Question: Is God a person?

God is the Source and Final Cause—the One Ground from which all things spring. Therefore, It is present in all things and at all times. Hence, God can be nothing exclusively, so exists as everything simultaneously.

If you say God is this or that, it is to the exclusion of other things; inadvertently taking away Its all pervading nature.

In short, the answer to your question is the result of combining yes and no.

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

Question: If God is good, why does he let children starve? This bothers me.

You put attributes to this God you speak of. It is the conceptual-self or ego which thinks in terms of right and wrong, good and bad, what bothers me and what does not bother. An attribute always defines a “thing,” and things are clearly impermanent-nobody denies that. So surely, that which is eternal (God) has no attributes otherwise it would be subject to decay and rendered non-eternal. This is why God cannot be known because the mind can only know attributes and qualities. So it is wrong understanding to define God as having attributes or caring about children or not caring about children. God can be realized when the mechanism that defines, creates attributes and qualities, comes to an end. It is this very mechanism (the “me”), which lets children starve.