Most of us have some concept of God in our mind and assign Him certain attributes such as: He is complete in all respects and independent, does justice, acts as saviour, and loves us to the extent that He sent His own son, Jesus Christ, to show us the way to love each other. God, as described by the scriptures, is rarely felt or seen by an aspirant through natural eyes and realized through a worldly mindset. For that purpose wisdom is to be developed to penetrate into the mystery of what the scriptures claim.
The greatest wish of man remains to attain freedom from all kinds of bondages and enjoy mental peace and happiness at heart. But, as long as he has to maintain his body and pursue his personal goals it is not possible to have such freedom. He is dictated to look after the welfare of his family, caste, creed etc., since he derives his physical and social needs from them. Again, if one seeks freedom from the close ones they may not like this attitude for selfish reasons. Also, the question may arise in the mind of an aspirant whether he himself can allow such freedom to others leaving all his dependencies on them. Certainly not, then what is the way out?
Let us create in our mind a personal God, independent and perfect in all respects, with free will and eternal existence. There are many pursuits in the life of a man but when he doesn’t get desired results he should search the causes for it, internally or by approaching a wise person. First one has to develop the wisdom necessary to arrive at a decision to believe in the process. Although practicing righteousness one may not reach the defined goal perfectly during the life time even then one should not be worried because one must be deriving mental and social benefits from its byproducts (virtues) side by side.
Although we may think that God does justice still no one would like to be subjected to an impartial justice, as each one of us is nothing but a bundle of many misdeeds in life, due to selfishness. If we consider Him just a saviour then the problem is that after saving us from sins He will demand us to be righteous. Being righteous means being devoid of all carnal pleasures in which we are indulging so much. In desperation one may think then, what is the use of senses if they are not gratified with physical pleasures.
Here the scriptures command us to control our senses and allow them only in rightful acts. Also saints have concluded that the egoistic person is free to act but bound to face its reaction. But the mind may not accept this because it wishes a free will and favourable results.
A relation with God is established after realizing one’s utter dissatisfaction in sense gratifications and when the ego is crushed. Then, to overcome this situation one should adopt the habit of being happy in the happiness of others. This is possible through guiding and helping others in their rightful endeavours, selflessly.
It is not possible through excessive reading and listening to the scriptures to conceive God entirely satisfactory. Therefore, one should not hesitate in asking politely experienced persons in the line. Analyzing the situation, a better and still better God can be created by the mind for one’s personal satisfaction. The time comes when the seeker adopts all attributes of God, except creation and destruction, and reaches sainthood. He loves the whole of creation as his own and treats it with a compassionate heart.
SP Sharma, India