WHAT ACTUALLY IS GOD FOR US..

REFLECTIONS

“What actually is God for us..
– and –
..what actually are we for God?”

WHAT ACTUALLY IS GOD FOR US

WHAT ACTUALLY IS GOD FOR US..

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..IT IS JUST THAT WE ARE NOT GOD :)

REFLECTIONS

“Like God..
..we all are creators and destroyers.
It is just,
..that we are not God.”
🙂

It Is Just That We Are Not Gods

..IT IS JUST THAT WE ARE NOT GODS 🙂

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JUNE 21: INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY AND EXISTENTIALISM

International Yoga Day is on June 21, the day when Jean-Paul Sartre was born in Paris.

It may be a coincident but a day to celebrate the ancient Indian tradition that has become a global ‘good health element’ with time, is also a day when the world remembers the most influential mind behind ‘Existentialism’.

Yoga in India goes beyond its ‘routine physical exercise’ nature – the practice that took it to the western countries, starting with Swami Vivekananda in 1890s.

Yoga in India, and in some countries where beliefs born in India spread, especially Buddhism, is seen as complete discipline and is primarily associated with spirituality and meditation. It emphasizes on the holistic balance in every walk of life and is aimed at ensuring a sound mind in a healthy body.

Yoga is a discipline with a philosophy that builds individuals who are self-aware and at the same time are in harmony with their surroundings, maintaining spontaneously balanced relations with nature and living beings.

Existentialism, though with different definitions, concurs that man is free and ‘is responsible’ to determine what becomes of him – in the sense that he sees and interprets his life and events in his life – based on circumstances – for the quest to lead a life that is as per his ‘understanding’ – that corresponds to his definitions of morality and different circumstances of life – the definitions that are within the norms for a healthy mind and body – the definitions that take different hues with time.

Yoga can help an individual develop a healthy ‘existentialist’ perspective based on his ‘philosophy of necessity’. Yoga can help find that ‘missing element’ in every life.

And June 21 is around the corner.

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GIVE THE GREATS SOULS THE LIBERTY TO REMAIN HUMANS

All the true Greats who have walked so far, who influenced humanity in different ages to change the world positively by altering definitions and functional paradigms of societies never claimed to be perfect human beings or God-like souls.

Throughout lives they all lived, they remained human beings, like you and me, never out of our reach. And being the human beings like you and me, they were always fallible, till the very end.

Yes, they rose to become Great, but, intrinsically, they were the ordinary human beings who worked on their Good Self to dominate their Weaker Self so effectively that they became God-like for us. Yes, but they were not Gods, and they never acted so. The Weaker Self was very much alive within them and that let the Greats remain among us, something they always aspired for, something they needed emotionally.

All the Great Souls who have changed the world or have healed humanity sacrificed the aspirations of their material lives, first consciously and then spontaneously, to help others, to reach out to the humankind.

Yes, there were and there would be reflections of their religious and ideological affiliations that reflected and that would reflect in their teachings. Yes, they did expect people to behave in the way they taught because they believed it could help them to win over the odds of life. But the true Greats, none of them ever forced their views.

But people criticise the Greats even if they are no more physically present among us, and most of the time the basis of the criticism are the ideological and spiritual references of their teachings and their distorted interpretations by some of their fanatic followers. The critics, they never venture into the realm of spirituality or are not capable of doing so, something that can give them the insight to comprehend the real essence of the teachings that speak of the universal values to heal humanity, to help the needy, the universal principles of civilizations. Religious, cultural, sectarian or personal bigotry blinds the critics to see what they should see and they slip into criticising those who have been the guiding lights.

Yes, the Greats, they can and they go wrong, they have gone wrong, for they are, for they were, humans like you and me.

But who are we, the men of the material world, consumed by our individual lives, sucked by our own petty problems, who never venture out to help even a single needy person, let alone helping the dying ones, to question the motives of the Greats?

Yes, for the Greats, such criticism never matters. The Greats never believed in defending something that was so utterly misplaced or something that would obstruct them in their duty and responsibility to reach out and heal humanity. The Greats don’t respond because their emotive responses are concentrated on reaching out and helping others.

Yes, the Greats, being humans like us, they all have their own limitations. Yes, they do win over them and manage them much more efficiently than us. But that doesn’t mean they cannot err. They are as much entitled to err like all of us are. They cannot be expected to be all-knowing or versatile.

Give the Greats the liberty to remain humans. They crave for it in their private moments. Give them their freedom to remain fallible. Give them their moments to introspect. They deserve it after committing their lives for others.

