SCIENCE, RELIGION, and SPIRITUALITY: In Search of God

Science and faith have historically been handled like oil and water–they do not combine. They do not combine as a result of we have now been led to consider that faith is a type of subjective elementary perception whereas science is goal verifiready phenomenon. On this article, I’ve developed a method to combine science and faith and to clarify that the idea of God has sensible worth provided that we settle for it as a part of us. A scientist might find tough to consider that some sensible previous man or girl sitting up in heaven is protecting monitor of all the pieces, however cannot deny the unbelievable consciousness and intelligence that exists in life, in nature, and in us. It is being a scientist that makes us religious.

The questions on God, hell, heaven, and rebirth, and their relationship to realization, enlightenment, and spirituality, have occupied our thoughts for hundreds of years in a single kind or one other: What’s God? Does He/She actually exist? Why can we seek for God? Do religions actually consider in the identical God? Why are there spiritual wars? Is there actually a spot similar to heaven or hell? What was our previous life? What shall be our future life? Is there actually such a factor as previous life or future life?

Religions and prophets have been preaching about God, hell, and heaven for hundreds of years, and hundreds of thousands of individuals have cultivated perception in these phenomena. The revolution of science and expertise on this century has compelled many people to reevaluate the doctrines and tenets of our religion. Ought to we consider in creation or ought to we consider in evolution? Ought to we consider in heaven and God’s court docket of justice after we lookup within the sky, or ought to we consider within the area, the planets, and the galaxies up there? I hope this text gives a contemporary perception into the mysteries about God, hell, heaven, and rebirth–and go away us wiser, peaceable, and enlightened.

What’s God?

The philosophy of faith or the institute of God is the human’s best discovery. God shouldn’t be a bodily object. It’s a mind-set. God is the Electromagnetic pulse of power that provides life and lives inside all. What we name our acutely aware/soul is a part of God inside us. That’s the reason nice prophets and spiritual scriptures say God is all over the place (omnipresent). Every time, wherever, our thoughts and soul is with us, God is there; and the saying goes “God resides in our hearts- -not in temples, mosques, or church buildings. Bernie Siegel (creator of Love, Medication & Miracles) says identical factor, “God resides in every of us.” In different phrases, God is a spirit that exists in each individual. The wealthy, the poor, the king, the topic, the spiritual, the atheist, the sinner, the sage, the Easterner, the Westerner, the Christian, the Jew, the Hindu, the Muslim, the Sikh, the Buddhist, and on and on… That is according to what the Christians preach: “We’re concepts of God!” And concepts come from–the divine thoughts. Solely individuals (Homo sapiens) among the many animal species are lucky sufficient to have a robust thoughts and expertise the presence of spirit of their thoughts. The popularity of that spirit is what offers us religious dwelling or realization of God. Fully illuminated human beings know that God is current within the deepest and most central a part of their very own soul. God shouldn’t be exterior the world. God is the world. So, philosophically, God is a State of Thoughts; OR It is our thoughts, which is God! OR God is a spirit/acutely aware power that exists in every certainly one of us! (lf you are confused, don’t fret! Learn on!!)

“God shouldn’t be exterior the world. God is inside us. Dwell a Holy, Wholesome, Completely happy Life.”

Faith-spirituality and science can come collectively. God is scientific. God is gentle. God is darkness. God is clever, loving power. God is nature. God is in us. God is psychoneuroimmunology after we witness miracles of therapeutic. God is all. A few of us might distinguish between faith and spirituality; faith could also be a possessive and harmful drive that does not enable enlargement of thoughts, whereas spirituality is a therapeutic drive with no guidelines hooked up to God’s love or God’s capacity to maintain us. We should always bear in mind the actual function of a faith is spirituality; and we should always attempt to keep away from names and definitions. God, for instance, is without doubt one of the many names of the identical divine drive or common power.

For many who really feel snug with the phrase God or Creator, it is a divine phrase! It brings peace of thoughts. With prayer, we communicate to God. With miracles, God responds. Science now explains miracles of therapeutic by the mind-body relationship. With prayer we awaken the spirit in our thoughts, and the transformed-spiritual thoughts causes hormonal and different chemical adjustments that ultimately might end in therapeutic. As such, God or Creator shouldn’t be a separate entity, it is a part of us- -present proper in our thoughts on a regular basis. God is inside us each second, in each circumstance. He/She is to our left and to our proper, earlier than us and behind us, above us and beneath us. God watches each act–criminal or noble–and each second, whether or not we’re alone or in a crowd. We can’t deceive God (our personal thoughts/acutely aware) by pondering no person is watching us.

