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Searching for God

I am quite confused when people say that God is everywhere i.e. He is Omnipresent. I wonder if that is so, what do they do at the temples, mosques, churches, guru-dwaras etc? If God is everywhere, He must be in them, in me, in you, apart from all the places and things also.

But do the people take this concept of God really seriously? Had it been so, I think no one would raise the buildings of worship. If I can find God at my place, office or house or business place, why should I take all the trouble of going to specific places? O no, why take the trouble of travelling thousands of miles and traversing the difficult terrain of snow-clad mountains and deep forests?

Have you ever thought of the serious implications of this idea of the ‘Omnipresence of God?’ The very idea sends waves of fear and sympathy in me at the thought of thousands, nay millions, being tendered jobless and homeless. Do you have any idea that these places of worship help many industries run and flourish?

Just think of the items that are required for the simple act of worship. From the incense sticks to sandalwood paste to sacred threads to flowers and garlands to the small books of hymns to the musical instruments like harmonium, tabla, violin, guitar etc and many more hundreds of things manufactured and traded. The livelihood of millions of people depends on this.

“I think we need to rethink the whole concept of the omnipresence of God. That would be in the fitness of all concerned–the scheme of life and that of the world.”

No, no God cannot be omnipresent. He cannot allow all these people to starve and die. And what about all those priests, pundits, maulvis and raagis who look after these religious buildings and live there? Where will the God send them all and their families, if He decided to be omnipresent?

Above everything, even the common man, the backbone of any religion, does not seriously believe that God is everywhere. He takes all the trouble of getting up in the morning, even in the inclement weather, takes his bath and reaches the temple before the aarti, formal worship of the deity, starts. So is done by the followers of all religions. Almost in each case, they expect the worshippers to be there before the sunrise. If all these people could please their respective Gods at their own place and in their own manner and time, they sure would avoid coming to these formal places of worship.

How great it would be if God had been in me and in everyone else and we could have our wishes fulfilled! Nay being Gods, we could each be able to satisfy our wishes. But then, would the life be worth living? Everybody getting all their wishes and desires come true without any external help or formal prayer at some temple or mosque. I don’t even think that it can practically be possible.

I think we need to rethink the whole concept of the omnipresence of God. That would be in the fitness of all concerned–the scheme of life and that of the world.

Dadi Janki

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