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When a wave rises and crest above the surface of the ocean does it then ask if there is an ocean?

 

 

Is there a God?

Countless thousands have been slaughtered by those who claimed to know the answer to this question. Countless others turn their heads in jaded indifference as the slaughter continues today. After having conceived of God, humans sought to give this concept a name and then likened it unto themselves. Though men could exercise dominance over the land and all animals, they were subject to the forces of nature and ultimately death. Therefore, these forces were relegated to the realm of God. The fury of nature in all of its forms became acts of God and death became His will. Droughts, earthquakes, famine were all considered to be due to the wrath of God. If a life was lost it was Gods will that it be so. This concept became the crude origin of all present day faiths.

Few things in life are as powerful, or as frightening, as a man who is certain that he is right.

Tragically however, mankind was not satisfied with a God that he could not control. Feverishly he sought ways in which to appease Gods wrath, to gain His favor, to know His will. The ultimate result was prayer, sacrifice and ritual. Through these methods, mankind sought not only to understand, but to control God. All major faiths perpetuate this practice even to this day in a vain attempt to control God. They would argue in response that they are asking God to control them. Therefore they are justified in their actions because they are performing the will of God. Rivers have run red because of those who claimed to be doing the will of God.

“go and learn what this means, I will have mercy and not sacrifice” Jesus, Matthew 9:13

It has been said that mankind is only limited by his imagination. The truth is that you have no idea of how truly limited your imagination is. Our thoughts, and hence imagination, are based upon experience and perception. While you dwell in the flesh your sensorial perception is limited to a very narrow band of the available spectrum. To assume that our physical senses are capable of perceiving the totality of available data is absurd. It is however, under these blind restrictions that we attempt to conceptualize God.

What most religions hold as dogma, principals of faith upon which to direct ones life, are actually the blueprints of an ideology designed to consolidate power and authority in the hands of a few and to hold those less worthy in submission. Truth became a thing to be possessed and the priest became its sole dispensers. The God created and defended by this mentality became a very jealous God with little tolerance given to contrary beliefs. Violations of “Gods Law” were met with swift and cruel punishment.

Thus in the name of God and under His authority, militant faiths pressed forward conquering lands and murdering the innocent. No description of hell could fully encompass the horrors committed in the name of God. Those who abandoned their will to the authority of the priest became anesthetized to the atrocities that they themselves were committing.

In similar fashion, today’s practitioners of the faith are anesthetized to the plight of the hungry and oppressed, believing that their financial contribution to the needs of the church will somehow help to alleviate suffering in the world. How pathetic and shallow is this belief.

Is there a God?

When a wave rises and crest above the surface of the ocean does it then ask if there is an ocean? Though the wave appears deceptively separate from the ocean beneath it, it will inevitably return to its source. So it is with all living things. We spring forth from a sea of conscious energy only to return again. Yes, there is a God that exists independently of mankind’s belief systems. A God that is not empowered by oblations and worship but is sufficient unto itself. A God who’s unity embraces every thread of your being and every moment of your life. God is the source of all things. As the wave is to the ocean, so our soul is to the source from which it sprang. Our separation is only an illusion. The Saints and Prophets among us have sensed this truth and sought to share it with others. These sacred truths were then seized by the priest and subsequently misinterpreted to bolster their own claims to divine authority. God is not without witness however as saints have appeared in every age. The Masters have left records in flesh, stone and paper that mankind could not destroy. It would be easier to extinguish the sun. As a word, having left the lips can never be unspoken, truth once having been revealed by God can never be fully concealed.

Yes, there is a God

 “Believe nothing, O monks, merely because you have been told it . . . or because it is traditional, or because you yourselves have imagined it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings--that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.”
The Buddha

Do not abandon your own will to embrace that of another. Do not assume the path simply because it is well trodden. Do not overly concern yourself with the existence of God. Merely live daily in an attempt to embody the attributes of what you perceive God to be and you will come to understand that as God is, You are.

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And for as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I too abide
To dispel the misery of the world."

Saint Shantideva

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