What about our perception in God’s type of existence or court docket of justice? No one may describe the bodily or descriptive existence of God previously, no person can describe it now within the current, and no person is more likely to describe it sooner or later. For an atheist there is no such thing as a God as a result of bodily existence can’t be confirmed. And that’s the reason dialogue on existence or nonexistence of God by no means will get wherever. God’s existence can’t be proved or disproved. God shouldn’t be a physique like us sitting someplace within the sky. Now we have launched rockets into the area, we have now constructed space-station, we have now analyzed moon rocks, we have now taken close-up photos of the planets–we do not discover even primitive life kind, by no means thoughts finding God within the sky. Science might not find God within the sky who retains monitor of all the pieces, however the unbelievable consciousness and intelligence that exists in life, in nature, and in us on this Earth is a type of God’s scientific existence.

It is unimaginable to see God, as a result of He/She is an integral a part of our thoughts. Since God is inside us, we clearly cannot see God, simply as, as an illustration, an eye fixed can’t see itself and an ear can’t hear itself. And Zenrin places in merely, “Like a sword that cuts, however can’t reduce itself; like an eye fixed that sees, however can’t see itself.” Our soul and God are one. The person soul (atma) is a part of common or authentic or supreme or good soul referred to as Parmatma (identify of God in japanese scriptures). The try and convey the soul and God collectively merely perpetuates the phantasm that the 2 are separate. It isn’t so, and we’re already It. To know God is to be God; the 2 are in no way separate, factors out the Hindu scripture Upanishad. If God and we had been two separate entities, then we may see, maintain, and go round Him/Her in a ceremonial worship! Nevertheless, in varied religions we discover distinctive methods to worship God. Practitioners use symbols of godhead various from pictures/statues to holy books and even imaginary photos.

The nice prophets, Christ, Mohammed, Nanak, Buddha, Krishna, and Mahavir, all offered avenues to the belief of God or to awaken the spirit that exists in our minds. These paths are totally different, however the vacation spot or message is comparable. Extra importantly, there may be one widespread ingredient; all of them give attention to one thing that exists in our minds and try for a realization or religious awakening that types the idea for a modified or religious mind-set.

If God is a mind-set with woke up spirit, what’s that mind-set!

That mind-set is with out worry, with out enmity, immortal with out the worry of demise or beginning, full inside itself–timeless, ageless, and form- much less (Akaal Moorat). We all know that solely the bodily physique ages, spirit shouldn’t be affected by time or age or beginning or demise. A number of blessed ones notice that mind-set (Nirbhau, Nirvair, Akaal Moorat, Ajooni, Saebhang, Gur Parsad Mul-Mantra or Primary Precept, Japuji). Nanak, Mohammad, Christ, Buddha, Mahavir, and different nice prophets attained such a mind-set. They had been in a position to awaken the spirit that existed of their minds. They realized the presence of spirit (God). In different phrases, they discovered God.

It’s that mind-set with woke up spirit which Rajnish referred to as orgasmic, saints name peaceable, psychiatrists name tranquil, and drug addicts name getting excessive.

Many religious masters have referred to as this enlightened mind-set by totally different names. Buddha referred to as it “the enlightened one.” Christ and Messiah additionally meant the identical. St. Paul referred to as it “the peace of God that passeth understanding” and Richard Maurice Bucke named it “Cosmic Consciousness.” Guru Nanak described as “realization of final fact.” In Zen it’s satori, in yoga it’s samadhi or moksha, in Sufism it’s fana, in Taoism it’s wu or the Final Tao. Gurdjieff labeled it “goal consciousness”; Sri Aurobindo refers to it as “illumination,” “liberation,” and “self-realization.” Dante stated, “trans-humanization right into a God.” Likewise, enlightenment has been symbolized by many pictures; the thousand-petaled lotus of Hinduism, the Holy Grail of Christianity, the clear mirror of Buddhism, Judaism’s Star of David, the yin-yang circle of Taoism, the mountain high, the swan, the nonetheless lake, the mystic rose, and the everlasting flame.

