I really believe that God is everything. Should I conversely believe that everything is God?
I cannot, do not, will not agree with people, especially those who are in a position of authority, if they say that God is some gr8 man sitting on some throne on some level of the sky (or even the sea).
I have come to realize that probably my lack of concentration in namaz is due to my inner disbelief that attaining God can be by any one particular way. I think if I take it as just another way, I would find it easier.
I wonder if God would ever limit Himself the way man claims that He has.
Each time you show me the way to the God reclining on his sofa-cum-bed on some Arsh somewhere, I find the God who is closer to me than my jugular vein.
Saying that God DOES NOT have four heads is nothing different from saying that God DOES HAVE four heads.
God could be million-headed or maybe headless. How can anyone, however gr8 and knowledgeable, say that God DOES NOT/CANNOT have four heads/four hands etc etc.
God is everything all at once. And nothing in no time. And if god is anything else, He alone knows it.
God is so beyond words.
People who believe in this Man-God who created the Universe do not know the Universe in its entirety, nor do they claim to. The Universe, they say, is so vast, so immense that no one knows all its mysteries other than its Creator Himself. These Man-God worshippers do not claim to know every human’s destiny coz only the One who has written the destiny can know it.
Yet, they claim to know everything about this Man-God.
Strange that they don’t even have full knowledge of the creations but claim to have complete knowledge of the Creator.
I don’t think idol worship means a mere worship of statues.
Idol worship is also equating god with “A” form, though in your very next breath you are claiming his formlessness.
Of course, you and I can be different. Coz hasn’t god Himself told that He made us all different.
So, you can believe that God’s formlessness means his not being a book, His not being a pen, His not being a laptop. (though, you will gladly go for many other literal interpretations, amazing!)
And I will continue to believe that God’s formlessness means His being a book, a pen, a laptop, all at the same time.
God is formless coz He doesn’t have “A” form but has “All” forms “All” the time.
I believe that the trick is to worship this God as a whole rather than in parts.
Certain Hindu scholars claim that the worship of the many “things” that Hindus worship is justified in spite of such acts of worship not being sanctioned in the Hindu religious texts, coz of the basic Hindu belief of God’s presence in everything.
I, personally, do not find myself echoing this belief either.
Worshipping this “thing” and that “thing” and “as many things as I possibly can” is never equal to worshipping the “whole God that is present in everything”.
However, this, by no means, can mean that since we have to worship a “Whole God”, we start getting all things devoid of god.
I come back to “Namaz”. I think Namaz is a beautiful form of worship. For many reasons…
First and foremost, it binds us in our human-ness, thereby binding us in the shariat of Huzur S.A.W.
Namaz is not a self-worshipping, thing-worshipping or any-other-living-being-worshipping act.
(Began writing this on 15th Jan 2012- never completed. Anyway....)