Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Religion and God intoxicated people

Religion and theology are not the same thing and in fact are mutually contradictory. Where God,as He appears in mythology and theology, is concerned, there is no problem ascribing to this dark tin-pot dictator the highest step on the hierarchical pedestal. But the boundless humility one feels in the presence of God as revealed through Nature is a totally different experience. It is the only experience of the sublime in us. In fact, the term God itself is a misleading one. A more appropriate description would be God-experience. It is not possible to have the same exalted spiritual experience in the presence of the common construct of God.And then, the God we worship is not the same as the one Guru Nanak and others of his stature sing of. It is not possible to sing of any other experience of the sublime than the one Guru Nanak and his soul-mates like Kabir, Farid, Bulla, Bahu, Meera, Nam Dev and others revel in -- best seen in Nanak's odes to Nature. For Nanak, God, no matter how powerful, is only a nick-name for a darling, or for a beloved or an affectionate playmate. Nanak is at once a lover of Nature and a poet of God -- and for him, both appear to be the same. His God is inseparable from the universe that spreads around us and, in fact, emerges out of it in various forms, only to merge back and re-emerge in a ceaseless flow or continuum Mythology and theology has no relevance for the mystics. They are what Kierkegaard calls the "God-intoxicated people." (More)

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