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May 27, 2009

My Interpretation of GOD

“People break down into two groups:

When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them.

Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance, I'm sure the people in group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is a fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that fills them with fear.

Yeah, there are those people. But there's a whole lot of people in group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope.

See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky?”

— Mel Gibson in the movie Signs

When somebody shows blind faith in GOD, it really makes me wonder from where he/she had so much belief when they have not even see him.

Growing up, I was one of the early ones who found himself praying and doing “aarti” every morning before going to school. I guess for me it was a kind of a friendship where I talked to GOD and he listened and I hoped that he will be there when I need him.

Life changed and I wondered why GOD whom I considered my friend choose to do nothing. I stopped talking to him but that did not mean that I did not visited his place, my family did not know about our fight.

I would find myself intrigued looking at the faces of people around me who seemed so lost in his devotion during aarti in temple. I wondered what makes them different when we were listening to the same aarti.

I was done with my days of doing the “aarti” and was of the opinion that one does not need GOD if they are going after what they needed and work for it. After all the only reason we pray to him so that he could take care of us. If we are able to take care of ourselves then do we need him?

During this “phase” I tried to understand the origin of GOD. I came to the conclusion of one possibility that GOD could be man-made so that we could believe in a higher form of life that would take care of us and protect us when we need him. The books of GOD written by ancient men who were great novel writers and knew how to keep their readers interested for ages.

I believe GOD represents the “hope” that we look for when we lose ourselves to the circumstances/situations of our lives.

Believing in him gives us the courage that we can overcome this “difficult phase”. The truth is when we believe in GOD, we actually believe in ourselves which gives us the strength to face the “difficult situation” before us.

In a way GOD is inside every one of us waiting to be discovered when our trials put us to test.

P.S.: This post was on my mind for a very long time, the right words never came in and just a few days back, I found myself flowing with everything right that I needed to complete this.


Rashmi said...

its all about faith...faith in God, faith in miracles, faith in basically yourself....
If you have faith anything is possible...

I think we have some karmic connection... I have been through the same thing... I used to belive in God when I was younger, somewhere over the years because things did not go as per my plans, I abandoned God, and now I have the faith again...

Rakesh Vanamali said...

I fall in Group # 1, undoubtedly!

Although, I'm not ritualistic, not a ardent follower of practices and beliefs, I believe there is someone up there who is the beginning and the end!

More importantly, this belief keeps me happy, sane, contended and extremely grounded, apart from the immense strength and courage it gives me!

Chriz said...

as rashmi said,

its all about faith..

a blind faith..

i have it..

Kanupriya said...

I believe GOD represents the “hope” that we look for when we lose ourselves to the circumstances/situations of our lives...
Must say that couldn't agree with you more. Wow, I really loved this post! Very-very thought provoking...

In fact I read ur other posts too, quite an interesting blog. Have subscribed to u, will keep coming back.

Sushant said...

Wow..while reading the blog I almost felt that I am writing this blog. Your philosophy is so close to mine..I liked your other posts too..Great work

Choco said...

Everyone goes through a phase when they lose faith in God. Glad you found it again. It was so surprising to read this post I had written somewhat on the same lines some time back at http://boxingwords.blogspot.com/2009/03/strange-dream.html.

Adisha said...

Faith and Hope go hand in hand and it's when your belief is strong enough in whatever it is you desire, that miracles happen !!!

God is everywhere, within us as well which goes to say, in the end it's US who we need to believe in...

I too went into the same path and then found myself again and I'm glad you did too ...

Zainab Dhanji said...

**After all the only reason we pray to him so that he could take care of us. If we are able to take care of ourselves then do we need him?

This could be one reason, another could possibly be that HE created us! I mean,apart from taking God as an authority from whom we can derive our belief in ourselves--men also beleived in the exsistence of God to obtain an answer for "WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?" a womb ofcourse, but thn where did the first womb descend from? Where did the first horse or chicken or mouse came from. HOW DOES THE BALANCE OF DAY AND NITE IS MAINTAINED? WHERE DID THE MOUNTAINS, AND THE SEA AND THE FLOWERS COME FROM.

The Survivor said...

@ Rashmi

I agree, if one has faith, miracles happen.

@ Rakesh, Chriz

Good for you, buddy

@ Kanupriya

Welcome to LIFE

Glad that you found it good :D

@ Sushant

That's what I felt when I read the faith post.

Thanks Mate.

@ Choco

It's a way of finding the truth, don't you think so?

I'll check it out later, Thanks.

@ Adisha

Yup, I agree!!

@ Zainab

You reminded me of Oscar Wilde's quote that:

"People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards"

I guess I am one of them!!