Thursday, April 21, 2016

God and Belief

What is God? A disciple asked one day.
God is merely a belief. Master replied. God exists as long as we believe, as long as our faith stands. God is true and real because we humans want to believe in this reality in the presence of a superior being.God has significance only subjectively. Objectively we don't need God. 

Where does God live? Another disciple asked.
Everywhere and nowhere. Master replied. With belief within us we can find divinity and beauty everywhere and not only in temples, mosques, churches or synagogues. For the belief of God doesn’t live in places of worship or places we name as holy or in some shrines. Such places are only reflections of our belief that resides within us. Architectural opulence or materialistic grandeur doesn’t depict or represent or signify the might or veracity of God. It’s the depth and strength of our belief that does.  

Why do we have so many different Gods? Yet another asked.
Master laughed heartily for a moment, this is the easiest to comprehend. My friends, in our world of 7 billion people, not even two people look the same or identical though we all are similar. And since what God to each one of us is our own belief’s reflection, it is like seeing your own reflection upon the same water of belief, yet seeing your own reflection, which is unique from all the others. So no matter how many people are watching their own reflection upon the water (which is the religion), he or she will only see his / her own reflection therefore a different God. No two gods can be the same since no two reflections from two different people can be the same. Yet to the same individual there can be different Gods just like our own reflection can change due to the quality and capacity of the reflective surface, the time of the day, the light conditions and most importantly upon the clarity of our very own vision.

How do you view your God? I asked the Master.

I am quite like you my son, the Master patted my back. I find my reflection within nature in the mountains, forests, oceans and the sky above. These are diverse forms of nature yet universal and boundless all over the planet. Since they are not reflective surfaces I don’t see myself, instead I see them and they are my Gods. And I believe in them because I can see them touch them seek nourishment from them and find them wherever I go. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Happiness defined

One day we debated on happiness. There were three of us: a rich benevolent devotee, the Master and I. The devotee had come a long way to meet the Master and was talking about his life and happiness.

I have everything that I can wish for and I am the happiest man on earth. My wife loves me, my children and grandchildren are all happy and beautiful, my house is the most opulent and luxurious you can imagine, I have many things that give me joy and I have more wealth I can spend in ten lifetimes and I share my wealth with those who are in need. My life is fulfilled and I am so blessed and grateful to life. Yet I do not understand exactly what happiness is.

The Master asked. Do you know why you are happy? The devotee eagerly replied: yes Master, I certainly do. 

As long as you know the reason of your happiness you won't understand true happiness. The day you are happy without a reason, you would realize what happiness is. Then Master looked at me and smiled.

I mumbled: I have travelled around the world climbing mountains and living my dreams.  I have friends everywhere in the world and I have been loved and I have loved many beautiful women. The entire world is my home and I live my life without boundaries. I have everything that I need and want and desire and I feel I am the happiest and luckiest person in the world. Yet I am not sure exactly what happiness is.

And the Master spoke: when you derive happiness without cause, without associating the feeling of unspeakable joy with anything else, only then would you understand what happiness is. As long as you site a reason for happiness you are simply relating to an action and its reaction. Look up at the Sun. It burns constantly and continuously without fail. Some days we find it hot and unbearable and cause of suffering and on cold days we find the same sun enjoyable and source of happiness and joy, on some days we don’t see it since it is cloudy and overcast and some days we wish for the clouds to cover it for it burns the earth. Sun is sun, it is what it is, yet the way it affects us depends upon the weather, the location from where we observe it, our own moods, the time of the day and many such factors. Sun is constant and consistent in its action, but it becomes a source of happiness or misery depending upon our current reaction to it. Pure happiness is like the Sun. Constant and consistent irrespective to the external stimulus or causes. Happiness fundamentally is an attitude and a conscious choice and has nothing do with how much wealth you have or how free you are or how many children you bred. You won’t find happiness on the top of a mountain if you didn’t already find it below even before you started the climb. To understand happiness understand the Sun.  

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Seek Nothing

One day some of us had gathered with the Master in his mountain hut and the general discussion was what’s most important in the world. As we threw our personal opinions into the wind, Master listened eyes half closed, petting his one legged dog fondly.
‘It’s love that is most important.’ I said.
‘No, it’s food and you can’t eat Love.’ Another interjected.
‘It must be water,’ said another.
‘It’s family and home.’ A girl said. She was obviously looking for that. The discussion was now gaining a bit of ruckus without any sign of a conclusion. So I pulled the dog’s tail and he promptly bit the Master’s fingers, which brought him out of his forenoon stupor.

‘It’s nothing that is most important.’ Master said.
‘Come on, not one of your conundrums,’ the girl laughed out loud.
‘By nothing I mean ‘air’. It is everywhere yet you don’t see it, it is nothing just emptiness. You can live without food for long, without water a little less, without love all your life, but without air only few minutes. Though it is nothing it runs everything, the world literally runs on air. Look at all the vehicles, mechanized or manual, everything runs on wheels and wheels are filled with air. Even the finest car with tanks full of fuel won’t budge a yard without its wheels. While with empty tanks even the worst vehicle in the world can move provided it has wheels full of air. Even the plane that flies does so because of air. when you build a house, it is air that occupies the maximum volume and actually constitutes the home. Perceived practically air is nothing yet it is most important. Every living and non living are shaped and sustained by air.’
‘So should we live with nothing,’ the girl insisted, even as others forbade her to oppose the Master.
Master laughed heartily: yes of course my dear because only in nothing do we find everything. Seek nothing and you will find everything.

And always remember my friends: not to seek anything is not the same thing as seeking nothing. Seek...