GOD, is an interesting word, with myriad meanings and attributes, could be quoted with intriguing adjectives and metaphors. One word about which we disagree yet agree. This reminds me of the Blind-men & an Elephant parable, wonderful analogy that implies – despite our disagreements, the truth is that, we all are along the right lines. There is another intriguing concept – the evolution, yes! If we watch the history carefully we could observe that the concept of God has also evolved with us. It started as the expression of man’s gratitude towards whatever he appreciates but could not reason out at that time, subsequently formulated, documented along with the habits/practices of that period, which we call religion and the hence the very concept has got irrevocable tangled with the religion. This evolution is also one among the aspects that cause disagreements because evolution has happened, outside the religions, even across the religions but not within! Nowadays we quite often run into posts that furnish logical reasons and scientific explanations for many of our archived religious practices. We like to know reasons because that gives us a sense of satisfaction and purpose in life, at the same time, we need a clasp when there are gaps. This, I believe is the motive behind the works of many illustrious thinkers to bring science and God under one roof.
Well we know, there are believers and non- believers. Let’s start with atheists, the non believers – I see there are various reasons for one turning out to be an atheist, a typical argument would be ‘You cannot say God exists because you cannot reason out the orgin/existence the universe, for you cannot give a tangible proof for the existence of God as well’, while there are also other reasons like frustration, of people doing incredibly ridiculous things under the veil of religion, tired of the hypocrisy, that now they seek solace in science, trying to reason out their lives. On the other hand, the theists, the believers, tend to fall into one or more of the below categories. One – those who believe there is God because, like I said before, there are things in this world that goes beyond explanation, which they would like to put broadly under the tagline ‘the supreme/ultimate power’. Two – those who like to call themselves theist because they believe virtuousness comes with the package. Three – those who believe because the holy scriptures says so, the fundamentalists.
I’m sure enough, we all are, follow the extracts of any holy book that is out there, despite their differences in period, you will find them, all good and wise, for they all share one common proposition – to bring in peace and balance in the society. They all have tried to inscribe this very concept of peace and balance onto our subconscious, that we very well know when we deviate from it. Yet, religion by itself is not God, religion is more a way of life!
God has become the much needed clasp for life to go on. He fills the gaps in our inference of the existence of the universe and ourselves. We can’t afford to have these gaps because these are not just gaps in our understanding, these in fact are gaps in the purpose of our life. That’s why despite the differences in our ideology, we find the very idea of God is inevitable for us.I guess most of us, have even noticed some atheists, look up to the supreme power at the crucial hour. I have been through this phase too, I have been grown up as a blind follower, then I wanted to connect and correlate the science and religion, then I had been an atheist for quite sometime, though was not bold enough to reveal, especially thinking of the bizarre looks I would get for being unorthodox and now, my opinion is a mixture of all these phases yet different altogether.
Well, how many of you have felt a strange over pouring emotion when you listen to your favorite devotional song, how many of you wish to live with the feel that someone with the ultimate power is there to take care of you?
Then comes our big questions – Who am I ? How this universe came into existence?..and we always try to establish a connection between the answers to these questions and God. We tend to think, if we could figure out that God has created the universe, God exists! And the day we end up scientifically proving the dawn of universe, science wins!
For argument sake, let’s say the universe and the entire Cosmo is an end product of causality, still I would take God away from this and put Him up differently. I would say – God, is the output or the end product of the reaction between – our emotion, which we call the devotion and the Cosmo – which is the belief in its purest form! You may say the power of God is directly proportional to the intensity of this emotion, thus explaining its subjective nature. This reaction you may call, the answers to your prayers, without which, we are all subjected to causality. May be yet another perception of a blind man 🙂
Now back to the drawing board, to speak of bringing science and God together, it is to say, bring logic and belief together, it feels queer, as it appears to me the logic would never have the magic of belief. It’s something like the difference between a complex geometrical representation and a fine art. The former could never get that magical feel because he is well aware of his progress and the outcome and cherish his success at each stage, bit by bit, that he does not have much of relish left towards the end, while the merriment of the artists is that of a child’s, looking at his candy! There is always this unfathomable magic associated to this leap, both in creativity and belief. It may happen that, one day we hold the scientific proofs to reason out God, but I’m afraid we would not perceive God the same way we do now, for that magic would be gone.