Meditation and Belief in God
No question has offered man so a lot believed as to the nature and existence of God. Throughout the age's fantastic minds and thinkers have attempted to either prove or disprove the existence of God. From Descartes to Dawkins, thinkers have attempted to convince others of, either the existence or non existence of God. From a spiritual point of view we can examine why people might find belief in God and what this really indicates.
1. "I think consequently I am" Rene Descartes sought to prove the existence of God via a certain mental procedure. Descartes recommended that because he thinks, it must be accurate that he exists. This is a rather short summary of Descartes arguments however it leaves us feeling unsatisfied to say the least.
2. Can God be proved through intellectual rational? The nature of God or the Supreme Being is that he embodies a consciousness far beyond the domain of the human intellect. To describe and really feel the attributes of immortality and infinity are not feasible for the human mind. Consequently to prove the existence or otherwise of God through words alone is extremely difficult it is like attempting to explain the beauty of a sunset to a man who is blind.
3. Spiritual experience. One concept of God is that God embodies infinite peace, light and delight. God is not so much a individual but a consciousness that can be felt via spiritual exercise. If we meditate on God and feel the presence of inner peace and light, this is the real proof that there is a greater energy. Our spiritual experiences will not prove God's existence to others we can only ever prove the existence of God to ourselves.
"They proved to me by convincing reasons that God does not exist, and I believed them. Afterwards I saw God, for He came and embraced me. And now which am I to believe, the reasoning of others or my personal encounter?"
- Sri Aurobindo
4. God and religious Texts. Numerous gain belief or non belief through the examination of religious texts. Some say the divine inspiration of religious texts proves there is a God. However others argue that inconsistency's and contradictions in religious texts prove otherwise. At best religious and spiritual texts can give a glimpse of elements of the divine but spiritual books cannot alone prove God.
5. What is God? Some people find it difficult to express belief in God, however they believe in many aspects of God. They might have faith in doing the right factor or "performing unto others as you would have carried out to yourself". For example Lord Buddha never used the term God this was because he felt that God could not be adequately expressed using words. However the Buddha did refer to infinity, immortality and the bliss of nirvana. In talking about these ideas the Buddha was referring to the Supreme Becoming in an indirect way. Thus even though some individuals may not think in the term "God" expressed in religious traditions, they may nonetheless believe in some kind of "higher power" or force of good. Whether they refer to "God" is of secondary importance. Whatever name we give to God doesn't alter the nature of God.
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