"Just as color cannot be perceived by ears, nor sound by eyes; in like manner, the Eternal Supreme Spirit is not perceptible to the senses. He can only be seen by a pure soul through the purity of heart, acquisition of knowledge and the practice of yoga. Just as one cannot reap the advantages of knowledge without acquiring it, likewise the Supreme Spirit cannot be seen without the practice of yoga and gaining the highest knowledge." The Light of Truth
"The soul that denies the existence of the Supreme Being or believes Him to be limited to some particular time or place, or conducts itself against the will, nature, character and attributes of God or bears malice to another, becomes subject to fear." Introductory to revelationMisguided religion has led to fanaticism and superstition. Predetermination takes the place of honest inquiry and truth is suppressed. This form of credulity is the catalyst of existing adverse and prejudicial conditions that plague our creation. Is there a remedy? All the fallacies of human reason must be exhausted, before the light of higher truth could meet with ready response. It would be the first step in the right direction which leads to atheism.
In studying the systems of philosophy, it is necessary that the mind adopt a discipline of impartiality and sobriety. It must then be raised to an exalted mental condition through the process of reasoning. This intellectual function is required for the comprehension of recondite and invisible truths of matter and nature.
The argument that Christian values are the final verdict in the progress of modern civilization is not true. Proper organization is the answer and not religion.
"The advance of western civilization has been partly a story of gradual victory over oppressive religion, and these brilliant doubters were men and women who didn't pray, didn't kneel before altars, didn't make pilgrimages, didn't recite creeds." James A. Haught - "2000 years of Disbelief."
The atheists are right not to believe in an anthropomorphic God who circumvents the laws of nature. Otherwise then for all practical purposes, it will be right for a magician to qualify as God.
The atheist's conception of the universe's creation is 'The big bang theory,' that a giant explosion that caused the formation of all the luminous bodies in the universe. But Atheists really cannot explain the habitation of this one planet, earth, and its operation within law, order, design and purpose.
If man gradually evolved from a very primitive animal life form, where did that life form have its origin? Man has an intellect but how it came about is unknown. It is absolutely impossible that such order and design of earth and life forms could have occurred by chance or by an accident.
"The theory of natural selection is indicative of nature's imperfections. According to it Nature is still improving. This theory points out the absence in Nature at present of the best forms that it will produce in the future. We, on the other hand, believe in the pre-existence of all things in Nature, and in their later manifestation, not as an originality, but as a manifestation of a pre-existing substance, lying latent in its bosom. Our doctrine is, that out of nothing, nothing can come. Therefore, whatever comes into existence, must have had a pre-existence in Nature.
We have thus little respect for a theory such as Darwin which propounds that human species are a development of an inferior animal nature. For, if we were to accept this, we would be at a loss to trace the origin of human language and the possession of Divine knowledge, which are peculiar to mankind only, and which are not self-acquired, but can only be learnt from others.
Such theories may perhaps find supporters among those races which were originally savage, and which had improved within the memory of man. For, such races are apt to think that as their present development from a savage to a civilized state is well-known fact, it may be possible that man himself is a development of the ape-like species. But the hypothesis which makes this theory possible is not reasonable in itself. No savage nation has ever become self-civilized; and we can always trace the civilization of one nation to another which is already civilized.
One of the originators of the Physical Evolution Theory, Dr. A. R. Wallace was the first to
strike down the Social Evolution Theory. He rightly affirmed that: "The Veda admittedly the oldest book in the library of mankind contains the essential teachings of the most advanced religious thinkers and is a vast system of religious teachings which are pure and lofty.”
He further wrote in “Social Environment and Moral Progress,” strongly refuting the social and
moral evolution theory:
“In the earliest records which have come down to us from the past, we find ample indications
that accepted standard of morality and the conduct resulting from these were in no degree
inferior to those which prevail today, though in some respects, they were different from ours.
The wonderful collection of hymns known as the Vedas are a vast system of religious
teachings as pure and lofty as those of the finest portions of the Hebrew Scriptures. Its
authors were fully our equals in their conception of the universe and the Deity expressed in
the finest poetic language.”
“In it (Veda) we find many of the essential teachings of the most advance religious thinkers.”
“We must admit that the mind which conceived and expressed in appropriate language, such
ideas as are everywhere present in those Vedic hymns, could not have been inferior to those
of the best of our religious teachers and poets to our Milton, Shakespeare and Tennyson.”
The thoughts of learned men which pass as original, can be traced to the authors whom they have studied, or to the society in which they lived and moved. With us, the Aryans of India, it is quite different. We have the very word of him (Manu), who was the founder of the human race, telling us that mankind is from the beginning a separate species of the animal kingdom, and that the highest thoughts within the reach of mankind were revealed to him; and he, in his turn, revealed the same to his descendants." Vedic Philosophy.
The theory of evolution has also failed in many other ways. If man evolved from monkeys it has to be a law (natural) which the atheists believe to be unchangeable. So why has this process of evolution come to a dead stop? The world population for thousands of years past should have consisted of those from human births and those who evolved. Yet why no remains?
Furthermore, the question of learning must be considered. Past, present and future educational institutions were, are and will be indicative of a process whereby, man, must be taught.
"The knowledge given by another cannot be called instinctive. What is instinctive is natural, it can neither increase or decrease nor can it help any one to make any progress, since the savages also possess this instinctive knowledge and yet they have not made any progress. The acquired knowledge alone is the cause of progress. All of us during our childhood did not possess accurate knowledge of right and wrong, virtue and vice, but after having studied under our learned teachers, we were enabled to distinguish between right and wrong, virtue and vice. Hence it is wrong to hold that instinctive knowledge is all-sufficient." The Light of Truth.
One would not care to live, if life were a continuous fall. We all look forward to a high state, which if not achieved, we wish to live it again and yet again. Strange, our ambitions cannot find satisfaction at the end of only one life. There is never fulfillment for all that we have partly strive for, while we live. If there is no chance or chances for completion, then surely it will be a wastage of energy of both God and man.
Some atheists believe that as long as you are alive you must enjoy life all you can. Beg, borrow or steal to enjoy all the pleasures of the world, there is nothing to look forward to at the end.Such mentality offers no incentive to man. It makes a man lazy, irresponsible and reckless. Every accomplishment is the result of a goal set at one time or the other.
"There is no turpitude in drinking wine, eating flesh and committing adultery, for that is the natural way of created beings, but abstinence brings great reward." Manu
It takes an intelligent and curious being to examine the tenets of all the religions of the world before concluding that there is no God. Since the atheists are on that path of reasoning, one step further will ultimately lead them to the right path of pure monotheism. It is through perception of a painting that the creative talent of an artist can be visualized. Why is such perception not valid in the order and design of this creation by a Supernatural force?
It is an abomination of all logic to lay the foundation of atheism on the contradictions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam or any other dogmas that have their sources in mythology and aesthetics. Certainly, it is the dawn of our inquiries but to end it there, is the imminent defeat of all logic. When true knowledge is realized there are no questions left unanswered, a feat that cannot be accomplished as an atheist.
Thus the critical thinking of an atheist comes to an abrupt end outside the irrationality of religious dogmas whilst that of the pure monotheist is unlimited.
A young science student, Gurudutta Vidyarthi, M.A., a companion of Maharishi Swami Dayanand was a prolific atheist. He was an eye witness to the strange events that surrounded the Reformer's death that finally authenticated a radical faith in the absolute truth of the Supreme. Before his death at age twenty-seven he left a message. It is most appropriate for the credulous who only professes blind beliefs and the atheists who so vehemently deny the efficient cause of the universe.
"The visible or the external plane of existence is the one that is familiar to all of mankind but renders no Divine Light to the idiotic mind caged in matter."
The atheistic progression does not eliminate their goodness in what science has done for mankind. There are rewarded with the opportunity to begin life on the right path to God, depending on individual efforts. Many of these great souls as Plato, Socrates, Spinoza and more recently Einstein, have made the journey from atheism to pantheism where a God is recognized by Cosmic studies and natural laws.
"Geology.. Astronomy....Natural History..Phrenology.. Mathematics.. Chemistry.. Our planet... The universe of matter gives no record of His existence. Where next shall we search? The universe of mind! Read the millions of volumes written on the subject, and in all the speculations, the assertions, the assumptions, the theories and creeds, man has only stamped the indelible impress of his mind on every page, Human records are, at the best delineations of human character, phases of human mind, pictures of human existence, but where is God?"
"The true student of nature contemplates the invisible in the visible which produces the highest reverence for truths pertaining to the association of the first principle of life and activity. His aspirations are purely of an intellectual and moral character. He is free from the brute - passion and dislikes. Devotion and meditation, confidence and dispassion allow the beams of wisdom to softly enter and shed a mellow, agreeable luster on his feelings and intellect."
"The expanded intellect, and not foolish and baseless prayer, recognizes the spirit within the body to the science within the substances. He has discovered the true savior, the invisible supreme master, in whom the universe has its being. The soul is lifted to the realization of Divine reality, that the most earnest prayer we can ever utter is the righteous exertion to merit the inspirations that flow into the intellect from the Fountainhead of all Wisdom."- In his book, "Wisdom of the Rishis."
"I said before, the most beautiful and most profound religious emotion that we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. And this mystically is the power of all true science. If there is any such concept as a God, it is a subtle spirit, not an image of a man that so many have fixed in their minds. In essence, my religion consists of a humble admiration for this illimitable superior spirit that reveals itself in the slight details that we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds." Albert Einstein.Great thinkers and scientists are reincarnations of souls of high Vedic knowledge. The inclinations of the souls are already prepared for this science and are readily developed with ease. Had this not been so, why only a chosen few?
There is a thin line between an atheist and a pure monotheist, should he make that giant step into Vedic philosophy, he can cross that line. This step must be first directed by the message of The Last Reformer in one of his many books, The Light of Truth, as the The Right Path to true religion. This step is the only criterion in advancing to the the true Path.More on my take of Atheism >>>>>
"Whoever thoroughly understands the nature or the visible creation and the imperishable atom from which the visible creation springs at one time and some time, the same shall, by virtue of his knowledge of the primal atom, triumph over death, and shall obtain beatitude by virtue of his knowledge of the visible creation and by reason of his virtuous activity in that creation." Yajur Veda 40:14
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