’t know. The way I see it, if we lived a life confined strictly to what we can scientifically prove, our lives would be ridiculous.

I will not live my life attempting to defy science.

Nor will I live my life limited to what science has currently proven.

Science is great. Not only has it provided us with technological advancements, but it has also helped us separate the…

I was once asked the following:

“People say that Mantras are different names of God. Not being particularly religious, I’m uncomfortable with that. Is it true that Mantras are all different names of God? When we meditate on a Mantra, are we being indoctrinated into some religious approach without even being told? I would find that offensive.”

To which I responded:

“The underlying basis of existence is called the unified field. It is the dynamic self-interacting foundation of existence. It is who and what everything and everyone is in their essence. As the unified field interacts with itself, it creates…

Though we may all refer to it differently, everyone has some sense of universality. Some call it “morality,” others refer to it as “the family of humanity”. Some refer to that one thing that unifies us all as “God,” while others may think of it as the unified field. However we may think of it, we all share some sense of community or unification with humanity.

Even though that sense is universal, clearly our understanding of it varies greatly. There doesn’t seem to be a single explanation or understanding that satisfies everyone. …

Michael Mamas

Author and teacher Michael Mamas is a thought leader in the areas of spirituality & personal development. www.MichaelMamas.net, www.RationalSpirituality.org

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