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MAN'S SEARCH FOR GOD

"Man is searching for God from the beginning of time. The search is still on by many; many are content with what they have already discovered. Before we set our feet on the path that leads to God, let us discover our origin first. How has mankind come into existence. The purpose of this book is to bring people of different faiths and religions together by discovering God, who, in fact, is not different for different people. The Creator cannot be different. The Creator is One ,call Him with any name-God, Allah, YHWH, Ishwar, Ahura Mazda, or Rab. We are not aware of any religion, which describe many Creators! Even those who believe in multiplicity of gods, believe that Brahma-the Creator-is One and Only. Even those who talk about gods believe in One Creator. The bandwidth of this book covers, Scientific, Philosophical, Spiritual and Religious approaches about existence of God. The Purpose of this book is to unite, which is the need of the day. "
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"Preface –
Man is searching God from time immemorial. The search is still on by many; many are content with what they how already discovered. Before we set our feet on the path that leads to God, let us discover our origin first. How has Mankind come into existence?
All the three major Semitic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam)believe that the entire mankind is the progeny of one parent-Adam and Eve(Aadam and Hawwa in Arabic)Bhagavad Gita proclaims, “Vasydauka Kutumban’, meaning ""The world is a single family”. What does it mean? I, you, and everyone, irrespective of one’s faith or religious belief, belong to one single family - the source is the same, single parent. Qur'an makes it clear in Surah Yunus: ""Mankind was but a single Ummah (community or nation),but differed(later)..""(Qur'an 10:19).Qur'an also makes it clear: “Mankind was a single Ummah(community or nation)And God sent Messengers with glad tidings and warnings...(Qur'an 2:213).All major religions of the world,whichconstitute an overwhelming world-population,testify thatall of us belong to ONE family or community - as the population multiplied, multiplied the communities. And each community or nation received the message of truth from God.
Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of messengers and prophets, who came to every nation in every part of world, these messengers have included Prophet Abraham (AS), Prophet Moses (AS), Prophet Jesus Christ (AS) and Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). Many do not know that Prophet Abraham (AS) is the fountainhead of all the three Semitic religions viz. Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Zoroaster brought Zoroastrianism, Buddha introduced Buddhism; many Hindus consider Krishna as God who taught Gita Upadesh. Baha'u'llah most recently brought new spiritual and social teachings. He brought new spiritual and social teachings for mankind with essential message of unity. He taught the oneness of God, the oneness of the human family, and the oneness of all the religions.
Yet, maximum human blood has been shed in the name of religion. Strange!
To bring about harmony among people of various religions many social reformers say, “All religions are same"". But it is untrue. If all the religions are same then a Muslim can follow Christianity, a Christian can follow Hinduism and a Hindu can follow Islam. But it doesn't happen. We must keep our feet on the ground and understand the ground realities. The ground reality, which many do not care to understand, is that amidst many differences there lies a good degree of commonality. Unfortunately we keep focus on differences rather than latent commonalities. Shouldn't we agree on the commonality first and create peace, rather than go cross with each other, keeping the eye on 'differences'. If one cares to read those inspired scriptures one would discover the underlying ‘unity' in apparent ‘diversity'. I would, therefore, like to keep focus on the underlying 'unity in diversity' and rephrase the sentence as: All religions are one, for the ‘Truth'(Oneness of God) is One. This Truth was revealed again and again in all the 'Inspired' religions at different cuts of time, in different languages, using different patterns of language, against different cultural background with different dialects, idioms and metaphors.
In October 1999 I participated in the global convent organized by State of the World Forum at San Francisco on the theme, ‘Envisioning and Creating a Sustainable Compassionate Society-A step towards a culture of peace’. In this spiritual convention l got a unique opportunity to share my views. The theme of the ‘Roundtable Session’ was ‘Spirituality and Religion’. I was asked to address a delicate issue, “Each religion is sacred, and each religion gives the message of peace and harmony, why then is so much bloodshed in the name of religion?"" I explained my views through the following three points:
Firstly, we never see the things from others' perception. One rejects other without even understanding the basics, let alone grasping the underlying philosophy or fundamental principle. We see the practice of the followers and mistake this as one's religion. The practices followed by the followers of a particular religion may not necessarily be the truth taught by that religion. The stereotypes block the doorway to understanding. Religion is not always what the followers practice. There ought to be an underlying divinity somewhere in the existing practice or in the ‘forgotten’ philosophy by the followers. More often than not, the problem lies with the followers, not with the religion.
