Who am I to talk about Life?
Surely everyone who is born wants to know why. And everyone is allowed to think about it - you don't have to be someone special to ask what or who you really are. Or to find the answers.
In fact, it occurs to me, no-one can 'tell' you what or who you are - except yourself! It is meaningless to be 'told' who or what you are. You have to know.
Christianity would have you believe that you are a miserable sinner, who is powerless. Hinduism would have you discover that you are really God! Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking are big thinkers but they have no real explanation of why we are here, and certainly not why - except some guff about chance or laws of physics. But who created 'chance'? Who (or what) created physics? All these big thinkers can say is that their particular definition of God doesn't exist - which I am sure is true!
But it is obvious that we are made of something! - or rather, that we ARE something - and something conscious. That is what scientists call 'self-evident' because it needs no proof - it is an undeniable experience, however much you may try to discuss or analyse or disprove it!
Einstein worked out that everything is a form of energy. He said that energy changes from one form to another but cannot be created or destroyed. These words are quite an accurate description of the Hindu view of what 'God' is.
According to Hinduism, everything is God. All you have to do is swap the words 'God' and 'Energy' (or 'the universe', or 'what is', or 'existence', or any other word that describes the basic material of life) and you are not really in disagreement with any of the philosophies on the planet!
But do you feel like God? If not, why not? !!! Well, it's all in the mind...
Hinduism says you ARE God ..... if only you knew it.... It is said that you are enveloped in 'Maya' - delusion - and you think you are not god when in fact you are! The key word here is THINK.
Everything is God, so even delusion must be God. If everything is God, then EVERYTHING about ME is God. So the experience of being immersed in Maya and thinking that I am 'Ian Maclean' is a divine experience that I have created for myself.
There is a Sanskrit word 'Leela' meaning 'divine play'. That is, apparently, what we are doing. Just playing. But it doesn't seem like play, a lot of the time! But if you think about it, it only doesn't seem like play when we are thinking a lot... and when our thoughts get more and more tangled. I invite you to try thinking less. Do this by stopping wanting things - like, everything! Thoughts are all based on wanting something (or wanting to avoid something). You will gain immense and surprising peace by stopping wanting anything.
Of course, this is not easy! But it is the supreme game we have set ourselves. And to win it you have to even stop wanting to win it! But that is the very last thing to stop wanting.
I am not offering any cult or any method or any product. This is just a chat. More later! Like you, I have so little time. But you have enough here to completely change your life - if you think about it - and then when it makes complete sense to you... stop thinking about it!!!! Ah, it's a good game!
Email me if any difficulties. I don't want you feeling worse because of anything I have written!
.... last updated 20th Feb 2012. More to come when I find time!