What Is Not God? – by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari



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is the most misunderstood and misconceived word or notion in the world. As such there is no word in the dictionary that can ever unravel the mystery that surrounds this one word, God . How can we define that which is unknowable? All religious conflicts around the world are born from this basic flaw of trying to define or explain the One who is beyond definition, explanation, or any verbal utterance.

In order to define something we need the presumption of the existence of the other. Science defines everything because it is essentially an objective study of the universe that is knowable and manifested. We can define an onion, but once we start peeling the outer layers, we gradually reach a point where all the external parts are gone. Then the time comes when we no longer see the onion, but instead empty space. How do we define the space?

We can realize God, as many great sages have done, by utterly surrendering the ego and egocentric illusions of conditioned mind through practice of prayer, worship, or meditation. But we cannot know God, for God cannot be an object of knowledge. As such, the realized Masters of the world have said in one voice that to know God is to be God. We cannot be separate from God, yet know God. It is an absolute impossibility, for God is inseparable from all of us and every minutest atom in the world.

Through the grace of the Divine and the Master, if we attain divine vision then we can see that the smallest little insect that is crawling under our feet is none other than God. Therefore I would suggest instead that we spend our whole life in researching what is NOT God.

Someone once said to me, “Few dare to utter the three magic words: I Am God.” I replied, “God is an abstraction. Inconceivable. Too expansive and inclusive to fathom.” The concept of God that has been conditioned in the human mind over centuries does not allow anyone to so easily conceive the idea of being God. However, we can conceive the attributes of God such as Light,

Peace, and Love, and we can utter with conviction, “I am Peace, I am Light, and I am Love.” For when we are quiet and meditative, we feel the Peace, the Light, and the Love that permeates the cells of our body and the ether of our mind.

The absolute Truth is an abstraction. An impersonal God is the ultimate reality, but are we not living in a world of relationships and relativity? So we can define an impersonal God in simple words: Formless, Nameless, Absolute, That, or Pure Consciousness. The One Source of all that is. A personal God is when we identify that Pure Consciousness with a name (Holy), a form and attributes, and then relate at a personal level. I say, “I am the child of the Divine Mother.” This is “I” as the devotee or seeker relates to the impersonal God as Mother.

The Hindu religion and Indic philosophy is focused more on the form of God, for it is natural for us to relate to God as Father, Mother, Friend, Beloved… and develop the deepest relationship of unconditional love. But sages and grand Masters reach a point where they are one with that infinite reality, beyond any name and form, and merge into that formless reality. Back from that world of absolute, they manifest their playful divine attributes in order to inspire seekers and show them paths that exactly suit the need of each seeker and their tendencies.

Once we identify the divinity in each manifested phenomenon, we are in deep communion and love that is transcendental, then each cell of our body is divinized and is able to create the symphony of harmony, peace and unbounded love and compassion. The question then changes from “What is God?” to “What is not God?” This is the ultimate state of God-vision.


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This article was written by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari

Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari is a globally acclaimed spiritual and motivational teacher, author, social advocate, peacemaker and innovative micro-credit leader from West Bengal, India. In 2005, Shuddhanandaa founded the Stress Management Academy (SMA), and began conducting global seminars on breathing, relaxation, meditation and positive thinking for schools, corporations, hospitals, prisons and other venues. He expanded his offerings in 2012 by introducing Courses in Mindfulness (CIM). Finding the name Stress Management Academy (SMA) limiting, in 2017 he has rechristened SMA to Heart Mind Center for Transformation and Success (HMCTS); offering tailored interaction to help individuals, businesses and society to live, profit and evolve righteously. He has presented his programs to businesses, universities and general audiences in India, UK, Germany, Poland, Spain, Kenya, Bahrain, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, USA and Canada. Wherever he goes, his vibrant intelligence, fully engaged heart and remarkable presence touch his audience. His presence bears the mark of his years of practice of meditation and relentless service to humanity. He walks the talks. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the S.T.A.R Foundation at the House of Lords, UK, in July 2015. He has authored several books, including Your Mind, Your Best Friend: 30 Days to Building Your Most Important Friendship and Cleaning the Mirror of Mind: Clutter Free Home, Clutter Free Mind and The Incredible Life of a Himalayan Yogi. He is a regular contributor to several magazines, and is a popular figure on the social media. Devoted to stress free happy living, he has also been regularly giving talk shows on TV since 2014. www.facebook.com/srisri.shuddhaanandaa Websites: http://www.courseinmindfulness.com http://www.beawareandawake.com http://www.feelinghearts.org

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  1. Chantily says - Posted: April 9, 2018

    This is a profound writing on something that feels like I know it though I am sure I don’t. Thanks for writing it for us!

    • Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari says - Posted: April 10, 2018

      Thank you so much Chantily for your beautiful comment. Indeed this is a most profound writing, something that we all seem to know intuitively but yet how can we know something that is so beyond all our experience? I always say “To Know God Is to Be God”! With Love and Blessings, Baba

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