How a person describes the enlightened mind-set could seem fairly totally different and even opposed. As one and the identical ache could also be described both as a scorching pang or a chilly sting, so the descriptions of the enlightened expertise might take types that appear so totally different. One individual might say that he/she has discovered the reply to the entire thriller of life, however in some way can’t put it into phrases. Others will really feel that they’ve skilled, not a transcendent God, however their very own inmost nature. Some will get the sense that their egos or selves have expanded to turn into the whole universe, whereas others will really feel that they’ve misplaced themselves altogether and that what they referred to as their egos had been by no means something however abstractions. Some will describe themselves as infinitely enriched, whereas others will say they have not a care on the planet. A theist might name it a glimpse of the presence of God.

No matter that have, we are able to name this mind-set with woke up spirit “the religious mind-set.” In on a regular basis dwelling, spiritualism is skilled as kindness, forgiving, mercy, compassion, peace, pleasure, acceptance, non-judgment, becoming a member of, intimacy, and an absence of have to dominate others. Non secular beings give attention to genuine private empowerment, make the most of multidimensional pondering, and consider loving steerage is offered. They really feel related to all of humanity and apply a life with out want to regulate somebody or to show that they’re proper and the opposite individual is incorrect. They know a dimension past trigger and impact. They’re motivated by morality, serenity, and high quality of life. They acknowledge a violent response to evil as taking part in evil and give attention to what they stand for. They really feel a way of accountability and belonging to the universe. They generally tend to increase love and assist others relatively than really feel enmity and competitors. Their minds should not managed by anger, worry, lust, greed, attachment, false ego, or envy. Their existence shouldn’t be affected by time and age. They don’t seem to be afraid of getting previous or of dying younger. They see no sin on the planet to flee from.

Nonspiritual individuals, then again, are in a state of worry and expertise anger, abuse, ache, greed, habit, selfishness, obsession, corruption, and violence. They maintain grudges and search revenge for perceived wrongdoing. They’re solely motivated by achievement, efficiency and acquisitions. They really feel separate from all others.

Why is there a religious have to seek for God?

“Possession of fabric riches, with out inside peace, is like dying of thirst whereas bathing in a lake.” –Paramhansa Yogananda

To fulfill the sense often is the main problem for a few of us, however it’s truly the best half. The thoughts and spirit require continuous consideration and stimulation. It isn’t till we assume accountability for the enhancement of the whole self that we are able to dwell full lives.

For the sake of simplicity, let’s divide human life into three ranges of existence. All three ranges, we might level out, are a traditional a part of the human life cycle. It is how we deal with these ranges that create hell or heaven in our lives.

1. The first degree of our existence as a extremely developed animal leads us to seek for sensual pleasures similar to lust, consuming, smoking, medication and something that satisfies or pleases the senses. Many individuals might spend their whole life proper at this degree.

2. The second degree of our existence as we advance leads us to suppose extra like people since we dwell as a civilized society. That’s to have a well-paying and respectable job, an excellent home, an costly automobile, and different materialistic wishes. All it is a regular character of ego which requires power, technique, and energy to realize materials possessions. Most of us spend our life rising solely to second degree.

3. The third or highest degree of our existence calls for one thing greater than the first degree of sensual pleasures and the second degree of materialistic dwelling. It gives an additional contact to the first and second ranges! That third degree is religious dwelling or enlightenment, which we are able to name the final word achievement in human existence. It’s due to this want that we find properly educated, very smart, extraordinarily profitable, rich individuals on the lookout for a religious chief or guru. These are the individuals who desperately observe those that can present some perception into religious philosophy, whether or not it’s Maharishi Mahesh Yogi or Bhagwan Rajnish or Swami Prabhupada–author of English model of Bhagvad Geeta and founding father of Worldwide Society of Krishna Consciousness within the western world, which offered the seed of Hare Krishna motion.

