— M.N.Raju
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
— Buddha

Albert Einstein said, “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”

This is Albert Einstein’s excellent quote which make us understand that the religion means not a blind faith and nonsense rituals, but a part of life and to know the “Reality of a Religion”, with scientific analysis. It is also to explain that the religion and science are not two different opposite provisions to realize God’s presence in every aspect of life. But they are the two faces of the same coin, the coin of Value of Life.

But some of the Godmen, Priests and Babas isolate science and religion. Then only they can give importance for rituals and can make us to forget the principles of a religion. Then only it is easy for them to dominate the minds of their Bhaktas and disciples. Whereas the spiritual (mystical) man tells that religion means, the principles not the rituals. He also tells you to become a man of meditation and asks you to believe in yourself to know about God‘s creation and to realize the purpose of life. He also tells that science is part of religion and religion is part of science.

The spiritual man talks about science of spirituality, science of emotions, science of Karma, science of God, science of religion, science of meditation, science of abundance, science of sub-consciousness, science of God’s creation, science of birth, science of death and finally he makes you to realize spirituality through scientific thought.

Many people, fight for religion. They kill others for religion. They sacrifice their lives for religion. They wage wars for religion. They destroy the symbols of other religions. They talk bad about other religions. They say that their God only is real God. They do every thing to destroy other religions. Is it not foolishness to think that if they don’t destroy other religions, their own religion, cannot survive?

All these problems are surfacing throughout the world, only because people do not understand the true spirit of the principle of their religions.

Mohammed never asked to hate others, Jesus never said to love only the Christians, Sree Krishna asked every one to love the entire universe, the Buddha, Jain, Nanak, every one told to “love others as thyself.”

Let us take the example of Albert Einstein’s life itself. He was a Jew and he belonged to Germany. When he was young he was admitted in a Catholic school. It became a big problem for the young Einstein. He was very often insulted not only by the students but also by the teachers of the school. His teachers never liked him. They declared that he was a stupid and a failure. He had undergone great mental agony. But in real truth, he was genuinely genius.

But the teachers of Einstein had forgotten their noble responsibility, only because he was a Jew, not a Catholic. They were supposed

• to create an atmosphere of cool and care in the school.
• to treat every student with dignity and respect.
• to have positive approach towards the students.
• to teach about the goals of the students.
• to be loyal to the students.
• to understand what was necessary to the student, beyond his usual lessons and examinations.
• to take decisions which were good to the students.
• to prepare their students not only for examinations, but for their life.

Finally a good teacher should understand that not only what he knows is important, but what he does also is important.

A good teacher should have “HIGH” expectations for himself and “HIGHER” expectations for his students.

Though Einstein was a genius, he was hated and troubled, only on the grounds of religious differences. Finally he left that school to escape the teachers in the school.

There was one more incident to explain that he was not liked by some people on religious grounds. In 1922 he visited Japan on invitation. During this time he was nominated for the Noble Prize in Physics. But to go to Berlin, there might be some danger to his life, as per the reports of intelligence, so he received Noble Prize in absentia.

In 1921, he and his wife Elsa sailed to USA and when the ship reached the shores of America, a large crowd was waving flags and banners, greeting with smiles to receive both of them. Even before he reached America the people of that country heard that he was the most outstanding scientist and was a celebrity. He was received in every land, every place with great honour.

Finally, he settled in New Jersy from 1933 as he liked that city

About the Author
Shri M N Raju, the Chairman of MNR Group of Institutions, is a prolific writer and critic. He has published several articles in literary magazines across the world. His book Two Billion Heartbeats that talks about his philosophy and his life, has been published by Jaico Books and is widely read and acclaimed by authors and critics alike. He has won several national and international awards for his contribution to Indian education and healthcare sectors.

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