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A Conversation With Dr. Ajay Kansal Author of The Evolution of Gods
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By Norm Goldman
Published on August 7, 2013
 



Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com Interviews Dr. Ajay Kansal Author of The Evolution of Gods



                                                                                                                                          

Today, Bookpleasures.com is pleased to have as our guest Dr Ajay Kansal, author of The Evolution of the Gods.

Norm:

Good day Dr. Kansal and thanks for participating in our interview.

Norm:

What purpose do you believe The Evolution of the Gods serves and what matters to you about the book? As a follow up, whom do you believe will benefit from your book and why?

Dr. Kansal:

The journey began around ten years ago, when I developed a keen desire to explore the origin of religions and gods. In order to resolve the quest, I studied philosophy, history and anthropology. The study carved a clear-cut picture in my mind about the evolution of gods and religions. After that visualization, I had several questions: ‘Why do people still worship gods; is the whole show in the name of gods an illusion; is someone there up in the sky to hear prayers or the temple bells? The show was funny as well as serious, and I answered myself: ‘People do not know the truth.’ I recollected that I could decipher the truth only after a long study, and a common educated person could hardly spare such a long time. At this point, I visualized writing a concise book to share the knowledge with others, at least the skeptics.

Furthermore, with the help of various media reports and own experiences, I drew that many modern educated people have scientific bent of mind and they wish to know the truth behind gods and religious dogmas. The purpose of this book is to compile anthropological, historical and scientific facts about the origin of gods and religions. I have chosen its content with a motive to quench the curiosity of teenagers and at the same time, resolve the serious questions arising in the minds of well read people.

Regarding the benefits, I assert that the book may vaccinate the serious readers against the evil effects of religions such as superstitions, extremism or demigods. Apart from this, they would come out from the religious dogmas and liberate themselves. For example, Hindus are currently facing a rampant problem of self-acclaimed preachers, demigods or Babas, and they are cheating the masses in broad day-light with impunity. Most of them hypnotize their devotees and then exploit them physically, mentally and financially. After reading the book, anyone would easily recognize the chicanery of these Babas and thus escape their trap.

Norm:

What was the time-line between the time you decided to write your book and publication? What were the major events along the way?

Dr. Kansal:

The transcription of the book took around five years, and then I spent another two years to hunt for a publisher. It’s a known secret among top publishing houses that they rarely publish the debut book of a no-celebrity author. And the atheistic concept of book further closed the doors of many believers; however, it was the concept that impressed HarperCollins to publish this book.

Norm:

Where did you get your information or ideas for your book?

Dr. Kansal:

The process began with the study of the gods and religious practices of the prehistoric and ancient people. The books on anthropology, ancient history and philosophy of religions provided me with the raw material, and I visualized several events to portray the complex process as a simple narrative. Apart from this, the aid of the Internet—an ocean of knowledge in our fist—increased the reach of my study to many fold.

Norm:

Do you worry about the human race?

Dr. Kansal:

My serious concern for humanity motivated me to write the book: it will provide scientific knowledge, and the readers may come out of the darkness created by religions. However, the impact may vary from person to person. Apart from this, I visualized no other effective way to liberate the human race from the soothing illusion of gods.

Norm:

If humanity is living in the soothing illusion of gods, then why you wish to liberate, they are already living happily.

Dr. Kansal:

Almost every illusion is soothing but proves harmful later. Let’s consider a few examples of the barbaric acts mankind committed with religious convictions and celebrations: human sacrifices, witchcraft, slavery, caste-ism and sati. All these were considered divine revealed customs, people performed these inhuman acts with much enthusiasm, and they had absolutely no doubt on the efficacy of the rituals involved. They were doing these heinous activities to appease their kind gods and ensure a brighter, healthier and prosperous future. At one point in time, several scientific authors exposed these and they liberated humans from the darkness of such divine barbaric customs. Similarly, I believe that a scientific book about the origin of gods and religions may enlighten the present generation, specially the curious ones.

Norm:

What was the most difficult part of writing your book? As a follow up, were there any elements of the book that forced you to step out of your comfort zone, and if so, how did you approach this part of the writing?

Dr. Kansal:

Book writing was a smooth process, but I faced problems in publishing and promotion.

Norm:

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Dr. Kansal:

Many readers have appreciated the book; a few have advised that everybody should read it. At the same time, a few devotees have rejected its concept in toto, in the light of their knowledge of holy scriptures.

Norm:

Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us? (We would love to hear all about them!)

Dr. Kansal:

Currently, I am directing a documentary film based on the book.

Norm:

How can readers find out more about you and your endeavors?

Dr. Kansal: Reader may communicate with me on social media, mail drajaykansal@yahoo.co.in or my website www.evolutionofgods.com.

Norm:

A few reviewers of your book have pointed out their surprise over your assertion that human diseases and other sufferings gave birth to new gods and even the monotheist God. You need to argue your viewpoint further.

Dr. Kansal:

Yes, this chapter is different; in fact, this comprises my interpretations after reading several ancient holy scriptures. There is one important point to note that the scriptures were copied and interpolated thousands of times, during the last three thousand years; therefore, these are not the exact thoughts of the ancient people. We need to interpret the scriptures as per the conditions of their original authors. To explain this precisely, I would mention one example here.

The Bible mentions, at many places: ‘God ordered Moses that He will punish the infidels and sinners with plagues.’ The Bible defines the word plagues as the grave human miseries, which killed many people simultaneously, such as epidemic diseases and famines. I have interpreted that the people who wrote this must have suffered plagues and believed that an omnipotent, omnipresent and omnificent power called God punished them with the devastating problems. Obviously, the menace of plagues must have been a major factor behind the invention of monotheist God.

Norm:

Thanks once again and good luck with all of your future endeavors

Dr Kansal:

Thanks Norm for your time, efforts and courtesy

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