Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Radhanath Swami on ‘are reincarnation cases and out-of-body experiences proved?’

By on August 24, 2015 in Nature with 39 Comments

Radhanath-SwamiQuestion to Radhanath Swami: Was there any core group that studied out of body experiences that people will accept it? Was there any attempt made to prove it?

Answer by Radhanath Swami: There have been very high level search projects in this regard. There was one professor from the United States who spent most of his life doing scientific verifiable research about the proof of reincarnation. He traveled so many parts of the world and even the greatest scientist said that whatever he said is completely verifiable according to modern science. Whether they believed it or not is another thing but these things are there. It is a very beautiful idea that the more there is this type of research, the more it could actually give inspiration and hope to people in that sense. Really, it should be pursued on more and more.

At the same time, tangible evidence can only give us a glimpse of symptoms of something that is actually beyond the range of the senses and material science. I will give you an example – a thought. Can you see a thought or taste a thought or hear a thought with your ears? Can you smell a thought? Little you know that you could have brain waves but can the brainwave tell you what that thought is? So thoughts are invisible and they can’t be necessarily directly verifiable through scientific instruments, but a single little thought could rule over a person’s life more than all the things of this world. As you know when dictators invade countries and drop bombs and all of those things, the origin is a thought in their mind.

So we can understand the symptoms. By what we see from outside, we can understand that this person is really not thinking very good. The thought itself is so subtle that it can’t be grasped. That psychology is a subtle science. But just like there is physical science, there is also a spiritual science. There are psychological subtle sciences, and there are also spiritual sciences. When we recognize these three sciences and we actually begin to harmonize them and respect them, then we can actually see how they are all interconnected with each other. If I am feeling bliss in my heart, it is hard to find that in scientific research, but how it is expressed, how it is manifested can be seen: I am smiling, I am laughing, and sharing it with others. It is very tangible in its intent, but the core of it, the origin of it is very intangible. It is the most tangible thing to our experience in life, but it is intangible in its essence to physical researches.

 

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  • Anand Patil

    Amazing answer by HH Radhanath Swami. Not everything can be proved using our blunt senses. Hence, we should not go by our direct sense perception. Some things can be experienced by its outcome.

    • Sumit Sharma

      Great point! Today people go by “Seeing is believing”, however these same people fail to prove many things they believe which then can’t see.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Wonderful answer by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Subtle science can’t be understood through material senses.

    • Anand Patil

      very true.

  • NSP

    Amazing answer! So many things that are close to our heart are intangible in nature and cannot be grasped by senses.

    • Sumit Sharma

      Very true! However, if we go through vedic scriptures, we can understand this science and understand it logically.

  • vidya karekar

    too deep a subject of subtle science . one has to experience to really connect to the topic

    • Sumit Sharma

      Correct! And there are real life examples to prove this science. Unfortunately, modern atheistic world does not believe in these subject matters, which can be understood through logic.

  • Keshav Kishor Das

    Amazing answer. Helps me to explain to others……! Thank You Maharaj.

  • Hiroo Motwani

    Gr8. Spiritual bliss is feeling realization and cannot be measured by any device. Inner bliss/ananda is another name for love, and it manifests as selfless service or self-sacrifice in external world.

    • Piyush Singh

      Interesting comment, very useful. Thank you very much.

    • Sumit Sharma

      Well said sir! Spirituality is about experiencing bliss even when we don’t have material prosperity. Spirituality is to reconnect to God ie. a bond we broke and came to this material world. And if we practice it under the divine shelter of great saints like Radhanath Swami Maharaj, we can reconnect to God in this life only.

  • Prahalad

    A perfect answer by Radhanath Swami. Couldn’t have expected better.

    • Sumit Sharma

      That’s very true Prahaladji! Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s answers are always upto the mark and give lot of inspiration to follow spiritual practices. Please pray for me that I can continue to take his shelter in my life.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb answer! Yes there has been a lot of research and findings about NDE (near Death Experiences). Also there have been many recorded cases where people/children remember something of their past proving the theory of reincarnation.

    • Piyush Singh

      Superb comment! That is what I can say for this :).

    • Sumit Sharma

      Great point. It’s irony that even though there are so many proof points to explain all these scientific things, atheists still stick to their bogus philosophy of “No God”, “No soul”. However, when they find these facts at the end of life, they repent a lot, but then it’s too late.

  • Piyush Singh

    Perfect answer to this frequently unanswered question. HH Radhanath Swami covers the topic so well to address all the relevant details. There is a lot of craze these days to look for scientific proofs of various aspects, however we miss to note that the material science in itself is not science. The scientists are themselves confused about various vital truths then how can such science help us to conclude anything. It’s always better to base our believes on the eternal facts present in scriptures and not on the ever changing theories of so called modern scientists.

    • Anand Patil

      very well said. Thanks.

      • Piyush Singh

        Thank you :).

    • Sumit Sharma

      Very aptly said Piyushji! We must be ready to follow a process by which we can understand things logically if they go beyond our imagination, however stubbornness of few people in this world prevents others to see things in their real perspective. It’s very unfortunate!!!

  • Prahalad

    The shastras have everything to offer, only problem is that our faith has not fully developed, we trust more on scientific proofs maybe because when have been brought up in that way. Time to revive the next generation so that they don’t follow our footsteps.

    • Piyush Singh

      Thank you Prahalad for sharing this bitter truth. It’s true that we often trust the confused scientists more than our always perfect scriptures and vedic traditions and we must do the needful to bring a positive change on this.

    • sumit

      True.. we are brought up in a culture and society where modern science is considered the ultimate authority. In our school also theories which are not even scientifically proven are been taught (like Darwin’s evolution theory) and propagated that erases all our faith on the spiritual science. Which creates doubt in the scriptures and considered as myth and scriptures as “mythology”. Very sorry state of affairs!!

    • Sumit Sharma

      Great point and that’s why we need to associate with those who have faith.

  • Vinay Jain

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for this insightful article!

  • CS Sandeep S. Shinde

    Very nice answer. Thank you very much.

  • CS Sandeep S. Shinde

    Wonderful answer. Thank you very much.

  • Satish Rane

    a technical answer by maharaja hare krishna

  • Rajeev

    Swami ji has made a very important point over here that there are sciences which are subtle and spiritual as well other than material science. He has very nicely pointed that we must respect the research in these fields. I also liked the analogy of Thoughts as matter of subject for research.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Piyush Singh

      Very well said. Thanks.

    • sumit

      True, the science has studied the brain waves and they are classified as alpha, beta , gamma and delta. These waves indicate the activity of the brain but dose not tell you about the thought process of the brain or what the person is thinking.
      Yes, spiritual science should be regarded as a separate wing of modern science, where modern science fails to answer help of spiritual science should be utilized, which will harmonize all the science wings.

  • vidya karekar

    very nice explanation on out of the body experience

  • Keshav Kishor Das

    Incredible answer ! well explained by His Holiness !!

  • nkd

    very informative!

  • vidya karekar

    so much Maharaj has to say on even such issues

  • Y Raja Shekar

    Excellent answer by Radhanath Swami. We can not understand spiritual subject through material senses and physical science.

  • Sumbrahmanya

    Maharaj has nicely explained about the subtle science which cannot be experienced with material science
    When we recognize these three sciences and we actually begin to harmonize them and respect them, then we can actually see how they are all interconnected with each other.

  • Laxmikanth

    though Radhanath swami is by his life style a sadhu, mostly studies only scriptures and religion but the way he answers even scintific questions , and corporate seminars, business events etc proves his undersatdning and concern about the class of the world , to bring closure to krishna

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