Science today estimates the universe to have emerged by itself, after a big bang approximately 14 billion years ago. Indian mysticism tells us that the nature of existence is a forever creative eternity. Uncountable big-bangs recur naturally and endlessly, in it. Creation and destruction continues, innumerable universes come and go, ad infinitum. "An atheist is a man who believes himself an accident," remarked Francis G Thompson. Scientists see no intelligent cosmic design in this phenomena of self-creation; mystics do.
Seeing this imperfect world around us, it does seem as if no intelligent creator could be behind this heart-breaking, almost cruel creation. "We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special," says Stephen Hawking. But as per present understanding of physicists, everything is created at random, and just as meaninglessly we all die. Alternatively, ancient mystical texts of India inform us that a man evolves, and, interestingly, devolves too. Theory of Evolution of Charles Darwin tells us that we have come about from lower organisms. Spiritual knowledge of Indian free mystics is that not only evolution but devolution too occurs in life cycles. A man maybe a monkey tomorrow! Only on this technicality, today's science and esoteric spirituality of India differ. But then, from the same core "stuff" that makes-up existence - like mud either making a tiny hut or a palatial building -- similarly, in transcendental reality, there's no impossibility.
Modern day science postulates no divine life to any of us. Thus, we are just an organic, chemical nothingness. Each is equal to the other; essentially, as lifeless and equally worthless as any inert matter. In this sense, a man, in make and manner, after creation or dissolution, is of as much worth as is a grain of sand. Thus, an atheist would gleefully proclaim a pope a poop.
Free mystics concur that each is not only equal to the other, but is very much the other. Whereas an atheist sees no worthiness in this equality, yogis witness in this a holiness; that all existence is but one immanent reality. Scientists have found DNA of a chimpanzee as 98% that of man. Mystics -- in Self Realization -- discover everything, sentient or insentient, 100% identical to each other; differing only in name or form.
So, what has most updated science discovered that an up to date, modern free-mystic or freethinker of the East, namely, of India, does not know from afore? However, modern science, hence, its blind follower, today's atheist; has yet not found out that an unseen wholesomeness, a fathomless oneness abounds in all existence, as its quintessence. This Divineness is "That" Wholeness which less knowledgeable isms try to usurp as their personal god, making it unknowingly into a man-like image - an anthropomorphic entity. In reality, this god-particle or root-principle of existence -- if it has to be named -- then, it is not this-that god but godliness.
As in air, whirlwinds self form, then, unto own-self disseminate; so is all that is here in present or in eternity, of Own Self born -- yet! In illusion is so born, this Unborn. These seen and unseen worlds, galaxies, dark matter et all are an unreal reality of an innate, immanent wholeness. In India, this endless, recurring creativity of The Whole is referred to very aptly as "Leela" (Divine Play) and "Maya" (Surrealistic Illusion) of "That" Which Is.
We must take it, this life, as that -- a play. This is the wisdom of free mysticism.
One could play it hard and fast, but one must also let it go. This is life. All die. Hence, we must live honestly, honourably and holistically. We do not. For, we comprehend this world-play falsely, therefore, misunderstand intensely. Hence, act imbecilely. To gain control over this chaos, isms come. Then, enter superstitions or absolutisms. Superimposed with religions, life becomes hell. Against this monstrous barbarity, the oppressed and the intelligent ones protest. But unable to overcome it or bear it, people rebel. And, thereafter, deservingly so, comes in atheism.
"Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest," exclaimed Emile Zola. No less than Sigmund Freud too held that "religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires." Perhaps rightly, in a much similar but a less bitter zeal, Robert Ingersoll observed, "As more people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers."
However, John C Wright gives us something to ponder over when he says, "If atheism solved all human woe, then the Soviet Union would have been an empire of joy and dancing bunnies, instead of the land of corpses." The poet, Coolidge, sagely emphasized that "No man realizes his full possibilities unless he has the deep conviction that life is eternally important, and that his work, well done, is a part of an unending plan."
Unfortunately, despite making tangible advances in knowledge, science has just become scientism. And, atheism it's legitimate but prodigal son. Yet, were "I am in my father, and the father in me' and "I am in my father, and ye in me, and I in you" of Jesus understood with a "single eye" -- One Wholeness -- of Eastern mysticism; it would lead us to a scientific certainty that The Root Cause and its Causation are unto each other, as each other, and are one with each other. Simply put -- All is One Indivisible Whole. Either we become whole and holy, or remain an unwholesome hole.
"All men are Prophets or else God does not exist," said Jean-Paul Sartre.