Saturday, September 09, 2006

Consciousness Is All There Is

If you've been visitng here for a while, you must've figured out that I am interested in spirituality and, in general, the search for meaning in life.

Earlier this morning, I went to an interesting talk by Advaita master, Ramesh Balsekar. It was my first time there and another person (who also visiting for the first time) were given seats right in front of him. He spoke of many spiritual concepts during the talk which I could appreciate but there was one in particular that I found difficult to digest.

He says everything that happens is the will of God and that everything is predetermined. To someone like me, who has been brought up shunning ideas of 'luck' and the such, it was slightly unsettling. I've always been taught that you have to work for achieving what you want. Agreed, the achievement of the goal may not be in our hands, but should we not give our very best in something we have chosen to do? If everything was God's will, why would I do anything? I might as well sit back and do nothing because God will do it anyway. And what about the law of karma? Are we not the resultant of all our actions, emotions and thoughts from this moment backward?

I'm not rejecting what I heard. But I'm trying to understand if what he said makes sense to me. I'm trying to find reasons for him saying what he did. Maybe it's just another approach to spirituality. Honestly, I don't know. I'm still trying to figure it out.

Any ideas?


Alexys Fairfield said...

Everything is determined by God, but we don't know what it is? It doesn't mean that we have to stop striving to be spiritually fit. It has to do with the four types of karma, our attitude and the amount of revealation through our experiences on earth.

We can't change our karma, but it certainly can be adjusted by giving all we have to achieving our goals. I have briefly touched on it, but I may delve further into it on my blog.

Yay, I can post again. Thanks for adjusting your Blogger page!. :D)

Satandit said...

Ajeya, I have always been confused by what you wrote about everything being Gods' will and all that. Overtime, I decided that if I end up just sitting around I will become a vegetable.And since, I am a perfectionist - I will always put my everything into what I do - and then I say ...hey God...what now??
No, Ajeya...I am not an atheist. I am just a believer in my own 'karma' and my own 'destiny'..and above all I beleive like our veds say " God exists in us" -- that God is within me.

More thoughts in my blog..I guess

Ajeya said...

Alexys... But if everything is is determined by God, then what difference does anything we do make? What will motivate me to get out of bed every morning? These are genuine questions and I'm seriously trying to understand.

Cool! :) Now you can post directly! You're most welcome. I didn't know I had the settings wrong.

Satandit... I agree with you. I believe in Karma. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. I believe in giving my best too. The result is of ocurse not in our hands. And I too truly believe that God is within.