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The God spot in the Brain

You may or may not have heard about the God-spot which exists in the brain. You have definitely read about the research on the God-particle in atoms on which large-scale research is taking place. But God spot! Well, this is a spot which is said to be in the brain which is one distinct area which is responsible for spirituality. Certain parts of the brain play more dominant roles, but all of them work together to facilitate an individual’s spiritual experiences. Whether you have it or not, you are wired for it. There is a central part of the brain which is known as the limbic system, which has the thalamus and the amygdala — it is in the center of the brain and it is connected directly to the stem — the brain stem — the medulla. They have found that this limbic system is that which is the emotional part of the brain and if the person has that which is known as samadhi — a spiritual experience, it is the limbic system that becomes active — not the rational part of the brain (the right lobe and the left lobe which are necessary for us to survive), but the inner part.

A whole new field of research and study called neuro theology is examining this aspect of the brain. We in Samarpan have carried out basic research on the impact of meditation on one’s blood sugar and blood pressure among others — in all the cases we had seen a remarkable positive improvement in the before the event and after the event results. This is a part of neuro science where research is taking place to find out which part of the brain is actively involved in enhancing your spiritual experiences, when this part of the brain gets activated, whether meditation can help in finding the God spot. These are all questions which are being asked and research is taking place to find the answers. The best part is how do we do the research unless we have subjects who are at different levels of spiritual activity through meditation who offer themselves for carrying out this research.

Basically, what neuro theology is trying to do is try and confer the authority of science upon religion. I personally feel that without appropriate subjects for testing this entire exercise is bound to be nothing more than scientific gibberish which leads nowhere. Finding the God spot, even if there is one, can only happen when you get a strong pool of meditators who would be willing to be subject to this research, which to me looks a bit far fetched today. I am sure the God spot exists without which the spiritual experiences would not have been possible. Let us wait for the right atmosphere and the right tools to find that spot. But if you ask me the less you know about it the better, because once you think you have found it, then the scientists and control freaks would definitely end up using it for ulterior motives!

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Girish Borkar

Girish Borkar

Spirituality ... meditation ... insights ... inner peace ... the journey continues... love and gratitude