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HEAVEN AT SETI'S DOORSTEP 
 

 BUDDHA IMPETUS TO PRIMITIVE PSYCHE 

 SOULS

 SELF - A DELUSION?

 
Unlike the usual alien adventure story it is serious, short and precise and has a very different type of presentation of technology, philosophy and ideology. The narrative is blended in a mix of interesting concepts for readers of all ages with an interest in science fiction and philosophy. The really remarkable and singular feature of the book unravels as the characters of the aliens are exposed in the later chapters. The second half of the book is a journey of discovery of possibilities and alternatives always pointing towards a comparison with parallel systems on earth. It is also replete with unexpected, exciting and emotional events. Without warning, a negative turn enters the relationship between earth and the aliens and goes beyond the fictional content of the book to pose a major philosophical conundrum for readers to ponder. 
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Religions provide answers to the questions of mystic nature. How the mystic ideas came into the minds of primitive man and how the religions evolved into present forms, is elaborated in this book. Almost all people stick to the belief systems induced by the parents. Irrespective of ones religion, this is a strange phenomenon of our psyche. Some people can be driven to commit suicide in the name of their belief system. This explains how external ideas implanted in us after birth, play a dominant role in our life journey. As to how our brain cells are programmed to accommodate this unique feature of
“I” ness in us is the mystery of all mysteries. The core Buddha teachings address the “I” ness in a comprehensive manner. This book explores the core elements of Buddha teachings in a broader manner with a different dimension of logical insight, analysis and rationale. The author has explained, why he postulates “self” as a mere sub-program in an innate brain program.
 

What could be better than to enter the realm of souls and explore the reality of our ideas and religious beliefs on the afterlife? Even better is if the possibility of analyzing these ideals and philosophies can be done in the afterlife itself. Yes, this novel stems around such a unique situation. Observe a group of friends going deep into their religious beliefs and discussing the validity of the religious rituals that their loved ones perform at their funerals. A story on death might seem morbid and gloomy. Not this one! These friends are on a marvelous journey full of surprises. Their discussions are filled with hilarious exchanges. The dialogs are compelling and of intellectual quality with facts providing a fresh insight on various longstanding views. The afterlife journey is marked by anxiety, suspense and wonder. You are assured of enjoyment with each and every bit of the novel and will experience the feelings of the characters, throughout the journey to their unknown destiny.

 

 
This books is a stimulating analysis combining cutting edge research and the thinking of modern and ancient philosophers on the elusive topic of "self". Where resides the self? and a host of other questions have baffled man over the past millennia.

The writer is realistic enough not to even suggest the possibility of solving all the mysteries. But he has done a very good job of identifying the components of the jig saw puzzle.

A part of the big picture emerges and the reader reaches a radically new and higher level of comprehension toward the end of the book.

The written style is unique and seems like "here are the facts; you take it on from there”. 
 
 REVIEWS:
  An interesting twist on life on other planets   by Evan W. Fleisher
This book takes the concept of extra-terrestrial life in a new direction, making us on earth the aliens! The story delves into some very interesting concepts related to a self-governing, peaceful society free from hate, war, strife, and social problems. The people of the moon appear to be happy and healthy in the world they have created...will the earth people's discovery of their existence change all that? A compelling read, this book really challenges you to think about our own situation here on earth, how much is really enough, and should we be meddling in other's business.
Great book! I loved the real moon facts to draw me into this unique storyline. The characters and relationships were real for me, the descritiptions were vivid and most importantly, the message in the end is so important to internalize. Be aware and be respectful of other's belief systems. We are all seeing the world through subjective glasses - no one is right and no one is wrong and it will always be that way.
Fun and Insightful        by Sema
An imaginative and well thought out story. Beautiful descriptions of another world and a truthful review of our flawed society. Quick and enjoyable but the message lingers with you long after you finish reading. Highly recommended.
Sci-Fi of a Different Kind       by Ranjith Wijesekera
Heaven at SETI's Doorstep is a fascinating science fiction and I enjoyed reading every bit of it. The story line is very innovative and novel. The sequence of events are very well connected. It is a well written science fiction and it is really good Hollywood material to make a movie.
 
An Unconventional Approach to Buddhist Doctrine    by Dr. Ayal Jayathilake (UK)
 
I read this book from cover to cover and it is brilliant. I have not read any book about Buddhism as good as this one. His analyses, the use of computer models, logical presentations of facts and flow diagrams are amazing and clear. The author obviously has read many books on Buddhism and is extremely knowledgeable. Now I have had the benefit of educating myself through what he has written and this has given me an opportunity to re-evaluate my thinking on this subject.  The author's ability to read the Buddhist scripture and extract what Buddha really meant or said (also not said) is the greatest contribution he has made in this book. He has shown how and why rebirth and karma have been included as parts of Buddha's philosophy as practised today, and why those aspects have become cornerstone of the conventional Buddhist teaching. The cessation of suffering and "anatta" (non-self) are the two pillars of Buddhist teaching that Buddha regarded as the essence of his doctrine and the subsequent discourses he made during his life time. In this context the author has shown that the concepts of karma, rebirth, existence of gods and even nirvana were part of Hindu culture prior to Buddha's time. Buddhism, as known and practised today, has unfortunately married them to the original teachings of Buddha to make Buddhism more palatable to a greater mass of people. 
 
Buddhism - Facts without Fancy!    by  Bunchy Rahuman

A personal statement based on deep reflection, the book is balanced and well developed, with much supportive data. A practical, implementable, everyday formula, reviewing of which will most certainly jog our minds to sort out our own viewpoints. A journey of discovery through refreshingly thought provoking reformulations of many everyday facts of Buddhism. A really good short read! Sad to say, a title such as "Buddhism - Facts without Fancy" would better describe the content.

 
THOUGHT PROVOKING, YET LIGHT AND FUN READ By Bunchy Rahuman
 
Death is undisputedly a common denominator for humanity; but is the soul the highest common factor or is there none? If you don't believe in an afterlife be ready for a great shake-up. If you do, an even greater one! A thought provoking yet light and fun read, using a simple deception to grip and focus the attention of the reader.    
 
 
 
THOUGHT PROVOKING, By Dan Danton
  

 Self - A Delusion? (Kindle Edition)

The book brings a fresh perspective to the philosophical question,

"Is there something called `self'?"

 

It presents evidence suggesting that the notion of `self' could arise from deluded cognition. It sources the results of cutting-edge scientific experiments by leading experts in neuropsychology and employs findings from the author's own experience to correlate them with simple examples from nature, prompting you to seek an answer to the question through scientific and metaphysical inquiry.

 

The author also presents a fascinating hypothesis to explain how the make up of the brain could be manipulating our conscious psyche to hamper deep inquiry into the entirety of our own cognitive process.

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