Shelton Ranasinghe

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Shelton Ranasinghe is a professional engineer. The early years of his career he worked in major civil engineering projects in Sri Lanka and Nigeria. Later he settled down in Australia and specialized in environmental engineering & management on contaminated site-remediation projects. His career in this field commenced in Australia and New Zealand, and later expanded to Canada, Mexico, UK and USA. He now lives in Ohio State in USA.

From a very young age he has been a keen follower of philosophy, religions, anthropology, nature and social behavior. The exposure he acquired living in five continents over a large part of his active working life combined with his temperament of reflection, has given him a unique and intimate understanding of the multi-hued canvas that is humanity. With the humility and very fine sense of balance endowed on him by his sympathetic view of various cultures, social behavior patterns and belief systems he has encountered, he now ventures to crystallize his thoughts. He has published a booklet on Buddhist philosophy named "Buddha Impetus to Primitive psyche" - an effort that can be described as frank, refreshingly unforced and thought provoking. His next effort is a work of science fiction titled "Heaven at SETI's Doorstep". Readers of this book will however perceive many complex overtones that elevate the scope of this book way above and beyond its albeit quite interesting sci-fi content.

Shelton also published an e-book titled "Self - A Delusion?" It presents evidence suggesting that the notion of `self' could arise from deluded cognition. It sources the results of cutting-edge scientific experiments by leading experts in neuropsychology and employs findings from the author's own experience to correlate them with simple examples from nature, prompting you to seek an answer to the question through scientific and metaphysical inquiry. Shelton’s fascinating hypothesis, explains how the make-up of the brain could be manipulating our conscious psyche to hamper deep inquiry into the entirety of our own cognitive process.
His book titled “The Phone Rang in the Middle of My Shower", explores the ideas of afterlife. It is a thought provoking novel; light and fun read, griping and focusing the attention of the reader continually. Death is undisputedly a common denominator for humanity; but is the soul the highest common factor or is there none? If you don't believe in an afterlife be ready for a great shake-up. If you do, an even greater one!

His latest sci-fi title is "Our Extraterrestrial Neighbors" and nonfiction title is "Thinking Explored".

B.Sc (Eng), C.Eng, P.Eng, MIMech E(London), MIE(Australia), FIE(Sri Lanka), ASME(USA)

Smashwords Interview

I understand you are "following your bliss" in writing your blissful books. What made you to write the books?
After I came to the USA I came across some books of Professor Joseph Campbell on a subject I was interested in – mythology and philosophy. Joe Campbell had a famous quote, ‘Follow your bliss.’ In one interview he mentioned that ‘if you wanted to write a book and if you have not done that, what sort of feeling you will get when the moment comes for you to die?

This quote and his words inspired me. I read the professor’s entire collection of writings and watched all his videos.

The exposure I’ve had from living in five continents over my active career as a professional engineer gave me a unique and broad understanding of various cultures, social behavior patterns and belief. This lead me to write the first book.
What's your first book? Tell us about it. How long did you take to write it.
The title was "Buddha Impetus to Primitive Psyche."

From my young age I have read many books on various belief systems. I had a habit of writing down my rationale thinking on superstitious ideas, religious concepts and similar things. After I realized the collection of what I had written in the past and also the knowledge I gathered from reading about various cultures, belief systems and social evolution, I thought I could easily compile a book.

If you look into the timeline of human civilization process, from the time the primitive hunter became the hunter gatherers and to the present status, we have created many beliefs and superstitious ideas and passed them on to our next generations. When we come out from the ‘manufacturing factory,’ our brains are clear like new flash drives. But from childhood our brains are fed with doses of superstitious and paranormal ideas by our parents and others. I try to highlight some of these aspects in my book though it was written under the rationale viewpoints of Buddhist philosophy.

“Buddha Impetus to Primitive Psyche,” was written off-and-on over a five-year period as time – and inspiration – allowed.
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Price: Free! Words: 12,910. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Story of Emerging Savior All started with two drones coming from nowhere, threatened and subdued the two reckless drivers who were racing on I71 freeway. The CIA was clueless as to who was behind the mysterious incidents happening throughout USA. Could the mysterious force behind, be the savior of the world?
Our Psyche and Beliefs
Price: Free! Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit
Though we do not give much emphasis and accept it as an integral entity of life, our psyche and how the psyche operates is uniquely out of the ordinary, weird and mysterious. This book discuss the nature of our psyche and about its inseparable companion “beliefs” in a rational manner.
Thinking Explored
Price: Free! Words: 13,350. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Mind & Body
A refreshingly simplified examination unravelling the mysteries of the brain and thinking process. Considering the complexity of the subject it is great that the presentation is utterly interesting, instructive and easy to read.
Our Extraterrestrial Neighbors
Price: Free! Words: 49,390. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A radio signal is traced from outer space by SETI. The story now heads in an unexpected direction. This narrative is serious, not heavy and has a novel mix of technology, philosophy and ideology to suit readers of all ages. The singular feature of the book unravels as the soft and gentle mannerisms underlying the basic nature of the aliens come to light in the later chapters.
Hilarious Emails
Price: Free! Words: 31,600. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Every time I wanted to empty my inbox I was hesitant to do so because of the enjoyment I got from reading some of the hilarious emails. After writing a few non-fiction and fictions books in the past, for a change I decided to compile some fun emails into a book to extend the enjoyment to others. So, this is the product.
The Phone Rang in the Middle of My Shower
Price: Free! Words: 23,270. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
From the time Tony's phone started ringing when he was having a shower, it is a story with incidents and surprises that you'll never expect even in your wildest imagination. Dan, Chris, Aini and her baby daughter Sara are the main characters who keep the unusual journey ticking. You are rest assured the enjoyment of reading every bit of the novel.
Are We Being Fooled By Our Brains?
Price: Free! Words: 5,230. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Cognitive psychology
Considering the enormous capacity, complexity, manipulability and craftiness of our brain networks, I hypothesize that the brain has purposely given us reigns to make “us” aware only about the functionality of this "limited sector" of the thinking process.
Self - A Delusion?
Price: Free! Words: 16,020. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Epistemology
A stimulating analysis combining cutting edge research and the thinking of modern and ancient philosophers on the elusive topic of "self". Where resides the self? and a host of other questions have baffled man over the past millennia. The writer is realistic enough not to even suggest the possibility of solving all the mysteries. But has presented all components together to get you intrigued.
Heaven at SETI's Doorstep
Price: Free! Words: 51,610. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
A radio signal is traced to a subterranean cave habitat on the moon. The story now heads in an unexpected direction. This narrative is serious, not heavy and has a novel mix of technology, philosophy and ideology to suit readers of all ages. The singular feature of the book unravels as the soft and gentle mannerisms underlying the basic nature of the aliens come to light in the later chapters.
Buddha Impetus to Primitive Psyche
Price: Free! Words: 29,760. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
This book is an unconventional approach to Buddhist doctrine. It is brilliantly written with logical evaluation of Buddhist concepts with emphasis on suffering and "anatta" (non-self), the two pillars of Buddhist teaching. The author's ability to read the Buddhist scripture and extract what Buddha really meant is the greatest contribution. This Book is a 'must' for anyone with an open mind.

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Smashwords book reviews by Shelton Ranasinghe

  • The journey towards Awakening on Aug. 08, 2015

    I enjoyed reading this book. It tries to expose Buddhist dharma without frills that most people do not see.