As we are discovering, many ideas that we may hold “true” or certain, are at best ambiguous depending on our state of consciousness.
Definitely the world is as we perceive it. However, that perception is not “reality” by any means.
The “sunset” is not real. There is no sun setting in the horizon. However, there is one… because we “see it.”
Let us say that we have the “almighty God” speaking with us. We probably would like to ask questions to him to “prove” that he is God. Right?
What could you ask knowing the above about “reality”? (Reality is not “real”)
God will have to tune into our state of consciousness to be able to communicate with us. By doing so, there cannot be “complete” answers.
Dear God, You “say” that you are omnipotent. Can you create a stone that you cannot lift?
Answer me: YES or NO.
If you answer “NO” then you cannot be omnipotent… but if you answer YES, then you are not omnipotent either, because you cannot lift that rock. See? 🙂
That is the trap of logic and language. A Kid’s game used by grown ups.
Truly, the only thing that we could ask is about “how to increase our consciousness” and then that reply will be catered towards a particular individual at a particular time. It cannot be an answer for all.
Do we want to ask about how to get rich or when are we going to get married or when are we going to die? 🙂
If we are never going to experience being rich in this life, do we want for God to give us suffering by telling us the “truth”?
It will not happen because a higher state of consciousness is respectful of everyone’s experience in life.
If we believe in heaven in the afterlife, then a higher consciousness will obviously relate with us using that same belief in mind, for it is up to us to realize the limit of our own beliefs. There is a growing process necessary, immersed in that belief which has the potential to change at any time according to the openness of our consciousness.
The flower opens little by little so it does not get hurt.
Any society and any religion will have plenty of beliefs. Once we realize that, then the point is not to label those as “false” or “true” because they can be either one according to our consciousness.
The point is to see that those beliefs are there in a life learning scenario, to open up our consciousness.
Since there is nothing that could be truly known, for knowing is “boxed in” a particular consciousness, then it makes sense to enjoy our time rather than spending time thinking about answers of life ‘greatest questions.’
We could enjoy our time. Enjoy living life. That has in itself a “good” karma… 🙂
Some will interpret to “enjoy life” as pleasure. You are an “epicurean” avyakt7!
Another label out of a misinterpretation.
To enjoy is to be fully present to appreciate. That is not a particular thing but the whole context. The whole experience. Totality.
Truly there is nothing to “do.” We are “here.” Let us enjoy that moment. Let us share our joy. Let us feel the “common union” (Communion) with everything.
Lost in beliefs (theories, ideas, concepts, thoughts) we cannot appreciate life as it “is.” 🙂
Who is God? 🙂
Every monotheistic religion has its own take on this question.
It is this. It is that. He comes personally to teach us. I had an experience with him, etc.
People fight among themselves to defend the “concept of God,” and ultimately it becomes a way to feel “special.”
Let us consider some answers about the concept of God:
How about this answer for starters: He is the “creator.” He is omnipotent. He is omnipresent. He is omniscient. He is our father. He is perfect. Any other titles?
Now the question to every reader: What does it mean to you?
God can do anything to me at any time. He can punish me. He can bless me. He can save me. He can get me anything I desire as long as I love him, worship him, etc. My love is tinted with fear. Moreover, my love is not truly love, until I learn to discover the meaning of love in me. The childish concept that God “will save you” if you just believe in him, is a fairy tale once spiritual knowledge is understood.
The law of karma does not allow for that fairy tale.
If God is the “creator,” what has he created? Some say the Universe, human beings, everything. However, if in fact, he created a human being in “his image,” would that mean that Adam (the first man) was a Caucasian, blue eyed male? Is that his “image”? Then, every other race becomes something further away from that “first creation.” If his “image” is something non-physical, how can I perceive that non-physicality? How can I believe that this non-physicality could belong to a religion?
If in fact, God is “perfect,” is he able to create a creation which deteriorates in time to be far away from the “original” creation? Is deterioration part of that conceptual view of perfection?
Now, if we go from the traditional religions into the non-traditional ideologies then we could find this:
If God didn’t create anything, for everything “recycles” itself in a cyclical view of time, then what is the meaning of God? What is his job? 🙂
He is not omnipotent because he cannot create; He cannot be omnipresent because not everyone sees him and if he is omniscient; then how can I have free will, if he knows what I will be doing? Some say, “He knows what you will be doing but it doesn’t mean that you are not acting out of your free will.”
Ladies and gentleman, If someone knows what I will be doing in the future; isn’t that proof that “my free will” is not really that for the outcome is already known? 🙂
How can He be omniscient if in fact there is a law of “cause and effect” and there is a cycle of time which is eternally repetitive? He may “recall” what will happen when I do not, but that is not to be omniscient but just not to be forgetful.
I forget. He does not. Maybe?
How can He be “my father” if I wasn’t created? Who invented that “relationship”?
Then, what is the meaning of God in this life or Drama?
Have you ever asked that question?
Simple. He/She (as however someone may like to conceptualize God) only helps us to remember who we are. That is all. That can happen through teachings, that could happen through experiences, that could happen through any other means. There is no “book” defining how that could happen.
The issue is that “to listen to Him” means to practice. To Be. To become. Very few listen to that.
Nevertheless, please see how much we have changed the meaning of God. Look how much we have “used and abused” that conceptual idea of God for our own benefit.
We have used that concept of God to create wars. To create religions to divide people between the “sons of God” and the rest. Just out of the ego of being recognized as something “especial,” when everyone is unique.
We have used that concept of God, to give ourselves power to dictate over others, to create fear among believers, to dominate people, to subjugate other beliefs, to feel empowered by a concept… when the whole idea of the meaning of God is simply to remember about our own divinity and to let that divinity emerge, so we become “like Him.”
That is all. All other concepts and brainy discussions are out.
Because that means conceptual ideas of God. No one can possess God. We can only have beliefs, concepts, definitions, discussions, debates, ideas of Him.
The truth resides in the self. “To be like Him”- His image, means to BE… not talk about him, to conceptualize Him/Her. To know God means to be his image.
Trapped in concepts, ideas, ideologies, isms, dogmas, etc. we have abused the significance of that pristine undeveloped image which could become a beautiful picture only when its meaning fully develops in the hearts of human beings.
Then, we become His image.