September 18, 2009 Sugirdha 6Comment

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.

6 thoughts on “Where is God?

  1. Beautifully written post on a topic that’s not easy to write. People often forget that faith is a journey and not a guilt trip. I’m agnostic myself, but one can’t help but wonder how millions of beings, with millions of cell in them came into being on this planet. Like a co-author recently wrote, to think of the myriad of things that had to fall into place to create, sustain and nurture life-forms on earth is humbling.

    A very good post.

    The_Inspired: Thanks, INDImag. In the past, I had been agnostic and even atheistic sometimes and I neither understood nor cared about this. I was arrogant enough to hide my ignorance. I’m glad that I experience it now, I’m not ignorant anymore…

  2. wow well written and beautifully expressed on a topic that is hard to write and express. Yes , sprituality , belief and faith are very personal things and only those who seek will find what they are seeking- be it God, faith, belief, etc. Altough i was born a Hindu , i do not believe in organised religion infact, i find more space when i visit a Gurudwara or a glimpse of any living spirtual master of any faith. Faith , seeking and one’s beliefs may not have anything to do with religion at all. Faith and sprituality is not and end in itslef- altough many seekers do believe that just by being on the path they have found and ends to everything- it rather is a journey that begins deep within oneself.
    To conclude it like to say- if this post were a dish, it is one with the most succulent of flavours and appealing of aromas.

    The_Inspired: Thanks, Komal. Yes, I agree that faith may not have anything to do with religion at all. As I said, people find truth in different ways and for some (most?) it is through religion.

  3. Its a tough and complicated topic and you have penned down your thoughts so well. I have always been interested in topics of spirituality and religion. And love reading posts dealing with the same. A good post!

    The_Inspired: Thanks, Priyanka.

  4. God is not so difficult to find
    He resides in souls that are kind
    If we can take this in our mind
    we don’t have to grope like the blind.

    Nice post. Well written. Will back for more. 🙂

    The_Inspired: Thanks, Govind. Finally, someone who agrees that God is not so difficult(or complicated, in my words). Wonderful rhyming…

  5. That was quite well expressed. Thumb rule, there is a power, a mastermind – those who believe call God… if not then whatever everybody wishes for, dreams about, works hard towards with/without external help would come true any day… unfortunately it does not happen that way, does it!

    ….PNA…

    The_Inspired: I’d have to disagree to this part of your comment, Pins N Ashes, “unfortunately it does not happen that way, does it!”. ‘Wishing for’, ‘dreaming about’, ‘working hard’ are different from “asking and believing”. My point is if we ask the right thing and have full trust in God (or whatever the power, the almighty is), we shall be given. That’s why I emphasize so much on the word ‘belief’.

  6. “You experience God where you want to, by believing.” WELL SAID. That is 100% TRUE. But even belief must be sensible, instead of a blind insensible belief.

    I remember the story :

    A flood threatens a town, forcing everyone to evacuate, But Joe thinks, “I’m a devout man, God will save me,” and stays put. As the waters rise, Joe’s neighbor comes by and says, “Joe come with me, we’ve got to go.” Joe declines, “I’m a devout man, God will save me.”

    The waters keep rising, Joe scrambles to his second floor. A firefighter in a rowboat comes by. “Get in the boat or you’ll drown,” he says. Joe again declines, saying, “God will save me. So this flood story goes.”

    Finally, the flood waters force Joe to his roof. A police helicopter comes by and throws down a rope. “Climb up or you’ll drown,” the policeman yells. “No, I’m a devout man, God will save me,” Joe replies.

    Soon, Joe drowns. He arrives in heaven and challenges God. “Why didn’t you help me?”

    “What do you mean?” God says.

    “I did help. I sent a neighbor, a firefighter and a helicopter.”

    The_inspired: So true, Athena. I had also heard this story before. It takes quite a brain to recognise when opportunity comes our way.

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