Understanding God – May 11 2018

It is impossible for the human mind to remain a human mind and at the same time to understand God. Only God’s mind can understand God. Only when the human mind is so relieved of its humanness that it becomes God’s mind, even to you, can that mind begin to understand God’s mind.
Pandit Usharbudh Arya, Ph.D., God
 
When speaking or writing about the Vedas and/or Vedic meditation, the question often arises as to whether or not to mention the word, or even the idea of, God. the word itself is so fraught with meaning, so many different meanings to so many different people. Everyone’s idea is valid from their point of view; but even within given religions, even within given denominations or sects, one person’s opinion can be offensive to another, let alone across the broad spectrum of religions and differing cultures.
 
Often times it makes more sense to use words like “nature” or “Totality,” “the All,” or even “the Divine” (rarely used, therefore having few negative connotations), in order to allow room for any who care to the freedom to approach this world view and the practice of Vedic Meditation. Each of these words means the same thing: that which encompasses everything. That which is everything. The Omnipresent. Everywhere and every time and every thing.
 
And really, what does it matter? People will hear what they hear. The ego will dismiss what it can dismiss. The need within each will allow change to take place as it can. It seems a shame, though, that the idea of God–this thing or concept that, if it means anything, means unity–can be so divisive that most of us, especially in our Western culture, don’t allow it to be a part of our conversation nearly ever. And of course this is due mostly to the fact that when God is discussed in our world, it always is in the form of a conversation about religion. Religion is based in dogma, ideas and beliefs embraced by an individual who has not necessarily had experiences to support those beliefs. So the belief resides in the mind and the mind is about separation, and unity itself becomes merely an idea, rather than an experience of the world one legitimately could seek.
 
The very idea of Omnipresence insists that any idea of God I may have by definition must be merely one facet, one aspect of the Whole that God is. With my finite human mind I cannot comprehend even the concept of infinity, let alone an Infinite Being, encompassing all that is and beyond. And yet there is a desire to know God. To experience God. When one has used up every avenue of seeking peace and happiness within the world without lasting success, then one becomes ready to seek God in a new way.
 
And as it turns out this is all that is necessary. There is no need to find. Merely to seek. We are designed to need God. Many of us go to great lengths to deny this need or to camouflage it from ourselves and perhaps others; but we all are born with this connection to the great stream of life, only to have it taught or beaten out of us or twisted into an idea that is not useable by us so that we end up needing at some point to begin anew.
 
What a great accomplishment this would be: to find oneself willing to let go of every idea one had of God and perhaps become willing to seek an actual experience of God, rather than new ideas to replace the old that no longer seem valid, that no longer work for us if ever they did.
 
We begin by taking a step. A step inward, with meditation, to find that place within that is other than our mind. A step outward with eyes open, seeking evidence of God, of nature, wherever we may look. And it doesn’t matter where we step or where we look. The one agreed upon thing in most religious thought is that if God is, God is everything.
 
It is possible to think ourselves away from God. The human mind is all about division and separation. It is not, however, possible to take a step that is away from God. Every step is in God’s direction. Through everything we see, God is looking back to us. It only is left for us to recognize this and to welcome this into our awareness.
 
Today I will ask for God’s eyes that I may see God. I will ask for God’s ears that I may hear God. I will ask for God’s embrace that I may feel God. I will ask for God’s direction that everything I do may be done in service to God. I will ask for God’s mind that I may understand God.
Siva Lingam, Jhilmil Gufa, Uttarakhand, India

All original material copyright © 2018 Jeff Kober

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