I have said earlier, in my article “Who is God,” that He is a manifestation of the mind. It is up to us, whether we perceive Him as a supernatural being, or a divine presence within ourselves. Hindu beliefs, recorded in the Bhagavat Gita, reveal that many gods are subject to a supreme Brahman God. We take this as “absolute reality,” meaning God and the individual are the same entity. God is everything, and everything is God. Therefore, we all have some faith and belief, and depend on Him for our deeds and misdeeds. The question now arises; do we need this divine presence? Let us delve deeper. …
In my previous article, ‘Who is God?’ it has been categorically mentioned that God is a manifestation of the mind. It is up to us how we perceive and exercise our faith in Him, either in the form of a supernatural being, who is supposedly omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent, or in the presence of God within ourselves.
As per Wikipedia, “Hinduism is often called the oldest living religion in the world.” It seems to have originated in approximately 2500BC. Hindu beliefs were recorded in the Bhagavat Gita, which revealed that many gods were subject to a supreme Brahman God. This is translated as “absolute reality” meaning God and individual are wrongly or apparently taken as two separate entities. In reality, however, “He who knows himself to be no different from Me, is one with Me, he is wise and is liberated from birth and death” This presence of energy in the time-space continuum, and everything that exists in it, consciousness of this awareness of the limitless Self, is what is referred to as God. This amounts to, God is everything, and everything is God.
Whether the divine presence is the awareness hidden in us, or His existence in monotheism (belief in one God), we all seem to have some faith and belief in God, and depend on Him for all of our deeds and misdeeds.
I read in the newspapers, that forty separate studies conducted in twenty countries have concluded, that we are inclined to believe in God and an afterlife. These studies have suggested that religion, spiritual practices and even atheism are responses attributed to basic impulses of the human mind. In the 1990s, research by neuropsychologist Michael Persinger and neurologist V. S. Ramachandran at the University of California, led to the discovery of a “God-Spot” in the human brain. This area is located among neural connections in the temporal lobes of the brain. Scans showed that these neural areas are activated whenever the research subjects are drawn to discussions on spiritual topics. Even though this is no evidence of the existence of God, we do notice that the young and strong have fewer tendencies than the weak and old, in seeking and embracing God. Therefore, now the question is, do we really need this divine presence?
First, let us understand who we are. It is said that we are what we think. We see and hear what we want to, as per our thinking process. This thinking process is based on the past knowledge we have, and through this past, we create our reality and perception of now. This perceived reality then becomes manifested into “I, me and mine.” Have we noticed, though, there is always another voice within us, trying to tell us what we should or should not do, ignoring likes and dislikes of “I, me and mine.” We might not give any importance to this subtle intelligence or energy, but it is always there. The presence of this real self within us is mostly forgotten. Many of us do not discover this true self as a result of our desire for emotional satisfaction and material comforts, rather than finding peace and happiness within.
The quiet ‘I’ within us is doing all of the observing. This is the presence within us, which makes us aware of our own Self beyond thoughts, which does not change with our choices of likes and dislikes, or our reactions to them. It is pure, creative intelligence not limited by our thoughts. The awareness of this presence is the divinity within, that we all share, and who we really are.
Therefore, if one requires peace and happiness at any stage in life, it becomes essential to have faith in the divine presence in the awareness of your consciousness, form or religion. A clear manifestation of God is required in your mind, to enable you to direct your subconscious towards that direction where there are no illusions.
The reason why we need Him is that to live, a balance is required within ourselves, without which life is a rollercoaster. First, we are bound to live with our ego intelligence, consciousness or presence, because that is me and mine, living for the outside world. Second, we also require living in the material consciousness, for fulfilling the need of material comforts of wealth and technology. Both of these present in us, make our life full of pleasure and pain. Therefore, just as one requires a spiritual quotient to balance the intelligent and emotional, similarly, one requires the presence of the Divine within, to balance the presence of ego and materialism in us.
How to enlighten this divine presence already existing in your mind or God spot, or the subconscious, that is for you to search for, maybe by the right path through the right guru, but need for awakening of the Divine presence is always there.