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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Questions unaswered


My first post was related to god in some way. The question that has been a perturbing factor for humans since time immemorial is whether there really exists such a divine entity who has got his control over lives of all of us and who has no form or volume same as particles of gas? Is god superficial or superlative?

If that is a being that was never born and most certainly will never die or had he been born in some way? Was he the creator of the earth or was earth created by 'The Big Bang'? If there was a big bang then why did that happen? If that happened due to unbalanced forces then why were these forces unbalanced? How have the species evolved? Is the story of Adam eating an apple and falling to earth merely a story or is it a case of history becomes a legend and legend becomes myth? Why do elements behave the way they do?Where do our souls go after we die (if souls are seperable at all)? Does life exist on any other planet in this form or any other form? Is there a different means by which animals communicate with each other or are they making some inventions or discovery which we have not bothered ourselves to know about?

The list of questions goes on and on and on till almost infinity. But the relatively most difficult question for me here is whether god is really there or not and answering this question would be like reaching infinity. Many of us are believers,many disbelievers and many are agnostic. I too am agnostic and can't find a reason why I should believe in god (or even disbelieve). The adhoc assumption of existence of god as a being provides a reason of how life originated but this leads to more and more complex questions.

Most of us go to temples, tell their wishes to their own selves thinking they are reaching god and thank god for every good happening and curse the devil for every trouble that befalls over them. Going slightly to the extreme there have been many who claim they have seen god. But as god is formless, in what form was he seen. If they have seen him having no form then how was he actually identified or even seen. But if they have seen him in a form they are acquainted to (like Ganesha) shouldn't we merely rate it as their hallucination.

So who or what is god?
According to some god is a spirit or being that is responsible for controlling some part of universe or life. This way we can assume more gods than there are beings on earth to exist and can arguably call Michael Jordan the god of Basketball or Jimmy Page the god of guitar. And we are all gods or have gods inside us since we atleast control some part of our lives.
Others believe that god is the one that is the creator of universe including all its mechanisms and life forms. So I believe god to be a force that prevailed at the time when universe was created and that is responsible for creation of the universe.
But don't think that belief of the believers is futile. It is this belief that keeps them untouched from doing wrong and most importantly helps them face hard times. When I was about eight, my dad told me this story that I appreciated a lot:

"There was a man walking in a desert. He was making his journey smoothly without any difficulty. When he saw the sand he saw that there were two shadows - one was certainly his own and the other belonged to god. But one day he ran out of water. In addition he saw that one of the shadows was gone. But soon he reached an oasis and refilled his water supply and the shadow came back. After that each time he ran into trouble one of the shadows disappeared and after his problem was solved, it reappeared. Finally he started cursing god and said that he only remains with him in his happy times and disappears in his difficulty. God came and said to him that - the one shadow that remains in your hard times belongs to me and I save you by carrying you through that time."

As the riddle of god is unveiled more such riddles are bound to arise and more solutions will be found. We will continue expanding our thoughts further as we have been doing since time immemorial. After all this is what evolution is all about.