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Sneh Chakraburtty

Sneh Chakraburtty

Sneh Ahuja Chakraburtty was born in colonised East Africa. As a child she experienced Germans bombarding the area. Since the 6th to 8th centuries AD and again in the 14th century, East Africa was a key player in trade from Arab States, Phoenicians, Greek, Chinese and Indian merchants.  Successful Indian trading communities were already set up on the East African coast where the Swahili language had already evolved. All that happened before Europe stepped foot on East Africa with their guns.  Firepower gave them superiority wherever they went and whatever they colonised for 200 years.

Her parents and those of her husband’s were workers and professionals ‘imported’ from colonised India. The working middle-class immigrants from India served as a socioeconomic class between the coloniser and the colonised Africans. That remained the model societal hierarchy of the coloniser over many continents. Sneh’s parental family lived in Zanzibar where the Omani Arab Sultans ‘owned’ Zanzibar and Pemba. Both, but especially Zanzibar, were where slaves were gathered by Arabs for unpaid manual labour in homes and date plantations in the Arab states around the Red Sea. Feudal Europe learned the art of slavery from the Arabs. The Coasts of Africa became source of ‘black’ slaves for inexpensive labour needed in the newly colonised Americas.

Most emigrants left India for economic reasons.  Their cultural traditions, although preserved were not re-enforced. There was an absence of extended families of elders to ensure such efforts. While growing in the best schools of the day, many children of immigrant Indians were educated in expensive Convent Schools, where Christianity was endorsed. Non-Christian children therefore grew up instilled with mixed messages.

Fortunately, Sneh never experienced Caucasian superiority in a Zanzibar ruled by Arab Sultans. In Zanzibar the Sultan and Arabs were the ‘upper classes’. While flying with her Catholic school friend in transit on their way to University, both then in their teens, were refused entry into a ‘Whites Only’ Hotel in Nairobi.

Imagine her shock when companion school friend got off the taxi at a Catholic address and Sneh was taken to a Protestant YWCA. Sneh did not even realise there were different kinds of Christians. She was already confused with her Arya Samaj home habitat and her childhood friend’s (who became her husband) Sanatani Dharma’s home environment. Sundays at the “Y” was when returnees from ‘Third World Countries’ fundraised ‘pennies’ for ‘Black Babies’. Much of what they said was invented, but raising money off the back of the unfortunate was and still is ‘normal’ in democracy, or was that oligarchy?

The first thirty years of her life were busy with professional pursuits, family duties of husband and daughters and parental displacements resulting from geographic and political upheavals in Zanzibar, Tanganyika and India. There were many questions. There was no time to address them.  Who am I? What are my traditions? What is my religious conviction? Where am I taking my children with traditions and belief systems? Who of the many faiths speaks the Truth?  Why must I believe anyone? Who can I trust with my own self-education before inculcating them into my children? Those were questions of an anguished soul.  So many belief but what is the goal of human existence? What is the path? Who is sanctioned to show the Path?

The books Sneh writes addressed these queries.


The Story of ‘How We Became’

Many enter Medical Colleges to become doctors and physicians to serve humanity.

For a few rare ones, they seek a bridge into a dimensions of Life that inwardly and innately long for a scientific search for religious answer of Truth.

Religious teachings only explained obscurity as ‘mysteries of life’. Such answers became a temporary quest for inner peace and contentment. It never led to a higher appreciation of science in the religion of spirituality.

From a drop of water a mathematician predicted there are Oceans! We are still unaware of how we were each, created and for what purpose. We cannot afford the stalemate of past centuries for this leaves our nature Godless and our spirituality in a world without a future! Our Inner Words remain dead until we have the courage to give them ‘life with our blood.’  This Article fulfills the “Story of How We became Divine”

Phil Mundt,  a retired geologist who holds a PhD from Stanford University went on a four-year quest with two main objectives: “The first was to try to resolve some of the main misunderstandings between science and religion. The second was to answer some life-long questions concerning religion, and search for religious truth; this was for the purpose of personal fulfillment and perhaps, salvation.”

Science itself is defined as, observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of some kind of phenomena says the American Heritage Dictionary.

Science is the study of life wherein the scientist is a student. Scientific evidence is only for purposes of substantiating theories, that there is some kind of an Inner Master in the created and a Creator who ensures there is overall harmony.

Beliefs of scientists about the Creator range from , deism, theism, agnosticism and atheism. There are some who have and had particular beliefs.  Notable spiritual scientists in history include Newton, Einstein, and more recently, the Cosmologist Steven Hawkins.

Einstein was asked about this Creator: He replied: “My feeling insofar as religiousness, is I am imbued with the Consciousness of insufficiency of the human Mind. To understand deeply the harmony of the Universe, we merely try to formulate Laws of Nature,” he told the sage Yogananda.  He admitted the Laws of Nature were a given to him as a gift from the same Being that created the Laws in the first place.