Most religions, and as often scientific communities, speak of mysteries of god and/or the universe. Yet, at the same time, none are so critical of other faiths as leaders of various religions, and the professorial scientists of past scientific achievements. This surely must be the greatest enigma.
The first group deals with the impossible to prove, invisible, unimaginable, indefinable—all traits that hardly lend themselves to certainty that they are, or could be, right.
The second group is in a constant state of denial, convinced that although all religions are wrong, they, and only they are invariably right. What this group of the illustrious scientists seems to forget that they are all laughing in derogatory convulsions at many ‘scientific’ achievements of a hundred years ago. They consider it unconscionable that hundred years from now, they too will be laughed at as primitive quasi-scientists, walking in circles admiring their own navels.
This is the nature of physical progress, or, to invert the concept, of progress of physics. The wisest thing to do is to accept that magic of today will be the science of tomorrow. On the other hand, it might lead us to believe that some concepts confined to religions today will, over time, become accepted as scientific theories. Speaking only for myself, I am prepared to bet my bottom dollar that this will happen, though, of course, I shan’t be here to brag about it. Nevertheless, what I am leading up to is that criticism almost invariably diminishes the critic, not that which is criticized. That which is criticized is little more than a toy the scientists play with. (No comments about the pot and the cattle, please!)
If past experience is any indication of the future we are about to face, then we can be sure of only one thing. As times goes on, we know less and less about the great teachings of the Great Avatars, and more and more about the material reality, which is, in most respects, only imaginary; as in empty space; as in that which is in constant flux; in constant movement, turmoil. As that which changes faster than we can observe it.
So much for science.
We have long forgotten what was the original reason for religions. As for the scientists, they can be proud of knowing more and more about near-empty space. About virtually… nothing.
Sounds pretty stupid, doesn’t it? Isn’t there a danger that future generations will laugh at us? That, too, is an enigma. Perhaps we got it all wrong. Perhaps the fellow in the Lakeshore Hospital had it right; the fellow in NOW—Being and Becoming. You decide.
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