WHAT IS GOD
In the previous writings, we have been going through how the views of
different religions differ from one another, concerning issues like will we be
born back to this world again and again and what happens after we die. We have
seen that the teachings of the New Testament and the Bible are noticeably
different from the views of the Oriental religions, but also from the ones of
the New Age movement.
But what do New Age or Hindu believers think about God?
Does their view differ very much from the view that has prevailed in Western
countries for centuries? We will consider these questions below.
THE Divinity of all. If we wish to
briefly describe the Hindu definition of God, we would say that: God
(Hindu: Brahman) is the same as the world. Hindus believe that
everything is divine (pantheism) and that all things – plants, animals, nature,
mankind – are part of one and the same divine essence.
This means that people are gods; cows, apes, snakes, and
elephants are also gods and are worshipped as such. So to Hindus, God is
everything that exists, and there is nothing that is not considered to be
divine. The only thing that can prevent us from seeing our divine nature is
maya, a delusion, under which most of us live.
Rabi Maharaj, a former Hindu guru and well-known yogi who
started to meditate at the age of five, explained this view and told how he
thought that "God was everything and everything was God". He
summarized the belief that millions of Hindus still hold to be true today:
Snakes are gods to Hindus. I myself held a
living, excellent macajuel snake in my room and worshipped it. In the same way,
I also worshipped the ape god, the elephant god, and above all the cow god. To
me God was everything and everything was God – except miserable non-caste
people. My world was full of spirits, gods, and occult powers. Since my
childhood, my goal was to give them everything that belonged to them. (1)
Rabi wrote that he also regarded himself as God – a logical conclusion
if one believes everything is divine. He worshipped himself and took as his
goal to teach the same self-worship to other Hindus. He did it so that people,
after having realised this, could be freed from the never-ending circle of
I really sat before the mirror and worshipped
myself. And why not? I was God. In the lovely and beautiful
Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna had promised this divine information to everyone who
practised yoga. This was nectar, which the thinkers drank. It was not a
question of becoming God; it was simply noticing who I really was and who I had
always been. When I walked on the streets, I felt that I was the master of the
universe and that all my creatures bowed before me. (…)
My goal was to teach gifted Hindus
the truth about their divinity and release them from their chains of ignorance.
I would become a guru, because a guru is a teacher, and without his assistance
Hindus will not have any hope to be freed from the wheel of reincarnation. (2)
Chapter 1 -
Problems with panteism
Chapter 2 - The
Bible's descripton of God