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THE DEFINITION OF GOD

Chapter I

 

What is God? It is possible for, and indeed is the birthright of, every man and woman to realize and experience personally the One Spirit underlying the reply to this question, which can otherwise be answered in a number of ways and words.

 

This may appear to be empty idealism, in this so-called practical world, in which only a few care to think of and ponder over this vital question, fewer feel the Spirit underlying it, and still fewer have realized the Spirit through personal experience. But though God has been realized by only a few, the idea can never be called an unpractical ideal, inasmuch as it is possible for everyone to be spiritually perfect. To realize God is quite practical, but very, very difficult.

Figure 1 The Stages of God

 

The above diagram is one, indivisible whole. A-B-C-D are not four different things, but one and the same without any real difference. The alphabetical letters in the diagram denote:

 

A = The Almighty = Paramatman = Allah.

 

He is One, not in the sense of half of two, but the One that remains forever One, without a second. He was always infinite, is infinite, and will always remain infinite. He is the shoreless Ocean of Truth. He is beyond time and space, cause and effect. He is beyond instinct, intellect and inspiration. But He is "unconscious," though not in the ordinary sense of the word. By "unconscious," it is meant the Almighty is in the state which may be called the Beyond-State; for it is beyond even the super-conscious state, and is unconscious of its nature. In this state, the Almighty cannot exercise His infinite powers in the mental, subtle and gross planes. In short, the Almighty does not know that He is the shoreless Ocean of Truth. He resembles the sound-sleep state.

 

B = The Creator = Ishwar = Khalik.

 

He is none other than the Almighty, the infinite Ocean of Truth, but He is conscious in one respect. He is conscious as the Creator, but not of being the

 

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