We live today in a world so divided by religious ideas that there is a very real possibility that we won't survive these differences.
In a desire to get beyond religious misconceptions of basic spiritual concepts, many thoughtful people have followed one of two divergent philosophical paths of inquiry concerning the universe and our place in it.
Science and spirituality both seek the answers to this most fundamental question. While never quite at physical odds with each other, proponents look askance at each other for the other's naive understanding of reality. Yet a few individuals in both camps have been able to take a "quantum leap" of understanding and realize that science and spirituality should not just "agree to disagree".
Mani Bhaumik is one of these "leapers", whose early life happened to be suffused in mystical Hindu traditions. Yet, his talents for science and mathematics allowed him to escape the poverty and ignorance endemic to his community.
After he arrived in America, he used Hindu meditation as a method primarily of remaining calm and centered in the high-flying academic and business worlds he was now part of.
But when he began to ask whether "this is all there is", he wanted to explore the deeper realms of reality found through mediation; those spoken of in the Gitas, the sacred writings of his religious tradition.
As a man with one foot in science and one foot in mystical Hinduism, he came to realize that it was perhaps his dharma to create a bridge between the two.
The result is the narrative of a wonderful, poetic journey through his own life before he begins the even more fantastic journey into the realms of quantum theory and sublime mystical states.
Mani Bhaumik's journey is a model for our own journey through life. What I've found is that the most amazing thing about this journey is that once a stepping stone is reached, another one appears almost magically.
And it's only one step away.
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