God has always better plans for people on earth. God has created the even space for events on the earth and we cannot deny that – at least those who believe in the existence of someone beyond our comprehension. However, there are people who believe that there is no God. So, between believing and not believing, there is a huge space for philosophy, conjecture, discussions and debate. Within the limits of this space and between faith and logic, massive literature has been produced and I am going to list a few such books that you might enjoy reading if you are planning to read some non-fiction books. Here is the list:
Is God Real by Joseph Runzo: Well, like many other books in this domain, here also, the author did not claim that he is trying to raise direct questions on the authority, existence or validity of God. However, in this book, a collection of critical (academic can be said) essays, the scholars are raising fundamental questions which collectively claim (as it seems to be the case apparently) that God is a human construct that goes beyond the scientific explanations. God is God only until we find something which can explain this idea in terms of dimensions, temperature, weight or any other (or many other) quantifications. The book is interesting but is rather philosophical and I would suggest this to be read by the readers who can understand and analyse philosophical assumptions, statements and conclusions.
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda: Undoubtedly the most famous autobiography when it comes to saints, spiritual gurus and yogis, this book has made many hearts and minds sway in the direction of God realisation for reasons best known to individuals who have experienced and shared their experience with the world. Yes, the book talks about miracles, blessings, magical experiences and many things that happened which could not have happened if we go by the ‘laws of nature’ as defined by science. So, who is doing things here? Is the realisation of God the gateway to a world where science shuns and spirituality governs? There are many things that this book would ask and also many answers that you might get.
The Concept of ‘God’ by Vinoth M: The book’s title says many things about the possible subjects that this book might be dealing with. However, a few steps ahead from the common perceptions that might originate in the minds of the readers, Vinoth M’s book is a take on what science could explain and how science could ‘quantify’ the existence of God in purely scientific terms. Nevertheless, he has given space for religious explanations as well. He tries to find the best possible rational definitions of things that associate with the idea of God and find the options that we can choose from. The book is for science believers, help them in debates… 🙂 on a lighter note… however, the book is a good introductory read for everyone who wants to ‘understand’ the ‘phenomena’ called God.
Man’s Eternal Quest by Sri Paramhansa Yogananda: This is a book that I have read many times and still do. However, in reading it several times, many new things come across the mind and I am compelled into a thinking mode. Man’s Eternal Quest is one of the finest attempts by any author to find out the realities, the truths and the causes behind the existence of God. Though the arguments and ideas are mostly philosophical, you will understand the importance of these arguments once you begin reading the book. Paramhansa Yogananda’s attempts to make others realise what he had is truly appreciable and I am sure that this book will help the readers in many ways.
Srimad Bhagwad Gita: Well, while the university students in many countries are reading and studying this eternal message as their subject matter, why should anyone looking for answers remain aloof? Bhagwad Gita is considered to be the eternal philosophy and also the eternal science that harbours the most secret methods of Yoga, the realisation of man’s consciousness and truth of Karm – actions. Sri Krishna, the Dwapar Yuga reincarnation of Vishnu (according to Hindu History & scriptures) shares the wonderful version of this wisdom-talk with Arjun, the Pandav prince and the best archer in the world, during the war of Mahabharat, in the battlefield itself. The modern versions of this book come in various languages and you can pick as per your choice and know the secrets that you might always have wanted to know.
A list by a contributor to Desi Readers