B D Narayankar
Pune: Just once wouldn’t you love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God’s or cosmic energy’s existence? No arm-twisting. No statements of, “You just have to believe.” Dr Raghunath Narayan Shukla long ago made a scientific attempt to candidly suggest that cosmic energy exists at Alandi. This was later confirmed by none other than great grandson of Alfred Nobel, Klice Nobel when he visited Alandi in 1997 after his foundation identified the presence of cosmic energy through astral survey.
Alandi is located on the banks of the Indrayani River, 25 km east of Pune. Saint Dnyaneshwar, after translating the Bhagavad Gita into Marathi, had attained samadhi in a cave at Alandi. Alandi is a place of pilgrimage and is venerated by many Hindus. A temple complex has been built near the spot of Sant Dnyaneshwar’s samadhi. It is visited by thousands of pilgrims, and in particular, those of the Varkari Sect. On every Kartika Ekadashi (eleventh day of the Hindu month of Kartik), a big festival is held at Alandi, when the Yatra (procession of pilgrims) reaches the town.
Shukla, a retired IAS officer and scientist, proved the existence of cosmic energy at the samadhi by using detecting instruments like Scintilation and Bolometer. The former detects and measures gama rays to x-rays and later detects ultraviolate and infra-red in terms of temperature.
Shukla placed these intruments 50 feet away from the samadhi to detect and measure gama to radar frequencies by covering the samadhi with gold, siolver and zinc filters. “I got different readings for each cover. Surprising I observed highest frequency when the smadhi wasn’t covered at all. Whereas, the frequencies decreased from gold to silver and silver to zinc,” he says.
“The different frequencies suggests that there is a presence of cosmic energy at the samadhi,” Shukla says.
This was later confirmed by Klice Nobel who had visited Alalndi to attend an international religion and science symposium. “Soon after the function, Klice, along with other five Nobel lauretes, told me to arrange a trip to Alandi next morning. We hired a taxi and went there. As soon as Klice and other lauretes saw the samadhi, they rushed to the spot and embraced it. Later they embraced and even talked to two sacred trees in the temple premises,” Shukla recollects.
When Shukla asked as to why he embraced the samadhi, Klice replied: “It had been for six-long years that my foundation had been working on a project identifying cosmic energy spots around the world. We identified 162 such spots in India and Alandi was one of them. Therefore I was eager to visit Alandi.”
Interestingly, two incidents prompted Shukla to scientifically prove the existence of cosmic energy at Alandi. One was his father Narayan Shukla had challenged him and the other was to stop a band of six scientists who wanted to ascertain whether there was any existence of cosmic energy at the samadhi. “This was a question of religion. I didn’t want to hurt the religious sentiments of the people by allowing these scientists to carry on their research. When they arrived I demonstrated the existence of cosmic energy with my detecting instruments. Finally they gave in and returned,” Shukla says.