Chapter 1 Understanding Our Reality
Reality means the state of things as they actually exist; it may be different from the idealistic or notional idea of them. We perceive ourselves as individuals separated from each other and from the material world, and the material world as an assemblage of material objects. This chapter, drawing evidence from quantum physics and scientific studies on consciousness and near-death experience, shows that contrary to the separateness we experience in the material level, in the quantum level we, others and the environment are not separate entities but an interconnected unified field of energy.
Chapter 2 What Are We Designed To Be?
Both our inner and the outer realities are nothing but energy that is conscious. This conscious energy fills the whole universe. In spite of its vastness, it functions as an undivided single entity or a universal being which manifests through each one of us. So, we are designed to think and act as one.
Chapter 3 Why are we Not what we are Designed to Be?
Though oneness, love and selflessness are hardwired in our brain and we are designed to be selfless loving beings, we do not behave so in our ordinary lives. Most of us behave as selfish beings. This chapter explains why. The hardwired qualities are overridden by false perceptions; separateness, sense of ‘I’/self, and self-centredness that have been soft-wired in the brain.
Chapter 4 Becoming What We are Designed to Be: Pathways to Spirituality
To liberate ourselves from the undesirable influence of false perceptions soft-wired in our brain, we should re-wire our brain by either dissolving those false perceptions or replacing them with true perceptions. All spiritual practices, both religious and non-religious aim at achieving this goal. This chapter present an account of the methods available to us.
Chapter 5 Does Spirituality Matter?
What grows within as us we grow spiritually is love, the force which keeps us together in harmony. That is why spirituality matters to us. There is a general perception that spirituality is ‘other-worldly’ and does not benefit us in this life. This chapter points out, with the help of empirical evidence, that spirituality could in numerous ways promote happiness and prosperity in individuals and societies.
Chapter 6 Ways Forward
Spirituality involves an inner transformation in individuals. It is a personal matter. No one can transform another. However, by adopting appropriate policy measures it is possible for governments and organizations to help individuals to achieve their spiritual goals. This chapter provide such policy recommendations.
Epilogue: Transforming Ourselves to Transform the World
The best way we can contribute to transforming the world is to transform ourselves. If we decide to transform ourselves there is no force in the world that can prevent us from doing so. We can transform ourselves. If we want to do so, there are pathways, both religious and non-religious. If we want, we can choose to practice our own religion, the core teaching taught by the founders, not the rituals, beliefs and doctrines added later. If we don’t like religions, there are many non-religious pathways. No matter what path we follow if we transform ourselves, the small world around us will begin to follow us.