Beyond and the Single Principle
By Ali Sina
proceed I would like to make this disclaimer. The following is
my personal views. My personal views however are good only for
me. You should not accept them but doubt them. You should doubt
everything and discover your own light.
believe that our soul survives after our body is dead. What
happens to our body is clear. It decomposes and returns to
Earth, “dust to dust, ashes to ashes”. Nevertheless the
reality of a human is not his body but his or her soul. As
Pierre Tielhard de Chardin said, we are spiritual beings having
a physical experience. We are here in this world to acquire
spiritual insights. We are here to strengthen our souls with
love. Just as the purpose of life for an embryo in the womb is
to acquire physical body in order to have an easy life in this
world when he or she is born, the purpose of our existence in
this world is to acquire a spiritual body in order to have a
better existence in the next. When we die, our soul enters into
a spiritual dimension. That world is not separate from ours yet
we are unable to see it. That life is an extension of this life.
Just as a fetus while in its mother’s womb, is in this world
and yet unaware of it, so we are part of the spiritual realm but
shut off from it as by a veil.
a Flat World.
There are those who say if something does
not fall within the purview of science it is superstition.
Not so! If something is rejected by science then that is
superstition. But science deals with the contingent world. It
has no tools to measure realities that are beyond the mater.
Can science measure love, define wisdom, explain philosophy,
describe intuition? These are all functions of human brain yet
they are independent realities. Spiritual world is a real world
of different dimension. There is nothing unscientific about it
yet it does not fall within the purview of science.
Imagine there is a world with only two
dimensions. In this world everything is flat. The people are
bi-dimensional, the houses are bi-dimensional, trees, and
mountains and everything else have only two dimensions. This
world looks like an animated drawing on a sheet of paper.
Now suppose a three dimensional object
crosses this world. The bi-dimensional people can only see a
section of this object that crosses their world but they cannot
see its thickness or its shape. The flat men and women that are
around suddenly see a flat shape appear out of nowhere and then
disappear with no trace. They cannot explain nor understand the
phenomenon. They talk about is to others but those who have
never had such experience, won’t believe them. Some will
accuse them of hallucinating. Others will make stories and try
to explain with mumbo jumbo the phenomenon. The first group deny
the experience altogether and claim that their limited science,
which deals only with the bi-dimensional world, has no evidence
of such phenomenon and therefore those experiences are
imaginaries and not real. However those who have had such
experiences will not be easily swayed. To them the experience
has been real and they need more satisfactory answers.
Consequently, a few clever, charismatic swindlers claim that
there is indeed an invisible world and that they are the
intermediaries, the shamans, and the prophets of that world.
This is what is happening in our three
dimensional world. What we perceive as the spiritual world is in
reality not but a real world with different dimensions. That
world is parallel to ours, yet we are unable to see it. Once in
a while this world comes in contact with ours and some of us get
a glimpse of it. We see phenomena that are unexplainable. We see
beings that appear out of the blue and disappear. The whole thing to us, look like magic. We can make no
sense of that and remain bamboozled. Some charlatans come forth
claiming that these are sings of God and con us into believing
in them as his messengers. They add tons of superstitions into
it that often it become difficult to separate facts from
fictions. Others try hard to negate the authenticity of these
phenomena and bring all sort of absurd scientific gobbledygook
to convince those who have had the visions of this unknown world
that they have been hallucinating.
Neither one nor the other has the answer.
Both sides are confused and both parties try to explain
The position of the skeptics is no less
irrational than the religious people. Each side tries to explain
something that they do not understand. The skeptics are not
skeptic of their own irrational explanations but have
“faith” that no matter what the evidence the whole idea of a
spiritual reality beyond this physical world is false. They have
written tons of articles and books loaded with scientific
jargons to demonstrate that there is no reality beyond the
material reality. And because this field is also loaded with
tons of superstitions created by the defenders of the
supernatural, they find no little evidence to prove that the
claims of the other groups are unfounded.
However despite the centuries old
superstitions that have been accumulated and the mountains of
rubbish that the credulous like to believe, there is a kernel of
truth that often, like a baby that is thrown out with the
bathwater is discarded.
