What is this concept of God? Is God an impersonal force? Is God a person? Reminds me of Shakespeare’s “to be or not to be”. We know there are many myths about God.
My spiritual master writes…
Just as a goldless gold mine cannot produce gold, an impersonal existential mine cannot produce persons. Therefore since we exist as persons our original source must necessarily also possess personality. Some people have called that person God. There are many other names for that person as well. In Sanskrit He is also called Adi, which means the source.Sankarshan Das Adhikari, 11th March 2014
In the Vedic tradition, a great sage named Parashara Muni, the father of the great Veda Vyasa, carefully analyzed this, and reached this conclusion…
Bhaga means opulence, and when the Sanskrit affix is there, vat-pratyaya, one who possesses opulence, he’s called bhagavān. So it is described by Parāśara Muni that
vīryasya yaśasaḥ śriyaḥ
ṣaṇṇāṁ bhagam itīṅganā
(Viṣṇu Purāṇa 6.5.47)
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, BG 4.5 lecture, Bombay Mar 25, 1974
“Bhagavān means who possesses these six opulences in full: all riches, all strength, all influence, all wisdom, all beauty, all renunciation.”
In other words, this existential gold mine we call Gd is necessarily personal and must be full of the above six opulences. Anyone who claims to be God must demonstrate those opulences. Anyone who wants to find God must not stop until they find that Person who is full in all these six opulences.
Anything that is impersonal, such as time, or effulgence, must then necessarily be features of that personal source of all existence.
In this world, we can already see how people are mad after wealth, after strength, after influence, wisdom, beauty and especially among the spiritually advanced, the quality of being unattached is also greatly valued.
It stands to reason that the source of all existence, has, at minimum, all these in full.
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