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MenoSunday; Live Lived Lovingly

Last week's theme was well-received. Think a little more, now. It is often debated that no God of Love would permit such atrocities in the world as have been witnessed, neither would He permit us to suffer at a personal level. Those who believe in a God who is a manager of our deeds are ultimately disappointed at this apparently poor management. Those who would cry that it proves there can be no God, can only support their argument if there is a 'managing director' figure to negate.

This is not the way to think of that which is commonly referred to as 'God'. 'God the CEO' is a man-made creation! It is our way of attempting to explain the existence and purpose of life. Now that we have science, particularly quantum physics, explaining so much to us, there is an inclination to ask, 'why bother with a god at all'.  An analogy which can help illustrate the purpose of God is that of a car. Of itself it is but a lump of metal bits. Even if a driver is present there is an essential element without which it remains only a lump - the petrol to power it. If an accident occurs, who is to blame - the driver, the car or the petrol? The petrol is essential to a car being a car, but has no more to do with it than that. Likewise, there is a 'fuel' behind our power as living beings and the more advanced the model (ie human critters), the greater the range and capacity which can be derived from that fuel. The very essence which enlivens is 'God'. It has nothing to do with the matter lumps we call the body, nor the 'driver', which we call mind and intellect. The enlivening factor (our petrol) ensures that action takes place, but has no part in the actions as such. These are separate from that life principle, which we might otherwise call spirit.

We are all a result of our past deeds and can only ever be responsible for the actions we take now and will take in the future. This is the function of our mind and intellect. Without Higher Knowledge, all we can do is act based on our acquired knowledge and experience gained.

This is true of every single living critter. The concepts of 'evil' and 'righteousness' are, again, man-made. To the rest of the living world there is only survival. The evil in the world is perpetrated by the the man-critter and has nothing whatsoever to do with 'God'. The same is therefore equally true of the good in the world. When we pray, we are praying to that pool of Universal Awareness which keeps the good available to balance the bad. We are praying to that one little morsel of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss which is -and ever shall be - beyond any scientific instrument to detect. Why? For it is the very essence of what makes us Human and nothing can measure that. तत्त्वं असि - tattvam asi - is one of the four great statements in Hinduism... You Are THAT.

Why then sit before a cross, or a murti of Sri Rama or any other such symbol? The understanding and acceptance of "I am That" is so far beyond most folks' ability to comprehend, that tools must be employed to assist the connection from our lower, baser nature to That, the Higher Self.

The problems of the world which are so often attributed to religion are there because in having attached to the devotional tools, each individual has externalised 'God' and thus become defensive of their particular tool or system. Problems also arise from those who, seeing such ridiculous behaviour and claims, then seek to tear down all philosophical logic with fiercely materialist 'faith'.

The evil deeds, and the good ones which negate them, all arise from individuals. We are all in control of our thoughts and actions. We just forget that sometimes.

Heavy? Maybe; but its the time of the Olympics and the brain needs exercising every bit as much as the body. Yxx


  1. A wonderful post on a tough topic! I was just today explaining why I do not agree with the so oft heard "it must have been God's plan". I think too many forget we play our own part in it too.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  2. As an atheist, I often feel frustrated when people "blame" good and bad behaviour on a god. I always found it a way to give up personal responsibility. We need some more personal responsibility in our lives!

  3. What a thought provoking and interesting post Yam. I agree personal responsibility is few and far between now a days and everyone likes to blame someone else....
    Hugs Cecilia

  4. All I know is I feel responsible for my area and the people who I know, I am happy to help any way I can if they need my help and ask for it but I don't like to be used or made a fool of for their benefit or advancement. We are all farmers of sorts and we reap what we sow.

  5. Mimi and I thank you for sharing part of your deeper vision and spreading love which this world so truly needs.
    From Vancouver, BC,
    Louis Dog Armstrong

  6. Hello, I would never blame God for something bad happening. I do believe there are some evil people in the world. I pray for peace! Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

  7. Ooohh, you are a wise sage! God set the wheels in motion, and it is up to us how we drive our cars...

  8. Hari Om
    So very well stated, YAM. janice xx


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