| Is not
our intellect sufficient to answer all our queries?
of a dynamic world and human limitations
The world is
dynamic and known
to create new situations,
and complexities daily. Since future is not open to us, it is logical
that some of the problems, if not resolved in time, may have far
adverse impact on the future.
cases the danger may arrive sooner before we are even able to guess
such cases, the information about correct do’s and don’ts will have to
from outside of our intellects as analytical power of human brain
within the confines of limited information of the time, has its own
Examples of such
where complete interactions are not fully understood at present, and
threats may accrue due to some of
our own actions initiated at present are 'interference in
of genetic code' and 'emergence of
technologies like Nano-technology and bio-genetics etc.
threats that could be averted through our present actions
possible future threats can also be envisaged that may not be our own
could be averted by our effort at present, if we can be
about it somehow.
logical possibility is the introduction of an
organism / virus on earth in the future that can harm the organic life irretrievably, if it
to find a suitable host species, available at the time in sufficiently large numbers.
phenomenon of Guidance can effectively check this threat by
informing us beforehand to
curb the breeding of species that has the potential to
such a host in the future, through an injunction banning it as food
It is a well known fact that
only those animals are
in numbers that
have been domesticated
food value, however weak and vulnerable they are, and not the powerful predators like lions
The clear directive of all major religions forbidding the meat of swine should be seen in this light also. This species has the biggest possibility of playing one such
host in the future.
where the crucial evidence is at the periphery of human enquiry: The
phenomenon of guidance can also help us with our researches where the
scientific investigation is at a cross roads, and there is no rational
ascertain the crucial evidence. Revealed knowledge can guide the
pointing out the correct model out of several being debated, while not
curbing the creativity at the same time. There are numerous such
various scientific disciplines, where the humanity needs a little nudge
right path, with untold benefits.
that have divided us: It can also lay at rest several debates
regarding our past that have divided us, produced immense misery, and
our progress towards maturity.
Through our own rational efforts, we may also never know
the biggest query of all. What happens after we die? Is it a transition
absolute extinction? If it is a transition to another stage, does our
actions on this planet affect the next stage? Such information is
the humanity faces an eternal conflict between the need for
and the instinct for individual survival. Without conviction in some
all encompassing accountability, the instinct for personal survival
goads a man
to become unjust in his dealings with men and nations, irrespective of
intelligence level. A sure knowledge about the existence of personal
accountability, linked with an ultimate reward and punishment can make
a much more hospitable place for peaceful development of the
counter argument that faith goads a man more to become unjust is
invalid as 'belief in the accountability' goes against the act of
'exploitation of this
What are the possibilities of information revealed to us from the universe?
probability of this sort involves three basic
First, the transfer of complex
information, which can anticipate the
need of humanity and guide it, indicates a Source far beyond the
present intellectual level of humanity. Second, the velocity of light
barrier for transfer of energy in regular space can introduce large
gaps of time, rendering such communication unfeasible. Third,
all sources (scriptures) of
revealed knowledge, assert that
information is from the Creator of the Cosmos Himself.
possibilities, therefore, need
to be discussed in this regard -
the presence of an
Intellect in Cosmos at far higher levels than humanity; the
availability of alterative paths in Universe through which information
can be transferred, and the presence of Creator factor and His link
with this information.
the presence of intelligence (and
elsewhere in Universe, several factors are important:
an intricate design in this expanding universe, linking the smallest
(quantum world) with the biggest (world of stars and galaxies), with
laws that almost seem fine tuned to produce life and intelligence.
Researches on our origins have pushed
back the birth of life to a period almost immediately after earth’s
accretion. Such a finding reduces the involvement of
‘chance’ in the process, and reinforces the logical
probabilities of life following a universal pattern, not unique to
Our sun has also been found to be an average star in terms of size,
composition and position in the galaxy, with no properties to
suggest that it is unique in the universe.
With the discovery of
planets on nearby systems, it stands to reason that numerous other such
cradles exist that may also have given birth to life in the universe,
making it a common phenomenon.
And most important of all, our sun has entered more
than eight billion years late in the cosmic history. Therefore, it is
to assume that some life and intellect may have emerged long back in
the history of Universe, on planets formed twelve to thirteen billion
years ago, circling the initial few hundred or thousand stars.
With such favourable design factors and
enormous time gaps expected in
the birth of life and intelligence, existence of Intellects in Cosmos
at infinitely advanced levels (to do the bidding of Creator) is a real
the transfer of information through
alternative paths, we must remember that the existence of other
dimensions is being speculated by almost all well known
physicists. The Super string theory, which is the current favourite,
involves 10 and 11 dimensions. The 6 or 7 extra dimensions have not
been confirmed as yet, but the absence of confirmation does not mean
ruling out their existence.
have also neither
proved nor disproved the existence of Creator as yet. We also do
know how to define the Creator, and if He exists, how does He
communicate with His intelligent creation. Whether the communication is
direct or through a medium / messenger? Judeo Christian and Islamic
scriptures mention Ruah (Holy Spirit) as an entity who had always
brought revelations to humanity via chosen humans. The Vedas mention
the Agni in this regard.
