During meditation or prayer, have you ever had what Freud called (picking up the term from Romain Rolland) an “oceanic feeling“? In other words, have you felt your “little self” (the shrew of your ego) submerging harmoniously into the “Big Self”—the Atman—or the universe?
Well, if you have, Italian researchers have recently suggested that “dysfunctional parietal neural activity may underpin altered spiritual and religious attitudes and behaviors.”
In other words, maybe your spiritual experiences should be associated more with brain damage than with God! What a deflation. I prefer the poetry of the Bhagavad Gita—and Elton John: