Hi! God,

Trust me- ‘You are very confusing to a young person of today’.

I am a spiritual adventurist. I have the right to seek answers at my age. I met this aunty at a spiritual retreat who at the age of 65 was doing the same. I don’t want to do it at my 65. I want to be practicing then instead of seeking solutions to disparities in existence.

I find the spread of spirituality and the concept of God confusing me more than simplifying.

A Buddhist monk praying in Tibet or a Muslim praying in Dubai or a Hindu praying in Varanasi most probably see one God only. Then why do the maulvis, priests and the pujaris behave so weird trying to push their faiths (Gods) ahead of others.

There is too much on the menu and too many contradictions. I am a Hindu. For me there is so much to process: there are Navratras, Shiv ratri, there is a Kul Devtaa, ancestral pooja, Astrology, Vaastu, ghosts, black magic etc etc. There are so many Devi Devtas and concepts to follow and adhere to. Fatiguing it is God. Isn’t it?

Islam doesn’t believe in re-incarnation and allows meat eating which is contradicting the sayings of other religions. How do we explain this God?

Krishna in Geeta says- ‘Forget everyone and pray to me’. What about others?

They say ‘Guru bina Gati nahin’. I guess this was created to make people / masses remain dedicated to their Gurus. Else there would have been a fear of follower discursion.

The crores who take a dip in Kumbh Mela — I am sure NOTHING HAPPENS. Am I right God?

All the saints who walked past the earth and left their bodies- where are they? Is there an astral world above? If I pray to Sai Baba and he grants my wish; where is he doing it from?

If God is in every person; then why should I remember God and moreover why would I do bad karma?

When I recite the same mantra continuously (without even knowing the meaning of words in it sometime) — dear God: Are you not likely to get bored listening to the same thing every day?

You say ‘Do Karma’ and you also say ‘Remember me’, if I just ‘remember you’ and do not do karma- ‘Will anything happen’?   I find these two slightly contrasting. The advisors will say — ‘Do both’. Is it that easy?

They say — ‘We are all children of God’. I am a father myself. I cannot see my kid in pain even due to a minor thing. Then how can you see such extreme suffering existing on this planet. Where were you God when Nirbhaya was being raped in Delhi or when hundreds of innocent people die in calamities as Earthquakes / Tsunamis?

The one who created the world must have been ONE very very creative person. Look at the nature around you and you’ll understand what I am saying. He made nature so disparately beautiful. I am sure that creator cannot approve of boring concepts as finding God through corrupt pundits, rituals, Jagratas, putting stones in fingers, offering money to God etc etc.

Wherever we are born; the beliefs of that household become our guiding principles e.g. someone becomes a Mata devotee, other person becomes a Krishna devotee or a Ganesha devotee or a particular Guru devotee. When a child like that goes out to the world he ends up suffering from multiplicity of attention to different Gods & creates more questions for self than answers. No one credible is there to explain him the fundas. He sees his own parents operating God out of either fear or greed.

We are unknowingly getting fooled out of our own being. The original information when it travels from one source to the next and further it is likely to lose its pristine form / originality e.g. I saw my son putting his book on his forehead as his foot had accidently touched the book. I am sure he had seen people at home / in school doing the same. Someone hundreds of years back made this rule to make people respect the books. Very similarly —have we not done extreme distortion of original facts in almost every other thing?

I do not trust that watering the Peepal tree will lead us to God. It must have originally started as a concept to ‘care for trees / nature’.

Does not the concept of 84 lakh births sound fictional?

If God is everywhere; what was the need to make mosques / temples/ churches?

There are complexities and in fightings within religions about the definitions & interpretation of God. A Krishna devotee doesn’t want to understand a Shiv devotee. There are Shias and Sunnis, Catholics and Protestants amongst Muslims and Christians.

God – Are you really there or are you a concept created by man to keep him in check from going wanton. Most of the present day spiritual rules look like as if they were done to make the world / man behave better.

Partial knowledge is dangerous as we usually are not fearless when we acquire it. We see Godly concepts emotionally and not logically.

I have a clear cut special doubt about today’s so called ‘God men’. The self proclaimed Gurus with massive empires and entourage. They work on the fears, gullibility of masses. Only emotional, weak and needy people flock to them usually. Without naming any – majority of them are embroiled in controversies of some kind or the other. They have acquired huge acres of land across cities; spend lavishly on their birthdays and yes they also do some charitable work to keep their credibility going.

I have wandered seeking my answers but I am still not satiated. I took possibly all courses, learnt meditations, read books, spoke to saints, seniors but every time I got disillusioned more and more. They themselves were not clear.

I do not want to fear you God. I want to love you. Trust me- ‘I WANT to’. I want to feel drenched in your love during deep meditations. I just do not want to pray out of fear or out of worldly demands.

I want to do charity not because some pundit or astrologer has told me but because I feel like doing it.

Yes! You are definitely there somewhere. Something within me tells me this. How else could have a complex human body or the prodigal mother nature gotten done like the way it is.

I will not give up. I will keep on seeking answers be it in intense meditations or from the ones who are ahead of me in this path. I am sure the fog created by human beings shall cease very soon. Confusion is the beginning of clarity. I am sure my answers are coming…

Akash Gautam
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  • Gagan

    Another awesome post from you sir …Very practical and logical was just awaiting for this ..”I want to do charity not because some pundit or astrologer has told me but because I feel like doing it ” so true

    • Nikhil Datt

      Sir your questions to god are very much practical and logical and i would like to recommend you a book which will probably help you in finding those answers. The name of the book is ‘CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD’ by NEALE DONALD WALSCH. It will entirely change your concept about GOD and i hope you will find what you are looking for…

  • Hiral Shah

    As Kabir says: ‘ Guru Gautam donu khade kake lagu paye, Balihari guru apne Govind Diyo Bataye’

    Sir, I can say I do have a spiritual Guru in my life and He has helped me lead a beautiful life at this age (23) when people are stressed because of studies and work. According to me, instead of choosing the religion you want to follow, search for a GURU who is waiting for you…:) I hope you will get one soon..:)

    For Reference: My GURU is Pujyashri Rakeshbhai Javeri – http://www.shrimadrajchandramission.org

  • Lara

    What about the rings on your right hand? Do you wear them out of sentimentality or superstition?

