“What we cannot speak of, we must be silent about” ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Will we ever really know if God exists or not? No-one can declare or deny the existence of a supreme being on our behalf; we all have to experience it ourselves.
It is sad yet understandable to see more and more people today reject the idea of God or Mind of the Universe, for want of a better word. I am sure there are many others but some of the main reasons follow:
- Religion has failed.
- Science has failed.
- God has abandoned the world.
“In matters of religion, most people prefer chewing the menu to actually eating the food.” ~ Zen saying.
Every day we hear cases of people harming life in the name of God. We are bombarded by fundamentalist messengers claiming the superiority of their practice over others. Rather than reject religion outright is it not logical to conclude that religion in all its guises has been incorrectly taught and followed. It has not kept up with the scientific and technological advances we have made and it certainly hasn’t been able to solve the social, economic and political ills our wayward human race has created. Surely adaption is required. Our religions are supposed to make us healthy and happy. Our religions should ensure that we create a sustainable environment for future generations. Our religion should show that the Mind of the Universe exists.
“The servant of the Tao, realizing the perfect beauty of the universe, attains understanding.” ~ Lao Tzu.
Mainstream science has also failed to make us healthy and happy. It has also failed to protect our environment and it certainly has failed to show us what created life, choosing instead to reject the idea of a creator and observe, through a very narrow lens, the ‘isolated’ processes by which life is created. Scientists are empiricist philosophers. For them knowledge has to be observed through the senses and has to be expressed in language. They have rejected the Mind of the Universe because they have not recognized the limitation of their discipline. The Mind of the Universe exists beyond the senses, beyond matter. When Science separated the creator (spirit) from the created (matter) hundreds of years ago they lost the ability to understand the purpose of life. Their search continues, in vain.
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” ~ Chief Seattle.
How can this all-loving Mind of the Universe allow suffering? Murders, disease, war, poverty, famine are rife in our world. How can the Mind of the Universe allow it? The universe and therefore our planet has been created and everything in it follows Nature’s Laws; immutable laws, which we have violated again and again over centuries past. We have lost our connection to nature and so cannot apply its rules and sacred guidance to our lives. Without the right way how can we live in harmony with nature and with each other. Every single crime, every starving child is our responsibility. It cannot be pinned on any one individual; we are all to blame. The only way to stop our rapid decline is to look more deeply at ourselves and start to change what needs to change. We have to look inside and create harmony there, before we can re-establish harmony in the world again.
“God is the highest ideal that the human mind can conceive.” ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan.
It is only through spiritual practice that we can know the Mind of the Universe’s existence. It involves the unpopular practice of looking at ourselves and removing the anger, hatred, arrogance, fear, jealousy not to mention the judgments, attachments, habits and patterns that keep us separate from everything and everyone. When negativity is removed from the mind our narrow perception is transformed into one that can contain love, gratitude, acceptance, generosity, humility and compassion for everything and everyone. This is the Mind of the Universe and if you can cultivate that mind you will after many years, possibly decades of practice experience first-hand whether the Mind of the Universe exists or not. If you don’t then you are doing something wrong. When you realise you are doing something wrong then you are making progress.
Innersound Harmony Team