Be the Change

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The con­cept of God as Gen­er­a­tor, Or­gan­iser and De­stroyer is rep­re­sented in Hin­duism by Brahma-Vishnu-Ma­hesh. But I don’t ex­pect any­one to be­lieve in an an­thro­po­mor­phic God be­cause I don’t do so my­self. But I do think God is a field of in­tel­li­gence: in­con­ceiv­able, tran­scen­den­tal, be­yond space and time, the source of the observer and the ob­served.…

I think the best de­scrip­tion of God can be found in Vedanta. The Upan­ishads don’t pro­pound a phi­los­o­phy; what they’re say­ing is au­then­tic sci­ence. You don’t have to be­lieve in elec­tric­ity to be able to see a lit bulb. We’re all dif­fer­en­ti­ated as­pects of a sin­gle re­al­ity. All of us are dif­fer­en­ti­ated as­pects of a sin­gle con­scious­ness. You have to see oth­ers as you see your­self.

Just as our DNA con­verts into eyes, the nose and dif­fer­ent parts of the body, this sin­gle re­al­ity man­i­fests in dif­fer­ent forms. The Upan­ishads talk of the seven states of con­scious­ness. Chap­ter 10 of the Bha­gavad Gita talks of unity. Many view this con­cept — of a sin­gle re­al­ity — with scep­ti­cism. How can this be trans­lated in our daily lives, they ask. Mo­han­das Gandhi asked, “Can you be the change that you wish to see?”

You want to see peace in the en­vi­ron­ment. Then, ask your­self, can you be the full ex­pres­sion of non-vi­o­lence? No one owns any­thing in this world. Ev­ery­thing is re­cy­cled. In the end, even your body doesn’t be­long to you. Nei­ther do your thoughts. There are no orig­i­nal thoughts. All thoughts em­anate from a com­mon bed of thoughts. We can only ex­change en­ergy.

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