    • AkashGautam

      Hi Lara!

      I removed them long back 🙂 . I am a WIP, looking for answers as I go along.

      Cheers
      Akash

      • Lara

        Wanderer in progress. . . Arent we all that? 🙂
        Anyways the question was not intended as a pun, just to clarify. 🙂
        And the movie, Oh! My God also deals with it.
        Hopefully we shall reach the place where logic blends in with faith. .
        Fellow WIP 🙂

  • Himadri Chakraborty

    Dear Sir,

    I also dont believe in astro.But one day my computer teacher asked me a question.I still trying to find the answer.The question is

    “In this world there is 75% water.& low & high tide come into Sea and river due to attraction & repulsion of planets.Our body also contains 75% water,Then Why this attraction and repulsion do not effect on our body?”

    • AkashGautam

      That’s a question which I’m sure science can answer 🙂

      But, great perspective!

  • Shradha Chawla

    Sir, if u really want answers of above question.. just listen atleast 1 video of “sister shivani”… all dese questions are answered very beautifully…firstly, i was also confused, but believe me u will be satisfied… just listen any video..hope it helps !!!..:)

    • Akash

      I practice ‘Raja Yoga’ too… Thanks 🙂

    • AkashGautam

      I practice ‘Raja Yoga’ too… Thanks 🙂

  • syed mohd salman

    awesome sir…olmost 70% of the youngsters are confused… not because we are rude and want to be in darkness. its just because we do not want to follow the same old belief which our ancestors have been following. i am a muslim by birth. but an agnostic by choice. i have tried so hard to seek for the answers but have failed. and now i dont know where to find these answers coz if i go to a maulvi he says “tauba kro beta. allah ko hi maano. baaki sb galt raaste par hain” and i am sure that a pandit or a priest will give the same reply.(accept in his case “allah” will be replaced by “bhagwan or christ”). i dont have any problem in offering prayer 5 times a day. but atleast i should know that whatever i am doing is fruitfull or not. what if i become a good muslim and offer 5 times of prayer a day throughout my life investing thousands of hours in all this and if its not fruitfull. what if i had invested these thousands of hours in some other activities. like you sir, i am also a seeker. plz if at any point in your life you think that you have got what you are seeking plz do share it with us. till then HAPPY JOURNEY 🙂

    • Akash

      Syed,

      Your logic resonates so much with mine and almost everyone who is intrepid while seeking answers…

      I surely shall keep on sharing. In case you find answers- pls do SHARE / email …

      Thanks for writing in …

    • Nadeem Asif

      Read and understand our holybook “Quran”……. If doubt, you may consult to Dr. Zakir Naik…. This religion Islam becomes so much easy if you can do one simple thing i.e. READ QURAN… Unfortunately, we come from Indian Muslim Families who themselves are mostly Confused and therefore, Misled and Misleading……. by the way, i was once Agnostic and almost on my way to become Muslim by Choice.. Allah hafiz 🙂

      • AkashGautam

        Syed,

        Your logic resonates so much with mine and almost everyone who is intrepid while seeking answers…

        I surely shall keep on sharing. In case you find answers- pls do SHARE / email …

        Thanks for writing in …

        • deepak

          in my opinion all religion are secular don’t contradict any thing but I think in todays world someone want simple answers to every questions which mostly a youngsters (or person wants to know about spiritual knowledge) questioned he can seek answers in OSHO’s guide…as said he read more than lakhs of book during his lifetime and read books of every religion and even given the gist/essence of every religion.Answers of
          Questions in simplified manners using todays technologies and also showed some proper path of doing meditation (stuff).

  • shlok shahani

    lol…sir there u are telling people how confused u and me are..and here we have people commenting on this and endorsing more such god men/women…if these godmen actually want to preach religion then y do they even bother to prove themselves to the masses..they know they are right..then y bother about the world?? and y not be happy with their own knowledge…all these dadas/dadis/didis/bhaiyas/babas are all fake…and they do it only and only for money…

    • Akash

      Agree with most of what u have written …

      The problem with a few impostors is that they malign the image of the genuine ones too… e.g. Post nirmal baba and post Asaram bapu’s comments on Nirbhaya – many a youth has definitely gotten dissuaded from seeking its answers further through them …

    • AkashGautam

      Agree with most of what u have written …

      The problem with a few impostors is that they malign the image of the
      genuine ones too… e.g. Post nirmal baba and post Asaram bapu’s
      comments on Nirbhaya – many a youth has definitely gotten dissuaded from
      seeking its answers further through them …

  • Anonymous

    great writeup..but i personally feel that if someone wants to find the answers of question like..who am I? and what’s the concept of God or supreme power? then we have to do meditation and ask from ourselves about the answers what our thinking and our mind say. one more thing the meditation should be pure without any greed or need basis. The purpose should be true and it must be realizing the truth about life and spirituality..not just to do meditation that i want these answers so i am doing..otherwise i will do else..

    • AkashGautam

      Hi !

      I do the same. Thanks 🙂

  • Udit Srivastava

    The same questions intrigued me a lot and compelled me to write a blog on similar thoughts.
    http://www.cagedornith.blogspot.in

  • Shantanu

    Well, This blog was certainly very satisfying and one i could relate to the most. But sir, the question still remains intact Who to follow and what to worship? I also have similar thoughts and my search for ditto question is a “work-in-progress” too.

    I just want to quote an example from my life here.” I am a Jain and we have our own Gurus and Muni Ji’s that we are supposed to worship, though i am more of a meritorious student but lately i have faced some disappointments well this happened after i questioned one of the Muni ji’s in an open seminar about why we should chose Jainism as a religion when we as humans should bow down to every holy place and respect all religions? Now all the people in my community blame my behavior as a reason for this change in my life; they believe that after asking such a stupid question i offended the god and Muni Ji’s and thus the faliures.

