IN THE NAME OF FOLLOWING A GOD..

The god had never asked us to be around. He never desired us to be calling for him day in and day out. He never decreed that his temples be made. He never got written down the elaborate rituals as the ways to reach him.

Yes, we can say so, because none of us, at least in the contemporary times, have heard the god saying so. And we cannot go into the past to verify what has been said.

What we follow in the name of the god is mostly inherited, never or seldom realized.

What we follow in the name of the god is mostly what is told to us by the saints, godmen or other types of messengers considered carrying the god’s messages. But we need to be highly selective in believing on them, on what they taught.

Where is the god?

If we are part of him, if he is inside each of us, why such elaborate rituals then, why this complex chain of illogical, unspiritual and outrageously materialist processes and sub-processes?

There are countless claims of seeing god, meeting him or talking to him. But almost of them belie their accounts when scaled on ‘who the god should be’.

And a look around, in the world we are part of, in the times we have been living in, is more than enough to raise valid questions on the concept of the god we have been living with.

So, why should we do all that we do, in the name of following a god, or in the hope of meeting him in the afterlife?

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

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HOW CAN WE FEEL GOD?

The physical manifestation of god for a worldly man filters to the three possibilities of the value-system – faith, feeling and inheritance.

Most of us inherit faith. We get it in the value-system of a family tradition. We start following god as we see others in the family doing it. We are told about god’s omnipresent and all-giving nature. We are told god is someone to be approached in every situation of life and is the final call in every sort of crisis.

As we grow-up and develop a conscience, this inherited knowledge and know-how starts shaping as ‘faith’ that we keep on building and following throughout the life. We symbolize that faith in the form of god. There is nothing wrong in this.

In happier moments, we thank god. In moments of crisis, we plead. Some of us even go to the extent to criticise god questioning his existence, but only to go back to god again.

In the process, we become increasingly more and more seeking from god, never realizing our true duty towards the creator of the life.

If he creates, we are his creation. If we exist, he exists within us. This is the only way we can feel god.

Yes, feeling god is the physical manifestation of god for most of us who come from the worldly life of moments of happiness and gloom.

But even then, most of us cannot claim that we have felt the god.

Feeling god within us is a higher spiritual enlightenment. And one need not go into the debate of right or wrong or righteous or unrighteous and follow some codes of living to get onto that path of spiritual enlightenment.

There is nothing highly philosophical or scriptural about it. All we need to do is to see the other form of existence as equal to us and the problem is taken care of. While writing this is simple, following this is tough in a materialist world.

Yes, we can feel god provided we do justice with this cardinal principle laid by the god himself.

And remember, your god can take any form given the value-tradition of your faith-system.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

DOES FAITH HAVE TO BE VALIDATED?

Does god need to be validated on the benchmark of faith?

To answer this (only for those who seek it, for god and faith for most happens to be a zone of no questions taken), one needs to first clear what he means by god.

Do you see god as your inner voice who speaks through the soul or something who is not from among us?

Does god mean the faith that you have in following a righteous way of life where you see the other human beings as equal to you; where you see every living being as creation of the nature which you are just a part of?

If not seeing, do you believe that you need to feel god; do you feel the need to hear his voice coming from inside of you, of others?

There are many, many things beyond human conscience, human conscious and human understanding.

Do you see hand of god in all of them or resort to the logic of logical reasoning?

Do you accept them as ‘wish of god’ or work on to expand your conscious by exploring the ‘why’s’ and ‘how’s’?

There come moments in life when we come to question god’s existence based on the developments we see around us. There are the moments when our faith is shaken and we are forced to question the very basis of harmony in our lives – the existence of god or the faith in ‘being’.

It is an abstract process that how we come to throw the doubts that creep-in after a moment of crisis in our lives or elsewhere in the world where we don’t find any plausible reason and question or blame god for it. But most of us regain faith in this way only.

Here, we do not validate our faith. We validate our total dependence on god. We validate the process of inheritance of faith.

Faith, then, is not evolved. Rather, it is copied.

The concept of god or faith has never to be a blind-following. True, there are many concepts beyond life; there are many developments beyond reasoning. But, that never prevents one to act logical.

Accepting the existence of something that is beyond the existing realm of the human senses has to follow the same path of logic and questioning. It should never be based on what has been said or written if we truly want to establish ‘a bond of harmony’ with our ‘god or faith’.

God is not to be feared. God is to be embraced.

If god is not to be doubted (though many events of crisis create moments of doubt), he is to be questioned. Through questioning only and through the subsequent introspection and retrospection, one can get rid of the moments of doubt.

He believes in god and he doesn’t believe in god. There are many moments in his life he cannot find a reason why they had to happen. He has failed to make his ‘self’ understand how his god could allow it to happen to him.

There are many who face the situation he is in. He cannot say and should not say anything about others but he is sure he needs answers.

Yes, he still needs to validate his faith. He needs to believe in god but he doesn’t know how.

But he knows he doesn’t need a copied faith.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/