I always enjoy the debates I watch on TV between scientists and Christian religious leaders.
They can get quite feisty.
Which do you believe?
Is there a God? Was the Bible true? Were Adam and Eve created by God or was the planet slowly developed over millions of years and humans are a product of evolution?
They can’t both be right, can they?
Well, it is interesting to know that the Eastern perception of God and Science both draw the same conclusions.
How could that be?
Well, let me try and explain.
I was brought up as a catholic and had to go to church every Sunday.
Here, I was taught that there was some kind of male being in the sky who was watching everything that I did. The reason why was so that when I died, he knew whether to send me to heaven or hell.
Now this may not be how everyone who follows the Bible perceives God, but the important point I am trying to make is that “God” is perceived as a being that is separate from us.
God is something “out there”, an intelligent being that created the universe and put us on this planet. In addition, he laid down a set of rules or commandments that would ensure a safe pathway of happiness in the afterlife if we followed them.
When I first started to meditate and go to Buddhist centres, theology about the origins of the universe were never really discussed.
Instead, you were just taught to meditate, contemplate certain aspects of life and draw our own conclusions as to the nature of your mind and how to make it peaceful.
The main difference is that you do not blindly follow a set of rules that will get you a passageway into heaven when you die, but that you understand through deep contemplation, how to be happy in this life. Eastern texts on religion are guidebooks to living, not guidebooks on how to get to heaven when you die.
Although most people seem to think that Buddhists don’t believe in God, after many years of meditation practice and observing my mind I discovered this isn’t actually true.
They just have a different perspective on what God is.
They believe there is no God, there is only God.
In other words, everything in the universe is connected by one universal life force that binds everything together. Nothing is separate from it. It is all interconnected. “God” is not something separate from us, but is us and is this magical, mysterious thing that gives us “life”.
Now what is interesting is that in 2012, Scientists discovered that there was a life force that connected everything in the known universe and it was called the Higgs Boson and also referred to as “The God Particle”.
It was discovered after years of research at the Large Hadron Collider which was the biggest and most expensive experiment ever conducted. Its sole aim was to discover if this God Particle really did exist, if there was a life force that connected the whole of the universe. And they discovered that there was!
To get a clearer understanding of the perception of “God” from an Easter perspective, I will use the example of electricity.
Electricity shows itself in many forms. It can produce heat in a hair dryer, cold in a refrigerator, movement in an electric trains, waves in a microwave oven or light in a light bulb.
Although everything it powers is different, Electricity remains the same substance that powers them all. Electricity cannot be perceived without an object to flow through, but when it does connect with an object it can produce heat, cold, movement, waves or light. Without electricity however, none of these objects can work.
This is the same as “God” in Eastern religions. You are a piece of flesh and bones, but without “God” or “Life Force” moving through you, your body cannot have life.
Every living being on the planet has this “God” or “Life Force” inside of it, but it just appears in different outer forms, a human, a dog, a tree or a flower, the earth, the sun. But it is all the same life force.
There is no good or bad “God”. Everything is God. It comes in different forms, Mother Theresa, the Dalai Llama, Adolf Hitler, a ferocious tiger or meek little lamb.
In Buddhism it is called “Buddha Nature”, in Taoism, “the Tao”, In Hinduism, “Brahma”.
But when you understand what it is and how it works, you can work with it. There are laws that govern it and by understanding these laws, you can flow with them, like flowing with the current of a river downstream.
But if you don’t understand these laws, your life will feel as though you are swimming up river, constantly battling against the flow. This results in a life full of stress and strain.
And these are the principles that I have studied, contemplated and do the best I can to present them to you in a simple and understandable form.
It doesn’t matter what you believe or what religion you follow, these principles will still allow you to understand and enjoy your life more.
But don’t just believe what I say. To discover if something really is real and really does work, you must contemplate it, try and test it yourself and draw your own conclusions.
And this is what is meant in the East by “Wisdom”, understanding your mind so that you can live in harmony with yourself, the people, and the environment around you.