    How do i explain my fate to them sir? Pls help me on this.

    • AkashGautam

      I don’t think that’s true or even possible. I’m sure God encourages questions from everyone and He definitely is ONE only.

      Your fate is something you need to put right. I would suggest you to not pay heed to your community people who say all that and just keep working to set things right.

      Best Wishes

  • Prithviraj Parida

    Very Valuable Question yet obscure … Nobody knows the answer but many show the path to acquire it !Strange.. isnt it? From the little knowledge that i have accumulated from the Complete works of Swami Vivekananda I can ensure that you are on the right track , never give up no matter how blunt the obstacles are. Many followed the same paths viz. Ramkrishna paramhansa, Swami vivekananda, Gautama Buddha etc. and the mission is ‘Search of Truth’ 🙂
    I think the Complete works of Swami vivekananda which comes in 8 volumes by Advaita ashram might help you big time.
    Thank you.Enjoyed the post.

    • Akash

      Thanks Prithviraj,

      I have the 8 volumes with me. Hoping i find clarities there…

  • Neha Ghai

    akash sir i completely agree with your thoughts infact fear of unknown leads to such places..

  • Shalini

    According to me there are not many people who remember god daily..and people of the present generation are so busy that they have no time for going to temples /church/and mosque..
    For some these same things are also the place where they can focus there mind on something different and try to find a quiet place,to meditate which in my view exists nowhere except there..

    Today people remember god when they want something/or something in the family goes bad..
    Nobody cares until it happens to them..
    my view may be negative..
    but i was an athiest until my mother fell ill and she had very less survival rate..then a miracle happened…
    And i believed HE is there..
    and HE needs to be LOVED and not feared..

    • Akash

      🙂

      Thanks for writing in Shalini …

    • AkashGautam

      🙂

      Thanks for writing in Shalini …

  • Vikas Tripathi

    absolutely bang on target sir i m going through this same confusion i too hope i’ll find god in my own way

    • AkashGautam

      Vikas, I’m sure you will 🙂

  • Amanpreet Kaur Bains

    Dear Akash, i would like to recommend you a book,,its called Conversations with God… Don’t know if you have already read it or not but its surely worth a shot,,, hope you find some of the answers you are looking for….

    • AkashGautam

      Thanks Amanpreet. I have it but I’m yet to read. Shall do soon 🙂

  • Khagesh

    All religions are social constructs imposed upon the masses by power structures to preserve their powers bases. Years and years of debate and research has established pretty firmly that there is no evidence whatsoever to prove the existence of the entity designated god by religions. The internal inconsistencies of the religious doctrines of all major religions of the world (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism) have been demonstrated pretty firmly and beyond contest as well. If educated people still want to waste their time thinking about religion, well, it is their choice. But it is a pathetic choice that discloses their own insecurities.

    • AkashGautam

      I agree with you Khagesh 🙂

  • Aditya Srivastava

    Firstly i would like to congratulate you to have such deep
    insightful vision towards nature & God and ultimately reaching to a right
    conclusion that God is there & the eagerness you have expressed certainly
    it is possible that God may reveal himself to such sincere seeker, hardly there
    are people who seek for god sincerely.

    I will try to present you some logics, facts & figures
    for service to you being inspired by your quest based on whatever i have been
    told,

    In sequence, first of all god is one certainly but he is
    omnipotent , i.e. he is present everywhere, based on various category of people
    god manifests himself or sends his confidential servant to reclaim those people
    gradually by elevation by giving appropriate commandments for them at their
    level, & people who generally fight based on religion are their fanatic
    followers & having their self centred some propaganda hidden, but a true follower in knowledge will never
    fight he may have some faults or negativity otherwise as not being on level of
    perfection but being in right process & path he will not fight & will
    see God their also, with no partial vision.

    About Hinduism better not to say at all because nothing as
    hindu is in Vedic scriptures its simply people on other side of Indus river
    were miscalled as hindus by another side of people. All their concepts believes
    are without any proper guided central point. (as once someone said Hindu means
    without bindu), i am also myself from so called “hindu” family.

    For islams or some commandments of bible which you say are
    contradictions are actually due to same reason as explained above that God is
    one but based on level of consciousness of a particular mass of people he
    descends or his servants, like Jesus Christ & he also said, God is my
    father.

    One thing regarding all this is that, the scriptures are
    like our mother & God is our father & for a child the only source to
    know of his father is asking from mother, i.e. reading Vedic scripture & if
    read in scrutinizing manner no contradiction would be found, everything will be
    resolved, so we have to put our faith on God primarily, not on any other
    whimsically proclaiming God or his associate. But it is not possible to read
    for us all scriptures within one life presently as we have so much other works
    to do as well & scriptures are a huge collection not possible to even just
    read with in this life what to say of understanding that too ourselves at first
    hand, so for that we need to read condensed to the point literature & hearing
    which are fully scientific (“tattva”) as Krishna says in Bhagavad-Gita, in
    reference to present scenario & personal guidance based on one’s
    situation’s possible practise in a customized way so as simplify his life &
    along with progress in spiritual life his progress in this worldly activities
    may also go on with remembrance of those
    authenticated scriptures based guidance.

    Further things i may not be able to explain like this, but
    certainly whatever i was able to tell based on inspiration, i have tried
    humbly, i am sorry if anything i was not able to explain properly or made you
    feel discomfort as i have just started towards this way by mercy of God, keep
    your eagerness alive, God would help you, if you want any help then please
    reply. (i am with same name on facebook)

    • Akash

      Hi ! Aditya,

      What u wrote resonates…

      Requesting you to elaborate on the point – ‘how does one consume the wisdom of scriptures/ vedas’ in the simple most way ?

      Thanks !

      Akash

      • Akash

        and i searched for u on FB. There are 100 by ur name 🙂

        Who do i reply to ?

    • AkashGautam

      Hi ! Aditya,

      What u wrote resonates…

      Requesting you to elaborate on the point – ‘how does one consume the wisdom of scriptures/ vedas’ in the simple most way ?

      Thanks !