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CONTINUITY OF LIFE: BEYOND LIFE AND BEYOND DEATH AND BEYOND ‘I’

My reflections on life – in quotes

“If one realizes to realize,
..the continuity of life, beyond life and beyond death,
..is one of the basic quests of life,
..before ‘I’ and after ‘I’,
..and the questions on the existence of ‘I’,
..seeking the answers,
..that take the existentialist beyond this life,
..beyond the realms of ‘I’,
..to the mysteries of existence,
..to the questions on identity,
..seeking to take your ‘I’ to this quest.”

CONTINUITY OF LIFE-BEYOND LIFE AND BEYOND DEATH AND BEYOND ‘I’

CONTINUITY OF LIFE: BEYOND LIFE AND BEYOND DEATH AND BEYOND ‘I’

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O KRISHNA, YOUR NIGHT AGAIN

Krishna 1

Krishna 2

O dear Krishna,

Krishna 3

Well, its one year,

When I had made,
A plea so clear..

Now, You are going,
To born again
Now, that You have,
Arrived again..

I am asking for,
That mutual talk
I am speaking of
That silent walk..

You are the Source
You are the Soul
You are the world
You are the Goal..

O dear Krishna
It’s Your night again
The day of Krishna’s
Transcendental rain..

Giving me the moments,
To dance, to sing, to pray,
When You come,
To my home again this way..

Krishna 4

O KRISHNA, YOUR NIGHT AGAIN

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THINKING SOULS

Thinking souls – the best thing about them is they keep things to them.
Thinking souls – the worst thing about them is they keep things to them.

Thinking souls – they believe in making a meaningful sense of life.
Thinking souls – they believe in looking for a life worth living.

Thinking souls – they read the life, they write the life, following the human conscience.
Thinking souls – they read the life in the context of the humane principles of morality, identity and existence.

Thinking souls – they believe in keeping others before their ‘Selves’ when it comes to sharing.
Thinking souls – they believe others are the similar souls as they are.

Thinking souls – they know one’s best friend is his inner self.
Thinking souls – they know one’s worst enemy is his ‘Self’ that takes him away from his inner self.

Thinking souls – they act to follow the saying that the real quest is within.
Thinking souls – they act to make a life of their inner self in harmony in with their external world.

Thinking souls – they believe in living with pain, not escaping, but assimilating it.
Thinking souls – they believe escaping the pain only exacerbates its experience.

Thinking souls – they know it is foolhardy to expect others to share your pain.
Thinking souls – they know pain can only be held by befriending and learning from it.

Thinking souls – they tend to look inside almost everytime thus.
Thinking souls – they tend to ignore, sometimes, when they need to talk to the external world.

Thinking souls – they tend to overstep on the reading, sometimes, failing to live the experience of pain.
Thinking souls – they tend to act excessively exclusively thus.

Thinking souls – they try to get along with the pain even if they cannot read it anymore.
Thinking souls – they try to make sense of a situation even if there is nothing left to make any sense.

Thinking souls – the best thing about them is they keep things to them.
Thinking souls – the worst thing about them is they keep things to them.

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FOLLOWING A RELIGION

These are my personal views based on my life experiences on how I perceive Religion and my religious obligations. This is not to hurt anyone. It is just a logical attempt to present my viewpoint.

  1. Your Religion has to be the evolved one and so it has to be logical. One must not accept because one was asked or advised to accept.
  2. There should be a harmony between your conscious and your Religion. When it comes to choosing one of the two, and when you believe in the universal tenets of Humanity, you should go for your consciousness.
  3. One should practice a Religion accordingly, and not just observe it as a body of norms inherited to be followed.
  4. For your Religion to be evolved and so to be logical you must seriously question its tenets and you must vehemently seek answers. Faith has to be logical. It must not be blind.
  5. It is true no one can claim to see God, the basis of any Religion, and so Faith is about your preferences, it is about your believing in God without seeing him, it is, basically, about feeling Him. So it can be argued how to correlate Faith with Logic then? Okay, no one is saying to question God, and so the religious tenets, for the sake of questioning only. But do question the tenets when your conscious says a God cannot allow certain events to happen, events that are ungodly in nature.
  6. If you don’t find answers it means you don’t understand your Religion or probably the questions where your Religion is silent are the questions to be explored in the next phase of its journey to evolve.
  7. Doing so leads one to the Spiritual quotient of God, the essence of Religion. You must understand that Spirituality and Religion are not different but are mutually interdependent concepts on the path leading to the manifestation of God, or to say His feeling in our conscious.
  8. Spirituality is not about some big concepts and sacrifices. It has to be, basically, feeling your God inside you while following the universal norms of Humanity that tell you need to take care of the other human beings the way you take care of your family. It has to be the quest within. Be honest to your God within you and you are well on the way to gain the Spiritual wisdom.
  9. Your Religion should tell you to respect other Religions the way you respect yours. If it pushes you to treat other Religions as inferior, you are fundamentally flawed then. It says either your Religion has problems or you have indoctrinated it without understanding its essence. Fundamentally, all Religions promote equality and peace – you need to ‘come’ to believe this.