The skeptics with all their attempts and
thousands of books and articles written in style and form of
science have not been able to explain the phenomenon of dreams
that come true. There are many dreams that mean nothing but if
you have one dream that foretell the future and it comes true in
details; if you dream a place and an event that later come to
realize exactly as you dreamed it, it throws out of the window
the whole explanation of the skeptics who deny the existence of
the soul or a reality that cannot be explained by today’s
science. There are people who have had out of body experiences;
there are patients who have reported having seen their doctors
and even their relatives in the waiting room and heard their
conversations while being under the knives in the operating
room. I was surprised to hear a very skeptic scientist who
denied the existence of the soul telling that once he saw
himself fallen on the ground with his leg broken just a few
yards ahead. He looked carefully and it was him. Then he walked
ahead and fell exactly at that spot and broke his leg. He still
did not believe in the existence of the soul. Hundreds of
articles and books have been written to deny that the near death
experiences and the out of body experiences are real. Yet none
of them satisfy those who had such phenomena.
The books of these “scientists” is no
less unreliable than the books of some modern day Islamic
scientists like Dr.
Maurice Bucaille Dr.
Keith Moor, Dr.
Shamsher Ali, Dr. Mrinal Dasgupta who have also
written books to prove that Quran is scientific. … As Abul
Kasem cleverly put it: “What a cruel joke!”
Imagine a meteorite falling from the sky
1000 years ago. There were those who built a whole story around
it, believing it to be a stone fallen from the heaven, a sign
from God and even worshipped it. But what would the skeptics of
those days say? (assuming
that there were skeptics 1000 years ago). They probably would have denied it
altogether calling it a hoax and perhaps ridiculing those who
claimed having seen stones falling from the heaven.
Falling stones from the heaven would
probably seemed outlandish to those who were not familiar with
Copernicus and Galileo’s theories and did not know that the
space is full of rocks that are just floating. It certainly fell
out of the purview of those days' known science. But the future
science proved that there is nothing superstitious or
“divine” about falling stones from the sky.
It is not illogical to assume that there
are worlds that are real, as real as ours; yet of different
nature with different dimensions. There is nothing unscientific
about them, yet they do not fall within the purview of science.
Our science simply is not equipped to define them. The science
that we know is about the world that we know. The world of
which, we know nothing, cannot be defined by our science.
Just as we do not measure the length of
something with a thermometer, we cannot quantify many realities
like the human spirit in the laboratory. The desperate attempt
of some scientists to define everything by the yardstick of
science, which is an excellent tool for unraveling the mysteries
of the natural world only, is indicative of their close mindedness
reminiscent of religious bigots, especially Muslims who claim
that all known and unknown knowledge is already in Quran.
It proves once more that beliefs are easier to change
beyond is not divided in paradise and hell. This is a very
puerile idea. You don’t need to go there to find out that this
concept that is so much emphasized in Quran is absurd. It
presumes that people are either very good or very bad. In
reality, no one is absolutely good or absolutely bad. There are
different grades of goodness and some are better than others.
Our station in the other world depends on our spiritual
evolution in this world. The only way we can evolve spiritually
here is through love and service to humankind. Love of humanity
is the ladder by which we climb spiritually.
belief in one religion or the other is absolutely of no
relevance. Our faith is of no value. What counts are our
actions. If we hate another human being, it burns the flower of
love in our heart and affects our spiritual growth. Jealousy,
anger, greed, lust, fear, also hinder us from loving and
therefore are obstacles to our spiritual evolution.
are not enlightened fear death. The person who is awake does
not. There is light and life, joy and bliss expecting us in the
the concept of reward and punishment, paradise and hell is
absurd, the idea of justice is not. The divine justice takes
place automatically, i.e. without the intervention of a judge or
a jury. The divine laws, just like physical laws apply to all
beings. They are manifestations of the Single Principle
underlying the creation. Our position in the next world does not
depend on our beliefs but on our deeds. How much we loved other
people, how much we helped others and what we did determines the
strength of our soul. Our faith, time wasted in worshipping this
or that god, our religious knowledge and practice do not count.