      Akash

      • Aditya Srivastava

        To get knowledge there are many sources as well as deviations at the same time, but to get Love of god which is the highest platform & most satisfying to spirit not much scholar study is required but simply by connection to those who are also endeavouring on this path through authenticated method as prescribed by lord, by hearing & discussing with them all the knowledge is revealed inside the heart but it requires sincerity so i would like to request you to just initially that if you feel interested you may contemplate on what you are doing now & discuss simultaneously if yourself like to with me, it would be my pleasure. Certainly study of scriptures/Vedas is very important but for it bit foundation i feel is very nice it would make one very much efficient in reading it, but anyways if sir you like to know about books you may please message me in my facebook inbox or if you want i can tell you my email id, but you are a very good candidate for that goal sir, now just don’t look back, this is right time & age, go on now towards the real path sir.

    • AkashGautam

      and i searched for u on FB. There are 100 by ur name 🙂

      Who do i reply to ?

      • suruchi

        hi aakash… this is suruchi bansal…
        read your post and understood your doubts…. I personally noted down all your queries and will try to answer according to my knowledge…as i am also a spiritual adventurist(as u termed it). first thing… all those pundits and maulvies who try to impose their own religion on others do so for their personal gains….. they want to sell their relegion for their own benefit while their own religion NEVER EVER asks them to do so..Any religion in this world always preach people to follow right path of life and to realize god. Next question….. too much religious practices to follow in hinduism but why so….. so the answer is during earlier times (times of rajas and mantris) acommon man was supposed to adopt “grahasth ashrama” during his reproductive age ..So in that phase of life,, a person was supposed to pray to most of the gods of hindu religion ,,, so in order to do that he has to do navratras for durga maa,, To fast on shivratri for shivji and to celebrate janamashtmi for krishanji.. Now you would say, ,, why instructing ppl to worship so many gods… so the answer is since every person cannot be a spiritual seeker and cannot understand GOD as a supernatural power and accept the fact that he is formless and still exist and still most powerful of all So………… to make them understand that sumthng more powerful than you and ( supernatural ) do exist , The rishi told peope about AVATAARS of Gods which have supernatural energies,,,, so that a layman could understand the power of god and his other characters…Now…. WHY all those infinite Avataars and not just ONE..? so the anser is evry avtaar was envisioned as supernatural human beings with some charcteristic goodness and all of them with different goodness and according to one god”s own character,, rituals for each god was made…Now each ritual contains some specific things to perform… and all this act in any ritual is in benefit of the ppl or society in general ….ONLY IF YOU PONDER about them deeply………. I can give you example.. in navratrs,,, small girls are worshipped as durga maaa,, so that the public start feeling their daugters as goddess…and yagyas was done so that the havan samagri put in it will purify the environment… halwa- puri made in navratarasas that time is winter time and pple can enjoy such dishes occasionally and in winters so that it camn get digested,,, In some other mata”s fast which comes in rainy season,, DAAL MOTH is sprouted and eaten,, bcause rains are the best time to eat that…. And So many other such Examples…I hope this Question is also answered,.. Now i have to take a leave… Will answer rest in my next post…

  • Sumit Anand

    All questions are Valid and unfortunately, there is no singly way to explain these ambiguities. World has become distorted over a long period of time and to rebuild all blocks throughout history is a full time job without any guarantee.

    I have had most of these questions myself. But, this is what eventually works for me.

    It Doesnt Matter if you believe in God or Not – Irrespective of the alimighty being present or not which is endlessly debatable, all humans need support/care/guidance/drive (Whatever you call it) at some point or the other.

    For some, the concept of God works well to find that support.

    For others, its their abilities and things that they can see, their friends, their parents, their lathi (when they are Old) fulfill the need for that support, they dont wish to believe in some imaginary creature whom they cant feel, so be it, it doesnt matter. Nothing still stops you from being a better person than you were yesterday.

    Listen to your Conscience – Anything we do, deep inside we know if its a good thing or bad thing. This is the reason why you dont necessarily need a God to tell you to not kill any one, reason why you dont need a God to tell you to not treat people poorly, reason why you dont need a God to tell you how good it feels to help people in need.

    Its your conscience, listen to that and world will suddenly turn into a much simpler place.

    Grow Spiritually – Whether you need a Guru or a god for the same is secondary, i believe if you really desire and you are working toward it, the route will open on its own with or without God.

    Problem with most religious people is not that they believe in God or that they believe in following only their customs but the fact that most of them dont show any change spiritually or to put it in simpler terms, they dont seem to become any better even after years of religious living.

    If i see a same person (spiritually) even after years of following a particualr religion, i will never follow it, there is no point.

    Figure out what works for you amidst all the option available (Religion, Meditation, Yoga, Sun Worship), follow the conscience concept and feel the change over time.

    If you see that your anger has mellowed, wonderful. If you see that your ego doesnt get hurt so easily anymore, wonderful. Follow this path and stop looking at quick gains.

    • AkashGautam

      Beautifully put Sumit. Thanks 🙂

  • Shashank Tarun

    Spirituality leads to “Knowing of our true self”…Agreed…Sir, even I practice meditation, but I don’t want to lead a life of saints…or monks…which ultimately is the visible end product of the spiritual pathway…or might say – a beginning ( in intellectual terms). I practice it because it gives calmness….and i have felt a great boost in my memory gradually since a year. I hope I’ve conveyed you my confusion. what to do when there is a conflict between leaving it when it is initially giving good results but finally ….No, i dont want to be a saint..!!!

    Regards.

    • AkashGautam

      Hi Shashank!

      I don’t think anyone has to be a saint to be spiritual. I’m as much a saint as you are 🙂

      You too will find your answers soon. Best Wishes

  • Nitika Satya

    i found this article reflecting my inner views. It was an article worth reading.

  • Nitika Satya

    i wud like to add that i read a book – Conversation with God by Walsch. One can refer to this book for some answers.

    • AkashGautam

      Thanks Nitika. I have the book but I’m yet to read. Shall do soon 🙂

  • Nitika Sohi

    “Religion is not a doctrine, neither it’s the theory nor it’s the exchange of pros and cons; it is the practical PERCEPTION of soul within the mortal coil. In other words religion is the ‘realization of God’.”

