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Q & A: Why is it necessary to know what is God?
This website is too technical about the God. In my view, doing the efforts to achieve the God are sufficient and the "truth" (the God) will find us when we are ready - Is it not? Why do you think we should know the technicality of the "truth" (the God)?

Lalita (Name changed), USA

Here are my thoughts on this:

Understanding God is not mandatory but knowing about God helps

It is not necessary that a person must know the God to achieve the God, but it certainly helps knowing exactly "What is the GOD?". The journey to the God (or self-realization) becomes simpler if one can understand the concept of the God (which is Supreme Consciousness or Chaitanya or Sat-Chit-Anand)

The path of an individual to the God has three major phases

Let me explain details:

1) Person seeking God continues self efforts. This is phase of several lives.

2) When the seeker is ready for the next travel - The Guru arrives in their life and graces the person with the deeksha. This is considered as a rebirth of the person in the world of God. This is the point where the real spiritual journey of the seeker starts. This WILL happen when the seeker is ready for the next step. This is not the end of the journey but just the start of the next journey.

3) After efforts of several decades the realization of Chaitanya occurs. This is the "Moksha" or "Sat-Chit-Anand" or "Realization of the God". This phase may take one life or more lives depending on that individual"s Sanchit karma, devotion and consistency of efforts.

The phase 3 is similar to phase 1 (with a difference that the guru is with the seeker - whether the seeker knows it or not). This phase also has periods of extreme doubts, questions (similar to phase 1) and if person does not do efforts to achieve the God, he/she may get derailed from the path again and again to go back to the original phase #1,.

The entire process from #1 through #3 needs understanding of the God ("knowing the technicality of the "truth" helps understanding the God) and efforts in the specific direction. If a person can understand the meaning of God the path becomes easier and clearer. It is simply like a travel. You can travel from one city to another - Without a Map/GPS or with a Map/GPS. Both ways a person will ultimately reach the destination. The only difference being the travel with GPS is much more comfortable and enjoyable. Again, it is the seeker"s choice whether they want to use the GPS or not.

Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, Gyan yoga, Hatha yoga, Siddha yoga, Laya yoga

There are various yogas by which person can attain God. Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, Gyan yoga, Hatha yoga, Siddha yoga, Laya yoga ....and there are many more traits of it.

In my view, the follower of Bhakti yoga - does NOT need help of "understanding concept of the God" at all. This is the only path in which "knowing the technicality of the truth" - absolutely does not make any difference – It is like a person going by plane (someone else is going to take care of your travel). The individual"s devotional love towards the God is so supreme that the seeker does not need any help from anywhere.

In all other paths (except bhakti yoga), understanding the technicality of the God certainly helps (though it is not necessary) – It is again an individuals" choice where they want to use Map/GPS or not. Without using GPS person may get lost...but will reach the destination as long as the efforts continue.

In short, the answer is - we need NOT know the technicality of the "truth". And yes the "truth" will find us if and when we ready. But the journey to the God is the longest and the hardest one and hence having a clear understanding of the "path" or having a very clear picture of the destination (or having GPS) helps a lot.

Hope this helps.

Thank you.
Mahendra Joshi

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Q & A: Why is it necessary to know what is God? Topics: God and Yoga

Yoga is an exact science. It aims at the harmonious development of body, mind and soul. Everyone should follow one Yoga as their primary Yoga (based on their character). Then we must combine Karma Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Gyan Yoga. This “Yoga Synthesis” will lead one to the God.
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