Shelton Ranasinghe

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Shelton Ranasinghe is an author and a retired professional engineer. The exposure he acquired living in five continents over a large part of his active working life combined with his interest on human behaviors, has given him a unique and intimate understanding of putting his thoughts into writing on philosophy and science fiction, combining both these streams.

“Self A Delusion” - A good read to understand that the self could arise from deluded cognition.
“Thinking Explored” - Cleverly explain how thinking process develops from day one.
“Are We Being Fooled by our Brains” - Explore the complexity and cunning nature of the brain.
“Our Psyche and Beliefs” - Is an idea of how our brains geared to adore beliefs.
“Buddha Impetus to Primitive Psyche” - Refreshingly unforced and thought-provoking dissection of Buddhist doctoring.
“Our extraterrestrial Neighbors” - Readers will perceive many complex philosophical overtones beyond the Sci-fi content.
“The Phone Rang in the Middle of My Shower” - This Sci-fi explores afterlife, along many religious beliefs.
“DoooD” - Excellent Sci-fi on Artificial Intelligence.

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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.
Read more of this interview.


Parasitic Beliefs in Buddhism
Price: Free! Words: 8,440. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2023 . Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Buddhist
An analysis from a unique standpoint; examines a bifurcation in Buddhism in the context that gave rise to it, offers a reasoned, and holistic view of two contrasting perspectives, one of total acceptance based on hardwiring influenced by faith and social conditioning at childhood and the other based on critical review and selective acceptance based on liberated, insightful thinking in adulthood.
බුදු දහමේ නොමග මඟ
Price: Free! Words: 6,600. Language: Sinhalese. Published: March 7, 2023 . Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism » Theravada
බුද්ධ ධර්‍මය ලෝකය පුරා පිලිපදින අනුක්‍රම දෙස ඉතා විවෘත අන්දමකට විමර්ශනයට භාජනය කර ඒ පිලිබදව ඇති මධ්‍යස්ථව අදහස් දක්වා ඇති දුර්ලභ විශ්ලේෂණයක් ලෙස මෙම තෘතිය හැදින්විය හැකිය.
පස්වග මහණුන් රහත් වූ ධර්ම සාරය හා මිථ්‍යා මත
Price: Free! Words: 18,350. Language: Sinhalese. Published: March 22, 2022 . Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism » Theravada
බුදුන් වහන්සේ වදාළ දේශනා වල අන්තර්ගතය යථාර්ථයෙහි ප්‍රතිමූර්තියක් වුවද, ආශ්චර්යන් හා මනඃකල්පිත මිථ්‍යා අදහස් බෞද්ධ ධර්මයට කෙසේ හෝ අන්තර්ගත වීම නිසා ධර්මයේ සාරය වසන් කරන ව්‍යාකූලත්වයන්ගෙන් වෙන්කර එය ලගාකර ගත හැක්කේ තම තමන්ගේ උත්සාහය මගින් පමණි. බුද්ධ ධර්මයෙහි මූලික සංකල්පයන් සැබෑ ලෙස අවබොධකර ගැනීමට මෙන්ම බෞද්ධ සාහිත්‍යයට අන්තර්ගත වී ඇති මිථ්‍යා අදහස් සහ සංකල්ප හදුනාගැනීමට හැකි කෘතියකි.
බට්ටි සහ චුට්ටි - මී මැසි යාඑවෝ
Price: Free! Words: 4,300. Language: Sinhalese. Published: December 8, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Educational, Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment
The story of “The Bee Buddies” is full of excitement, surprises, danger & emotional moments. It’s an ideal book for kids to read to enjoy and know about the wonderful world of bees.
The Bee Buddies, Ok And Bk
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Insects (except lepidopterans), spiders, etc.
The story of “The Bee Buddies” is full of excitement, surprises, danger & emotional moments. It’s an ideal book for kids considering its educational value supplemented with the latest facts from research work that even you may not know.
Buddhism without Frills
Price: Free! Words: 38,220. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2020 . Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism » Theravada
Notwithstanding that Buddha’s exposition was the epitome of a rational discourse, the miraculous and the imaginary have crept into Buddhist faith infused with distractions that mask the gem. Each of us must necessarily apply our earnest effort to extract the essence. Here is a very well presented attempt to truly identify the core teachings of the Buddha.
DoooD - An Emerging God of Artificial Intelligence?
Price: Free! Words: 12,890. Language: American English. Published: July 16, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
All started with the two drones coming from nowhere, that threatened and subdued the two reckless drivers who were racing on interstate 71 freeway. The CIA was baffled as to how two drones did this and who is behind this act. This was the beginning of a series of incidents. Take it from there. It is a fabulous short read for those interested in Scifi
Our Psyche and Beliefs
Price: Free! Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016 . Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit » New thought
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: 13,780. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2015 . Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Mind & Body
(4.00 from 1 review)
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
(3.00 from 3 reviews)
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: 31,950. 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: 24,080. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
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: 4,340. 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: 15,200. 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: 31,310. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2010 . Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism » History
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.