mysterious chain with one link on earth and the
other deep in Cosmos:
studying the phenomenon of revelations, we may be dealing
with the deepest mystery of Cosmos. It may help us take a quantum jump
in the new
millennium, if the phenomenon is discovered to be of non-human in
origin, as it
may open up a gateway to information from the very core of the
universe, and give us answers to various queries like - who is really
behind the phenomenon of revealed knowledge? If the sender of the
information is Creator of the Cosmos, then how does He communicate with
His intelligent creation? Who and what is the Holy Spirit? Is some
infinitely old intelligence acting on its own or is the intelligence
itself being used as a ‘messenger’ as part of an established universal
program? Is this program a part of the initial laws of nature or is it
the product of a creativity built into it? Is the
messenger-guiding-entity from within the Cosmos or is it beyond this
material energy universe, and what is its relationship with the Creator
| Have we any
evidence of this information in our past?
the query, we must identify a way first, through which the information
been transferred to the planet.
the information arrive logically? To
guide an intelligent
species in different stages of development, the ‘transmission’ of
will have to be by design, independent of technological status of
Thus, the most obvious channels on our planet aught to be the
information - the brains of ‘selected humans’ themselves.
can it be found?
The most logical places to look for such
information are ‘preserved sayings’ of famous individuals or Guides,
fashioned the greatest impact on humanity’s progress.
Primary need of humanity is to live peacefully with other living
requiring ethical guidance. Fortunately, components of such guidance
broadly be identified and isolated from the records of all ancient
civilizations, like Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Aryans and
Hebrew records are quite clear regarding the long line of their
Aryans also have preserved their records well. In the sixth century BC,
of several ‘guides’ of very high stature - Buddha, Mahavira, Confucius,
and Zoroaster, is an established historical fact. The phenomenon
seemed to have subsided gradually. We do not notice any such important
contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth. And after Mohammed, none seem to
brought a new religion of sizeable following.
phenomenon ended or is it
the actions of high and mighty, whether individuals or nations, we can
say that human race is still far from the level of maturity expected
intelligent species hoping to interact with others in the Cosmos. We
NEED guidance, not only to save ourselves from unknown dangers, but
the self-destructive arrogance of ourselves. At the turn of a new
we are standing at a junction where several roads cross. Politically,
has become uni-polar and awesome strength has been concentrated in the
hands of few who are not very mature. Socially, a massive clash of
is taking place at global scale, producing misery at unprecedented
Development wise, enormous quantum of information is fast becoming
to all, requiring nothing but self-policing. The humanity is also
with processes, regarding which full interactions and repercussions are
unknown, at a pace that may leave little margin of error. The
law and order, moral values and personal accountability has become a
problem. The double standards in dealings of the haves, the growing
the have-nots, the ineffectiveness of UNO, the sliding back of the lone
power to pre 1946 level with respect to human rights, the
transgressions of a
race, who believe that they are God’s chosen, and the decaying,
persecuted state of the followers, who claim to possess the latest
with them, all show that the tidal wave of chaos is reaching its nadir.
Unfortunately all followers believe in the eschatology of their
we also have not witnessed in the last millennia any genuine prophet
from obscurity to lead the world towards a new order, establishing
'absence', what should we infer? Has the source of extra-terrestrial
information abandoned us, treating us as a lost incorrigible case or
will come to us through a different way now? Is this way
available on earth waiting to be tapped or will we have to wait for an
future to receive some kind of signal or pointer for it.
Do these evidences
demonstrate a pattern?
the records of inspired teachings from our past, a pattern emerges –
and accountability problem
improper resource management, two of
the major sources through which misery
strikes are ‘false perspective’ and ‘wrong actions’ of men,
individually as well as collectively. The basic
components of guidance found were related mainly to them. However,
the presence of ‘guidance’ alone, is never enough. Its effective
applicability depends upon a conviction in ‘reward’ and ‘punishment’
concept. Unfortunately, the guidance, promised 'reward and punishment'
for all actions, finally, in a life after this life.
had seen or experienced this future
life, the human channels, through whom the guidance had come, were
required to generate belief in this abstract accountability. A
for anyone in any time.
arduous task, two factors usually
helped these human channels to establish their credibility - a gift of
and occurrences of miracles. (Charisma is defined as an unusual ability
influence people, and miracles were either abilities that seemed
at the time or events that occurred as per predictions of the
records also show that majority of such
human channels were born at a time when writing was neither known nor
customary. The usual mode of transfer of guidance was verbal.
absence of any means for recording it
and with the passage of time, the caretakers of faith eternally managed
corrupt the original teachings, bit by bit, into myths, rites and
bringing the original religion to a stage, when it stood defaced and
awaited a new redemption.
recompense this humanity’s backwash,
periodic introduction of fresh guidance looked like a logical
with a limitation.
