About God – 1

June 14, 2010


When in adversity, we always look for support. We decide what is the solution to our problem. If it is not in sight, or it is beyond our capabilities, we seek other avenues like astrology or God. 

If the windfall that was in our mind indeed materializes and remains unexplained by any logic or reason, we say it was God’s miracle. If we do not achieve what we had planned, despite of efforts, we start doubting the existence of God.

When the cycle of nature is balanced (for example we receive average rainfall, or a volcano remains dormant) we do not remember God. When the nature spins out of control we say that the Gods are angry.

Some keep faith but do not receive any blessings from God. Some are born with physical or mental challenges, and we blame God for the injustice. Some do not believe in God and are still successful and happy throughout the life. This we cannot understand. Sometimes one feels whether the notion of God is just a manipulation to rule us, the ordinary humans. Other times, we are totally convinced that God is very much real and He is with us.

God is an intriguing entity. So many of our ancestors have tried to understand and explain what it is or what it should be. Sometimes these philosophers strike a chord. Sometimes, they plain confuse us.

In comparison, Bhagwadgeeta gives us more freedom of choice. It says that one can unite with God (Yog) by choosing any of the three ways – By believing in hard work without expecting returns (Karma Yog), believing in prayer (Bhakti Yog) or by gaining Knowledge or Wisdom (Dnyana Yog).

Plato

In his discourses on Polity and Children’s education, Plato (Socrates) postulates that we human beings by nature acquire wealth; we are jealous, combative and erotic. Then how to persuade a person to practice moderation? How to persuade him to behave in society? To ensure this, Plato suggests that a nation must have a religion so that the citizens stay together in family and as a community. Also, a Living God (Philosopher King) is necessary as an ideal, who is not a mere superlative abstract power, but a visible presence, to inspire courage (to face the enemy and adversity), hope (in the face of sorrow and calamities), devotion (towards the nation-state), and sacrifice (for the state). 

God is assumed to be immortal. In addition to the belief in God, if there is a belief in rebirth or life after death or immortality, it fuels moderation amongst citizens and courage to face the death of self and the dear ones.

Existence of God cannot be proved. However, Plato says that, He can be our ideal for Love and Hope.

(Think of the American saying – “In God we believe” for a parallel)

Aristotle

Aristotle has a deduction about God based on Motion. According to Aristotle, that which is the prime mover, moves every living and non-living being, ‘like a beloved moves a lover’, is God. He is the Final Cause of nature, the purpose of things, the form of the world, the principle of Life, the sum of all processes and powers, the goal of the growth, the pure Energy, the mystic ‘Force’ of the science and philosophy, the magnetic energy.

God has no desires, purpose or will, since He is absolute. He does not do anything except to ‘think about the essence of things’ and since he is the essence of everything, He thinks about Himself.

(Think of the British King or the President of India for a parallel)

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Ref : The story of Philosophy by Will Durant.

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9 Responses to “About God – 1”


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  4. This is a nice series.

    i suggest you also read Dan Brown latest fiction novel – ‘The Lost Symbol’ – especially the last few chapters. It made me re-think how I visualize the term God.


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