Meditation and Belief in God

From a spiritual point of view we can examine why individuals might find belief in God and what this actually means.

1. "I believe consequently I am" Rene Descartes sought to prove the existence of God via a particular mental procedure. Descartes recommended that simply because he thinks, it should be true that he exists. Moreover he goes on to ascertain that if he exists and existence is basically good, then life should have been offered by God. This is a rather brief summary of Descartes arguments nevertheless it leaves us feeling unsatisfied to say the least.

2. Can God be proved through intellectual rational? The nature of God or the Supreme Becoming is that he embodies a consciousness far beyond the domain of the human intellect. To describe and feel the attributes of immortality and infinity are not feasible for the human mind. Consequently to prove the existence or otherwise of God via words alone is extremely tough it is like attempting to explain the beauty of a sunset to a man who is blind.

3. Spiritual encounter. 1 concept of God is that God embodies infinite peace, light and delight. God is not so much a person but a consciousness that can be felt via spiritual physical exercise. If we meditate on God and really feel the presence of inner peace and light, this is the real evidence 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 think, the reasoning of other people or my own experience?"

- Sri Aurobindo

4. God and religious Texts. Many acquire belief or non belief via the examination of religious texts. Some say the divine inspiration of religious texts proves there is a God. Nevertheless other people argue that inconsistency's and contradictions in religious texts prove otherwise. At very best religious and spiritual texts can give a glimpse of elements of the divine but spiritual books can't alone prove God.

5. What is God? Some individuals find it difficult to express belief in God, however they think in numerous elements of God. They might have faith in doing the correct thing or "doing unto other people as you would have carried out to yourself". For example Lord Buddha by no means utilized the term God this was simply because he felt that God could not be adequately expressed using words. Nevertheless the Buddha did refer to infinity, immortality and the bliss of nirvana. In speaking about these ideas the Buddha was referring to the Supreme Becoming in an indirect way. Thus although some people may not believe in the term "God" expressed in religious traditions, they may still think in some kind of "greater power" or force of great. Whether or not they refer to "God" is of secondary importance. What ever name we give to God doesn't change the nature of God.

6. Meditation and God. It is in meditation that we can quieten the mind and become aware of a higher transcendental consciousness which is our genuine self. religion

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