    Swami Vivekananda used to discuss the same things…but when he actually perceived The Almighty within himself with the grace of his GURU Swami Ramakrishna Paramhansa, then he said the above mentioned quote. God is the subject of practical realization…Search for the gurudev of this time who has the potential of making you to see God within yourself.

    “If there is God, you must see Him,
    If there is soul, you mut percieve it, otherwise it is better to be an athiest than becoming a hypocrite”-Swami Vivekananda.
    The day you perceive God within yourself; all your queries will get solved.

    • AkashGautam

      Thanks Nitika for the beautiful words 🙂

  • Surbhi Sharma

    too confused u r, sir

    • Akash

      i know i m 🙂

    • AkashGautam

      i know i m 🙂

  • Ashish Verma

    Hi Akash

    I sent link of your blog to one of my friend.

    See what she has to say:

    ” If God would hav given u all answers then it would b very simple to know who runs Google. God knows you are smart enuf to find answers for he wants you to learn from your experience, have u ever seen how a potter from clay making pots just like that.God never promised life to be like roses without thorns….. Whatever comes our way God knows why he has put us there all we hav to know is LIFE Is
    AWESOME and god always wants us to be happy for HE IS ALWAYS WALKING with us…….So keep that Smile ON and spread it.

    Just my TAKE……DIENA FERNANDES”

    And I must admit that I agree with her…

    • Akash

      Me too 🙂

    • AkashGautam

      Me too 🙂

  • ashish shukla

    sir , it was a very revealing and interesting account by you . i also wholeheartedly agree that we should love god rather than fear him . we can never comprehend him in totality. mother nature is through whom we can realize his immense and infinite powers and manifestations . according to me , god is a perfect balance of reasons and emotions. rituals , ceremonies , rites etc are spice of our spiritual life . chanting god’s name gives more help in meditation when compared to other methods. also , we as intellectual beings should also look towards pragmatic methods of serving mother nature n humanity .

    • ashish

      i would like add that according to me Karma is the god relevant to us……………………..

    • Akash

      thanks ashish

    • AkashGautam

      thanks ashish

  • AkashGautam

    Thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

  • sushmita

    omg!!! i think now i have become more confused.. i was never before.. 🙂 i just know one thing… God hain God hain God hain… 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • RayD

    Akash.. you did it once again.. 🙂
    I think it is in the law of nature for general human beings to be insecure and guard their consciousness with some meta factor, thus GOD. Sometimes I wonder if we care for people around us, if we respect human values and if we mind our own businesses, we will be dear to this supreme power which is very much around us and nature will take care of us.

  • LAVI AGRAWAL

    SIR, Very smartly you put the confusion about GOD and then questioning about his existence while giving your belief in him in your last few lines.
    The same question I use to roll sometime before, as every inch of my body was in confusion.
    I asked to many, read many books, saw many videos and reached here:
    The main thing is that we need to believe in some “POSITIVE ENERGY” for ongoing activities and the very existence of the world.
    Something which helps you to differentiate between evil and good.
    Something for the very existence of civilization.
    This needs belief in existence of some higher power.
    For achieving this, man gave a figurative approach to this concept of energy-GOD
    and for supporting this fact we coincidentally have the concepts of scriptures.
    As you rightly said sir that things loses its pristine form, it might be same with this case of ENERGY.
    There need to be a higher power upon which we can rely,trust,fear and love.
    Yes FEAR AND LOVE both together (as is the case between us and our parents)
    Its not difficult, as we can do our KARMA while making it sure that its not wrong/bad.

    By this I don’t mean that I am atheist, its just that I found my answer to have believe in GOD and rest all as a supporting element to this.

    Moreover this topic is of endless arguments
    For my side I gave an end to this by this concept

    Taking the case of different religions I don’t have enough time to give it a thought as the energy or God is same and one, whichever religion u believe.
    I am a HINDU but personally it do not matters to me
    I pray to all the God of all the religion or rather my own one higher power in which the energy lies.

    Just like you sir i too WANT TO love god rather than fearing him.
    So I made myself clear on this concept and now I LOVE HIM without any confusion as something in me also tells that HE IS DEFINITELY THERE SOMEWHERE guiding us, protecting us, walking beside us.

    P.S- By this I do not intend to hurt someone’s emotions, belief, trust.
    I just wrote my view for this.

    • Lavi Agrawal

      Having serious apology sir
      due to some net problem my post was posted two to three times
      I don’t know how.

  • Lavi Agrawal

    SIR, Very smartly you put the confusion about GOD and then questioning about his existence while giving your belief in him in your last few lines.
    The same question I use to roll sometime before, as every inch of my body was in confusion.
    I asked to many, read many books, saw many videos and reached here:
    The main thing is that we need to believe in some “POSITIVE ENERGY” for ongoing activities and the very existence of the world.
    Something which helps you to differentiate between evil and good.
    Something for the very existence of civilization.
    This needs belief in existence of some higher power.
    For achieving this, man gave a figurative approach to this concept of energy-GOD
    and for supporting this fact we coincidentally have the concepts of scriptures.
    As you rightly said sir that things loses its pristine form, it might be same with this case of ENERGY.
    There need to be a higher power upon which we can rely,trust,fear and love.
    Yes FEAR AND LOVE both together (as is the case between us and our parents)
    Its not difficult, as we can do our KARMA while making it sure that its not wrong/bad.

    By this I don’t mean that I am atheist, its just that I found my answer to have believe in GOD and rest all as a supporting element to this.

    Moreover this topic is of endless arguments
    For my side I gave an end to this by this concept

    Taking the case of different religions I don’t have enough time to give it a thought as the energy or God is same and one, whichever religion u believe.
    I am a HINDU but personally it do not matters to me
    I pray to all the God of all the religion or rather my own one higher power in which the energy lies.

    Just like you sir i too WANT TO love god rather than fearing him.
    So I made myself clear on this concept and now I LOVE HIM without any confusion as something in me also tells that HE IS DEFINITELY THERE SOMEWHERE guiding us, protecting us, walking beside us.