guidance had to confront a negative
by-product of the efforts, involved in the generation of faith in the unseen accountability, by
previous messengers. It was an allegiance factor in the
followers - born mainly out of charisma and miracles, exhibited
by messengers of the past.
allegiance to the persona of messenger,
once produced, seldom varied, and got transmitted from generation to
passage of time and the messenger’s
death, when the original guidance suffered distortion, the factor
allegiance prevented the people to realize this fact. Succeeding
of followers always believed that what their messenger had said was the
though what he had really said; none had the means to recognize
whenever a new redeemer came on the
scene with a fresh guidance, the allegiance to the previous prophets
the new messenger with all the disharmony, bloodshed and the ferocity
at its command, thereby defeating the very purpose of guidance.
dictated that to counter this factor of ‘allegiance’, periodic
‘guidance’ had to end and be replaced by a final transmission, which
contain all the future guidance humanity would ever need. Such future
information could either be coded in layers in the transmission, for
to decode at required intervals, or
hidden in its ‘composition’ with possibilities of multiple and fractal
validate the pattern?
If the reasoning is assumed to be correct then humanity should expect a
final transmission, at the end of several inspired messages on the
planet. This transmission, with
well-defined parameters, will have to be preserved for eternity, so
humanity could extract by itself the future guidance, in different
its own increasing intelligence levels.
time of arrival be guessed? Logically, the transmission may already have
arrived on the planet in the past or it may still be part of an unknown
probability should be investigated first? Considering the
‘future’ alternative first, it would be logical to assume that with our
technological level, a human receptor will no longer be needed for the
transmission. We are in a much better position now to receive, preserve
communicate such a transmission electronically. It can have all the
needed in digitally coded formats. SETI project is ready for such an
eventuality. It has the resources to handle such a Message, if and when
arrives, and the world will come to know about it as soon as any signal
stars gets detected. But, such an eventuality belongs to future, and we
have to wait for an uncertain time for any meaningful validation of the
pattern. The second alternative on the other hand, seems to have more
promise as we can start our investigations now.
suppose that the logically predicted final message is already here
the planet and is part of our past. Then, what do we do? How do we
and most important of all, examine it?
Carl Sagan, a
prominent scientist had provided a
limited answer to this problem. While discussing the possibility of an
extra-terrestrial transmission hidden in scriptures, he had pointed out
presence of three categories of data in
scriptures that negated this possibility in them.
category of data pointed out by him can be termed as contradictory
Any message from outside the planet was required to have logical
If the data at one place contradicted with data at another place in the
message, then it showed an obvious tampering by human hands. The second
category was uninspiring data. A scripture was expected to
guidance on correct perspective and right actions, through sayings and
of leaders chosen for this particular job. If clear passages existed,
leaders themselves were shown committing immoral actions and not
punished or admonished for their acts, then the chances were that these
narratives were not inspired, but were the work of later human scribes,
destroying the fidelity of original communication.
Sagan also pointed out a third category of information, the false
which was mostly inconsistent with established scientific facts. The
pointing out the three categories namely, contradictory, uninspiring
data, was the same. If the original message had some non-human
information, coded under the primary text, it
was likely to have been lost by now because of the human
also suggested that
if an Intelligence had really wanted to establish the credibility of a
transmission, it could easily have sent advanced information as part of
injunctions, for later verification.
Thus, in a
limited way, at least three categories of data can be pointed out,
absence, and one category whose presence, if scientifically and
investigated can help verify the non-human origin of such a message.
writings should we examine first? For a final transmission, we
begin logically with the latest scripture and move backwards towards
scriptures whether eastern or western, when and if our investigation
the latest known ‘guidance’.
this line, our first object of investigation should be the Quran, the
well-known scripture, which is at present at the center of all the
conflicts. Surprisingly, more than a billion Muslims believe it to be a directly
transmitted Word of
God. They call it Al-Risala
‘The Message’ and the
man who had brought it Rasool-Allah -
‘Messenger of God’. The
word prophet associated with prophecy is not popularly used for him.
western perception: The west
on the other hand feels that it is a scripture,
preaches violence and obscurantism, and accuse it of retarding
progress and development. Present conditions of Muslims and countries
them, support their contentions. The entire Muslim block is indeed
behind in almost all aspects of development, in spite of large numbers
abundance of natural resources. BUT, the Muslim world counters this
by pointing out that when Al-Risala or Quran had
civilization wise Europe and the Arabian Peninsula were at par with
After its arrival, area under the Quran progressed in leaps and
Europe remained stagnant for centuries, till the knowledge shifted from
Spain. The gradual
reversal of development within this civilization is explained by
Muslim religious leaders through veering away of community from the
of Prophet and his companions, but an intellectual minority put the
blame on an
unfortunate bar on
‘spirit of enquiry’ three hundred years after the descent of Message.
claim that this bar was primarily meant to protect the Message from
but resulted ultimately in knowledge starvation and slowing down of
interpretation mechanism of the Quran. Who is correct and which side is
grip of allegiance factor, can only be found out through a rational
investigation of the factors related with this set of writings.
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