Secondly, we do not understand our own religion perfectly, because we do not read carefully the respective scriptures, which give the message of peace. Though each of us claims that we know our respective religions, in many cases we really do not know our own religion. In ignorance many of us become easy prey to anti-social elements, whose object is to create bloodshed, chaos and disharmony in the society. They exploit people in the name of religion.
Thirdly, we never care to read the scriptures of other religions. Even when we read, we read to find out the faults. We must understand that when the same thought is explained in different language it is understood differently owing to many factors, which also include vocabulary and cultural background.
The purpose of this book is to bring people of different faiths and religions together by discovering God, who, in fact, is not different for different people. The Creator cannot be different. The Creator is One, call Him with any name-God, Allah, YHWH, Ishwar, Ahura Mazda, or Rab. I am not aware of any religion, which describes many Creators! Even those who believe in multiplicity of gods, believe that Brahma-the Creator-is One and Only. I have yet to find a person who uses the word 'creators' in plural. Even those who talk about gods believe in ONE Creator.
Most amazingly, even those who believe in plurality of God admit that their scriptures speak of One God. Vedas say there is only One God. “Ma cid anyad vi sansata sakhayoma rishanyata"" (Rigveda 8:1:1). This verse is translated as: ""O friends, do not worship anybody but Him, the Divine One. Praise Him alone ""It further says,“Devasya samituk parishtutih” (Rigveda 5:1:81).“Verily, great is the glory of the Divine Creator.” Rigveda explains: “Sages call ONE God with many names"" (Rigveda 1:164:46). Upanishads make it very clear, ""Of Him there is neither parent nor lord. He alone is sufficient. He is not dependent on anybody else.”(Shwetashvatara Sutra Upanishad 6:9). And Bhagavad Gita explains: ""All those who do idol worship, all those who worship demigods are materialistic people.""(Bhagavad Gita7:20). Yajuraveda makes it crystal clear that God is imageless- Na tasya pratitima asti (There is no image of Him)-(Yajurveda 32:3).It further explains that He is unborn and He only deserves our worship. There is no image of Him whose glory verily is Great. In chapter 40 Yajurveda says, ""God is free of body and form; free from birth and death”(Yajuraveda 40:8)
Now let me quote from Brahamasutra: “Ekam Brahm, dvitiya naste, neh na naste kinchan"" meaning “There is only One God, not the second; not at all, not at all, not in the least bit."" And Yajurveda(32:3)makes it clear, “Na tasya pratimaasti,"" meaning “There is no image of Him"".
Like Islam, both Judaism and Christianity believe in One God. “Thou shall have no other gods besides Me. Thou shall not make thee any graven image,of any likeness.(Deuteronomy 5:7-9)It further says, ""Oh Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is ONE” (Deuteronomy 6:4).In Isaiah God proclaims: ""I am the Lord, and there is no one else(besides Me).I am God, and there is nothing like me”(Isaiah46:9). The first Commandment of ’Ten Commandments' commands, You shall have no other gods before Me(Besides God).
Judaism and Christianity also stand for unity of God; Trinity entered Christianity later. Islamic belief is based on One God-“La ilaha illallah"", meaning there is no deity but Allah. Qur'an explains the uniqueness and inimitability of God in Surah-e-Ikhlas: Say, ""He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal Refuge; He neither begets nor is born; nor is there to Him any equivalent.""(Quran112:1-4)
Guru Granth Sahib, the Scripture of Sikhism describes the characteristics of God. Throughout more than 1000 pages, the scripture describes and praises God-the One and Only. Sikhs call God as Rab, which means Lord. Allah is also known as Rab. Adi Granth describes God as One God--the true name, the creator, without fear, without hatred, timeless, unborn, and self-existent.
Taoism says, “Tao that can be defined is not Tao"". God cannot be comprehended nor defined. Lao Tzu calls God as Great. With all humility he says that for lack of vocabulary he calls God as Great- otherwise His Glory is far beyond that the word ‘great' can describe!
As one goes deeper, strangely, one finds an underlying unity in the apparently seeming diversities in religions. Oneness of God is found in all religions, even in polytheistic religions.
The bandwidth of this book covers, Scientific, Philosophical, Spiritual and Religious approaches about existence of God.
