Frequently asked questions on God
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A note: A more appropriate word would be Ishwar. But I use the word God for sake of commonplace understanding.
Question: What is God?
There can be a variety of definitions of God. Being limitless and beyond the realm of physical senses, it is difficult to capture the meaning of God in a few words or sentences.A reasonably decent definition would be as foliows: God is (Sachidanand) existent, intelligent and blissful. He is (Nirakaar) formless, (Sarvashaktimaan) all powerful, (Sarvajya) omniscient, (Nyayakari) just, (Dayalu) merciful, (Ajanma) unborn, (Anant) endless, (Nirvikaar) unchangeable & faultless, (Anadi) beginning-less, (Anupam) unequalled, (Sarvadhar) the support of all, (Sarveshwar) the master of all, (Sarvayapak) omnipresent, (Sarvantaryami) immanent, (Ajar) un-aging, (Amar) immortal, (Abhay) fearless, (Nitya) eternal, and (Pavitra) holy, and (Srishtikarta) the maker of all.But that is next step. To begin with, it is sufficient to understand that God is the manager of world around and within. This can be deciphered through a systematic process of evaluation of life and world.And once we are able to initiate this process of analysis, the rest of the adjectives of God would become clear automatically.
Question: Why should one believe in God?
For same reason that we believe in sun, moon, round earth, atom, molecule, heat, electricity etc. We should believe in everything and anything that exists and reject whatever does not exist. The basic principle of life is that Truth=Bliss or Truth liberates.And truth means understanding what exists. Thus we should believe in God because it exists.One can still live the life without believing in electricity. In fact many a tribals indeed do so. But to gain enhanced happiness, it is better that we believe in electricity so that we are able to use it for our purpose. One may say that one could have still be happy if he did not know about electricity. But let me counter-question, would any sane person be eager to exchange all the comforts of electricity with that of life without electricity? Thus, clearly happiness derived from electricity is much higher compared to that without it. This is a basic law of life – that knowledge leads to power and hence higher happiness. This defines the way forward for any sane life. Now, if knowledge of electricity can give so much happiness, imagine what would be the happiness derived from knowing and being able to use the source of highest power – God?
Question: No one ever has seen God. How can you then say that God exists?
No one has ever seen electricity, heat or even sub-atomic particles. No one has ever seen a photon or quark. No one ever saw light wave or heat radiation. Why do we say then, that they exist?We know photon exists because we can see its effects which cannot be explained otherwise. Same is true for electricity, sub-atomic particles, heat and light waves. Exactly! We believe in things because we can see their effects. Eyes are merely approximate tools to sense the world. What we cannot see with eyes can be seen with microscope. But even the most powerful microscope cannot see particles beyond a size. Same is true for other senses like hearing, feeling etc.The whole of modern science, thus is based not on what we see, hear etc, but what can be observed through its effects. And what it does is to create certain models to explain these phenomenon. Thus, all these …….
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