Jan 28, 2010

Allah Versus God !

Man-made, mind-made gods are not God.

Names such as Allah, Aloha etc. of the Semitic religions; Ram, Krishna, Shiva etc. of the Hindus; as also innumerable gods and goddesses of every other region and religion are just that. Mind-made, man-made name-calling.

That Which Is cannot be put in ‘purdah’.

God cannot be hid in veil.

This Almightiness is ‘something’ beyond, above names. Is Nameless. It cannot be branded. God is nobody’s pet.

Yet, very recently, in Malaysia, fanatical Muslims damaged churches as also a Sikh temple. Reason? The Christian clergy had, like it does in Egypt, Syria and Indonesia, addressed God as ‘Allah’. The Sikh Holy Scripture, ‘Guru Granth Sahib’, of course, addresses God with as many names as were prevalent at that time of the Sikh gurus and before them in ancient India. It includes Allah.

The ‘wise’ Muslim government of Malaysia, ruling under ‘Shari-at’, the Mohammedan Law, has very unwisely prohibited non-Muslims from calling God by this name, Allah. Making this endearing term their pop’s property! Some sagacious Malaysian judge put this petty issue to rest; ruling that it was illegal to put this bar on others. Not to be outdone, the Malaysian government has yet filed an appeal. The issue has far from ended. It simmers; neither silenced nor stilled.

Stillness is a sine qua non for The Stateless State.

Unless and until the demons of superstition, images of instilled devils and gods are not stilled, a spiritual seeker is unable to experience the Wisdom of the free mystics and the Sufis. The Truth as experienced and expressed by the ancient Sufi saints such as Bulle Shah or Mansur-Al-Hallaj is beyond the reach of an average reader of Quran.

Sufism is beyond the reach of Islam.

The God of Sufis and Mohammedans is different.

So also is The Ultimate Reality.

In ‘That’ state of the Sufis, there is only One and Oneness. The seeker and the Sought are experienced as One Whole. There are no gods ‘There’. What exists therein is experienced as All-ness, Wholeness. Godliness. The Alpha and the Omega. The End and The Beginning. Completeness.

The ancient Yogic texts of India address this Buddha-hood, State of Knowing Reality, as ‘Neti-Neti!” Or, “Not This! Not This!” Calling ‘It’ by any name changes not The Reality.

However, most of the religions of today and afore, especially Mohammedanism, do not self-experience this ‘God’ of Quintessence. Vast majority of humankind thinks there is some old ‘fella’ sitting up there; waiting to either give us a horrible spanking or is going to 'hot' spice up of our life. Both views are wrong.

There is no ‘this’ or ‘that’ in Reality.

No god in the form of man or in any other form is sitting ‘up there’! We of the modern world, when science has advanced so much, should not accept Stone Age beliefs. This vision of God is passé. Science gives us a better hint, than do most religions, about God.

Science is a good messiah.

It teaches us now that solid forms are illusory in reality. Their quantum or ‘inner reality’ is in a continuous flux. Since we cannot detect this ever-changing equation of solidity by our naked eye, we think things are solid. They are not. One could say, in quintessence, everything that we see in this world, is a flexuous movement and momentum of energy; which, because of interactive forces acting on each other, seems to make this un-stilled phenomena appear as a solid entity.

This ‘illusory goddess’ is called ‘Maya’.

The ancient free mystics of India, had in deeper realities of spiritual reign, found that all forms dissolve unto the Formless, images into the Imageless, life unto life-less-ness unto All-ness unto Wholeness. Ending in One and Oneness.

There are no gods but God.

"La Illah-il-Allah!"

However, this ‘Allah’ is not some form. Unfortunately, the Muslims as also most Christians, Jews, Hindus and vast majority of our ancestors then and peers now, could not then and do not at present get rid of the ‘devil’ of this belief that God is in the form of our own ‘man’ image. This is untrue.

What Is exists as Imageless Image of Wholeness.

Simply, ‘It’ may be called Spirit. We are in the ‘image’ of ‘That’ in our soul-essence. That is, we are the ‘split-image’ of All That Is. God made us in ‘His’ Image!

Those who seek, need find ‘This’. And, ‘That’!

Images-icons, names-forms, gods-goddesses, angels-demons, avatars-messiahs, heaven-hell, devil and such hyperbolic experiences are in the lower realms of spirituality. This 'kindergarten' state of spiritual life must be 'overcome'. The Sufis rise above it. And, discover The Eternal Truth. The yogis and free mystics seek and find this Allah. There is no other god.

Allah is God. And, God is Allah! All is That Which Is. Call this 'That', God, Allah. Whatever. Named, un-named. This Nameless is untamed. Neither yours, nor mine to claim!

O' man of Allah! Attain!!

Jan 25, 2010

Near Death Experience (NDE) & Reality

One must not be mistaken for the other.

Near Death Experience (NDE), so termed by us now a days, is at the lowest rung of the long ladder to the higher metaphysical, yogic and spiritual realm. These experiences are not IT.

The experiences so narrated in NDE, the similarities and the dissimilarities so documented and derivations thereof, as listed in this wonderful website http://nderf.org/  are very commendable and informative. This is the sincere work of dedicated scientific individuals. All those who seek God in this ungodly world of today, should make the writings on this above mentioned website a must read.

However, NDE is but a wake up call.

What is called Near Death Experience, should more properly and probably be addressed as NEAR DIVINE EXPERIENCE.

These NDEs wherein one experiences 'body-less-ness', sees bright lights, witnesses fantastical imagery of various living and non-living things, hears pleasant sounds, feels suckled by a divine indescribable blissfulness etc. are but metaphysical and yogic experiences a seeker on the path of spirituality is bound to experience more naturally and spontaneously, as a matter of course, under a competent Preceptor. Or, even by one's own self, if thus be the being's destiny. One need not be in any near death accident or illness to experience some of these NDEs.

Innumerable metaphysical books exist in India on this subject since yore.

What the West takes for more, the East considers less.

It is Reality we should be interested in more.

The NDEs should prompt that one who is experiencing this to seek yet more. Often it does. Who has passed through Near Death/Divine Experience, subtly but surely changes, usually for the better. The world no longer seems the same.

Being touched by The Divine bedevils the mind.

One never thinks the same way one did before this particular NDE was experienced. An unlimited realm of possibilities opens up in one's intellect and insight. This is the least that happens after such experiences.

Such a one is likely to become more spiritual than religious. 

In other words, an intelligent and an aware mind that has witnessed and registered this-that NDE is more likely to question self-righteous, rigid rules and regulations of religion, especially one's own. No matter where one is born.

Something changes forever after Near Death/Divine Experience.

A sincere seeker should look beyond these experiences. In ancient Indian yogic texts, one is especially warned of these lower experiences and getting engulfed by the same. These NDEs should propel the seeker up; further into the Realm Of That Which Is. Who gets stuck in lower realms, enamored by these piddle-little experiences, shall surely fall. The free mystics of the East warn us.

One must lose all to gain All That Is.

Near Death/Divine Experiences serve this purpose. Nothing more.

To seek Reality. Whatsoever Is. God. Or not!