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 Hopper, Prisoner and Pet: God and Realization
 
Date Sent: September 01, 2013

This is more about the people (believers, non-believers and dis-believers) than the God himself ('him' is just for the sake of convenience).

There are many who believe in God just as there are those who don't. Some believe because they have not done any thinking, many others, because, they have done too much thinking.

The fact is most of the people have absolutely NO idea what the God is. The beauty is God will still Guide you as long as you are doing sincere efforts to attain him. The right or wrong does NOT matter - The 'sincere efforts with intentions to reach the origin' is the Key. Everyone else must continue to suffer and rotate in the Roller-coaster of multiple births and deaths until he starts seeking the origin – the universal consciousness – The Self – that luminous, eternal, indivisible, pure Atman that is hidden within you – under the cover of Maya (the grand illusion of your mind). The Jiva (individual body with soul) must continue to suffer miserably until it finds its origin.

God does only two things:

1) Absolutely Nothing -
for those who are running after Maya (desires and Vasanas). Law of Karma rules for them.

2) Protects and Guides - those who are doing efforts. God will bypass the Law of Karma for them (sometimes not every time - Law of Karma is still the Supreme.)
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Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 3, Verse 19 – “The highest ideal for every Jiva (the seeker) is 'Siddha-Avasthaa' i.e. state of perfection or 'Moksha' i.e. release from the cycle of multiple births and deaths; also known as Divine Awareness, The Bliss, Sat-Chit-Ananda, or Chaitanya. As a result of the knowledge of the Self, a Yogi has nothing left in balance, which is yet to be acquired for anyone including himself. It is all the same to him whether he performs an action or does not perform it. In the rhythm of incessantly beating of heart, a Yogi carries out various mundane worldly activities without even noticing every single beat of his heart. Absence of attachment leads to pacification of mind; thus work and rest go on as if reflex actions. Mind made calm in this way becomes capable of grasping the Self. Calmness of mind is the essential pre-requisite for the knowledge of the Self.”
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The fact is God cannot be defined. To define God is to deny God. How can one define something that is self-luminous, eternal, indivisible, pure, spotless, desire-less, quality-less, timeless, space-less, changeless, beginning-less, endless, unborn, imperishable, fearless, motionless, nameless and formless - Something infinite that shines eternally? The only adequate description of God (that human mind can understand) is what “GOD is not” - a set of negatives. That is the reason why the Upanishads declare, "Neti-neti" (not this-not this) when describing the God.

Some believe he is a certain type. Some are absolutely sure he has particular form. Some believe in many Gods while some accept there is only one universal God. Every religion has its own definition of God. Some religions accept the God is universal while some have their own 'local' version of God. They will even tell you that 'their' God will send you to burning hell after death if you do not believe in 'their' version of God. They claim that theirs is the 'Only God' while yours is the 'Satan'. They won’t even mind killing other people because they don't believe in their 'regional' God. Then there are many who create various versions of that God. Ha! Such a wonderful world! The world where almost none has seen the God, most are confuses about the God but still believe in God, some are hell bent to take you to 'their' God while others don't even believe in God.

So what is God? Is God some supernatural power? Is God he, she or it? Is he up somewhere sitting in the heaven taking care of his devotees? Does God have a form or is he formless? Will he come down someday with his diary of good children and bad children?

None of the about is true and everything is true because God is beyond the reach of tools (5 senses) you have been given to judge him.

Read more on God here – What is God?

The more on the world here – The Lost World!

And Read here where you are and what the goal of your life should be?

Here is view of Swami Vivekananda on the Religion –

Swami Vivekananda wrote: "If you want to be religious, enter not the gate of any organised religion. They do a hundred times more evil than good, because they stop the growth of each one's individual development.... Religion is only between you and your God, and no third person must come between you. Think what these organised religions have done! What Nepoleon was more terrible than those religious persecutions? If you and I organise, we begin to hate every person. It is better not to love, if loving only means hating others. That is no love. That is hell! If loving your own people means hating everybody else, it is the quintessence of selfishness and brutality, and the effect is that it will make you brutes." -The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume I, Topic 'The Gita III']

And read OM Swami’s view on the Jiva - believers, non-believers and dis-believers.
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Believers, Non-believers and Disbelievers - By OM SWAMI

He rounds up his sheep before dark. Or does he? Depends on the strength of your faith.

There are many who believe in God just as there are those who don't. Some believe because they have not done any thinking, many others, because, they have done too much thinking. The same goes for non-believers too. Purely from the perspective of believing, of those who believe in God, the focus of my present subject matter, they are mainly of three types, as follows:

The Hopper

The hopper is the restless type. He believes if his current belief system has no answers for his questions, perhaps another one would. He is in search of a panacea, some solution that will give him peace. The trouble, however, is that the hopper is merely jumping from one belief system to another. He has not sat down to either identify the problem or ask the right questions. He's like a window shopper. He is hopping because he is restless. All his attempts to turn inward or practice devotion prove futile because he lacks the resolve and often morality too. The hopper wants an easy fix for some deep rooted problems. Upon his adoption of any new system, he feels good, relieved and consoled. This is the "beliefmoon period". It fades away quickly before he finds himself in the same old boat, almost as if reality woke him up abruptly after a short dream. His restive tendencies and desires overpower him and out he goes again in search of another solution. The hopper has little chance of experiencing bliss, realization being out of question altogether, until he makes some amendments in his living, life, thinking, conduct and belief. Dry speech, tall ego, unbound anger and a lustful mind are the signs of a hopper. He wants to change without letting go.

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Read more here http://www.omswami.com/2013/08/believers-non-believers-and-disbelievers.html

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