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Is there a God?

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Question found in Religion & Spirituality In General
God

Theory of relativity (Physics), Upanishads (Hindu philosophy), Ecclesiastes (The Bible) all say the same thing – that all these that we see, matter, space, time, the cosmos, living things – that all these are transient, relative, impermanent, maya or mythya. None of these is absolute!

The only Absolute Reality, the Eternal Being or the True Existence in which the whole cosmos exists – in which the universe and we all were conceived – which was, is and always shall be there – That is God.
Yes God exists. He is real. He is ‘who is’.

The awareness of this Supreme Being was not something that some one recently discovered to fool the ignorant peoples around. This awareness was one of the earliest convictions of human beings, since the beginning of Homo sapiens. This was the beginning or foundation of ‘knowledge’.


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Is there life after death?

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I firmly believe, nay I know for sure, that there is life after death. A few words to support my views:
1. From time immemorial, people all over the world believed in a life after death as evident in the elaborate burial rituals from around the world. Such belief, even like the belief in God, is something common to humanity and this will not arise without reason.
2. What is created in the image and likeness of God is not the human body but the human soul. This soul is immortal. Our death is just a transition from the material to the spiritual. Socrates said, "They cannot kill me, as I am immortal. As for my body they can do whatever they want."
3. To say there is no life after death is denying the existence of God and saying that all religions are false. And humanity at all places and times had the firm belief in God and life after death.

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What is the three fold approach?

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It would have been better if the area or field was specified. I can think of the three fold approach in the Zoroastrian or Parsi philosophy. Here these are:
1. Purity in thought, 2. Purity in words, 3. Purity in actions.

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Who was Jesus?

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Historically Jesus was a person who lived 2000 years ago in Judea ruled by Rome.
Islam teaches that Jesus was one of the prophets and the Holy Quran speaks of virgin birth of Jesus saying that Mary, mother of Jesus conceived by God's power and not by human act.
To Christians the fact of virgin birth is enough to believe he is the son of God.
According to the Bible and Christian faith Jesus is the Son of God who came to offer salvation to humanity by his supreme sacrifice of death on the cross.
The uniqueness of Jesus lies in the simplicity and the profoundity of his teachings. His teachings in the sermon on the mount (Gospel of Mathew chapters 5,6 and 7) is one of the greatest messages to humanity. This sermon tells us how we can make heaven on earth (establish kingdom of heaven). The means to this are simple - All we need are ; selfless love, contentment or non attachment and absolute trust in God.

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How do I learn meditation ?

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Imagine God is calling you and saying, "Be still! and know that I am Lord"
You may be able to meditate in any body posture; but the ideal posture for the best results is sitting with the backbone straight or erect, in a vertical position. It could be on a chair probably with straight back or on the floor with the two legs folded, each feet under the other thigh. This is called Padmasana (sanskrit) and is the posture that the Indian sages had been following for millennia. If this is uncomfortable the chair is fine as long as the back is erect.

Making yourself comfortable in the right posture of your choice, close the eyes. Focus the (closed) eyes on the tip of your nose. Keep the two hands in your lap one above the other, palms up. Take deep breaths.

These steps were the physical preparation. Now the meditation is to start.
First few minutes:
Breathing in: Realize you are taking in cosmic energy. This will give you power - in body mind and spirit.
Breathing out: Realize you are giving out peace, love and joy to the rest of creation.
Next few minutes:-
Depending on your religious affiliation/conviction you call upon your God using your favorite name in your mother tongue or your commonly used tongue, inviting that supreme being to come and reside in your heart
eg:
Breathing in: Father I love you/Jesus I love you. Breathing out: Father I thank you/Jesus I thank you.
Continue this till you realize that all other thoughts are out and that you are focused. Then try to listen to Him - to an inner voice. Or: try to meditate on one of the passages from the Holy Scriptures.
Next few minutes: Bring to the focus of your mind the pictures of all those who may have offended you or whom you may have offended. Pray for them, say you love them and want to be at peace with them. Love them and offer them to Him.
Next few minutes: Bring to mind all those who had been good to you - family, friends, everyone - and thank the Lord for them and ask Him to bless them.

That is about it. Hope you benefit from this.

The above is based on a form of meditation taught to me by Swami Satchthananda Bharathi, a Catholic yogi who follows the ancient Indian ways of spirituality.

