The Universe in God

Then Arjun saw in God the whole universe.

Then Arjun, full of wonder,

with his hairs standing on end’

bowed down to the Lord and pressing his hands in prayer said:

Oh Lord,

I see all the gods and thousands of beings in

You.

—The Gita, Chapter 11, verses 14, 15

 

Consider the idea of the whole universe, of everything imaginable, contained within the being of its Creator. This vision represents the vastness of all existence that lives in the confines of our imagination, reason, and belief. This is a remarkable perspective.

See Chapter 11 of The Gita, A New Translation of Hindu Sacred Scripture, by Irina Gajjar.

The Foolish Cannot Know God

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In Chapter 15, of the Gita, Lord Krishna says that only the wise and the good can know God. He explains that those whose minds are unformed or lacking substance cannot find God although God is present in everyone’s heart.

While we all opine on the existence of God as the Creator or the Ultimate Spirit, I suppose that the existence of such a force does not rest on human opinion. Yet most believers consider faith a virtue. Hinduism suggests that faith is wisdom.

On the other hand, non-believers view faith as beyond them or irrelevant or nonsensical. These people take a condescending view of the faithful and many consider them gullible at best.

Between believers and non-believers, we find the seekers. Seekers pursue enlightenment and answers. They enjoy the intellectual gymnastics of trying to understand that which is beyond our capacity to understand. Seekers see goodness in the quest which is an end unto itself. They tend not to believe believers and to disparage non-believers for not looking harder for answers.

Personally, I respect believers, non-believers and seekers. I must admit though that in my heart and even in my head, I am a believer. Somehow I feel that I have some knowledge of something powerful that moves my existence and makes sense of life.  Moreover, I think that our conceptions cannot arise out of the blue. Thus our notion of God must come from God

At the same time, I know that in my lifetime, I cannot presume to be sure.

What do you know?

See The Gita, A New Translation of Hindu Sacred Scripture by Irina Gajjar.

The God of Hinduism

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Hinduism sees God as One infinite power. That power issues forth in countless forms just like a flame emits countless sparks. Many of God’s forms take on human attributes while others appear in any form we can envision.

The explanation that Hindus believe in One God with many names is true, but God is beyond names and forms. God materializes as any aspect of the universe, or of multiverses. God is everything, though everything is not God.

The world is perpetually changing and moving, subject to the forces of creation, destruction and regeneration. God is immutable, eternal, untouched by the dimensions that limit the cosmos. God is beyond time and is time itself.

In other words, in the universe only God is not illusory. Only God is real and God is the only reality. Philosophers like to debate the question of whether God created man or man created God. Religions consider God man’s Creator whereas science suggests that the natural course of evolution created humanity. But the debate dissolves if we consider God the cause of evolution. Hindus view God as “That” which existed before the universe began and will exist after the universe ends.

Hinduism perceives God as the only reality that is not forever in a state of flux. From this perspective, God is the only truth. The Hindu view that reality is illusory and unreal because it is impermanent has fascinating implications. If the tangible world is unreal, the world of our ideas, thoughts, and imaginations is no more unreal—or less real—than the world we can see and touch.

These worlds must be of equal magnitude. Thus, ideas about multiverses as well as multiverses themselves can be real. Collective or individual concepts of godlike beings or demonic creatures may be real. Possibilities like time travel or alien encounters can be realities, foreseeable even for human beings.

To accept the idea that reality is fluid and intangible is to accommodate an open ended world view, a world view that can incorporate flights of fancy, one that can extend beyond the present reach of human intelligence.

Excerpt from On Hinduism. To read more visit Irina’s website at www.irinaspage.com