Science has long confirmed that religious feelings are coded in our genes. In other words, our brains are pre-programmed to allow the experience of feelings such as elation, ecstasy, and selflessness.
On the surface, this statement may appear banal and self-evident. But when the evidence depicts how the experiences of a Buddhist Monk, a Muslim Imam, or a Christian Priest are basically the same — then this piece of information becomes a political and cultural landmine.
Science Daily just published a piece today, which elaborates on the subject of Selflessness — a feeling that can be found in all cults and religions. It is quite amazing how different interpretations of the same experience have yielded so many conflicting beliefs.