Can We Make Religion Scientific?
(Vinod Anand)

In recent centuries, science has given us a revolutionary and wonderful new approach to reality. Science tells us not to be satisfied with mere blind belief, but to experiment and prove whether what we want to believe is true. Science discovered an endless array of marvelous things — a universe of a hundred billion galaxies; a universe grander and greater than anyone had believed possible. Imagine if you could go back in time and describe to the people who lived four centuries ago the wonderful things we have today— airplanes, television, travel to the moon — all the things we take for granted today. They would say you were mad. Yet, despite all these discoveries, there is a sense of sterility in people’s hearts today. They are asking, “But what does it all mean? Am I only a number? What is my reality? What is my place in the world?” The need today is to translate the scientist’s basic principles into spiritual terms. We must replace blind belief by direct, personal experience. A few centuries ago, no one thought in this way. It was enough to declare that you believed. There were great arguments among the pundits about things that could never be proved. But now, with the example of science, people are asking, “How can we test and prove spiritual truths?” I have had some wonderful experiences in my life of how God supports you when you live for him. Some years ago, I felt guided to visit India, after I had been away from this country for about ten years. I felt that the Divine Mother wanted me to go. (I always think of God as my Divine Mother.) I had about $2,000 from classes that I had j taught and money that people had given me, and in those days it was enough for a ticket and a stay of two or three months. But two weeks before I was to leave, my car broke down. I thought, “I really should go to India, but when I come back I’ll need a car.” I prayed for guidance, but I didn’t receive an answer. So I said, “Divine Mother, my common sense tells me I need a cat so I’m going to buy one. If you want me to go to India, you’ll have to reimburse me.” On Friday I paid$1000 for a car, and the following Monday I received a letter from a man didn’t know. He enclosed a cheque for $1,000, with a note that said, “To use as Divine Mother wants you to.” I’ve seen this happen so many times in my life. If it only worked for me, I might think that I am just lucky. But I’ve seen that it is true for everyone who follows this principle: live first for God and everything else will be given to you. There is a longing today for this teaching. And when everyone longs for something divine, God sends a teacher to bring His truth to earth. This change in consciousness comes by meditating and living for God. If you meditate and give the fruits of your actions to Him, you will find yourself coming into attunement with that higher guidance. The worst criminal can become a saint if he would only wake up to his own higher reality.

Author's Bio: 

VINOD K.ANAND: A BRIEF PROFILE

Born in 1939, and holding Master’s Degree both in Mathematics (1959) and Economics (1961), and Doctorate Degree in Economics (1970), Dr. Vinod K.Anand has about forty five years of teaching, research, and project work experience in Economic Theory (both micro and macro), Quantitative Economics, Public Economics, New Political Economy, and Development Economics with a special focus on economic and social provisions revolving around poverty, inequality, and unemployment issues, and also on informal sector studies. His last assignment was at the National University of Lesotho (Southern Africa) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that he was placed as Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of North-West in the Republic of South Africa, and University of Allahabad in India, Professor at the National University of Lesotho, Associate Professor at the University of Botswana, Gaborone in Botswana, and at Gezira University in Wad Medani, Sudan, Head, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Yola in Nigeria, Principal Lecturer in Economics at Maiduguri University in Nigeria, and as Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. Professor Anand has by now published more than 80 research papers in standard academic journals, authored 11 books, supervised a number of doctoral theses, was examiner for more than twenty Ph.D. theses, and has wide consultancy experience both in India and abroad, essentially in the African continent. This includes holding the position of Primary Researcher, Principal Consultant etc. in a number of Research Projects sponsored and funded by Universities, Governments, and International Bodies like, USAID, IDRC, and AERC. His publications include a variety of themes revolving around Economic Theory, New Political Economy, Quantitative Economics, Development Economics, and Informal Sector Studies. His consultancy assignments in India, Nigeria, Sudan, Botswana, and the Republic of South Africa include Non-Directory Enterprises in Allahabad, India, Small Scale Enterprises in the Northern States of Nigeria, The Absolute Poverty Line in Sudan, The Small Scale Enterprises in Wad Medani, Sudan, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises in Botswana, The Place of Non-Formal Micro-Enterprises in Botswana, Resettlement of a Squatter Community in the Vryburg District of North West Province in the Republic of South Africa, Trade and Investment Development Programme for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises: Support for NTSIKA in the Republic of South Africa, and Development of the Manufacturing Sector in the Republic of South Africa’s North West Province: An Approach Based on Firm Level Surveys. Professor Anand has also extensively participated in a number of conferences, offered many seminars, participated in a number of workshops, and delivered a variety of Refresher Lectures at different venues both in India and abroad. Dr. Anand was placed at the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla in the State Himachal Pradesh, India as a Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and had completed a theoretical and qualitative research project/monograph on the Employment Profile of Micro Enterprises in the State of Himachal Pradseh, India.