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Nature and Identity of God
2. His Name: Anything
that has a form has a name. So, too God has a name. There are more names for God
than there are languages and each name highlights one of His specialities. When
a soul takes a body, it is the body that bears the name, not the soul. God’s
name is eternal and is based on attributes and functions. When God appeared unto
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, He gave the name God Almighty, but to
Moses, He gave His name as Jehovah. The word Jehovah is closely
related to the Sanskrit word “Shiva” which describes His
eternal attributes and functions. It means benefactor, the seed of creation and
point-source and implies that there can be no other creator superior to that
one. It describes the form as a point and the function as benefactor and seed of
The word Shiva is the introduction to God,
but in meditation Indians add another word “Baba” (literally Father or Elder One) which conveys the
sweetness and closeness of relationship one can have with God. So the name Shiva
Baba conveys God’s role and our relationship with Him.
Other popular names of God are: Allah and
El Shaddai. To us Filipinos, He is known as Diyos, Bathala, Panginoon, etc.
3. His Residence: When
we turn our minds to God, wherever we may be and from whichever culture, the
first thing we normally do is to close our eyes in order to go beyond people and
objects. Intuitively, we know that God exists beyond matter.
Knowing where He lives we can send our minds to Him, wherever we are and
whatever we are doing.
The “home” of the soul and the Supreme
Soul is a region of subtle, golden-red light which can be visualized during
meditation. It does not mean that He is millions of light years away. We can
reach Him in one thought just as a correctly dialed telephone number connects
us. He is only one thought away from us. In this region of absolute stillness,
silence and purity, God, the Supreme Soul, is able to remain perfectly stable,
constant and unchanging while the rest of the universe and the souls go through
constant change. Many people think that God dwells in the heart of human beings.
In a figurative way, He does, through love. What we think to be God within us is
really eternal and unforgettable impression of Him. His real home is the soul
world, also our home.
4. Attributes of God: On
the basis of our similarities of form and abode, we learn from God of our own
original attributes of peace, purity, love, truth, power, happiness and balance.
By tuning our thoughts to Him, the influence begins to activate these qualities
in us. He is the perfect and infinite fountain, the ocean of these qualities.
His superiority lies in the depth, clarity and continuity of His attributes.
While human souls fluctuate between peace and turmoil; love and conflict;
knowledge and ignorance; agony and ecstasy, God is ever constant. He remains
beyond the field of change and relativity and is beyond certain concepts held by
Relationships with God
To the extent we are able to make our own personal link with God, we
develop in our personality aspects which are missing. Through relationships with
other human beings, we try to fill the empty gaps in our emotional make-up. Now,
we can complete what is missing through loving contact with the Supreme Soul of
Mother and Father:
We have always looked up to God as a male figure. But, just as the soul is
neither masculine nor feminine, God has no gender. Therefore, as souls, we can
come close to God without any awe or difficulty caused by the gender of the body
we are now occupying. In absolute terms, God is the Supreme Mother whose love is
totally accommodating. No matter what has happened, how we are, good or bad, we
experience unconditional acceptance. It is a love that empowers and cleanses.
God is also the Supreme Father who offers protection and provides the
inheritance of divine qualities. It is a question of just being an innocent
child and claiming that inheritance – letting go of all the sorrow and pain
which have been burdening the soul.
These are the first relationships that have to be experimented with: God
as the mother and father. In the perfect personality of the Supreme, there is
the feminine principle of loving, giving and accepting. This perfectly balanced
with the masculine principle of power, authority and strength.
These parental relationships with God as Mother and Father are the
foundation of our spiritual development. The concept of taking a new spiritual
birth – of letting go of the past and developing a new consciousness- is a
familiar one. It refers to becoming an innocent child again in the sense of
purity, openness and wonderment.
The awareness of the self as a soul already changes our perspective
enormously, but the consciousness of being a child of God and seeing others with
that vision brings self-esteem, dignity, love and respect. Then all these things
spill out in our connections with others. If I respect and value myself, I’ll
do the same for others.
Because God is a soul, neither old nor young, neither male nor female,
and has the most perfect personality, there are so many different ways I can
entertain myself in this highest and purest of all relationships.
Benefits of Other Relationships
with God: Teacher-Discovery
of wisdom and truth; Supreme Guide- Directions for each step on
the spiritual path; Friend- Conversation, support at any moment; Beloved-
Sharing intimacies, long term support; Child- Giving of all I have; Healer-
Correct diagnosis and cure of weaknesses; Broker- Wise investment of my future.
Purpose of my Relationship With God
Raja Yoga means having a
relationship with God. It is the only relationship that can transcend the span
of a lifetime, which is the limit of human relationships Being beyond time and
distance, it is the only relationship which is continual. Even though I forget,
it doesn’t finish.
The essence of
Yoga or union is embodied in an idea that occurs in both Eastern and Western
traditions – that God creates human beings in His own image and likeness.
Being created in God’s image is a process which does not have anything to do
with the creation of the body but with the re-energizing of my original
qualities through yoga or union with God. It is the change from humanity to
divinity. (Source: Teachings of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual
Vol. XVI No.3 (May - July 2004)
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