It’s interesting how and where people find God. I have seen people finding God in special places like temples and churches, in holy books, in heaven, in the sky, in every-thing, in brains, in hearts or in mind. (Now, what exactly is mind as a location is material for another blog post).
Recently we got into discussion with one of our spiritual friends who was sharing about how he experienced God, that he had learnt from many spiritual mentors and had searched for so many years before finding his answer. And then he went on to explain what he believed. Surprisingly, I didn’t talk back or get irritated by what he was talking, for that was more or less my reaction in the past whenever someone talked to me about spirituality. Rather, I was listening attentively and took mental notes of what he was saying. But whether or not I agree with him was not important to him was it?
It was interesting when I realised how complicated God was to him. He searched for many years and had even cried to his pillow amidst his prayers asking to experience God. He went to many spiritual masters to learn the path to God. I was amazed by his desire to learn, but what made me respect him more was his belief. He had absolute trust in his spiritual mentors and whole heartedly believed whatever he said. I enjoyed the discussion even though his theory that God lies in the upper portion of our heads and that the entrance to God is in between two eye brows and that exactly is why hindus wear ‘bindi‘ and last but not least, that hairline is the path to God (God being compared with the ‘chakra‘ or rotating disc on the vertex of our heads) was NOT appealing to me.
Here’s my take on the subject. I didn’t search for as long as my friend. In fact when I told people that I was searching for God, I was actually searching for evidences that God didn’t exist. But somehow, somewhere down the lane, I found faith. The unknown scintilla that I always believed to have carried with me began to take form and I realised the truth; truth about belief; truth about faith. I understood that faith is the foundation of everything in the world. The whole world is tangible because of faith.
I found God in my own heart; a believing heart. I found God embedded in faith. It was logical and magical at the same time. Every question I had always asked started answering on it’s own. The truth is surprisingly simple. You experience God where you want to, by believing. It is that simple. God is always there, waiting for us to explore, to seek and to find. Why would we experience Him unless we seek? People seek in different ways. For me, it started with belief, which is the simplest and easiest way of doing it.