Thursday, March 29, 2012

Where/What is God?

It's very complex question, and everyone might have different opinions about it, this is my perspective, you are free to challenge it, question it. Everyone will agree that it's difficult subject to handle and I don't think I can cover it in one post but still I am going to try. 

Its believed that God  is omnipresent (present everywhere), omnipotent (unlimited power), omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnibenevolence (perfect goodness) and eternalIf it's true then why we look for that power in Temples, Mosques, Churches or other places?  

I remember a very interesting story which I want to share here, many thousands of years ago; it was believed that every person on this planet was a God. But humankind abused their powers (as usual), so the Supreme Lord or God decided to take it all away. The problem was where to hide the godhead-the source of our talent, potential, glory and power (our consciousness). The first adviser of Lord said, ‘Why don’t we dig a hole deep in the ground and hide the godhead in there?’ ‘No,’ replied the Lord, ‘eventually someone will dig deep enough and find it.’ The second adviser said. ‘Why not put this power on the top of the highest mountain?’ Again the Lord refused. ‘No, someone will eventually scale that mighty mountain and find it.’ Finally, the third adviser said, ‘How about hiding the godhead at the bottom of the world’s deepest ocean?’ The Lord replied, ‘No, someone will dive down deep into the ocean and discover it.’ They thought about it lot. After some serious thinking they found the solution and decided place this source of extraordinary power, magnificence, and glory inside the heart (or mind) of every man, woman, and child on the planet, because they’ll never think to look there. They were so right. We don’t even try to look inside our self but search all over the world for God. 

Every religion gives different picture or description of God and gives different explanations about its powers and ways to please that power. If you read then you might get an impression that God is some superpower who wants you to praise him/her all the time and behave in certain way to please him/her and if you don't there are dire consequences for that. This description satisfied curiosity of human mind for longtime but doesn't sound very logical in today's era. Why God will be slave loving entity wanting his/her subjects to please him/her? If he/she created the world then how come we are evolving? Was original creation faulty that we are evolving? If human species was born in God created world why we modified it so much that we are staying today in totally man made world? There are many questions like this which pop up in my mind.

I myself thought about it lot, after all what is God? I think Consciousness in us is nothing but God, it's personal thing. This power is part of every living being on this planet and universe. Consciousness is omnipresent like God; whatever we experience our consciousness is there, it’s eternal. Whatever we create is from our consciousness, its source of all our knowledge (omniscient), it lies behind all our understanding, without that we are nothing. We don’t realize this and think that God is some separate entity which is somewhere outside us and try to search for it at different places.

Individual in us want to know God or want to be in God consciousness because we have an illusion that there is individual in us which is separate from our consciousness (this illusion/confusion was created by many theories who describe God differently). Consciousness and God are two names of same thing. Irony is that we search for that power externally in all man made places but not where it truly resides. Even if we consider God as some external entity and assume we are its creations, so God should be vast like ocean (just for the sake of comparison), and we are like waves of that endless ocean, without ocean waves don’t exist. Wave and ocean are different form of same thing, they don't exist without each other, we also don't exist without our consciousness. When we realize our true nature (pure consciousness, not only this body) then we meet our God there and then itself (I call it Self Realization). Waves don’t have to go anywhere to meet ocean, similarly person with pure consciousness don’t have to go anywhere to meet God as he/she is always with God.

There are two types of distances in any relationship one is physical distance and other one is spiritual distance. Often people concentrate only on physical distance as it’s easy to measure and easy to feel, if you hold somebody’s hand then you are physically close to that person but that doesn’t mean you are spiritually connected with each other. At the same time people living thousands of miles from each other can feel that they are with each other but it’s not the physical intimacy which makes them to feel together is the spiritual intimacy. Once you have that spiritual intimacy then all physical boundaries don’t matter. By going to temples and churches or by having idols people are trying to reduce the physical distance with God, but that’s not the case physically we are always close to God as that entity resides within our self, we can realize it only when we realize true nature of our self. So think about how to reduce spiritual distance then you will realize that physical distance doesn't matter anymore.

We worry so much about our future meeting with God and what will happen after death that we waste our life just worrying about it. If we search within our self then only we can find our God otherwise we may wander many places, read many texts, hear people’s opinion about God, its existence, what they think about it, but will never be able to experience it our self.

Thanks for reading and please share your views and questions.

Related Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God

(Copyright: Vinay Thakur. Please contact the author for re-posting or publishing) 

4 comments:

  1. IMHO(in my humble opinion)Whether GOD has a gender..GOD is a concept by humans...as humans we need to see the representation of a word in "form".
    A for An apple and you have a picture to represent it..B for Bat,C for Cat and picture that shows what the word means...
    God cannot be represented in that way but in Humanly though of or worshiped form...Krishna,Jesus,Mohammed,Wahe' Guru etc...

    I feel the real power is what has brought all things around us in being.... Earth,water,trees(flora and fauna) all living creatures including us 'humans'
    That power.. He She or It is to be saluted and acknowledged.
    We humans have named it GOD ,
    In all what we do we realize that "nothing" is with 'us'... we cannot choose our parents(birth) neither how and when we die(death)So...when we do not have control over either.... why do we (I,Me,Mine<myself) have this ego where Destiny and fate are already a pre-written script!!!

    So I believe that there is something beyond us and that takes care of so many things 'Science' has no answers for!In fact Living and surviving so well in a country like India is a Miracle for so many foreigners.When they visit here they say'God Exists'.

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    1. you are right sir, we can not choose or don't have any control over beginning (birth) and end (death) of our life but whatever lies in between is mostly in our hands and that the fun part of life. Now even birth and deaths are also getting predictable.
      Even if we assume that the script is pre-written, fun part is we don't know what is in it, so we have to act and do our best rather than depending on some unknown entity to save our day.

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  2. Hi! Vinay
    Nice article.

    It has been indeed ancient wisdom in India, visible in some models of universe ancient philosophies advaita, buddhism, jainism that it is the light of consciousness which lights every thing (apart from the light of sun which makes our sense organs to see objects).

    No wonder your thoughts remind one of those ancient ideas. You have very nicely expressed.

    You want to call it God too. They did not worry about it. But any way over all it does not really matter much whether you think of it as God or not. What matters is one likes this model and feel the peaceful light of consciousness.
    soumyasrajan

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    1. Thanks soumyasrajan for sharing your thoughts...I totally agree with your analysis and also thanks you for your encouragement.
      Vinay

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