Most frequently the religious gurus are from the east because the western society could be very large on motion and there’s no steerage for religious development. Owing to this religious want or void, 2500 or extra cults exist within the U.S. alone. Cult leaders come from each east and west. Cult chief Jim Jones poisoned a whole lot of his followers within the Nineteen Eighties and David Koresh lead 86 individuals to burn themselves to demise at Waco, Texas in 1993. Luc Jouret led over 50 members to compelled demise in Canada and Switzerland in October 1994. In March 1997, 39 followers of Heaven’s Gate died in a mass suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, California close to San Diego. It is the understanding of spirit in our personal thoughts that may save us from cult incidences.

“To hunt religious energy, there is no such thing as a want to hunt it by any occult hierarchy, any guru, any doctrine,” says J. Krishnamurti. “The necessary factor is to free our thoughts of envy, hate, and violence; and for that we do not want a company.” He calls individuals to look at their very own hearts and minds to see the egotism and self-ignorance on the root of all sufferings and troubles; that’s exactly what prevents enlightenment and religious energy.

The religious energy does not come from the identical sources that feed our ego. Ego energy is a crucial a part of society within the worldly sense. It requires power, technique, and efforts to realize issues which have a social worth. We like a well-paying respectable job no matter whether or not we’re good at it, and it is due to ego energy we regularly are drawn to different materials possessions.

Our efforts to realize ego energy, nonetheless, do not essentially empower the spirit or soul. The religious energy comes from dwelling near the center. It comes from sudden sources similar to failure, illness, and loss. For instance, after we endure by lack of job or sickness, we find inside power that strengthens our spirit. Non secular or soul energy additionally comes from being ourselves doing what we’re good at. Inherent qualities similar to intelligence, engaging look, and even highly effective voice present soul energy. Non secular energy comes from doing one thing for group or nation. Though we might not see a benefit within the worldly sense, it nurtures the spirit and feeds the soul. Once we fail to nurture our soul, we fail to dwell in peace with ourselves within the face of sickness, lack of job or lack of cherished one. It was maybe the religious energy, greater than her wealth or recognition that offered Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis the power to dwell by life-crises as much as the final minute of her life– Could 19, 1994. It’s for these profitable, clever people who find themselves on the lookout for a religious energy this text, I hope, will play a significannot position. And please bear in mind, a life lived in a religious mind-set or enlightenment is an on a regular basis life with an additional dimension.

How about hell, heaven, and rebirth?

It is our thoughts that creates hell. It is our thoughts that creates heaven. And it is the liberation of our thoughts (or soul/acutely aware which is a part of God in us) from the worry of demise or different miseries of the world that’s liberation from beginning and demise cycle. Buddhism calls it Nirvana.

Does hell or heaven exist as a specific place? Nobody has seen! However an individual is in heaven if he/she is in religious mind-set; and is in hell if he/she loses management of thoughts. And our character is the reflection of our mind-set. If our mind-set is saintly, we’re a saint; if our mind-set is love, we’re lovable; if our mind-set is full, we’re full; if our mind-set is clever, we’re clever; if our mind-set is limitless, we’re limitless; if our mind-set is hope, we’re hopeful; if our mind-set is trustworthy, we’re trustworthy. Then again, if our mind-set is devilish, we’re devils; if our mind-set is evil, we turn into evil individual. When, for instance, we lose our management of thoughts to drugs–we’re opening the door to hell.

Devil or evil is nothing however a counterpart of goodness. We all know warmth exists, however its counterpart chilly does not exist. Chilly is merely the deficiency or lack of warmth. Equally, gentle exists, however its counterpart darkness does not exist. Darkness is merely the deficiency or absence of sunshine. Identical is true for evil. Evil does not exist, however its counterpart goodness exists. It’s merely the deficiency or absence of goodness that we have now named evil. And evil is what leads us to the door of hell. Evil thoughts is the thoughts uncontrolled. It is just like the fire, which is our servant for cooking and retains us heat, however turns into evil when it will get uncontrolled.

Conclusion

All of the ideas listed below are a part of a single idea. By improved mind-set or religious mind-set or sharpening our religion, we are able to add an additional dimension to on a regular basis life. This idea ignores neither science nor faith, and removes the cloudiness of worry and confusion that interferes with achievement of final happiness. Those that are within the enterprise of saving souls after demise ought to give attention to the soul when they’re nonetheless dwelling on this planet.

References:Science, Religion & Spirituality,” ” In Search of God,” and ” Soul and Reincarnation ” obtainable at varied E-book Sellers together with Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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