As mentioned, the purpose of this book is to unite, which is the need of the day. In this attempt if any portion of the text hurts the piety of any community, I would hasten to state that it could only be inadvertently, not intentionally.
My intentions are noble and I trust that the critics will keep this to fore.
Moid Siddiqui
"

"Preface –
Man is searching God from time immemorial. The search is still on by many; many are content with what they how already discovered. Before we set our feet on the path that leads to God, let us discover our origin first. How has Mankind come into existence?
All the three major Semitic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam)believe that the entire mankind is the progeny of one parent-Adam and Eve(Aadam and Hawwa in Arabic)Bhagavad Gita proclaims, “Vasydauka Kutumban’, meaning ""The world is a single family”. What does it mean? I, you, and everyone, irrespective of one’s faith or religious belief, belong to one single family - the source is the same, single parent. Qur'an makes it clear in Surah Yunus: ""Mankind was but a single Ummah (community or nation),but differed(later)..""(Qur'an 10:19).Qur'an also makes it clear: “Mankind was a single Ummah(community or nation)And God sent Messengers with glad tidings and warnings...(Qur'an 2:213).All major religions of the world,whichconstitute an overwhelming world-population,testify thatall of us belong to ONE family or community - as the population multiplied, multiplied the communities. And each community or nation received the message of truth from God.
Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of messengers and prophets, who came to every nation in every part of world, these messengers have included Prophet Abraham (AS), Prophet Moses (AS), Prophet Jesus Christ (AS) and Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). Many do not know that Prophet Abraham (AS) is the fountainhead of all the three Semitic religions viz. Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Zoroaster brought Zoroastrianism, Buddha introduced Buddhism; many Hindus consider Krishna as God who taught Gita Upadesh. Baha'u'llah most recently brought new spiritual and social teachings. He brought new spiritual and social teachings for mankind with essential message of unity. He taught the oneness of God, the oneness of the human family, and the oneness of all the religions.
Yet, maximum human blood has been shed in the name of religion. Strange!
To bring about harmony among people of various religions many social reformers say, “All religions are same"". But it is untrue. If all the religions are same then a Muslim can follow Christianity, a Christian can follow Hinduism and a Hindu can follow Islam. But it doesn't happen. We must keep our feet on the ground and understand the ground realities. The ground reality, which many do not care to understand, is that amidst many differences there lies a good degree of commonality. Unfortunately we keep focus on differences rather than latent commonalities. Shouldn't we agree on the commonality first and create peace, rather than go cross with each other, keeping the eye on 'differences'. If one cares to read those inspired scriptures one would discover the underlying ‘unity' in apparent ‘diversity'. I would, therefore, like to keep focus on the underlying 'unity in diversity' and rephrase the sentence as: All religions are one, for the ‘Truth'(Oneness of God) is One. This Truth was revealed again and again in all the 'Inspired' religions at different cuts of time, in different languages, using different patterns of language, against different cultural background with different dialects, idioms and metaphors.
In October 1999 I participated in the global convent organized by State of the World Forum at San Francisco on the theme, ‘Envisioning and Creating a Sustainable Compassionate Society-A step towards a culture of peace’. In this spiritual convention l got a unique opportunity to share my views. The theme of the ‘Roundtable Session’ was ‘Spirituality and Religion’. I was asked to address a delicate issue, “Each religion is sacred, and each religion gives the message of peace and harmony, why then is so much bloodshed in the name of religion?"" I explained my views through the following three points:
Firstly, we never see the things from others' perception. One rejects other without even understanding the basics, let alone grasping the underlying philosophy or fundamental principle. We see the practice of the followers and mistake this as one's religion. The practices followed by the followers of a particular religion may not necessarily be the truth taught by that religion. The stereotypes block the doorway to understanding. Religion is not always what the followers practice. There ought to be an underlying divinity somewhere in the existing practice or in the ‘forgotten’ philosophy by the followers. More often than not, the problem lies with the followers, not with the religion.
Secondly, we do not understand our own religion perfectly, because we do not read carefully the respective scriptures, which give the message of peace. Though each of us claims that we know our respective religions, in many cases we really do not know our own religion. In ignorance many of us become easy prey to anti-social elements, whose object is to create bloodshed, chaos and disharmony in the society. They exploit people in the name of religion.
