There are 50 articles in this book whose contents aim to provide a deeper spiritual meaning that is conveyed through certain specific symbols and themes such as Agni or Fire, Cave, Cloud, twice-born, Four beasts, Dragon, Trilogy, Hero, Charioteer, Hostile brothers, Inner demon, East, Nakedness, Reincarnation, Redemption, Deluge, Sword, and Twins. These common symbols and themes, across many mythologies and the spiritual significance they convey, are brought out so that the higher nature of man and the spiritual path one has to traverse can be indicated.
The very fact that man seeks a higher and more meaningful knowledge denotes that he is on a path to exploring his true nature or awake to his true self. These symbols and themes cut across all dominant spiritual traditions such as Vedic, Buddhist, Hebraic, Christian, and Islamic religions. Symbols and Themes in Sacred Texts contain the key to unlock the spiritual treasure hidden from humanity through literal and archaic cultural interpretations.
About the author
Barnabas Tiburtius was born in Tiruchirappalli, India. He had his early education in a Catholic seminary, where he studied mathematics, science, and Latin for five years. He then graduated in electrical engineering from Madras University. He worked in the field of control systems as a researcher, creative innovator, and senior management professional for thirty-eight years.
A systemic thinker and avid reader, he has entirely devoted the last sixteen years to the study of consciousness, cognitive science, cosmology, mythology, quantum physics, and spirituality. He regularly gives motivational talks and conducts workshops on science and spirituality to a varied audience.
He teaches ‘Science and Theology’ to graduate students for their Bachelor of Divinity course. This course covers the history of the relationship between science and religion, Darwinian and theistic evolution of life, development of human consciousness, progress in the study of cosmology, nature of reality, and the emerging stage of synthesis between science and religion and the paradigm shift towards cosmic spirituality.
He has published a book of poems and has written nearly 500 articles and papers.
He lives with his wife, Margaret, in Chennai.