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Unit - 16
Lesson - 1606: Insulting God
By Raja Subramaniyan
People in general do not know God because it is difficult to see both the parts of God.
It is expected that we do not pass judgment on anyone whom we do not know. However, in case of God, many people insult God without knowing him.
There are many types of such people.
Type 1: Non-believers
Although the world is available for experience, many people assume that it came about by chance and do not give credit to God for his creation. It is like eating the food but refusing to acknowledge the presence of a cook.
Such people insult God by not recognizing his presence.
Type 2: Blind believers
Many people, who believe in God, pray to him without any understanding on the nature of God. Whenever, their prayers are answered positively, they praise God. However, if their prayers are not answered they blame the God.
Such people insult God by not recognizing his function.
Type 3: Religious people
People, who choose to pray a particular personal god with a specific name and form, insult God by not recognizing his complete powers. God is omnipresent and omniprevalent and not constrained by a form and name. God is the name for all forms.
Type 4: Fundamentalists
People, who belong to a particular religion or sect, refuse to acknowledge the complete power of God. They insult God by abusing the personal gods belonging to other religions and sects.
Type 5: Superstitious
People believe in God without understanding the theory of action and result. God is similar to the accountant who makes the payment of salary according to the attendance record. If one abstains from going to work, he cannot blame the accountant for the reduced pay. Similarly, God manages our account of actions and results. It is an insult to God, if he is blamed for our mistakes.
The only reason for insulting God is our ignorance. We may have extensive knowledge on physics, chemistry and such worldly subjects. All such knowledge will be of no use in living our life happily. We need to gain knowledge on God. Once we gain this knowledge, we will realize the uselessness of the worldly knowledge. Our worldly knowledge enables us to survive and to raise our standard of living. Beyond this, the worldly knowledge actually stands between our happiness and us.
In olden days, people who live in a particular village did not have any access to the information from the rest of the world. They had peaceful life if we are to compare the same with the post information era, namely, after the invasion of the media like television and newspapers. The problem is not more information. The problem is incomplete information. People should get complete knowledge on God and the creation so that they can be peaceful.
If this is not attempted the worldly knowledge that they gain is a wasteful effort. Their material pursuit will never take them towards their destination of Joyful Living. It will not give them the realization that they are searching for happiness in the wrong direction until they know the God and praise him. When they recognize the presence and role of God in creation, they will start living in line with Dharma. God will then ensure that they get an opportunity to be exposed to the Holy Scriptures. Slowly the spiritual pursuit will become an additional pursuit to their material pursuit. Then after sustained efforts, they will realize only the spiritual pursuit will lead them to Joyful Living.
Therefore, praising the God is the only way to make a course correction and start making progress towards Joyful Living. Until they do this, all their efforts remain wasteful.
Chapter 9: The Most Confidential Knowledge [Verses: 11 - 12]
9.11 Not knowing My higher nature as the great Lord of all beings, the deluded people look down upon Me who have taken this human form.
9.12 These deluded people are full of vain hopes, vain pursuits and vain knowledge. They are attracted by demonic and atheistic views.