Thirdly, we never care to read the scriptures of other religions. Even when we read, we read to find out the faults. We must understand that when the same thought is explained in different language it is understood differently owing to many factors, which also include vocabulary and cultural background.
The purpose of this book is to bring people of different faiths and religions together by discovering God, who, in fact, is not different for different people. The Creator cannot be different. The Creator is One, call Him with any name-God, Allah, YHWH, Ishwar, Ahura Mazda, or Rab. I am not aware of any religion, which describes many Creators! Even those who believe in multiplicity of gods, believe that Brahma-the Creator-is One and Only. I have yet to find a person who uses the word 'creators' in plural. Even those who talk about gods believe in ONE Creator.
Most amazingly, even those who believe in plurality of God admit that their scriptures speak of One God. Vedas say there is only One God. “Ma cid anyad vi sansata sakhayoma rishanyata"" (Rigveda 8:1:1). This verse is translated as: ""O friends, do not worship anybody but Him, the Divine One. Praise Him alone ""It further says,“Devasya samituk parishtutih” (Rigveda 5:1:81).“Verily, great is the glory of the Divine Creator.” Rigveda explains: “Sages call ONE God with many names"" (Rigveda 1:164:46). Upanishads make it very clear, ""Of Him there is neither parent nor lord. He alone is sufficient. He is not dependent on anybody else.”(Shwetashvatara Sutra Upanishad 6:9). And Bhagavad Gita explains: ""All those who do idol worship, all those who worship demigods are materialistic people.""(Bhagavad Gita7:20). Yajuraveda makes it crystal clear that God is imageless- Na tasya pratitima asti (There is no image of Him)-(Yajurveda 32:3).It further explains that He is unborn and He only deserves our worship. There is no image of Him whose glory verily is Great. In chapter 40 Yajurveda says, ""God is free of body and form; free from birth and death”(Yajuraveda 40:8)
Now let me quote from Brahamasutra: “Ekam Brahm, dvitiya naste, neh na naste kinchan"" meaning “There is only One God, not the second; not at all, not at all, not in the least bit."" And Yajurveda(32:3)makes it clear, “Na tasya pratimaasti,"" meaning “There is no image of Him"".
Like Islam, both Judaism and Christianity believe in One God. “Thou shall have no other gods besides Me. Thou shall not make thee any graven image,of any likeness.(Deuteronomy 5:7-9)It further says, ""Oh Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is ONE” (Deuteronomy 6:4).In Isaiah God proclaims: ""I am the Lord, and there is no one else(besides Me).I am God, and there is nothing like me”(Isaiah46:9). The first Commandment of ’Ten Commandments' commands, You shall have no other gods before Me(Besides God).
Judaism and Christianity also stand for unity of God; Trinity entered Christianity later. Islamic belief is based on One God-“La ilaha illallah"", meaning there is no deity but Allah. Qur'an explains the uniqueness and inimitability of God in Surah-e-Ikhlas: Say, ""He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal Refuge; He neither begets nor is born; nor is there to Him any equivalent.""(Quran112:1-4)
Guru Granth Sahib, the Scripture of Sikhism describes the characteristics of God. Throughout more than 1000 pages, the scripture describes and praises God-the One and Only. Sikhs call God as Rab, which means Lord. Allah is also known as Rab. Adi Granth describes God as One God--the true name, the creator, without fear, without hatred, timeless, unborn, and self-existent.
Taoism says, “Tao that can be defined is not Tao"". God cannot be comprehended nor defined. Lao Tzu calls God as Great. With all humility he says that for lack of vocabulary he calls God as Great- otherwise His Glory is far beyond that the word ‘great' can describe!
As one goes deeper, strangely, one finds an underlying unity in the apparently seeming diversities in religions. Oneness of God is found in all religions, even in polytheistic religions.
The bandwidth of this book covers, Scientific, Philosophical, Spiritual and Religious approaches about existence of God.
As mentioned, the purpose of this book is to unite, which is the need of the day. In this attempt if any portion of the text hurts the piety of any community, I would hasten to state that it could only be inadvertently, not intentionally.
My intentions are noble and I trust that the critics will keep this to fore.
Moid Siddiqui
"

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ISBN 9789351690016
Author Moid Siddiqui
Binding Hard Binding
Pages 1-263
Printing 1 COL.
Weight (kgs) 0.470
Year of Pub 2016
Size (cm) 14.5cmx22.5cm

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