What is Life? As a student of a missionary school, I learned in the Moral Science subject that life is a gift of God. Now who is God? Again, God is the creator of all, who is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent.
Starting from the tiniest micro-organism to the largest animal, there are zillions of lives. Everyone has its own story. And everyone of us live in a limited world of existence. For a plant, life starts in the form of a seed, which grows up with the help of water and sunlight, bears fruit (which is food to somebody up the food chain), get its seeds pollinated by pollinators and dies sooner or later. Apart from the regular life activities of growing, being food to someone else, reproducing and finally dying, animals have some additional activities like fighting for power, defining territories and doing specific activities in the herd.
It is said that on Earth, human beings are the supreme beings and God created us in His like (I often wonder, why on earth were we human beings entrusted with all the knowing. It could have been anyone of all the species!). We, too, spend our lives in the regular life activities like any other animal. Only in addition, we fight for anything and everything.
Life is time bound and the world is beautiful. So are we supposed to live the beauty and contribute to the same or make it ugly by complaining and fighting. As I see it, from time immemorial, human beings have been craving and fighting for power alone. It may be power in the form of beauty, money, leadership, control, religion or possession. Power is momentary because it ends with us. But the beauty of good is eternal.
I am not an atheist. I believe in that Supreme Being that pull the strings of us all. And I feel His presence in everything I see and know. But I also feel that religion is the worst gift that He had given us. It makes me sad when people propagate that their way of knowing Him is the best. There is no best way to know Him, but only one–faith and faith alone.
In the movie ‘War of the Worlds’, there is a shot where it showed the micro-organisms inside a plant and the scene slowly zoomed out showing first the plant, then the area, city, country, Earth and finally the Earth as a speck in the universe. In the movie ‘Men in Black’, in the end, it is shown that big creatures are playing dice with the celestial bodies. Who knows, that might be true!We are among the tiniest of the tiniest part in this universe. I, personally, am awed by its vastness.
The universe is endless and timeless. And yet we think we are the mightiest and the greatest. Our problems, our thinking, our stubbornness proves to be trifle and ridiculous in comparison. The things that we love, fear and fight for are belittled by it. We all are a part of a much bigger plan. There are things to see and know beyond our regular lives. We are a part of the universe and we shall be going back to it when we die. No matter how much we fight for power, it doesn’t matter in the end. It is not going to change the fact that we are made up of dust and ashes, and dust and ashes we shall be when we cease to breath…
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with all the awareness of the world and beauty that life has endowed to us… didn't the creator then try to communicate as to what is the PURPOSE of living?
ignorance can never fetch a mortal the love of the lord and the life. Defying and denying are better than being ignorant!\”Indeed it is Me, Allah – there is no God except I – therefore worship Me and keep the prayer established for My remembrance.\” -Quran (here is the taar from malik of sansar)PS: just read that comment and thought to add to it!
But I feel that God is not conceited to ask us to worship Him. I feel He wants us to acknowledge Him instead of worship.
it reminds me of Chuck Palahniuk's quote\”Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known.\”So what 'i' think or feel is dynamic and ever changing, depending on the experiences 'i' had and the flexibility or rather rigidity of my own experiences(past).1. god is not comparable to us and so the words like conceit and thoughts like him being doing so, is irrelevant.2.The basic philosophical stream that runs through Quran is the belief in eternal life (the hereafter) and this life being a test to prove our worth by worshiping (Ibadat..not jst by namaz or chants but through ever acknowledgement of God sleeping or awake) and acknowledging the supremacy of Allah alone.3. Quran is the word of Allah (this can be put to test) and Almighty speaks in plain and simple terms so that we could adhere and follow without playing with words.4. The God wants and needs nothing from us as he himself says innumerable times in his communion as to he is self-sustaining but it is we who need HIM and his worship completes only our mission into this passage. So,ultimately as you said,\”There is no best way to know Him, but only one–faith and faith alone…\”It is the faith in HIM being the master of everything that we know and know not that calls us to seek for him, to find if he had communicated and if there are certain commands that he wants us to fulfill, lest the mortal perishes in IGNORANCE.PS: there is no best way to seek Almighty but through knowledge, pure and unbiased.
very good explanation. beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!