Are you God?
If faith is an expression, however simplified, of truth as it is, even though it is not understood, then it can work, like poetry, because the words and ideas are stronger than those using them know.
And then I return to this view of religion - that obviously in many ways, perhaps in all ways, it cannot be true but the structure of behaviour, of ideas, which religion offers us can be helpful, may be vital to our continued existence as conscious human beings.
And we use the terminology of old religion so far as it is valuable and demonstrates some imprecise insight into what has been happening and will happen.
Consciousness is a potentiality of matter
The non-existence of the soul, of the mind, as something separate, is the only guarantee of truth
Matter produces truth as inevitably as a stone falls to the ground
Decay of God. God! Strike me with lightning!
Man has never been the same since God died.
If there is a God, how would we know what difference it would make or ought to make?
If there is not a God, how would one know what difference it would make or ought to make?
Who else knows whether or not there is a God?
How did they come to know?
Why should we believe it?
How have we come to give importance to the question whether or not there is a God?
Why cannot we ask "is there a boojum"?
Are there more important or interesting questions to ask than whether or not there is a God?
To think that we could grasp the plan or system if 'God' had a plan or system is the delusion of primitive minds. We can plant seeds or grow crystals. 'God's' seed or crystal is unfathomable - if there is 'God'
'God' might set ticking the evolutionary universe, to allow this complex to work out its own direction, its own future - of which mankind would be one minute element, one possible line of development. We need not be constrained by the chances of any particular history or fable. We would come to recognise that this universe is a choice, a selection out of an infinite number of possibilities - the wonder is that it is this, and that we find ourselves a part of it, looking at it as best we can
What interest could God have in creating a human race? - or setting in train the process of evolution of life and beyond? How could God communicate his existence - except by remarkable coincidences, the facilitation of progress and discovery?
If there were 'God', 'God's' action would be subtle far beyond all our speculation. If 'God' for some purpose spoke to us, how could we recognise 'God's' voice? Like our own voice, like no voice, like not-voice?
We ascribe personhood, intelligence and goodness to 'God' to flatter ourselves, to make 'God' in what we believe to be our own likeness. But we do not understand even our own awareness, our own feeling of self, our own intelligence, our own aspiration to goodness and 'God' if there is 'God' would be so much more, so much beyond us. We could only say 'O altitudo'.
In addressing God we show that we think of God in some way as a person to whom words can be addressed. I can hardly say 'Oh, Universe - hear me!' though I can say 'O God, hear me!' But when we address people, we do so because we believe in their existence, in the existence of something that can be affected by our words. How can I pray, in the form of prayer which is like speaking to an individual? But I still feel the need for this kind of prayer - perhaps prayer rather than contemplation and meditation - prayer in a spirit recognising the mystery of all existence, of my existence, the mystery of our prayer.
Spare me, world, spare me, God - have mercy on me
In the meditation one cannot say, Oh God, Oh Universe, oh space and time, - but one can say - how mysterious it is, this God, this universe, this space and time - how mysterious that I could be a part of it, of them.
The self is a construct (of the internal) as God is a construct (of the external)
'God' as a concept of energetic significance, a concept physiologically (biochemically, muscularly) cancelling the concept of 'self' ?
So God - the one who is not us, not me, not the whole struggling humanity, is an essential idea to complete ourselves, to define ourselves. The suffering of others, of another, his death for us, is an expression of the linking of feeling which must unite humanity, will unite humanity at some time in the future.
I begin to see room for ( ! ) the possibility of God in the universe - but a future God or one without any of the trappings, the rubbish, the childishness, attached to the historical God. You see, I must be stern with God!
So that we realise that we are taking part in the coming to being of "God" in the universe This God being the expression of the direction in which the Universe is developing So that when God comes into being, the present, future and past of material existence will be united in a single timeless knowledge, looking out over all time and all space And by the coming to being of this God who will sweep up the past into the consciousness of God, the whole of existence becomes a timeless unity And each being will form part of this existence
Nor is this new perception a narrowly human feeling. All creatures, all organisms, have contributed, are contributing to the forward movement. History is continuous with pre-history and with post-history. We shall say:'God' has come into being.
