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Is there a GOD? Why we are not able to see GOD? How to see GOD?

Lot many people among us ask this question to our elders or some times to ourselves: "Is there a GOD or some power?" Our elders answer "Yes, there is a GOD and it resides within us. HE is very near to us". But we are not willing to accept this because in this age of science we need proof. We say if there is GOD then why cannot we see/touch/feel/experience HIM with our senses? But do we really think this is a logical question from a so called modern man? Ask yourself.

The man who has invented airplanes, submarines, rockets to reach Moon and now trying to achieve time machine knows very well that any thing in this universe can be solved by the help of a formula or technique. Airplanes travel in air, ships travel in water with such a weight just because of a formula. Everything in this Universe is bond with some rules/principals. Our scientists all the time are trying to crack different formulas in order to invent one more sophisticated machine. But when the topic of GOD comes we simply say "There is no GOD". Is this answer based on our hard work that we had put in order to understand GOD? Have we ever tried the formula to feel GOD? Have we ever listened or tried to understand from the experience of another person who had already felt GOD?

Some examples:

1. If we tell a child that butter and ghee is hidden inside milk. Will the child believe us? Can we show them hidden butter in milk?

The answer is NO. We cannot but using a formula we can prove it. We can show them the technique to extract butter from milk. The child can learn the technique and if implemented he will be able to see butter coming out of milk. So, the key here is to follow the technique and then experience instead of just saying there is no butter inside the milk as I cannot feel/see/experience it.

2. If we show a Bohar (Bayan) tree's seed to a child and tell him that a huge tree will be grown out of this seed. What will be the answer of this child?

The child will say NO I do not believe and if there is tree within this seed then show me. Now, we try to convince the child that there is a tree within the seed, we just need to sow it in soil and water it everyday then one day (after many years) it will become a huge bohar tree. The child BELIEVES us and every day waters the seed. After many years a seed becomes a huge tree. Now, what's the key here? The child needs to believe the one who has already seen seed growing into huge tree and then following the technique told by his mentor that child is also able to understand the concept. Here notice that sometimes it takes time to understand the concept. It takes time.

3. Eyes are very near to us and by which we see this world. Are we able to see our eyes without a mirror? Can we say that our eyes do not exist even though we are seeing this world with our eyes?

The answer is no. We require a mirror in order to see our eyes. Now, what are the requirements of the mirror if we want to see our eyes within it? First: The mirror should NOT be opposite/putha. Second: It should be stand still. Third: It should be clean. It does not matter how long we try to see our eyes in mirror; whenever the mirror fulfills the 3 conditions we will be able to see our eyes in it.

Learning from the above examples, we can derive the following:

1. We need to believe Vedas/Granths who are explaining GOD and we should also listen to Sants/Mahapurashs who are already One with HIM. We just have to believe in Vedas/Granths and follow the techniques defined in Granths to experience GOD.

2. Our normal eyes cannot see HIM without the aid of mirror. Our Mirror is our Mann. The requirements of Mann are: It should be Clean and Ekagar. And once these 2 requirements are fulfilled our GURU will provide us Brahmgyan which in turn will enable us to see HIM in our Mann.

3. It does not matter how long we have been trying to experience GOD. Experiencing GOD is not proportional to time. It is dependent only whether our Mann fulfills the required conditions.

Now, we understood that we are NOT able to see GOD even though HE is very near to us because of our Mann’s faults. Our Mann’s faults are due to Maya (not only money). Maya has 3 powers (Mal, Vikhsep, Avaran) due to which we cannot see GOD.

ਕਹਿ ਰਵਿਦਾਸ ਹਾਥ ਪੈ ਨੇਰੈ ਸਹਜੇ ਹੋਇ ਸੁ ਹੋਈ ॥੪॥੧॥

Says Ravi Daas, the Lord is nearer than our own hands and feet. Whatever will be, will be. ||4||1|| (Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Page 658, Line 2)

ਸੋ ਤੁਮ ਹੀ ਮਹਿ ਬਸੈ ਨਿਰੰਤਰਿ ਨਾਨਕ ਦਰਪਨਿ ਨਿਆਈ ॥੩॥੫॥

He dwells deep within your inner self, O Nanak, like the image in a mirror. ||3||5|| (Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Page 632, Line 12)

ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਆਰਸੀ ਕੋਈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਵੇਖੈ ॥

This mind is a mirror; how rare are those who, as Gurmukh, see themselves in it. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Page 115, Line 3)

ਅੰਤਰ ਆਤਮੈ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਨ ਚੀਨ੍ਹ੍ਹਿਆ ਮਾਇਆ ਕਾ ਮੁਹਤਾਜੁ ਭਇਆ ॥੭॥

