Lines of the Times
Why are we here?
How did we get here
Who created us if we do, in fact, have a creator?
Where do we go when we die?
Aren't you glad they don't ask those questions on job applications? Chances are, you and your friends have probably sat around on a Saturday night with a bag of cheese puffs and pondered such dilemmas. A. Mohit's book, One God in You and Me, is just like one of those conversations, though a lot less fattening.
Without doubt, Mr. Mohit is a brave soul, putting religion, a firecracker of controversy, in your face, and dissecting the concept more throughly than your first unfortunate frog in biology class. It s well researched, inquisitive, and gutsy. Like a child who s just asked his flustered parents about the birds and the bees, the book explores the mysteries of the universe while stomping on any taboo topics which may arise.
For some people, there may be a gasp on every page, as the author exhibits a blatant disregard for conventional attitudes. He does the unthinkable, challenging the notion that different religions are, in fact, really different. If that isn't enough, he has the audacity to suggest that while rituals may vary, all religions share a common core, reflecting the basic human need for hope.
Perhaps the most eyebrow-raising goal of the book is to merge science and religion. Of course, I would advise you not to try this at home, unless you've practiced first with oil and water. Mohit uses philosophy, physics, ideologies of ancient cultures, and anything else he can get his hands on while trying to logically reason so many ambiguities of the world. Though the subject matter is nothing less than intriguing, the author at times, throws too many cookies into the jar, making it impossible to digest everything at once.
Math phobics may wince at the extensive discussion of physics, and I must admit my hair curled at first sight of the frequency wave chart, but I guarantee, as you read, light bulb will continuously flash above your head. You'll go on mental treasure hunt, where ideas are presented in such a way that you'll feel compelled to hang in there, see where it s going, and then decide if it makes sense to you.
When the fat lady sung, does the book succeed in making sense of it all? Like a never-ending puzzle or one of those awful Rubik's Cubes, there may never be a definite solution. Unfortunately, we are still frustrated gerbils running on wheels that go nowhere. But this book is perfect for contemplative moods, like those times when the rain is pouring, and you have one of those umbrellas that never opens, and you are feeling so small in the universe. Or when you re sitting in rush hour traffic, and you find yourself wondering if you could just slam into the car in front of you, and would such an impulsive action be the result of fate, free will, or excessive irritability?
Granted, while reading this work, I often felt as though I was participating in brain Olympics, but at the same time, I found it challenging. If you are looking for light, coffee table reading, stick with TV Guide, but if you enjoy trying to solve a baffling mystery, this book will leave you spell bound. -- Renee Lukas [via]