But small acts of goodness, our sense of fairness, our kindness,
our love for humanity, our caring for the needy, our concern for
the animals and our respect for life determines our spiritual
nothing to fear from death. Death is the birth of the soul to a
spiritual world full of light, love and bliss. Muhammad’s
depiction of hell and heaven are physical and denotes his lack
of understanding of our spiritual dimension. It reflects, his
own fears. He even thought that the dead is punished
in “the grave”. That hell and paradise are physical
places. That we will survive in our physical form; would eat and
copulate just as we do it in this world.
of the other world work in unison with the laws governing this
world. In fact there is only One Law. I call that The Single
Principle. We humans tend to dissect everything and classify
them. That is because we can digest it only if we take it one
bite at a time.
Take for example the law of gravity. It is a manifestation of
the Single Principle in the physical world. It applies to
everything; it encompasses all things and rules over all the
material existence, from the smallest particles to the biggest
objects in the universe all abide by it. You can use this law
and fly. Now suppose while in the air you drop yourself from the
airplane. You have broken that law and you will pay for it.
There is no one to punish you nor your prayers on the way down
will avail you. The law is the law. It is not cruel nor it is
merciful. The same law that allows you to fly will kill you when
you transgress it. The ignorance of the law is no excuse. It is
up to you to understand it and obey it.
This is a simplified but perhaps adequate example of the laws of
this universe. Spiritual laws work in the same way. When you
break a spiritual law you pay for it. There is no one to punish
you! There is no sadistic god to put you into a burning pit and
pour boiling waters on your head! But by breaking the spiritual
laws you have hindered the spiritual growth of your own soul.
Just like a child who is born in this world with some physical
defects, you will enter the realm of spirits with a defective
spiritual “body”. And just as the handicapped child will
find life more challenging in this world than the one who is
born with a healthy body, a defective soul will find his stance
in the other world more unbearable than the person who in born
there with a healthy spiritual body.
not mean that there is no God or that God is an unintelligent
law. There is a Principle underlying the creation. All
attributes manifested in this world are reflections of that
Principle. Intelligence, for example, is a manifestation of a
higher Intelligence. And that is the Single Principle. God is
not a person. It is not a being. It is not a thing. But to say
God is not a thing does not mean that God is nothing! God is The
Single Principle underlying the creation. It is The Principle
and the creation is the process. God is how and the creation in
what! That is all there is; the “how” and the “what”!
Our beliefs mean nothing! Our actions count! All the fasting and
prying, all our religious devotion, all our personal sacrifices
for our Faith, are waste of time and energy. In the course of
our intellectual evolution we sacrificed humans at the altars of
various gods, we waged wars in the name of various gods, we
suffered self-mortifications to appease various gods, and we
killed and gave martyrs to glorify various gods.
“Forgotten lie the martyrs in their dusty catacombs
And the faiths, for which they died, are cold and dead.”
(Margaret A Murray in The Genesis of Religion)
The only thing we have to do is to learn how to love. Love is
the law of the universe. And the Golden Rule is our infallible
as I said at the beginning, what I write is my own understanding
of God. God can be understood but It cannot be defined.
Therefore this is not an attempt to define God but to stimulate
thinking. So that people can find God through their own efforts
and in their own way. God is a Reality. Reality is not a thing,
it is not a being; and it cannot be defined. Say for example
Love. Love is a reality, not a thing nor a being. You cannot
define Love but you can understand it and you can feel it. You
can feel love but you cannot “ask” love to enter into your
heart. Love enriches the lives of those who receive it but It is
indifferent to them. Love is not forgiving, it is not
intelligent, and it is not loving; because Love is not a being.
And so is God. It is us who need God and have to live by It. We
have to live God. Praising him, worshiping him and praying to
him, is waste of time. An anthropomorphic God either physically
or psychologically as described by Semitic religions is absurd.
Yet no one can describe God just as no one can describe love. We
all can know God. It is a one-to-one relationship. This is a
path that no guru or prophet can show you. Those who pretend
that they can are impostors. God is the Truth and Truth is
pathless. God is love and love needs no intermediaries. You have
to discover it yourself. It is your personal journey. But once
you know God, you are enlightened. The instance of enlightenment
is the most exhilarating and soul transforming moment in one’s
life. It can never be described nor it can be conveyed by any
words or means. How can you describe the beauty of the sunset to
a born blind?
advice to all those who seek enlightenment are those words of
Buddha, “Doubt everything, find your own light”.