Creative Nuisance

Musings From My Soul


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Man vs God – This has been one topic which has poked me all throughout. Questions have often engulfed me to the point of dizziness. Which of the two is a reality and which one is fantasy. “Who is God?” Or rather, “what is God?” – is it just a name or a symbol or a idol out of mud and clay? Is it the manifestation of inner power of human beings? Is it simply an object to boost courage during hardship and nothing else? God never seems so real. It’s an identity created out of the inherent weakness in man. It’s born out of the insecurities in and of man. Man has created God and not the contrary. And that’s what has given God so much power. It’s a lion in a pack of sheep. The lion does not exist if there is no sheep. We are but meek creatures given into all kinds of idolatry, without ever looking inwards. Look what strength we have. Look at Swamiji’s teachings.

You are lions; you are the soul, pure, infinite, and perfect. The might of the universe is within you. “Why weepest thou, my friend? There is neither birth nor death for thee. Why weepest thou? There is no disease or misery for thee. Thou art like the infinite sky: clouds of various colors come over it, play for a moment, then vanish; but the sky is ever the same eternal blue.

Look at yourself and you will realize the power within. Do not fly to God every moment and say “Oh! God help me. ” The power to solve lies within you. God is simply a source to vent out the frustrations and anxiety of your spiritless soul. One must realize that what God does is nothing but cleans the soul of its innate impotence. I quote here another anecdote by Swamiji :

There is a story about a lioness who was big with a young cub in her womb. Going about in search of prey, and seeing a flock of sheep, she jumped upon them. She died in the effort and a little baby lion was born, motherless. It was taken care of by the sheep and they brought it up. It grew up with them, ate grass, and bleated like the sheep. And although in time it became a full-grown lion, it thought it was a sheep. One day another lion came in search of prey and was astonished to find that in the midst of this flock of sheep was a lion, fleeing like the sheep at the approach of danger. He tried to get near the sheep-lion to tell it that it was not a sheep but a lion, but the poor animal fled at his approach. However, he watched his opportunity and one day found the sheep-lion sleeping. He approached it and said, “You are a lion.” “I am a sheep,” cried the other lion; it could not believe the contrary, but bleated. The lion dragged it towards a lake and said, “Look here: there is my reflection and there is yours.” Then came the comparison. The sheep-lion looked at the lion and then at its own reflection, and in a moment came the idea that it was a lion. The lion roared; the bleating was gone.

It is this realization which one must have in order to succeed in life. It is in your hand to bring forth your real self and place it before all. You are the soul, the creator and the terminator.

N.B.: Quotes from From “The Real Nature of Man” by Swami Vivekananda, quoted from “VIVEKANANDA, WORLD TEACHER: His Teachings on the Spiritual Unity of Humankind”, Edited and with an Introduction by Swami Adiswarananda, Spiritual Leader, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York

Written by Abhishek

December 28, 2009 at 8:39 PM

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  1. […] » This post can be said to be a continuation of an earlier post of mine, namely, “Questions?” where I debated the existence of God, and the relationship between Mortals and God ( I […]

  2. This was a wonderful read.


    January 14, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    • Thanks Tuppence.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 14, 2010 at 1:55 PM

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