Author Kshitij Shokeen

Category Non Fiction

Abstract A well-curated essay that dwells deeper into spiritual and metaphysical perspective through a route of practicality and rational analysis

God is a concept or reality -whichever way you wish to see it- as big or more big than the whole humanity and our ideas, beliefs, logic, philosophies and reasoning.
Even if someone would like to disagree with the above introduction, I have a open space for you. But as a fact we cannot ignore, no matter what, it is huge concept. So big, that in my eyes many writers and philosophers choose the very same concept for their books or treatises and works of some other nature as well.
I from a very early age was liked by everyone I met regardless of my theological or spiritual views. Or because of how I saw God and all the 'God business'. Having said that, neither were my views liked by any believer most of the time, or any Atheist or disbelievers I knew of. I happened to know a few agnostics who also seemed to be either exactly like staunch believers or like antagonists who just needed a belief to disbelieve.
I did not conclude these views for every agnostic, but I found it very related to human psyche and basic instincts.
If you may have the time, I'll consider it as my liberty do deviate from this huge topic a bit, to politics. Because there is a connection. A connection of human instincts and mental and behavioural pattern that is also reflected in social structures in various ways.
To simply give you the perspective, think of two totally opposite political parties or groups, both have exactly opposite agendas, opposite views, one is Conservative and other is Liberal, one wants to break 'A' and save 'B', the other one wants to save 'A' and break 'B'. 'A' and 'B' here are maybe the social situations, or schemes or the way of functioning in the government or/and in society etc.
But no matter how much they are critical of one another, no matter how much different they project they are, one thing that usually happens is both the groups are motivated by a sense of corruption and an interest of power, money and publicity. Which clearly shows us how ultimately even the seemingly opposite ideas can have a common source, and if not so, at least a common destination point.
Same is with believers and disbelievers and most of us who lie somewhere in between these two kinds of people too.
A person who believes in God. Believes in a power or a phenomenon or a being or simply a man greater than himself and/or rest of the creation. Which means whatever we believe in are some ideas originating from feelings, experiences, information we already have or by simply seeing something rationally unexplainable. But ultimately we have managed to somehow fix our ideas about something we can only imagine.
People who deny the possibility of God, on the other hand seemingly base their thoughts on rationality and practicality. And they say mathematical deduction of universe is the answer to the question of God. Which is at first different from a believer. But if we look closely, we know, they also have fixed a point. An idea that they can hold to. A belief that gives them support. Of course a negative belief, but still a belief.
An agnostic being a person who believes a God but not in the God, that means a God without religion business. But that's also a big good belief. An idea to hold on to.
Be it acosmism or mayavad, pantheism or dwaitvad or dualism or qualified monotheism, esotericism, ignosticism, and so many more forms of belief systems. All of them are in every way, trying to give us 'the' truth. Each of these systems might have evolved out of some real experience or a social need or maybe not. But whatever face each of these have acquired, shows nothing more than human dependency on always trying to fix a thing higher than every other 'small' thing and arranging one's life around it or them.
Now we might think, humanism is the appropriate approach, after getting rid of 'the' God or 'the Gods' or 'no Gods' or 'some power' or simply 'destiny'. But this approach too has a similar, in fact identical pit. And that is, it makes everything human centric.
But the only thing we needed to know or rather, realise was that believing in the God or disbelieving in the God or making your life about something higher or making something the highest thing in your life. All these things are the same.
All these things give you lines or slogans to live by.
And whatever gives you slogans to live, takes life from you.
Don't let yourself miss your life for sake of these foolish slogans. It's time you get your priorities right.
And yes,
Don't extract slogans out of it.