An attempt to explain the workings of God and the human mind through the categories of modern physics.
Chaudhuri, a trained nuclear physician, fell into a coma for three weeks. In the midst of that experience, he heard the voice of God, inspiring some of the thoughts conveyed in this slim volume. He lists his primary objectives clearly from the start. He aims to explain the nature of God and the human mind in the language of physics, which largely means from the perspective of energy. God turns out to be beyond human perception precisely because he’s entirely composed of energy, but, Chaudhuri contends, we still have empirical confirmation of his existence by accessing his effects. Further, the author uses Einsteinian relativity in order to demonstrate that the human mind, also composed of energy, has a greater velocity than the energy of a physical atom. Since both God and the mind are made up of energy, prayer, properly understood as the transmission of electromagnetic energy, can close the distance between a person and God. Additionally, Chaudhuri provides what he calls an “atomic model” of the family, which, if properly understood, should promote familial harmony and reduce the occasion of divorce. There are other brief tangents. The author makes an argument for the divine significance of the number three and discusses the mental health of children. But the thematic thread that binds the work is the connection between God and people articulated in terms of this energy. Chaudhuri’s objectives are admirably grand, and he writes in simple prose, especially helpful given the theoretical abstruseness of the subject matter. The actual use of physics is more metaphorical than scientific, however, and is rife with unexamined assumptions. For example, what exactly does it mean to state that the “energy of mind is stronger than the energy of the physical atom because the velocity of mind is faster than the velocity of light, assuming the mind is the atom of consciousness”? Much of the book is similarly confusing, and the author seems uninterested in marshaling any substantive evidence for his claims.
A spiritual manifesto that, despite its pretentions to scientific rigor, prefers postulation to careful argument.