Religious Behavior & Spiritual Experience

Religious Behavior & Spiritual Experience

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Author: Ashit Chandra Chakraborty
Contributor(s)/Artiste(s): Swami Priyavratanand
Publisher: Advaita Ashram
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 338
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788175053953


The Religious have always intrigued the lay. Spiritual life and experience eludes ordinary understanding or so it seems. Senses fail to fathom spiritual truths. Science seems to be at loggerheads with spirituality is there any meeting ground?

Can spiritual truths be investigated by a scientific mind using scientific techniques? Why do people take to spiritual life? Is there any scientific truth behind supra-normal experiences? These and other questions have been explored in this book.

Busy readers would naturally ask – why of all the subjects should we be discussing religious beliefs and practices in this age of advanced technology when we have already mastered the intricacies of our body and mind and the details of Nature and its works.

What relevance could religion have in the modern world when half its people do not care about religion or God, when one nation after the other vouchsafes secularism as its official policy?

When so-called religious beliefs and practices have mostly been a matter of controversy, a controversy that is on the increase? The answer to these questions lies in the fact that, a large section of the human race follows some kind of religion even if it is considered a private matter for the individual.


‘If I cannot think of God, He does not exist [for me].’

‘To advance we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God.’

‘If you Have faith in all the three hundred and thirty millions of your mythological gods, and still have no faith in yourselves, there is no salvation for you.’

‘Each soul is potentially divine.
The goal is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal.
Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy, -by one, or more, or all of these-and be free.
This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.’

‘Religion is realization; not talk, nor doctrine, nor theories, however beautiful they may be. It is being becoming, not hearing or acknowledging; it is the soul becoming changed into what it believes. That is religion.’
= Swami Vivekananda

‘Are you and growing spiritually? Can you love others? Can you feel oneness with others? Have you peace within yourself and do you radiate it around you? That is called spiritual growth, which is stimulated by meditation, inwardly, and by work done in a spirit of service outwardly.’
= Swami Ranganathananda


1. Publisher’s Note
2. Preface
3. Author’s Note
4. Introduction
5. Religious Behavior
6. Major World Religions
7. Mysticism And Mystic Experience
8. Science And Scientific Approach
9. Psychology-Basics
10. Psychiatry-Basics
11. Neuroscience-Basics
12. Cosmic Awareness: Transcendental Consciousness
13. Sleep And Dream
14. Conscious Experience: A Novel Hypothesis
15. Beyond Neuroscience
16. Near Death Experience And Rebirth
17. Mystery Of Creation
18. Epilogue-Religion Is Realization
19. Asceticism And Celibacy
20. Romain Rolland’s Letter To Sigmund Freud
21. Glossary