Meditation and Belief in God

Throughout the age's fantastic minds and thinkers have tried to either prove or disprove the existence of God. From Descartes to Dawkins, thinkers have tried to convince others of, either the existence or non existence of God. From a spiritual point of view we can examine why people might discover belief in God and what this actually means.

1. "I think consequently I am" Rene Descartes sought to prove the existence of God via a certain mental process. Descartes recommended that because he thinks, it must be true that he exists. Furthermore he goes on to ascertain that if he exists and existence is essentially good, then life must 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 via 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 thoughts. Consequently to prove the existence or otherwise of God through words alone is very tough it is like trying to clarify the beauty of a sunset to a man who is blind.

3. Spiritual encounter. One idea of God is that God embodies infinite peace, light and delight. God is not so a lot a person but a consciousness that can be felt via spiritual physical exercise. If we meditate on God and feel the presence of inner peace and light, this is the real proof that there is a higher energy. Our spiritual experiences will not prove God's existence to other people 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 other people or my own experience?"

- Sri Aurobindo

4. God and religious Texts. Many gain belief or non belief via the examination of religious texts. Some say the divine inspiration of religious texts proves there is a God. However other people 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 individuals find it hard to express belief in God, yet they believe in many elements of God. They might have faith in doing the right thing or "performing unto other people 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 utilizing words. Nevertheless the Buddha did refer to infinity, immortality and the bliss of nirvana. In speaking about these concepts the Buddha was referring to the Supreme Being in an indirect way. Thus although some people might not think in the term "God" expressed in religious traditions, they may still think in some type of "higher power" or force of good. Whether they refer to "God" is of secondary significance. Whatever name we give to God doesn't alter the nature of God.


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