    P.S- By this I do not intend to hurt someone’s emotions, belief, trust.
    I just wrote my view for this.

  • Guest

    SIR, Very smartly you put the confusion about GOD and then questioning about his existence while giving your belief in him in your last few lines.

    The same question I use to roll sometime before, as every inch of my body was in confusion.

    I asked to many, read many books, saw many videos and reached here:

    The main thing is that we need to believe in some “POSITIVE ENERGY” for ongoing activities and the very existence of the world.

    Something which helps you to differentiate between evil and good.

    Something for the very existence of civilization.

    This needs belief in existence of some higher power.

    For achieving this, man gave a figurative approach to this concept of energy-GOD

    and for supporting this fact we coincidentally have the concepts of scriptures.

    As you rightly said sir that things loses its pristine form, it might be same with this case of ENERGY.

    There need to be a higher power upon which we can rely,trust,fear and love.

    Yes FEAR AND LOVE both together (as is the case between us and our parents)

    Its not difficult, as we can do our KARMA while making it sure that its not wrong/bad.

    By this I don’t mean that I am atheist, its just that I found my answer to have believe in GOD and rest all as a supporting element to this.

    Moreover this topic is of endless arguments

    For my side I gave an end to this by this concept

    Taking the case of different religions I don’t have enough time to give it a thought as the energy or God is same and one, whichever religion u believe.

    I am a HINDU but personally it do not matters to me

    I pray to all the God of all the religion or rather my own one higher power in which the energy lies.

    Just like you sir i too WANT TO love god rather than fearing him.

    So I made myself clear on this concept and now I LOVE HIM without any confusion as something in me also tells that HE IS DEFINITELY THERE SOMEWHERE guiding us, protecting us, walking beside us.

    P.S- By this I do not intend to hurt someone’s emotions, belief, trust.
    I just wrote my view for this.

  • himanshu khurana

    It felt as if you have penned my feelings..many of these questions i have asked myself and other people as well who are very keen on sharing their ‘khuda gyaan’… i would love to see people being practical in their prayers as well…religion is being treated as an opium of masses…a change is necessary

  • gurprataap

    Kalyug = the age or ignorance
    Satyug= the age of enlightenment

    Iam a sikh but love to read and explore all other religions

    I beleive religions were founded and made according to the times and problems of that era

    Also rxplore read yourself not soke priest or sm1 specially when u knoe inside he himself is ignorant
    Thr buddha said not to accept anything even if bhrahma has said it if your conscience does not accept it and beleive something that a child says if ur inner voice and experience does…

    Also when the Gita or quran say’ remember me and forget evrything else’ it means mediddate on it and forget ur ego. . Lust. ..basically the attachments of this world not the other religions lol…

    It is the people who have boxed God according to themselves

    As for why god lets the innocent die…
    It is written in evry holy book ‘that his plans only he knows and we can never comprehend his aspects completely..also look at what nirbhayas rape led to. .the whole nation rose up against a necessary evil..laws were strengthened…etc…maybe she also got the result of her past karmas..maybe i cannot be sure cz iam also learning…

    So we do need to fear god as well so that we dont do bad deeds thataffect others cz then in this life or the next we will have their results

    Humanity > religion

    Religion is just a means to instill discipline and a moral conduct

    Try to find the answers explore yourself and with your conscience and experience. .he will guide you…i know cz he guides me and am still learning

  • gurprataap

    Also I advise everyone to like and read’ inspirations by Sudhir Krishnan’ on facebook. .hr andwerd such questions asked by people like u n me beautifully and simply…

    He’s 1 guru I can trust..

    Its really simple
    If any guru elder anyone tells u to follow ONLY this god and rituals ‘ u know u want to stay out of it….

    Our goal is to bring the satyug back into this kalyug…and dont hste thr oned who are ignorant or fanatic…they have just not got the right experiences…;))

  • Laddi

    Your thoughts are a mixture of theories on religion of Emile Durkheim,weber,marx….in order to get clarity please read them and you’ll get to know why god was INVENTED!!

  • Rupan Chhabra

    I am of the belief that god does not live in temples , church or elsewhere . Wherever people are happy , joyful , living life to the fullest ,where love is unconditional , god is there. Still the people are looking for these things externally rather than within themselves , that is why god seems to be ” invisible” to them . Whenever I am quiet and relaxed for even 10 minutes during the day , my belief gets strengthened that some divine force is there within me and not outside .

  • Pranita

    ur amazing sir.. you just voiced my thoughts!! i feel exactly the same way.. i too believe God exists, but i don’t know in what form.. Maybe some day i will find the answer to this..

  • Arpit Vaishnavi

    Right now I’m developing a software as my final year project; and a thought struck my mind that if religion was software Hinduism would be Linux. If religion was the Web, Hinduism would be Web 2.0.

    Richard Stallman would be pleased as I attempt to step into slightly uncharted waters – On Religion. On the religion we know as Hinduism. And my attempt is to make a small comparison of the religion with open source and Web 2.0.

    Last year, for a variety of reasons, I have found myself at temples, astrologers and other pilgrimage center. And if I count my family, we have been to quite a few temples across the country. Each one of it has been an amazing experience. And through these visits to temples, ashrams and related places – each slightly diverse, yet encompassing all others – I marvel at this religion. Hinduism seems to embody – notwithstanding new found guardians of the faith – opensource to its truest extent. It encompasses just about all open source- web 2.0 principles. User level participation, creation of communities – look no further.

    Pick an avatar for god – anyone. You need not choose humans, past or present, though that’s your choice. You could pick a lake, a mountain, a spring, a tree, a sand bridge, a river, an animal or a combination. How that for variety? Spore?

    Write an epic. Come up with a zillion versions of it. No copyrights, no copylefts either. No paper. Pass down traditions orally. Create your own epic. Build history. Mathura or Madurai. Ayodhya or Ayutthaya. Create your user experience by building a website, I mean temple or city. Fan created content. If those temples were not created by fans of their gods, who did it?

