I propose we are divine, part of God, or in other words, we are ‘of God’. And because we are not anything but God, in that sense we ARE God. And that we are also NOT God does not change that we ARE.
That being the case, I suggest that judgement of wrong or right/good or bad/punishment or reward flies in the face of our divinity. … read more
… there would be no prescription/judgement of
- wrong or right
- what we should or must do
- the goal of life
- the lessons to be learned
… scary or liberating?
I propose that whatever way we choose to express our divinity, that always perfectly fulfills our purpose.
… crazy or profound?
Let me put it another way. It is the choosing more than what we choose that expresses our divinity. … read more
If I think I am God … then, looking at my experience of life and the world around me, I might question Why am I doing this to myself? … How does it serve me? … etc.
If I think I am not God … then my questioning might be more along the lines of Why is God doing this to me? … read more
Imagine no religion … or a religion where there is no presumption of a single ultimate goal.
There would be:
- No context for judgement of good and bad.
- No context for judgement of sin or piety.
- No context for judgement of right and wrong, and in fact all the choices we make would be simply regarded as manifestations of our of divinity, regardless of level of self-awareness.
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I propose that we are always perfect. Perfect and prefectly situated. Seeming imperfection is always the result of erroneous assumption as to who we are and what we are about. After all we are part of God. We are God in that sense. So how could it be otherwise?
Consider for a moment the case of Dorothy, the sweet and innocent young girl who gets lost in a storm, survives miraculously … only to be pursued by a nightmarish green skinned woman and an army of flying monkeys … wait a minute, isn’t that a film? … read more
It is not so much that God is getting something that He wants from what is going on here in the material world, but more that He is simply manifesting something He is: the Supreme Enjoyer. His supreme enjoyment includes ‘enjoyment’ of the myriad of pleasures, including those ghastly and horrific, facilitated by self-ignorance in the material world. Without them His enjoyment would not be complete! … read more
We all enjoy reading a good book. A book with a well-conceived plot, rounded characters that we can relate to and empathise with, an eventual triumph againts all odds of the protagonist, and so on. And with a good book we get to enjoy a huge range of emotions from the comfort and safety of our living room. And those emotions can seem every bit as instense and vital as their real-life counterparts. … read more
Who are you, and why?
Typical answers to this question might include:
- I am a human being
- I am a man/woman
- I am a « name of your profession here »
- I am a soul
- I am a soul in a human body
A Hare Krishna answer would probably be I am servant of the servant of the servant … I know because I was one! … read more
I propose that what is going on here is that God, albeit in the form of multiple spirit souls (i.e. us), is using the unique feature of the material world, namely ignorance in self-awareness … and everything that that facilitates (in terms of flavour of experience, emotion, enjoyment etc.) to increase the completeness of His/Her enjoyment.
But God cannot directly enjoy the pains/pleasures of material existence because ignorance of self, especially firm belief in ones mortality, is required in order to fully enter the arena. … read more
God is complete, and God being the supreme enjoyer is an essential part of the completeness of God. In the Hindu/Vedic tradition, one name for God is Rasaraja (Sanskrit: king [raja] of tastes [rasa]).
Completeness is not one-sided or partial. God’s knowledge and experience are not one-sided either. I propose that His completeness must span knowledge/experience and enjoyment of the full range of rasa, including those facilitated by ignorance. … read more