Question: Atreya. I am an Atheist. I do not believe in a God as a personal figure who is “controlling everything.” Nevertheless, something about your words keep drawing me back to your site. I even had a dream of dialoguing with you. Can you show me the truth?

First, if you have to “believe” in something than it cannot be deemed true. If you have a headache you have a headache whether you believe it or not-it simply is in spite of the ideas or opinions surrounding it. This “isness” can only be found in Reality; and Reality is always right now in spite of thought. If we wanted to debate “Does God exist, what is Reality” then we can spend our whole life exploring the field of thought, without ever coming in contact with Reality.

You said you wanted “truth” and not mere symbols of it. For instance, you can step in the ocean and say, “that’s cold!” Isn’t that truth? The actual experience of the ocean is true, not the symbolic thoughtful interpretation, “that’s cold.” Do you see the difference? Reality or truth does not require thought. In fact, Reality exists in spite of the ideas surrounding it-you are in the ocean regardless of what you think about the experience. Words are used later to communicate and point to the experience, but obviously cannot be the Reality.

Now, if someone wanted to find out if there is an all pervasive cause that is present at all times, places, and things; surely one would have to actually come in contact with It. The prerequisite is dropping the very mechanism that creates the imaginary reality based on opinion, belief, like and dislike, partialities, descriptions, experiences, and mental positions. There would have to be a complete cessation of identity within the field of thought. Therefore, identifying as an Atheist, Christian, or any other conceptual form is imaginary and apart from the reality that stands in and of itself without the need for an outside aide to exist and perceive it-in this case a proclaimer of truth.

Hence, to actually experience Reality, God, and Love, whatever you want to call it; is to actually experience your own conceptual death-that imaginary me that lives in a separate reality based solely on thought and identification with the body. Surely, the question “Who am I in spite of thought and the body?” turns the mechanism of thought on itself destroying the imagination-revealing the One Reality or Final Cause. Unfortunately, I cannot show you this truth, but can only use concepts to point to the non-conceptual. It is a path where one must be willing to die for it as they step off the foothold of everything they “know.”

Atreya Thomas

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2 thoughts on “Question: Atreya. I am an Atheist. I do not believe in a God as a personal figure who is “controlling everything.” Nevertheless, something about your words keep drawing me back to your site. I even had a dream of dialoguing with you. Can you show me the truth?

  1. Beautiful post

    According to the true Indian view, our consciousness of the world, merely as the sum total of things that exist, and as governed by laws, is imperfect. But it is perfect when our consciousness realizes all things as spiritually one with it, and therefore capable of giving us joy. For us the highest purpose of this world is not merely living in it, knowing it and making use of it, but realizing our own selves in it through expansion of sympathy; not alienating ourselves from it and dominating it, but comprehending and uniting it with ourselves in perfect union.

    So our daily worship of God is not really the process of gradual acquisition of him, but the daily process of surrendering ourselves, removing all obstacles to union and extending our consciousness of him in devotion and service, in goodness and in love…. Thus to be conscious of being absolutely enveloped by Brahma is not an act of mere concentration of mind. It must be the aim of the whole of our life. In all our thoughts and deeds we must be conscious of the infinite.

    – Rabindranath Tagore

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  2. Great post Atreya, the truth here that stood out to me was, “if we have to believe in something, it cannot be deemed truth”. Belief is just that, belief, opinions, ideas, etc. The only truth we can know is that which we experience as reality. All the dogmas, religions, concepts, etc. are totally insignificant and can be swept away like dust off the floor. Truth is that which we experience by going deep within. As Jesus said, “Heaven is within you”. Unfortunately he has been greatly maligned and misinterpreted by the masses. Heaven and hell are not places but levels of Consciousness.

    Here’s a wonderful YouTube story I think some readers will enjoy and find very emotionally uplifting.

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