    And there are many more examples… Like if after thousands of years someone finds the Potter Series’ books in a pit, he’ll become the child god who fought against the tyranny of snake faced devil.

    In the long run, open minds and open sources have always proved to be sources of progress.

  • preeti khattri

    i am exploring through rajyoga, SGI buddhism , did art of living practises……… my mother who has got fixed with brahmakumari ideology calls me a lone wanderer who will get lost in confusion, but every exploration has made me come closer to the understanding that god is working very hard to transform the spirits to harmonise with nature. yes god exists and he s on job!

  • shubhamj

    u wrote exquisitely well….but completed simply without telling something hard to touch the heart…..i was waiting for some hard fact which could have touched the heart as well as astonished my mind…..something hard which could have told about the presence of god….

  • ash malhotar

    As an atheist and a mechanical engineering,i often find resemblance in the in feeble superstitions that our ancestors carrying with them.

    Because of inertia, there thoughts are so deep-rooted that if some-one asks them an answer about any ambiguity ,they give absolute absurd answers which makes us frenzy more often than not…

    Lyk i ask my parents “Where was your god when tens and thousands people died in the Uttarakhand calamity?,
    They gave me one of the preposterous answer that i ever heard in my life..

    They said,”Beta wo to unka nasib hai jo bhagwan ke dar jake mare sab ka bhagya aisa nhi hota.”

    What ? There bodies were rotten during there ordeal up there.
    DoGs were vying for the meat of there corpse

    If god seeking people die like this,i better call myself “atheist “..

    Someone should stop this this fly-wheel of ludicrous thought ,may time can only do this….

  • Nitika Satya

    many atheists and agnostics would have turned into believers had there been an iota of miracle in badrinath !
    well the main temple was really miraculously saved … but many devotees .. especially the old ones who are unfortunately alive after having lost their relatives feel cheated after leading a life devoted to God.
    The only positivity I can find is that all those who rushed to the temple fr rescue were saved by the miraculous boulders at the back of the temple. Even then,many questions remain unanswered …

  • AKASH YADAV

    sir u r awesome,,,,few days back u came to our college ( united , gr. noida) ,,i found u boring & irritating,,probably bcoz i ws in 3rd yr dat didnt knew much abt life ,,,but as final year passed by i started reading u & got many answers 2 my questions ,,,bcoz i faced many f dese situations dat u bring up on ur blog …THUMBS UP sirjii & thanxxx,,,ur welcome speech ws written by me dat day btw 🙂 🙂 u r great motivator & everybody needs to learn how simplify complex things the way u do 🙂

  • Hi Akash,

    I think GOD listned you because after reading this comment , you can know about GOD and all truth about him.
    You talk about GEETA and one more slok from GEETA , Yada yada hi dharmasaya wala…
    uska meaning ye h ki jab jab dharam ki glani hogi, tab tab m bharat ke uthan ke liye aaunga , or at present we know Dharam ki glani sabse jyada h, so according to him promise , he descended into our world and now we have to understand about him and connect with him to accept all those powers from Supreme authority….
    Ab aap puchenge, iske liye kya karna hoga,
    Just visit nearest Brahmakumaris and ask for 7 days course in which they tell about Who am I? About GOD and all those question which you raised in this article..
    in the end, I want to say if you truely want to know about answers of all those question in this article , you must visit to nearest Parjapita brahmakumaris Ishvariya Vishwavidhlaya and they give various logics about you and GOD also to connect with GOD…
    There is no blind faith that anyone says anything and you say sahi h , sahi h, you have to judge all those things through your intellect….
    Last line :you only know about GOD , NOW and NEVER…

  • neha verma

    sir i m too confused with the concept of god…i dont want to say it a concept…because i do belive god is there….even sunita williams during her spacewalk she carried “Gita” with her…i was surprised when i heared that..this shows her faith in god…you have written in your blog that if god is everywhere why there is church mandir, mosque…because…u cant see god…and to meet god u need some address….as people do come to you to meet you at your address..i genuinly feel god is one…so i accept their different avatar/roops….i m confused with one more thing too…at one part i have heard tumko vo milega jo tumhari lakiro mai h…and other part heared that tumhare karam se tumhari lakir banti h…..last i would appreciate sir that u come up with the real logical contradictory belief….

  • Kunj Bihari Meena

    Its realy true when we love god then we feel reciprocation with God,
    if we are approaching the god for begging something then its just an business with God, I remenber the words of my papa, he is very selfrealized person and exalted devotee of lord Krishna, He ofenly says when I remember Krishna then I feel like tasting butter kind of thing, but never realized it, after reaching IIT KHARAGPUR, I came to in the contact of some good peaple and could get the chance of self realization then I tasted that butter taste what my Papa used to taste…
    So wanna say that reciprocate if we have unaloyed love for Him ….

  • Suresh Devtulya

    i got the same feeling around a year ago.. i read Gita, downloaded many verses of Quran, watched videos by scholars, and finally I concluded that all religions were made so that man could live his life in a more elegant and superior way.

  • Surbhit Awasthi

    hey Akash!!!!…..i attended ur workshop(angrezi beat tey) previous week in kanpur…bro i have became ur fan…..i would like to ask u that everyone says that there is some unique or hidden talent in everyone…i am nonplussed becoz i dont know what i’m exactly good at..i want u to tell me how could i get to know what i am good at….and which thing i can do better than any1 else….

  • Rajat Agarwal

    i am also searching about the most of the natural things happening on this earth……. still cnfusiong.. i also want to ask godji….. GODJI….. r u really there… n how all it happens..?????? GITA me likha hai JAB JAb dharti PE ADHARM KA SAAYA AATA HAI TAB TAB BHAGWAAN DHARTI PAR AVTAAR LETE HAI… Then here’s my ques….. IS DHARTI PAR TO ADHARM KA SAAYA NAHI TOTALLY ADHARM HONE LAGAA HAI… TO GODJI AAPNE AVTAAR LE LIA HAI TO ADHARM JYADA KYU HO RHA HAI INSTEAD OF rRDUCING..???

