The God Factor

The God Factor

What makes us so obsessed with the idea of God ! Is it some fancy or are we oblivious to the supreme idea of God? How different religions can defend their own notions of God which often contradicts with the basis of other religions on the planet. Are we living in a narcissistic phenomenon and are trying to morph the myths in religion into a godly being. Is religion the most misunderstood and misguiding discipline that has brought more chaos than order ? It’s the ultimate quest which has shaken the planet for millennia and yet no one could satisfactorily answer the notion of God.
I was brought up in a Buddhist family still with some residual influence of Hinduism. We Buddhist in Maharshtra have to struggle with the confusion created by differing ideological philosophy with masses. Buddha has denied the concept of heavenly God and his religion (although he has never termed it religion) conflicts with the dominant religion in this country. India had been a land of Buddha and from this very land Buddhism spread across the world. Yet it was destroyed from this land. The Mouryas and many other dynasties were Buddhist and under their rule it spreaded across globe. Samrat Asoka had taken this religion to different parts of world.
Yet this religion was annihilated by the Aryans who invaded this country. It succumbed to barbarism being linient in nature believing in non-violence.
Still why the world knows India as land of Buddha and not any other figure ? Buddha is eternal. His philosophy is eternal. It has survived the ages and we still find it relevant in today’s world. Yet we were so badly obsessed with the concept of multi- handed and multi-faced Gods that we have forgotten the very premise of the God concept. The God people talk about cannot be seen or experienced. We have to buy this idea on face value as verses written in holy scriptures. We have no right to analyse or question the ideology.
My grandmother was very orthodox and I couldn’t do anything about that as she was conditioned by her parents and society to believe in this idea. I always used to question her , ‘Grandma, if your God is so omnipresent, why has he not taken up effort to show up on all the corners of the world ?’. She used to comfort me that everybody in world knows only one God although she never knew how big the world is ? The idea is defeated in its own way and need no further explanation for a mind thinking rationally. The idea of omnipresent God is defeated by the existence of different religions which contradict ideologically with eachother. The other thing why God isn’t doing any good to poor people and why he favours only a chosen few ? Why would God create lot of religions and still create hatred amongst eachother? There is this flaw in the notion of conventional God.Now let us talk about a new paradigm that is evolving through scientific experiments. It all boils down to this, with number of experiments in quantum mechanics we have learnt that even inanimate objects like electrons have consciousness! And if so everything around is alive and kicking with consciousness. We have failed to notice this. This planetary or universal consciousness can be regarded as The God. It is apparent and cannot be debated upon. This universal consciousness was misinterpreted and misunderstood by ancient critics and the idea was twisted down the line by religious insertions

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