What GOD means ? And why is GOD discussed as subject matter in Religion alone?
The term GOD beyond its current social, spiritual, cultural, ethnic, cultic and religious [institutionalized religions] concepts, controversies, claims and all the concomitant connotations, still carries a real meaning surcharged with very intense positive vibrations It is because we are all part of the divine life force at different levels and various forms of manifestation. Perception of this life energy permeating everywhere will help you to get into/lead you to be centered in the Universal self and thus you will no more be self-centered. Once you grasp this truth you will realize the all pervading greatness, its immense power, unfathomable depth, serene simplicity and breathtaking beauty.
Dr.Edward Aubert writes “It seems that we live in a vast ocean of interlacing energies. These energies move in and out of our individual fields in a manner analogous to the process of breathing. Each person appears to have his own method of selecting energy; some do it predominantly through intellectual stimulation, others through emotional excitation. Depression and self-centeredness greatly diminish the individual’s access to the cosmic energy supply”. William James too says “The visible world is a part of more spiritual universe from which it draws its chief significance; union or harmonious relation with that higher universe is our true end”. H. P.Blavatsky says, “From the one life formless and Uncreate, proceeds the Universe of lives”.
Even Kena Upanishad defines God not as any image or individual but as:
‘That power which is not produced by speech
but by which speech is produced’.
‘That power which is not seen by the eye
but by which the mind is made to understand.’
‘That power which is not seen by the eye
but by which eye is made to see’.
‘That power which is not heard by the ears
but by which ears are made to hear’.
‘That power which is not moved by the life currents
but by which life current is moved, know thou that power alone to be Brahma (the Ultimate Reality ) and not this or that you worship’.
Nature is the World of symbolism a rich hieroglyphic book; everything visible conceals an invisible mystery and the last mystery of all is God.
Brahman (the Supreme Power) literally means “The Immensity that which is all and beyond all”. “Unity in its true meaning is that God should be realized as the one Power which animates and dominates all things which are but the manifestations of its energy”.
This means then that the supreme power being all, and beyond all, is also the inherent harmony and unifying force of life current beneath all life. Some enlightened Scientists like Albert Einstein have realized this. He says, “I believe in God who reveals himself in the harmony of what exists”.
How else can we explain the fact that all electrons in an Atom revolve in fixed orbits, especially because in each atom there are several orbits and in each orbit there are several electrons and this pattern is universal/
How else can we explain the nearly 30 billion cells in each body and every cell containing 46 chromosomes and each chromosome containing several genes and every cell contains the complete blue-print of the body?
How else can we explain the work of the pea-sized pituitary gland at the lower brain which produces 9 different hormones, as and when required, one by one, to meet exactly the requirement?
How can you explain the fact that the gland/s collect/s the required ion from the blood stream to be taken to the required part of the body and once its function is over, the hormone is eliminated from the body? For example, when the body of a female becomes suited for reproduction, her pituitary gland produces the hormone FSH, and spurts enough of it into the bloodstream to cause development of one Ovule and then stops its production for 4 weeks, or for about 46 weeks, if she has conceived. When the Ovum matures, the Pituitary produces another Hormone, LH to burst its follicle. When the Fetus is ripe to be delivered the Pituitary produces the hormone OXYTOCIN to contract the womb to push out the baby and continues its production till the enlarged womb shrinks to its normal size when delivery approaches, the same Pituitary produces the hormone PROLACTIN to cause production of milk in her breasts. When the lips of the Baby touch her nipple, the Pituitary produces the hormone OXYTOCIN to contract her milk glands to ensure flow of milk into the ducts leading to the nipple and stops its production when the baby stops suckling.
How else can we explain why only one out of the millions of Ovules present in the Ovaries of women chosen every month to mature for fertilization?
How else can we explain why only one out of the millions of sperms is made to unite with the Ovum?
How else can we explain the small seed carrying precisely all the details of a big tree in a highly condensed form?
This is perhaps what Bhagavat Gita Chapter 10:8 declares “God is a creator of everything, and from Him everything functions”.
If God or the supreme power is the cause for such excellent and essential harmony and religion by its very etymology means binding together of the part with the whole; and the higher form of spiritualism indicates that godliness is binding of the inner self with the supreme or universal self, even the literal meaning of yoga is joining together of mind with Ultimate Reality and one who does this is a Yogi. We can even coin an acronym for a Yogi as ;
Why then are there so many differences among and within religions?
It is because “The Universal living spirit is expressed and enjoyed in specific conceptual idiom according to the level of conscious perception and the philosophical, cultural and social environment of the individual and that is why there are so many ways of
describing the divinity and so many forms of approaching the divinity.” That is why the differences in religion have to be understood in this light.
Religion is understood better by synthesis than by analysis. Religions grow better by syncretism than by antagonism. As D.J.Mercier, the Archbishop of Malines has said even “Sound Philosophy sets out from analysis and terminates in synthesis”. Regarding religious differences, men of vision and wisdom have explained and warned repeatedly knowing well that the common man with his limited perception and the fanatic by limiting his perception may engage in petty fights and arguments over differences.
Roman Philosopher Cicero laid down some 2000 years ago six mistakes of men, the sixth of which reads as, “Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do”. (From Encyclopedia of 7700 illustrations).
Mircea Eliade writes “All authentic religious experience implies a desperate effort to disclose the foundation of things, the Ultimate Reality.”
A Mantra in Katha Upanishad says “The same rainwater which falls on the mountain top appears to be different when it runs down the mountain from all sides. Likewise, people think religion to be different and keep following them differently.”
Real religious wisdom is the awareness of the oneness of all existence.
The term GOD which has been much brandied about by everyone cutting across different religions, societies, cultures etc and the literature around this subject will put to shame millions of googles. Few know exactly what it means and those few who knew it were not able to clearly communicate to others as to what it is because the very nature of this subject is not comprehensible to normal modes and tools of perception. However, if we are able to get tuned to the frequency of the definitions and descriptions of the great souls who have known it, we too can feel a glimpse of it. In short for the benefit of everyone let me put it this way so that it remains etched in your memory visually.
Getting away from Our defense and Denial modes, and
Getting Ourselves Deep into the
Gamut Of Description and definition defying
Grand Outputs that Develop beyond all
Given Options Discernible to all the
Great Over-evaluated Delusions of the
Group of Our Dredging which
Gathers, Outpours and Delineates from its studiously
Grown Operations of Dead templates of our various modes
Incidentally there are approximately 474,000,000 Web Page results about God. (Look it up if you question my integrity.) There are also 85,600,000 postings about God on Google as well as another 3,610,000 different postings to Google Groups. Some more may have got added by now and this is the only topic where the number of entries do not reduce or get deleted and even China allows its people to google for it.