To Believe Or Not To Believe?
For long there has been a debate between believers and atheists about the better way of life. The resolution is surprisingly simple!
Don’t label yourself as a theist or an atheist. It’s very difficult to be an atheist, do you know why? When you say that something doesn’t exist, you should know everything about the universe to be able to say that, and it is impossible to know everything in the universe. The same follows for a theist also. Believers or non-believers, they are on the same boat because both of them think they know it all. I would say, it is better to be a seeker of truth. If you are a seeker of truth, you don’t have to believe things that you don’t know.
You know you exist and you believe you exist, then explore who you are, forget about God, keep God aside. Let’s just go with this self-inquiry ‘Who am I?’
The objective is to have joy in life and make sure that the knowledge we gain permeates within us. As we learn more about life, the mystery of the whole creation unfolds. Then the question in the mind is: What is the meaning of life? and What is its purpose? What is this world? What is love? What is knowledge?
Once these questions arise in you, know that you are very fortunate. These questions need to be understood; you cannot find their answers in books. You have to live through them and witness the transformation. Transcend both faith and reason. Then the bud becomes a totally blossomed flower.
It is difficult to see God as formless and it is difficult to see God as form. The formless is so abstract and God in a form appears to be too limited. So some people prefer to be atheists.
Atheism is not a reality, it is just a matter of convenience. When you have a spirit of inquiry, or in search of truth, atheism falls apart. With a spirit of inquiry, you cannot deny something which you have not disproved. An atheist denies God without first disproving it. In order to disprove God, you must have enormous knowledge. And when you have enormous knowledge, you cannot disprove it! For one to say that something does not exist, one should know about the whole universe. So you can never be one hundred percent atheist. An atheist is only a believer who is sleeping!
For a person to say, “I don’t believe in anything”, means he must believe in himself — so he believes in himself about whom he does not even know!
An atheist can never be sincere because sincerity needs depth — and an atheist refuses to go to his depth. Because the deeper he goes, he finds a void, a field of all possibilities — he has to accept that there are many secrets he does not know. He would then need to acknowledge his ignorance, which he refuses to do, because the moment he is sincere, he seriously starts doubting his atheism. A doubt-free atheist is next to impossible! So you can never be a sincere and doubt-free atheist.