(This is copy+paste of the concluding part of my post (God of the world or world of Gods) in blogspot. Since my blog is accidentally deleted there, I am posting it again here with a different title.)
The primitive man worshipped forces of nature, to say – fire, lightening and thunder, rains; certain animals like elephant, snakes, certain birds; trees; and other things which he could think in a way helped his course and to pacify them.
Some Gods were invented out of good luck, well being, and prosperity. They even exist now in some old cultures and tribes.
Then man began to think logically and the old Gods were discarded and came the new ones which were more powerful and sounded real.
‘Sanatan dharma’ which means from the time immemorial was prevalent in Indian subcontinent for ages. Hindus considered Sanatan dharma not as religion but as a way of life. Their holy book ‘Vedas’ give the concept of ‘Tatvamasi’ means ‘He is I’. I stands for everything, matter as well as energy. Then came Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and other religions. The other ideologies like Zen, Confucius, Sufis, etc., followed.
It is strange to note that 3000 years back, there were hardly any religious battles fought. But within the past 3000 years, man came up with so many religions and more than 15,000 religious battles were fought just to prove the supremacy of one religion over the other.
No religion or God practice violence, but history is full of such incidents.
Later, the primary religions were further divided into sects due to difference of opinions; and it happened in every religion. Following this, came up small sects and a large number of self-acclaimed Gods everywhere in the world adding to the list of Gods.
A baby grows up watching his parents worshiping God and thinks that it is a world created by ‘that’ God which they worship. But as he grows up, he finds he was wrong. It is not like this as ‘one God of the world’ but it is like ‘My God of the world.’
I always wonder that among the millions of galaxies scattered in the universe, we know about Gods of only our galaxy that is Milky Way and that too of only our solar system and our planet earth. What if there is life like us in other planets and stars of our galaxy. Which religion would they be following?
And this is only about our galaxy. There are millions of galaxies in the universe and there are innumerable solar systems, stars, planets. And if there is life out there and people believe like we in some form of God; which God would that be? Will it be Hindus, Buddhists, Christians or what? But when we have difference of opinion in our planet and therefore too many religions won’t there be millions of religions and billions of Gods in other parts of the universe. That would count around more than the total population of our planet.
It’s very difficult to understand that we fight in the name of God. Can you imagine a person kills other person only because his religion is different from his own religion. While committing this crime don’t he think that the man he is killing in the name of God is also a creation of God. You make the God happy by killing God’s creation. Contrasting!
The prophets and the messengers sacrificed themselves for us for what? To fight over their names or what? They sacrificed because they wanted to prove by their sacrifice that their life was for others, to spread the message of love. They never killed anyone; instead they got killed for others. Why cannot we understand their sacrifice?
The concept of ‘The God Within’
The definition of God is omnipresent, omnipotent, and who is free from the constraints of dimensions of time, space, etc. If we follow the above definition then we will come to know that it is all God and nothing else.
All the planets, stars, galaxies, the indefinite expanding universe, everything is in God. That means all living and nonliving things are part of God. We are born, we breathe, and we die in God. There is God outside us and inside us. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the rains, the nature, the matter, energy, the creation, the destruction. Every cell of our body is God.
That is why we cannot see him. If we want to see him then we must stand as a separate entity from God which is not possible because where we will we stand separate; anywhere we move, we move in God. When we consider ourselves as separate from God, we can’t see him and when we accept God as omnipresent, then we cease to exist because we are in him only.
So, if we are part of him, what do not we feel like him, what are we full of miseries? Because of our ignorance!
We just have to be aware, aware that we are dwelling in God; God is within us and everywhere. The awareness will make us to see things in clarity. That there is no such thing like miseries or pains, good or bad, birth and death. It is all but one single entity as God.
Only a person who is aware that there is no pain or pleasure, birth or death can sacrifice his life for others with a smile on his face.
Where comes this awareness from?
It is here in our heart. God is not far away. Is very close, closest to us! More closer than anything! Just be aware of him and do nothing else. And the only way to do that is to stop, be silent, sit quiet with closed eyes and start the journey within.
It is very difficult to start within because we have learnt for ages that journey is meant to be outside away our body.
But this is a different journey, spiritual journey, journey to the innermost core of our soul.
(Since we all love and worship God in our own ways, I request you all to please read this post and leave their sincere comments, criticisms, views, and suggestions for this post. All comments are highly respected. Your sincere comment is my reward for this post!)