Ten Things That Make Sense to Me
Posted November 17, 2007
- It is very difficult to make a creation, even for God, as is
evidenced with our many problems. Most people feel a comforting
spirit of God.
What makes sense is: God is doing the best He can with a difficult task.
- God is merciful, but not very informative. We can easily commune
with God as the intelligent connecting spirit inside, and we do it
all the time, as with daydreaming, meditating and even using
imagination. For whatever reason, direct, practical, confirmable,
objective communications with God, to the basic standard of reality
that we all must live by, is not happening.
If God can communicate with us through scriptures then He is holding back lots of information, and that would make one think that God does not take our suffering very seriously. If the scriptures were indeed the word of God, wouldn't they include stuff that is directly about planet stewardship -- like soil erosion, population, and other vital important facts that we need to know?
What makes sense, therefore, is: Scriptures are spiritual expressions made by humans.
- Everything that we do while we are alive is connected to our
bodies. On a deeply esoteric level we are not our bodies, but on a
practical level the body must function in a certain way or we cease
to be cognizant (out-of-body experiences aside). The body is our
interactive vehicle with our environment and, therefore, for most
intents and purposes, we might as well be our bodies.
What makes sense is: Our desire, including the will to live, is what ultimately animates the body and keeps us healthy.
- God must forgive everybody for everything because this is God's
situation. He allows us to be under the duress of our immediate needs
while never being able to objectively confirm His existence. For
example, we must kill microbes with every breath, and that is not our
fault. In addition, it is God who is the cause, according to the
yogis, of our lack of information, which leads to bad decisions on
our part. Very little is ultimately our fault, therefore, and what
truly is our fault is usually due to previous lack of care and
pressures of survival.
We can only improve as much as the yogis want to if God steps up and begins to clarify things to the basic standard of truth that we all live by in today's society. It is people trying to take the absolutely literal stance on scriptures that seems to be a main reason for so much suffering caused by humans with wars, etc.
What makes sense is: Religions are filled with absolutism, authoritarianism and elitism, so that even run-of-the-mill fundamentalists are frustrated and have to fight it out on some level because what they present simply doesn't make sense.
- How much of us actually survives death, according the yogis? If we
do not remember our past lives, and we are put into a new body
partially against our will, or at least without full cognizant,
continuing and conscious consent, then we are dead for all intents
and purposes. So what if the same energy that made us is now in the
"new" us? The "old" us is still dead and gone, along with the memories.
What makes sense is: To be happy in this world and in a possible next world, one should use the value of the limitations and pressures of life to release wonderful grace and mercy, embracing the opportunity of this life to role-play as the hero for Krishna.
- No one really remembers Krishna who can admit or confirm it. We
only remember stuff that people told us about Krishna. Yet
remembering Krishna is the ultimate message of the GIta.
What makes sense is: The Gita, as a literal song of God, is problematic.
- Who said that we should be accountable for the problems in life,
when we have so little to do with the infrastructure of this
existence? The scope of our so-called karma is so limited. Why do the
yogis account for reactions to the little effect that our needs force
us to impose by bringing such a huge scope of reaction like hellish
worlds, ghost bodies, etc.? "Bad karma" is the child that is not
properly cared for, not the grown-up child who must go to jail for
robbing a store.
What makes sense is: The robbery is the reaction to the bad karma of not properly caring for kids, starting with exploitive parents.
- Yogis basically present that God punishes us due to our
"attitude". Cause and effect means equal and opposite reaction. How
is it equal that we have a so-called bad or envious attitude, so the
"all-merciful God" takes all our memory away? How does totally
disorienting us help to give us a better attitude?
What makes sense is: Yogis cannot go around blaming the jiva for the conditions in the world and still be merciful, logical, or correct.
- The US judicial system is based on a jury of our peers, and that makes
How is it that yogis can present a judgmental, punishing God when God
has no idea what it is like to be us -- any more than we can know
what it is like to be a soldier in Iraq by watching the news? God is
learning to understand us just as we are trying to understand God.
What makes sense is: Yogis project their judgmental thinking onto God so they can reflect it back onto their students.
- What makes sense is: Due to our situation, there cannot logically
be an all-merciful and all-powerful God, because those two concepts
cancel each other out, unless you blame us, which is not a well-
founded idea. Yogis claim that in this life we are acting out a sort
of game with a predesigned set of rules agreed upon by the souls and
God. These decisions, according to them, were made in a forum of
complete, confirmed, absolute truth and knowledge. What does not make
sense is: if we had prior knowledge, then why would we choose such a
Considering the jiva's envy as the problem leads us to the conclusion that the creation is like a rehabilitation program that includes endless reincarnations without the opportunity to appreciate the reason why we made that choice. Would an extremely envious person reject Godhead and agree to have amnesia? No, envious persons would get what they could while living in the spiritual atmosphere and, as unreasonably envious people in this world do, they would gradually work their way up by competing with the neighbors.
How much more envious would envious persons get if they were forced to have so much less than was their original situation? Don't they have envy counselling in Vaikuntha? What is the problem here? If the problem is not God and it is not us, then the problem must be with the way creation has to be, for now at least.
What makes sense is to seek truth that is self-evident and actually fits the realities of the world that everyone lives by, and to tune into God on the inside while helping people lower their suffering on the outside.