I picked up this book Scientific Basis of Hindu Beliefs a few weeks back from the recently launched Reliance Timeout bookstore. Probably because this was the first time I was able to see few Hindi books in Bangalore. And was tempted to have them. The title of this book appeared interesting. As I have always believed that all Hindu traditions are highly scientific in nature. But not many of them have been explained in the public domain. Trying to find a scientific reasoning behind unexplained superstitions had always been my area of interest. And I sincerely hope that one day I would be able to decipher and document them. So I had all the reasons to pick up and read this book.
The book Scientific Basis of Hindu Beliefs turned out to be a major disappointment. It has been written in a Question and Answer format, with the author positioned as an expert on any area. The questions are as randomly organized as they can be. Ranging from anywhere to anywhere, with no categorization and flow. The answers are even more disappointing. As the only thing that author tries is, to put down the modern science and say that, what the Hindu mythology says is right. While I believe what he says, but then he is not able to explain even a single thing. The only good pieces of information that I found in this book are the conversions of all the Hindu time units and their interrelations with each other.
This is a problem I have with all the so-called spiritual organizations and their propagators. More than talking about what they believe in and what they know, they are all out to compete with every other similar organization or rather the whole world. And are constantly trying to tell you ‘I am the best, my guru, my beliefs are the best. Everyone else either a fool or is trying to fool you’. Author of this book tries to promote himself as much as possible. I guess Scientific Basis of Hindu Beliefs is also one of those books that are written to promote your business and are filled with self-praise.
An excellent topic to which author could have done some justice….
You may buy this book – Scientific Basis of Hindu Beliefs by Bhojraj Dwivedi at Amazon India.