Why do we need to understand God?
Einstein in his address at Princeton Theological Seminary, May 19, 1939
commented about religion that religion lays down clear fundamental ends and
valuations and sets them fast in emotional life of an individual and thus in social
life of man. The only justification for these fundamental ends is that they exist in
all healthy societies as powerful traditions, and it is not necessary to find
justification for their existence.
Further, Einstein in a symposium – Science, Philosophy and Religion at New
York 1941 stated:-
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind”
“What is still lacking here is a connection of profound generality but
not knowledge of order itself”
Our current scientific understanding does not allow us to understand
several aspects of nature, universe and human life which include the following
a) Origin and evolution of nature and universe – The most popular Big Bang
theory and its deductions leave many questions unanswered such as What
is dense matter?, What is the source of dense matter?, How chaos before
Big Bang could have led to order after Big Bang?, Whether origin and
evolution is a singular or a perpetual act?
b) Origin of survival mechanisms essential for existence of any particle,
whether of energy or mass or both. Mandatory conditions for existence of
any particle have inherent contradictions among them which need to be
resolved to allow the given particle to exist over a period of time.
c) Rational determination of acceptable human conduct.
d) Rational basis of emotional life. Our emotions are protective reflexes that
allow us to care not only for ourselves but also others and thus keep our
relations to our social milieu in accordance with Sherrington’s concept of
Projiscience i.e. action at a distance.
e) Rational basis of all morals and ethics.
f) Rational basis of Law.
g) Rational basis of all religious principles, practices and to differentiate
wheat from chaff.
h) Rational determination of acceptable human conduct, aspirations and
i) Rational differentiation of right from wrong, fair from unfair and just from
j) Appreciation of constraints to existence of any particle and mechanisms to
circumvent the same.
k) Rational foundations to social sciences.
l) Whether economy should be left to greed and phobias of the state or rich
and mighty, or needs to be prudently and pragmatically managed in the
interest of social justice.
m) Whatever an individual might think or say or claim, but the unavoidable
reality is that any individual survives only in a system. Our current
scientific understanding does not allow rational comprehension of
ourselves, the system that we live in and our cosmic connections.
Therefore, though we all love our freedom, we are unable to appreciate it
correctly and instead practice all kinds of aberrant behavior. Therefore we
need to understand God to rationally appreciate our freedom and enjoy
the same correctly.
n) And others.
If by God, one means connections of profound generality, that must have
preceded origin of nature and material universe, are valid across the entire
natural hierarchy and are still as active as they must have been in the past, then
these connections of profound generality must effectively and perpetually be
applicable to various aspects of human life.
One day a priest was narrating as to how a particular disciple is spending
tons of money to appease the Gods.
I listened to him for a while and then raised a query “How to find out that
the purpose of the disciple was met through his own efforts or by appeasement
This infuriated the priest and he began criticizing me for my beliefs.
In reply I raised another query “Can you tell me in just one word what
This drew a blank.
I broke the silence and told him that HARMONY is one word that sums up
I further explained that all religious principles and practices have their
origin in Law of Harmony – intuitively or otherwise. Law of Harmony states that
all laws have to be harmoniously construed and as a corollary one must seek
greatest harmony in one’s dealings with the world at large. This Law of Harmony
has its roots in universal instinct to exist and universal instincts are one of the
three aspects of God.
Understanding God as the one word symbolizing connections of profound
generality is essential because current scientific understanding only provides the
means and not the ends to which means are applied and current religious
understanding provides the ends but only as Gospel truth which one has to
Therefore, to understand God means understanding connections of
profound generality and this is essential for our own enlightenment and
elevation of consciousness leading to an intelligent, prudent and pragmatic living
providing body, mind and soul harmony to the individual on one hand and
harmonious relations with the world at large on the other. Therefore
understanding God is essential for optimized management of wide and varied
aspects of human existence.
Author: Dr Mahesh C. Jain is a practicing medical doctor has written the book
“Encounter of Science with Philosophy – A synthetic view”. The book begins with
first chapter devoted to scientifically valid concept of God and then explains
cosmic phenomena right from origin of nature and universe up to origin of life
and evolution of man. The book includes several chapters devoted to auxiliary
concepts and social sciences as corollaries to the concept of God. This is the only
book that deals with the subject matter of origin and evolution of nature and
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