Within your innermost self, you do not recognize God, and you compromise yourself for the sake of Maya. ||7|| (Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Page 435, Line 3)

ਭਾਂਭੀਰੀ ਕੇ ਪਾਤ ਪਰਦੋ ਬਿਨੁ ਪੇਖੇ ਦੂਰਾਇਓ ॥੩॥

There is a veil between us, like the wings of a butterfly; without being able to see Him, He seems so far away. ||3|| (Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Page 624, Line 11)

ਤ੍ਰਿਬਿਧਿ ਮਾਇਆ ਰਹੀ ਬਿਆਪਿ ॥

The three-phased Maya infects all. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Page 1145, Line 4)

ਏਹ ਤ੍ਰਿਗੁਣ ਮਾਇਆ ਜਿਨਿ ਜਗਤੁ ਭੁਲਾਇਆ ਜਨਮ ਮਰਣ ਕਾ ਸਹਸਾ ॥

This three-phased Maya has deluded the whole world into cynicism about death and birth. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Page 1257, Line 16)

Details of problems of Mann OR 3 Powers of Maya:


Actually, Maya has 3 powers due to which our Mann cannot see GOD:

1. Mal:

Due to previous and this birth's bad deeds Mann gets attracted to bad deeds and questions the existence of GOD. It is a power which introduces illusion. e.g this is world. This power can be overcome through good deeds without asking anything in return. The best thing is to do “Satsang†in order to remove dirt from our Mann.

ਮਾਇਆ ਮਲੁ ਲਾਗੀ ਮੂੜ ਭਏ ਅਭਾਗੀ ਜਿਨ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਨਹ ਭਾਇਆ ॥

The filth of Maya clings to them, and they become unfortunate fools - they do not love the Lord's Name. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Page 443, Line 12)

ਸਗਲ ਕ੍ਰਿਆ ਮਹਿ ਊਤਮ ਕਿਰਿਆ ॥ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਿ ਦੁਰਮਤਿ ਮਲੁ ਹਿਰਿਆ ॥

Of all religious rituals, the most sublime ritual is to erase the filth of the dirty mind in the Company of the Holy. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji – Page 266, Line 13)

2. Vikhsep:

It is a power due to which different types of furne/thoughts rise in Mann and gives dukh. e.g Janam, maran, dukh, sukh etc. Because of these thoughts Maan never stay (No Ekagar). It can be overcome by remembering HIM (RAAB de Bhagti).

ਮਾਇਆ ਮਮਤਾ ਪਵਹਿ ਖਿਆਲੀ ॥

You are distracted by thoughts of Maya and worldly attachment. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Page 993, Line 8)

ਝੂਠੀ ਮਾਇਆ ਸਭੁ ਜਗੁ ਬਾਧਿਆ ਮੈ ਰਾਮ ਰਮਤ ਸੁਖੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੩॥੩॥੨੫॥

The false Maya has bound the whole world, but I have obtained peace, chanting the Name of the Lord. ||3||3||25|| (Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Page 482, Line 10)

3. Avaran:

It is power which hides the original thing which is GOD. It does not allow us to see the reality.e.g- just like when someone puts a bucket upside down on lit candle, room which had light before is dark now because of bucket which is put upside down. It can be overcome only through Brahmgyan which is the last stage to meet GOD.

ਦਿਸਟਿ ਬਿਕਾਰੀ ਦੁਰਮਤਿ ਭਾਗੀ ਐਸਾ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੁ ॥੨॥

Visions of corruption, vice and evil-mindedness run away. Such is the spiritual wisdom of God. ||2|| (Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Page 1329, Line 7)

ਕਬੀਰ ਮਨੁ ਸੀਤਲੁ ਭਇਆ ਪਾਇਆ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੁ ॥

Kabeer, my mind is cooled and soothed; I have become God-conscious. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji Page 1373, Line 17)

ਤ੍ਰੈ ਗੁਣ ਮਾਇਆ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਕੀ ਕੀਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਕਹਹੁ ਕਵਨ ਬਿਧਿ ਤਰੀਐ ਰੇ ॥

ਘੂਮਨ ਘੇਰ ਅਗਾਹ ਗਾਖਰੀ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੀ ਪਾਰਿ ਉਤਰੀਐ ਰੇ ॥੨॥

God has created Maya of the three qualities; tell me, how can it be crossed over? The whirlpool is awesome and unfathomable; only through the Word of the Guru's Shabad is one carried across. ||2|| (Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Page 404, Line 2)

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