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174 Blessed With the Tools to Seek

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God has blessed us in many ways. Let us try to understand what these blessings really are
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  1  2 174 Blessed with the tools to seek. Dear Friends, Assalamu Alaikum, There are two ways of viewing this universe and all that it contains, the first view is that of an atheist who believes that that the Universe everything in it is evolving, and everything we see around us is the result of the evolution of a series of random cosmic or earthly accidents. I use the word ‘ accidents ’  because the atheist believes that these many epoch making ‘events’ that has shaped , and is continuing to shape our world, were not planned or designed. The other view is that there is a God and this is the view I subscribe to. Actually this is the more interesting view. I could use many adjectives to describe this view. It could be described as the more challenging view. Because when we say that there is a God, we actually open doors or even vast arenas to a number of perplexing questions, and the challenge would be to seek the answers to these questions. I have discussed these questions in my earlier talks; however let me discuss these questions once more. This thinking is usually referred to as the creationist theory in that we say that there has to have been a creator and we recognize or identify that creator as God. Well saying that there has to be a creator to this universe and everything it contains, and that that creator is God does not actually satisfy us, on the contrary we find ourselves facing many other questions and as we keep seeking answers to these questions newer and newer questions keep coming up. Let me walk through some examples. When we look around observe whatever we can see and then come to the conclusion that the Universe has to have been created, then we are also implying or saying that the Universe has to have been planned and designed and also that everything in this universe is being sustained and managed with meticulous care. So we ask a very obvious question, why was the Universe created? There has to be some purpose and objective. There may even be many purposes and objectives. Cosmologists and other scientists after careful research have informed us that there is god scientific evidence to show that the Universe was created around 13.7 Billion years ago, and that this Universe was created from an infinitesimally minute dot which they refer to as a singularity. They describe this event of the infinitesimally minute dot or singularity suddenly expanding to becoming the Universe, and this event or this moment of expansion is referred to as the ‘Big Bang’   Let me quote from the BBC Video Documentary titled ‘How the Earth was formed’   ‘The Universe came out of nothing. It w as nowhere, because before it there was no time and there was also no space, there was truly truly truly nothing, that is to say not even a place where it happened, not even a time at which it happ ened!’   ‘Somehow out of this nothing; came everything!’  Th at is how BBC describes the ‘Big Bang’ or the creation of this Universe.  So now when we hear this we find our minds automatically asking many questions. For example; The Universe came out of nothing 13.7 Billion years ago, so what was there before, before these 13.7 Billion years?  3 If God created this Universe, then surely God has to have been there even before the creation of this Universe? So if this Universe was not in existence before 13.7 Billion years ago, then where was God before this event? Then is it possible that there are many other Universes? Scientists refer to this theory as the ‘ theory of the multiverse ’  or ‘ multiple universes ’ . Then a most puzzling question or we may even refer to it as the most    puzzling question; ‘W hy did God create this wonderful or even frighteningly wonderful Universe? ’  Then the question that follows; ‘W hy are we on this Universe? ’ or to be more explicit, ‘Why are we on planet Earth?’  What is God’s  plan with regard to giving us life and placing us on planet Earth? We are now alive on this Planet Earth, and we are all due to die, then what happens after death? If we are to have a life after death, did we have a life or were we in existence before we were born or before we arrived on earth? If we were in existence even before we arrived on planet earth, is it possible that we were in existence even before the creation of this universe? Now that is a serious question because my curiosity is implying that in fact we are all over 13.7 Billion years old!! T hen if we are over 13.7 Billion years old, then it follows that one of God’s plans in creating this Universe and this earth was to send us here, so I ask the question what happened (maybe) over 13.7 Billion years ago for God to create this Universe or this environment and send us here for a very very short period of time? Imagine when we compare 13.7 Billion years or more with our life of say 60 to 70 years, then the period of our life here just pales in to insignificance. So does this not indicate that we were not sent to planet earth to live, but we were sent to planet earth for some kind of a ‘ reading ’ ? We are like ‘ dipped ’  in to planet earth and then quickly taken out so that some reading is indicated, as a result of our short dip in to the earth’s environment. In comparison to the age of the Universe our life on earth is a mere ‘dip’ But to us, in our perspective, our life on earth appears to be everything! We cannot see or even perceive anything before it or anything after it. So then if we are seeking answers to all those questions, then we must ask this puzzling question too. ‘Why have we forgotten everything that could have happened before our entry to earth, and have the perception that this life is everything?’   Puzzling isn’t it?  How do we seek the answers? Oh, there are so many questions!! There are questions upon questions, and new questions flowing from ever emerging new questions. How do we seek the answers? This is where things become even more curious.  4 I also find that human beings have come to planet earth or are born on planet earth equipped with the tools for seeking these answers. The tools for seeking are inbuilt. When I think about this wonder I can’t help but think ‘is our mission or purpose on earth to use these tools for se eking and to realize the truths?’ Somehow the more I think about this the more obvious it becomes that that would be the mission or the purpose of our short stay on earth. This is a thought worth thinking about. Now let me describe the tools that we are blessed with. We possess many tools for seeking, however let me point out very briefly 5 of such wondrous tools. The first of these tools  is what I refer to as ‘the tools for seeking’ Have you noticed that all of us human are sort of programmed with a natural thirst to seek? We are all born equipped with this inbuilt curiosity. It is natural in all human beings, and is probably one big factor that sets us aside from the rest of the animal kingdom. The second of these tools  are that we are programmed to believe in and to seek God. Human beings in every age and everywhere have had this deep sort of programmed thinking that there is a God. This programming is present in all of us. We pray to God for favors and seek protection from difficulties and calamities. We thank God when things go well and this phrase has even become a common part of speech. Even in very primitive societies, you may refer to them as tribes living in jungles, have this natural inclination to appease the Gods they believe in. There are many tribal customs and traditions that are directly associated with appeasing or appealing to the Gods. A good example would be the tribal rain dance. So by nature we have this ‘God thinking’  and by nature we are curious. Now to complement those two qualities or to actually give meaning to those two qualities, we possess another two great qualities. For convenience and easy reference I refer to them as the third tool and the fourth tool. The third tool is what our brains are equipped to read, process store and retrieve. This is simply amazing. Of course all animals display this tool, but then these tools in man is far far superior to what any other animal possesses. We see with our eyes  –  the seeing is read from the brain. We hear with our ears  –  the hearing is read from the brain. We feel senses on our kin and our tongues  –  these senses are read from the brain. But then there is very much more taking place in the brain than mere seeing, hearing and feeling. There is a process of intelligent processing or progression taking place in our brains all the time. We do not only see, but we also observe, we also perceive, we also reflect and we also meditatively do research in to what we see. There are a number of intelligent processes functioning in our brains all the time. Reading what we see and then processing the readings. Let me illustrate this with a very simple example.
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