Can there be religious love? This is said in the Western Christian tradition to take two forms: love thy neighbour and love God. Other religions have developed intense practices of the 'mystical' love of God, or of gods, though non-Christian religions place less or no emphasis on love of one's fellow-man as such. The love of God is a more difficult idea. If love is a transfer of the self-centre, the centre of gravity of oneself, with the incorporation of a model of the other along with or in the model of one's self, then how can a model of God be said to be incorporated in or introduced alongside the model of one's self? What can we know about God or how can we empathetically perceive God?
I am searching for a new form of prayer, prayer as an activity that takes me beyond myself. But all contemplation of the world, of life, of other people,of the totality of what is, can do this. All recognition of my own littleness, my own weakness, my own insignificance in the whole of things, can do this. All contemplation of my birth and very soon death, of the clouds over my head, and of the reality of love as a force binding together, bringing together all our knowledge of the Universe, and with it all our life and cultures.
As one who listens to another speaking from a high tower
The ever-present miracle of the universe and our own lives
The noble longing for the truth of the scientist is exactly the same as the longing of the spiritual man for God, for God is Truth
A lamp whose light is steady, for it burns in a shelter where no winds come
This calm steadiness of the senses is called Yoga
The path is narrow as the edge of a razor
Keep the mind pure, for what a man thinks that he becomes
Ser, nada mas. Y basta.
Man should not dispute or assert, but whisper results to his neighbour
Can we know what allows us to be conscious of our own consciousness?
It is not thought we should want to know: we should know the thinker
Darkness was hidden in darkness.
He only knows, or perhaps he knows not.
The spirit is not this, is not this, cannot be comprehended, cannot pass away, is beyond suffering and fear
Those who know him who is the eye of the eye, the ear of the ear, the mind of the mind and the life of life
He that does good becomes good
At the point of the heart a light shines
How can the knower be known?
Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear
Who impels us to utter these words?
The word that all the Vedas glorify, that word is the highest end
Beyond the spirit in man is the spirit of the universe
The soul dwells within us, a flame the size of a thumb
As pure water raining on pure water becomes one and the same
Follow the spiritual path of the North
Beyond thought and invisible, beyond family and colour, neither eyes nor ears, neither hands nor feet, everlasting and omnipresent, infinite in the great and infinite in the small
Wandering in the paths of unwisdom
Those who in purity and faith live in the solitude of the forest, who have wisdom and peace and long not for earthly possessions
He who knows all and sees all
In the supreme golden chamber
Their passions have gone
As rivers flowing into the ocean find their final peace and their name and form disappear
In truth who knows god becomes god
The awakened life of supreme consciousness ... peace and love
The wandering swan of the soul The wandering swan everlasting
With whom shall we compare him whose glory is the whole universe
Who is the driver of the chariot?
In the consciousness of Brahman the universe is
He alone is awake in eternity.
God is sound and silence.
It is not mind we should want to know: we should know the thinker
Because Brahman is prayer
I have gone beyond the universe and the light of the sun is my light
In the inner world Brahman is consciousness; in the outer world all this universe is in truth Brahman.
The reality is clay
I am above and below. I am the whole universe
The word is behind all names
Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful
The sage does not hoard Having given all he has to others, he is richer still
To know yet to think one does not know is best
A journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath one's feet
The sage desires not to desire
Even if a man is not good why should he be abandoned?
The sage shines but does not dazzle
One who knows does not speak
The great way is easy but the people prefer by-paths
The way gives them life
Those who are not good I also treat as good
There is no crime greater than having too many desires
The great image has no shape
The highest renown is without renown
The way is for ever nameless
There is no glory in victory
The sage abandons no one
Born before heaven and earth Silent and void It stands alone and does not change I know not its name So I style it 'the way'
A gusty wind cannot last all morning
He does not boast and so endures
In every movement a man of great virtue Follows the way and the way only
As a thing the way is Shadowy, indistinct Yet within it is an image
Calm like the sea Like a high wind that never ceases
I do my utmost to attain emptiness I hold firmly to stillness
Can you polish your mysterious mirror?
