> —- In
email@example.com, ashishcool tandon
> <ashishcooltandon@y...> wrote:
> > Dear Jagbir,
> > JSMJ,
> > Experiencing the Loving Mother through innocent
> > children has been a honour and a privilige. I have
> > read every word with great reverence.
> > I have often longed to read more but unfortunately
> > have not updated the visits to the Kingdom of God.
firstname.lastname@example.org, "jagbir singh"
> Today morning i was updating some files and decided to
> again what has been cross-examined numerous times over
> At about 7.30 am 10-year-old Lalita was asked about
> Question: What is above Shri Mataji's head?
> Lalita: The Light.
> Question: Can you look at it for a long time?
> Lalita: Yes, you can look at it.
> Question: Does it not blind you?
> Lalita: It doesn't blind me.
> Question: Is it different from the sun you see on
> Lalita: Yes.
> Question: Why?
> Lalita: It's smaller.
> Question: Anything else?
> Lalita: It doesn't blind you. What else ...... It's
> myself: Thank you Lalita.
> This Light is always above the Great Divine Mother,
and this Spirit
> of God Almighty resides within the Sahasraras of all
> Her incarnation on Earth as Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi,
now an aging
> octogenarian, She is eternally youthful and of
> beauty. Kash, Arwinder and Lalita have always
maintained that they
> have never seen any woman as beautiful as Shri
Maha-Devi who is
> truly the Great Primordial Goddess. (Shri Saraswati,
> Kali are also extremely beautiful but none are
comparable with the
> "The Devi Gita, or Song of the Goddess, presents a
grand vision of
> the universe created, pervaded, and protected by a
> powerful, all-knowing, and wholly compassionate divine
> is Maha-Devi, the Great Goddess, wielding all power
(Shakti) in the
> universe. Yet power is not just an attribute of the
Goddess; she is
> power or Shakti itself. To her most devoted followers,
> Shaktas (worshipers of the supreme Shakti), she is
> Mother of the World, ever anxious for the welfare of
> Unlike the ferocious Hindu goddesses such as Kali and
> World Mother of the Devi Gita is beautiful and benign,
> some of her lesser manifestations may take on terrible
> unlike some other beneficent female divinities as
> Lakshmi, she is subject to no male consort. Subject to
none, she is
> the Shakti of all." (The Devi Gita, pg. 1)
> It is the last sentence that is most profound and
true: "Subject to
> none, she is the Shakti of all." Unlike Shri Shiva,
> Brahma, Rama, Vishnu with their female consorts,
> Arwinder or Lalita have ever seen the Great Divine
Mother with any
> companion. She alone sits on the Timeless Throne with
> Light above Her at all times. All the greatest gods,
> messengers bow down in humble reverence and homage
> meditating on Her. Each and every soul in the Spirit
> meditate on Her at all times. There is nothing higher
or supreme to
> the Shakti in heaven or earth!
> Jai Shri Mataji,
Is God All in the Mind?
A review by Michael Shermer
Why God Won't Go Away Brain Science and the Biology of
Andrew Newberg, Eugene D'quili, and Vince Rause
Ballantine, New York, 2001. 234 pp. $24.95, C$37.95.
About ten years ago, when I began to research why people
God, I asked a colleague in a religious studies program
the latest path-breaking scientific work in this area.
James's 1890 Varieties of Religious Experience," he
sardonically. In his opinion, he explained, the field
That perception was an exaggeration, of course, but his
that with the exception of a handful of psychologists
theological seminaries, mainstream social and cognitive
had largely ignored the question. The situation has
dramatically in the past decade, as the renewed debate
relation between science and religion has exploded onto
landscape and scientists from a variety of fields have
fray. Why God Won't Go Away presents an interpretation
Andrew Newberg and Eugene D'quili, physicians at the
Pennsylvania. Newberg holds joint appointments in
religious studies, and D'quili, now deceased, was a
psychiatry. Co-author Vince Rause is a free-lance
breezy and speculative book was written for general
readers, but it
provides enough new material, especially on the
mystical experiences, to hold the interest of
God won't go away, the authors argue, because the
is rooted in the biology of the brain. When Buddhist
and Franciscan nuns pray, for example, single photon
computed tomography scans of their brains indicate
activity in the posterior superior parietal lobe. The
this bundle of neurons the orientation association area
area's primary function is to orient the body in
people with damage to this area have a hard time
way around their surroundings. When the OAA is up and
smoothly, there is a sharp distinction between self and
When the OAA is in sleep mode—as in deep meditation and
division breaks down and, consequently, the lines
between reality and
fantasy are blurred. Is this what happens to monks who
feel a oneness
with the universe or with nuns who feel the presence of
Yes, say the authors. They claim to have "uncovered
that the mystical experiences of [their] subjects—the
of mind they described as the absorption of the self
larger—were not the result of emotional mistakes or
thinking, but were associated instead with a series of
neurological events." Although this is an odd
distinction to make,
the authors maintain it throughout the book. They
recognize that a
skeptic might explain "all spiritual longings and
including the universal human yearning to connect with
divine," as delusions that stem from misfiring brain
cells. Indeed, I
am one such skeptic, but I fail to see the difference
minor linguistic distinction) between a delusion and a
OAA activity. Delusion is simply a description of what
the OAA shuts down and the brain loses the ability to
self from non-self. It's still all in the brain. Unless,
one believes these neurologically triggered mystical
actually serve as a conduit to a real spiritual world
where God (or
what the authors call "Absolute Unitary Being") resides.
That is, in
fact, what they believe: "our research has left us no
choice but to
conclude that the mystics may be on to something, that
machinery of transcendence may in fact be a window
through which we
can glimpse the ultimate realness of something that is
Thankfully they are honest enough to admit that this
conclusion "is a
terrifically unscientific idea" and that to accept it
second-guess all our assumptions about material
Nandi Lab Cancer Research Lab
491 LSA UC Berkeley,
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
"The godly light is exactly the beginning of parousia in
"The Light is not more in Buddhas and not less in
Guru Nanak: "My Light is the name of One and only God"
Mishkat al-anwar: We are two spirits dwelling in one body
"The discoverer of the Atman must also discover this inner