I do believe in a greater something, yes. But I’m definitely not religious, nor an atheist.
I believe in Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed as much as I believe in Attila the Hun, Caesar and Alexander the Great – simply because of years and years of research. (Not by me, though) ;)
If you don’t believe in any of the religious guys, then give this thought a… thought:
If it is possible to gather an army of thousands and thousands and bring them all the way from Mongolia to the borders of the Roman Empire – If it is possible to kill, rape and enslave millions of people – and if it is possible to be undefeatable in combat like all of these war-“heroes” were (of course everything comes to and end). - Then how can one doubt the contrary? How can atheists who believe so strongly in evidence doubt that a few men took the other way, and conquered their egos instead of their neighbors?
The whole life is build upon millions of contrasts, and yet many people believe more in war-”gods” than they do in “peace-gods”.
Getting to a Conclusion
I don’t believe that there is some kind of big dude in the sky. I don’t believe that a big tortoise arose from the sea with Earth on its back. And I really don’t believe that I’ll get that much laid when I die a noble death, as the Islamic believers do.
I don’t believe that Jesus could walk on water, and I don’t believe any of the unnatural things going on at the pages of almost any religious script.
Think about how the news and government fail to bring 100 % honest news on a daily basis. Think of how journalists twist and bend the stories, just so they can get a broader audience. It’s naive to think that they were any more honest at back in the days.
What I DO believe is that some dedicated men decided to do some soul-searching for once, and trough that, found the meaning of how we should live to become one with each other. Do you know anything about the Dalai Lama, Gandhi or John Lennon? If you do, you will know how amazing human beings they are/were– in reality just other versions of Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed I would say. And I think they would have been given the same status as Jesus had, if they’d just lived 2000 years ago instead of now. The only difference is that we’re watching too many movies to be impressed nowadays. Back then, a cow walking backwards could amaze anyone.
Andy’s Final Conclusion
Up above, I highlighted the answer. Yes, to become one with each other is my definition of God and every other god… well not the war-gods – just the peaceful, mature ones.
To me, God is not a person, spark of energy or a… god. It’s the description of a rational and spiritual state of mind – one that can be achieved by everyone, and one that is complete when everyone understands and practices it.
Think of how athletes train, train and train their bodies to achieve a god-like strength and agility. The mind functions exactly the same way. Train, train, train and you will achieve limitless love and compassion.
It’s funny with those contrasts. They are everywhere, and yet we almost don’t notice them. As Yoda from Star Wars would have said: “in balance, they must be”
So how do we get to that state of awareness – how do I get unlimited love?
It is quite simple, actually – pointing it out that is. Living it out is of course way harder. I’m going to let a “a-little-hard-to-swallow-in-one-bite” – quote from M. J. Keenan explain this:
“If you look at the cycles of the moon, it starts as a thin crescent and then gradually grows and becomes full; then it gradually fades back into another crescent and then is gone. The moon reflects sunlight like humans reflect information. We grow and fade and when we become full moons, our egos are full. We think we have this knowledge when, in fact, the information we have is pure. And it reflects or shines off of us, is something we take credit for as though the moon could take credit for the light it reflects from the sun. We have to understand that we are egoless, just as the moon is without light. It and we are simply reflectors. The ego is not responsible for the information.”
I think the last three lines really hit the head of the nail. (Correct me if I’m wrong)
By treading one step backwards – being humble – we create an opportunity for other people to shine. And we all want to see shiny things, right? ;)
It’s funny how you in this case could compare how egocentric people could be equipped with a mirror – they have their own world, their own mirror and their own shiny body to gaze upon. But they’re still in the front, making the shimmering too strong and therefore they blind themselves. They can’t see the needs of others because they’ve been feeding their ego with itself – and not their fellow beings. So they end up unsatisfied and maybe even lonely – all because they didn’t take that one step back.
May the force be your aide in taking that step!
Do you have any opinion, question or just something to add to this? You’re most welcome to do so below! :D