Better to hold fast to the void
The way that can be named Is not the constant way
Zen, a comprehensive term for the experience of Reality
Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone altogether beyond
Show me your mind
Seeing into one's own nature
No thinking will achieve Zen
What can I do to be free? Who puts you under restraint?
Let the mind alight nowhere
Be serene in the oneness of things
The perfect way when freed from hate and love
Zen is the Universe itself
Those who know do not speak
Such a tide as, moving, seems to sleep
There is no other time than this instant
Man as a process rather than entity
Playing the stringless lute
One seeks and seeks, but cannot find. One then gives up, and the answer comes by itself.
What is the Tao? A cloud in the sky and water in the jug.
No one notices him because he does not notice himself
The fish swims in the water but is unmindful of the water
When it's time to get dressed, put on your clothes
To arrive at reality - at suchness
The ordinary mind is the Tao
No image sticks in the mirror
In walking, just walk
An eye that sees, but cannot see itself
I was the cosmos
Trees show the bodily form of the wind
Playing the lute under the moon
Riding an ox in search of the ox
The Tao like the empty sky
Not founded on words and letters Pointing directly to the human mind
Bring out your mind and I will pacify it!
All grasping is futile for there is nothing to be grasped
The mind simply perceives without words or concepts
Remove the hindrances to the clarity of awareness
Fire cannot burn itself
After experience had taught me that all the usual surroundings of social life are vain and futile I finally resolved to find whether, in fact, there might be anything of which the discovery and attainment would enable me to enjoy continuous, supreme, and unending happiness.
Love towards a thing eternal and infinite feeds the mind wholly with joy
Man conceives a human character much more stable than his own and sees that there is no reason why he should not himself acquire such a character. That character is the knowledge of the union existing between the mind and the whole of nature.
I wish to direct all sciences to one end and aim
The sum total of being
The eternal and infinite Being, which we call God or Nature
Virtue is nothing but action in accordance with the laws of one's own nature
Wherefore he strives to conceive things as they really are
It is impossible that man should not be a part of nature
The endeavour of the better part of ourselves is in harmony with the order of nature as a whole
Complete acquiescence is the result of the right way of life
As regards the human mind, I believe that it also is a part of nature; there exists in nature an infinite power of thinking, which in so far as it is infinite contains subjectively the whole of nature, and its thoughts proceed in the same manner as nature. I take the human mind to be identical with this said power; the human mind is part of an infinite understanding
God has no personal qualities since he is not a being independent of, or separate from, the universe. The proper attitude is the appreciation of the divine character of everything, through understanding the nature of reality. Through comprehending the structure of the universe, by means of grasping the vast scientific system that determines the various specific events of the cosmos, one is expressing the intellectual love of God, and recognising the pantheistic character of the world.
Strictly speaking, God does not love or hate anyone
God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things
By God I mean a substance consisting in infinite attributes, of which each expression is eternal and infinite essentiality
The power whereby each particular thing and consequently man, preserves his being, is the power of God or Nature - the infinite power of Nature
The eternal and infinite being, which we call God or Nature, acts by the same necessity as that whereby it exists
I believe the human mind is a part of nature; there exists in nature an infinite power of thinking which, insofar as it is infinite, contains subjectively the whole of nature and its thoughts precisely in the same manner as nature. I take the human mind to be identical with this said power - insofar as it is finite and perceives only the human body; in this manner, I maintain, the human mind is a part of an infinite understanding [but perhaps this infinite understanding does not yet exist?]
If the universe is everywhere and in all its parts alive
The identity of God and the universal nature is conceived as a physical identity
Life to be lived in accordance with the whole nature of the universe, which is identical with God
By this kind of discussion, we begin to define God
An insight deeper than common into the nature and powers of the human mind and its union with the human body (Oldenburg to Spinoza)
Sources: various including Upanishads, Rig Veda, Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Christmas Humphreys, Juan Mascaro, Alan Watts, Spinoza, RMA, GMR