God. Who is he? Why do we need him? Should we pray and chant?
Myself, have been a serious devotee, also an atheist for a while and again back to being a divinely connected man. So if you are an atheist, you have to read this. This might help you come out of the delusion.
First of all, let’s realise that something is beyond you. There is some ultimate power that controls everything. Atheists usually believe in science and think God is absent because he is not in science(But of course he is in science too). But don’t you think there is something beyond science at every stage? Before we discovered the earth was round, by the science according to that time, people thought the earth was flat. Then they discovered it to be round, that does not mean earth changed its shape from being flat to an imperfect sphere. It was always a sphere, it’s just that people didn’t know. Similarly, just because you don’t know something, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Many inventions follow the same path. Awareness is the explanation.
I’ve talked to many atheists over time. They ask me, where is god, show me. I can’t see him anywhere then why should I believe in god. Again, just because you can’t see doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, right? So I asked him (my dear atheist) can you see the air around you? No, he can’t. But he still believes in air being the strongest factor in his survival. Then he asked me, well I can feel the air, but can’t experience god. True, for now, you are not able to experience god because you have not stopped even for a while to experience him. We can experience something only when we bring our awareness/consciousness to that. Like how you have to bring your attention to your nose and lungs to observe air, you’ll even experience god when you bring your attention to your ‘self’.
Ok, now the fact that something of higher power’s presence is cleared. Let’s see how I can explain further who God is, how we can experience him, get guidance, help and support from him and ultimately be one with him.
There exists some power that is the ultimate, as we discussed. This power is the cause of this whole universe’s existence, the cause of your heart beating naturally, the cause of germination of seeds and everything, everything even what Sapiens cannot understand and explain scientifically.
This ultimate power is the shapeless, characterless, the NIRAKARA PARABRAHMA
or NIRGUNA PARABRAHMA or simply called PARABRAHMAN or PARAMATMA. This ultimate power cannot even be described correctly. Through this ultimate power are born two entities – SADHGUNA PARABRAHMA (The “God” ) and JEEVA (The life form) or also just called ATHMA.
We, humans, are the Jeeva, so are the other species of plants, insects, animals, micro-organisms, every living form. For us to experience the ultimate power, we tend to pray. But praying to the ultimate power is impossible because it does not have any features to describe or names to chant. Hence we pray for the sadhguna parabrahma, in layman’s term – god. It might be anyone, Rama, Krishna, Shiva, Hanuman, Buddha. Since these have forms, character and names that we gave, we can pray, chant, ask for wishes, whatnot.
Also what I would like to point out that, at some point in time, sadhguna parabrahma(God) was just another JEEVA(Life form), like Rama or Krishna, who then through character and deeds he/she became a god. So you can also say that there is essentially only two separate kinds of Entities Jeeva and paramathma (Dvaitha) or you can also say, as Jeeva and sadhguna parabrahma are origins from the nirguna prabrahma, that there is only one kind of entity the PARABRAHMAN (Adhvaitha). Either way, your only way to praise the ultimate power is through god(sadhguna parabrahma) or detach yourself from the mind, body through yoga and be one with the ultimate, the latter is nearly impossible without the help of the god, so prefer the first way.
When I was an atheist, I believed I could be without the god(sadguna parabrahma) and reach great feats by realizing the nirguna parabrahma, which then I realised was so difficult to pursue. The PARABRAHMAN has no likes or dislikes for you to please it (I say “it” because what’s the sex of the formless?) nor is it easier for you to detach your ‘self’ from the mind and body without the support and blessings of the lord. So you won’t have any support in your conquest of your purpose in life if you don’t believe, surrender, love and pray to the Lord (Sadhguna parabrahma).
But why pray at all? You may ask,
You may say you don’t need support. Don’t you think you need luck in any field you go? No matter how good you are at what you do, you still need luck. Luck is nothing but the right place and right time. And that is exactly what the universe controls. And that is why you need god. Not only for luck, you need god for your guidance in the form of intuition, hope for a better tomorrow and also to ensure your work gets the result it deserves.
Blaise Pascal offers a pragmatic reason for believing in God: even under the assumption that God’s existence is unlikely, the potential benefits of believing are so vast as to make betting on theism rational.
So, believe, surrender, love and pray to God. You can choose anyone for that matter, Rama Krishna, Hanuman, Buddha. It doesn’t matter as we already discussed, all are from the same origin. To start with, I suggest you just chant SRI RAMA JAYA RAMA JAYA JAYA RAMA, because as we know his life story, even evidence of the bridge from India to Srilanka to prove his existence, we know his character and it’s the most near to the ideal character. Or you can say HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA, KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE, HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE. Again, it doesn’t matter who you pick, just BELIEVE, SURRENDER, LOVE and PRAY! By which your life becomes a smooth sailing journey with no unnecessary turbulences.
Sanath Kumar Naibhi