May the peace of the Lord be yours


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Why is there water on earth ?

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The solar system was formed around 5 billion years back in the process of cosmic evolution that followed the creation of the universe out of nothing by the Creator. Cosmic evolution went on side be side with chemical evolution, elements being synthesised in stars by nucleosynthesis. At a later stage oxygen combined with the abundant hydrogen in the cold spaces away from stars by the radiant energy to form water.

Solar system was formed in an area where there was an abundance of water, several other oxides and other compounds. In the process of cosmic evolution, the formation of the planet earth with its unique features is something that can be construed as done by the guidance of our Creator as a home for us. (That is my view). As the matter accreted to form the planet earth the gravity worked in such a way that the heavier elements and compounds are at the center and the lighter ones on top. The lightest oxide, water was on the surface.

At the initial stage the earth was completely covered with water. volcanic activity brought land, first as islands and then as a huge continent. If you are interested to read more on this see 'vempeniesviews.com' on the Internet in that site under 'long pieces' there are two relevant articles - 'cosmic evolution' and 'the unique earth'. hope my answer was to the point.


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How did the asteroid hit change life on earth, and how long did the effects last?

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Asteroid hit was not a single incident in our planets story. There had been countless hits in the early period. The effect of these depended on the size of the asteroid. The effect could be disastrous if there were a number of such hits one after another not far apart. Such hits can stir up clouds of dust that block out sun completely starving the plant life for centuries as well as cause suffocation thus making it hard for animals to survive. Two instances can be mentioned.
About 250 million years back, before the age of dinosaurs, a series of such hits unleashed volcanic activity as well by ‘puncturing’ the crust of the earth. The combined effect of these wiped out almost 90% of life on the planet. Then for about 2 million years the action of fungi and bacteria on the dead life forms, the decay of organic matter fertilized the earth to such an extent that life came back to the earth with a vengeance – a resurrection! The abundance of vegetation and lack of competition made the reptiles to grow to humongous proportions giving us the age of dinosaurs.
The rapid increase in the Dinosaur population became a threat to plant life on earth. Nature or the ‘Controller’ of creation decided to put an end to this. Another shower of meteors around 65 million years back saw the end of the age of dinosaurs.
Thus we see that depending on the size or proportions a meteor strike can have wide ranging effects that could last for millennia.


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How did the people in the Bible live to be so old?

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Scientifically speaking, Human race - people of the Bible included never could have had a life span of more than 150 years or so. In those ancient millennia life span was on the average 45 or 50 years. Then how is it that people are described in the Bible as to have lived 500 or 600 years? The logical answer is the choice of the calendar.

In the book of Genesis much of the facts recorded are those that had come down through generations by word of mouth. In the days of Noah and Abraham the year of 365 days had not been known. There were mainly two periods for measuring time. The short one -day between two sunrises - and the long one between two new moons. In other words the year recorded in the Bible is of 28 day duration . Thus if a man is said to have lived to 560 years that means he lived for 20 years. Reaching adulthood by 10 years or so in those days. He could have by 20, produced even 10 children.

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How do stars work?

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When a star is formed it is mostly, if not entirely made of hydrogen. The tremendous force of gravity produce very high pressures and temperatures inside the star. At this high temperature nuclear fusion reaction begins converting the hydrogen nuclei to those of helium. This nuclear reaction is what produces the intense radiations of heat light and other E M waves. In older and bigger stars the process of nucleo-synthesis continues to produce other heavier nuclei. Thus a star functions as a powerhouse producing nuclear energy as well as a factory producing elements.

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What is the meaning of life?

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The Meaning of Life

Life is a precious gift – an amazing one.
Plant life makes our world a beautiful one.
Compare a house with lawn, flower beds, trees
To a ‘flat’ in a huge concrete complex!
Animal life makes our world ‘alive’.
Human life gives meaning to creation.

Death is the definite aspect of the mortal life
That we share with all the animals.
Immortality is the unique aspect of spiritual life
The life of the soul, that we humans only have.

Consciousness, that makes us aware of
The creation around us and the Creator,
Conscience, the awareness of good and evil,
Mind and soul that can communicate with God
In praise, worship and intercessions,
These are unique to us humans.
This life becomes meaningful only
When we utilize these spiritual faculties
In knowing, loving and serving the Lord,
Which is best accomplished
By understanding, loving and serving
Our fellow beings – the children of God.


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