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GOD, SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION: AN INTERDEPENDENCE WE FAIL TO UNDERSTAND

What Religion should be for us?
Why should we follow a Religion?
What Religion should we follow?

These are the different questions that, many of us, ask, from time to time, without caring for what we know of and how we know the Religion we practice.

The reason that pushes us for this sort of questioning, a process of reasoning in tougher circumstances of life, comes to our thinking whenever we face hopeless situations in life, where we are not able to reconcile with God for the events happening around us, whether with us or with anyone else where we see the events in motion, events that directly affect our way of thinking.

It is true we ask these questions regularly but we seldom realise what this regular frequency says to us for, we seldom think that our faith and so the Religion we follow should be the evolved one.

We ask questions but we don’t seek answers.

God, Spirituality and Religion – the mess that we have created around the meanings and the symbolisms of these three fundamental words of any human life and so any civilization is responsible for it.

These three words, their meanings and their symbolisms are mutual, interdependent and related. They cannot be practiced in isolation.

Those of us who ask questions but don’t seek answers don’t understand or don’t want to understand the dynamics of these basic principles of organizing a life.

Basic principles, because even if one doesn’t follow a God, a Religion or doesn’t believe in Spirituality, the person needs to know why he is not following when the majority is doing the contrary.

His alternative thinking should also be the evolved one.

When we see or start to see these three fundamental entities, God, Spirituality and Religion, in isolated blocks or when we compromise one at the cost of the other, or when we begin to make combinations without knowing the dynamics of the interdependence, we fail to understand any of these three fundamental principles of life.

And that is what most of us do.

That takes us away from the logical path where we don’t know, we don’t understand, so we never realise, but we follow. So we question but don’t seek answers because even those questions are not the evolved ones, because we become opportunist in seeking God.

But to know God, one must understand the Religion.

But to know life, one must understand the interdependence between God, Spirituality and Religion.

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WHAT MAKES COMBINATION OF GANGA AND VARANASI SO SPECIAL?

Ganga symbolizes eternal flow. Its religious sanctity owes more to its spiritual halo.

Ganga is probably the only river in the history of human existence that commands spiritual aesthetics, right from its origin in the Himalayan Mountains (the Gangotri glacier) to its final destination in the Bay of Bengal.

From Kedarnath to Ganga Sagar, if Ganga is a sustainability factor for millions of lives and evergreen religious business activities, it is also precursor to a mystical tradition of spirituality. The major religious Ganga cities, i.e., Haridwar, Allahabad, Varanasi, Mirzapur, and Kolkata, have elements of spirituality associated with the religious significance of Ganga but the spiritual halo gets its full radiance only in Varanasi, the city of illumination, as one of its ancient etymological terms, Kasa, says.

What makes combination of Ganga and Varanasi so special?

What imparts its ritualistic religiosity such a brilliant spiritual discourse?

Varanasi is as much the city of Ganga as it is synonymous with Lord Shiva, one of the three supreme Hindu deities (the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh).

Shiva creates. Shiva destroys. Shiva is a yogi and lives a life of sage at Mount Kailash, Hindu scriptures say.

Shiva brought Ganga to the Earth.

And Shiva is the other name of supreme spirituality in the Hindu tradition and mythology.

Ganga-Banaras

Lord Shiva, Ganga, Varanasi – The Spiritual Trinity

Varanasi is among the oldest continually inhabited places and its association with Shiva and Shiva’s association with Ganga was always the magnate to ensure generations of civilizations to continue.

Ritualistic religion is always susceptible to changes and attacks by time-oriented generational transformations leading to the elimination of many overtly religious centers. But association of Lord Shiva with Varanasi has given the city a continued spiritual pedigree, and this, in combination with the ‘ablution and salvation’ aspect of Ganga, has helped the ritualistic side of religion, too, to survive and thus the city. Also, the sustained spiritual quotient has helped the cultural tradition of the city assimilate the changes and get along with what the transforming moments ask for.

One basic aspect of life in Varanasi is the discourse on death. Death is something that makes one free of all bonds, a point where materialism goes into oblivion, even for a moment. It evokes spiritual vibes naturally then.

Varanasi has seen generations built around this tradition. The city has been flowing the way history has been written but has been able to sustain the course of spiritual discourse that pertains to the questions of life, ways of living and ethos of existentialism.

Like Hindu scriptures and mythology (or like in any other religion), there have been good and bad aspects; positive and negative elements, and life flows on in the spiritual capital of the world.

Lord Shiva and Ganga make the ‘Spiritual Trinity’ complete with Varanasi.

May 26, 2012

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