  • Sagar goyal

    wao…… what an honest and awesome outcome of my thoughts by somebody else(by akash)),,
    superb buddy!

  • Vrindavan SIngh Yadav

    Hi Akash,
    I want to share a story (from Sudha Murhty’s book) on human superstitions and nonsense-cum-fake sadhus. There was once a great Brahmin, who used to worship and study vedas regularly. But after sometime his holy morning time get disturbed because of a cat, who came to find food. The brahmin used a trick to solve his daily basis problem. He started to put a bowl of milk for cat to make her quiet and his worship undisturbed. Since then he use this trick everyday. His son also seen this procedure as a child. After his son became young, the old man unable to perform morning puja but he continue till he died along with cat. After the old man , its son’s duty to perform these ‘pooja’. So, from the very first his son bought a cat and forcefully feed the cat and he hardly give attention to studying vedas. This was the result of his observation of his father who used to feed cat for keeping her away but his son imitates his father without his own conscience.
    I think that is why in contemprory world religion become most important issue than its teaching.

  • Priyanka Arora

    Your concept about god is honest and truly inclined with lessons we have been told since our school days .

    But had you ever been a truth seeker, you would have found a SatGuru , as Krishna says , guru is needed to remove all worldly ignorance. You have stated many things related to Hinduism which looks stupid to follow. But when u start considering yourself as a spiritual soul, you may find answers for y these traditions and surprisingly all are well aligned inclined with modern Science.

    The reason for giving water to Peepal tree is simple becoz it emits the Saatvik aura which raises spiritual energy and cleans negative vibes around. Same is with Tulsi and Amla trees 🙂

    1. If you seek answers from Vedas,you would find your connection with universe , what is divine power and your significance as cosmic existence . Every material on this earth has some cosmic energy.

    2. Everyone is free and independent to do good/bad karmas but there is no independence to suffer /enjoy its outcomes. When you know dharma , you prefer sensible Karmas.

    3. When you forget about your identity and attachment with this human body , you would respect the existence of other creatures as well .but only Human is blessed with intellect 🙂

    4. And About self proclaimed Gurus belief system, you are just another victim of Jihadi and missionaries driven media trying to defame Hindu Gurus and saints in a line. They are not embroiled in controversies; they are intentionally targeted into controversies by foreign powers. People like many are made fool to remain in ignorance . There is one common task which all these saints do , is bring back people lost in Christianity to own sanatan dharma , that’s y attacked by foreign powers still ruling and paying most of media channels…. things are not simple as they r shown . You can not earn million followers unless you are really knowledgeable and Influential .

    People who follow Gurus are surely not weak,they are sensible truth seekers .
    do not give such statement if you have not met any of them please. 🙂 .. Go through mahavakyas of ‘ Tatvamasi’ and ‘aham brahmasmi’ before marking them as self proclaimed.

    To think upon – which country in world telecast POPE from
    Vatican live on doordarshan when they know India itself is a land of 100s of enlightened visionary Sadhu’s and saints and India is Hindu rashtra , and not Christian . It’s simple they want to target Sanatan dharma population to get influenced and convert. Please open your mind and know the behind story.

    India being a spiritual home to all the seekers of
    truth from various parts of world undeniably is the most treasured country. Off course, people who don’t identify its rich heritage and are influenced by colonial histories may have confusions regarding it.

  • Aquib Ansar Begg

    Many of us in the process of satisfying the Dharm Thekedaars and search of God we are completely ignoring the shower of energy of the universe which is constantly pouring on us, that energy doesn’t create any differences of religion that why are we being so ignorant. There is only one God, the Creator…Rest all were his messengers, and the messengers duty is spreading awareness about God, not himself becoming God. Worshipping that God, will let the energy flow in your system.
    Peace of Mind of 7 billion people = World Peace..

  • Preeti Sukhija

    Sir dis God concept is literally confusing..even the POPE FRANCIS one of the biggest spiritualist, resigned from his work saying that he doesnt belive in the existence of GOD anymore.

  • Shobit

    sir i’m sure u havn’t read geeta completely if u read it again read it i hav read just 3 chapters and max. of my spiritual concepts are cleared
    Also to understand spiritual knowledge u should have meditated mind unless u can’t understand it or understand less

  • Dipti

    I disagree with your point about Gurus!
    1. it is not that only needy, emotional and weak people flock to them, anyone who wants to walk on a spiritual path, know more about our own self goes to a Guru.
    2. they don’t engage in “some” charity work.. they just want to see a better world and spread happiness in each and every part of this world.
    3. a guru does not belong to/favor any one religion..one who does is not a GURU.
    4.now a days people also say that all doctors are fraud..even u must have faced a fraud doctor..did u stop going to clinics? Don’t u go to doctors anymore?

    if few people in a certain group/profession are bad the whole group is NOT BAD! U still don’t seem to know who is a guru/what role a guru plays..that is the reason u have written such a post!

  • JiG$

    If God is everywhere; what was the need to make mosques / temples/ churches?

    This question is beautifully answered by Ashwin Sanghi in his book: The Kirshna Key.

  • rational indian

    This was a good read as long as it talked about the hypocrisy of the god business prevailing in our society. But I was disappointed with your concluding remarks about the existence of a creator ( u can call him god). I assume you as well as your readers are well aware of EVOLUTION. I guess you are rational enough to put forward it instead of creationism. Listening to AR Rehman’s music may also leave a soothing effect…it has nothing to with existence of God. Same applies to meditation and other stuff. I think its high time that our generation should me made aware of non existence of God( don’t ask me for the proofs as I can question in a reverse manner plus I can cite numerous evidences of evolution) and rather be taught moral values free from any heavenly bliss kind of crap

  • Abbas Ali

    If you don’t believe in any religion and don’t fear Resurrection Day, at least be free in this world. ” -Imam Hussain (s).

  • zakir

    hello everyone
    according to me the problem is we follow others around us without thinking about the cause that why should i do?
    we follow whatever our parents tell us, we do a lots of pujas,ibbadats etc etc even without knowing why should we?

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