Do we really believe in God? Many of feel “we do”, and many of us don’t. But the people who think or claim that they believe in God, do they really believe in God?
Swami Vivekananda once told that we are all atheists, not too many people actually believe in God.We may think that we believe in God, but that may not be true. Religion is “being and becoming”. We fight and talk about religion, but don’t really try to realize it.
Swami Vivekananda is a rational person rather than a theist or an atheist.If our definition for a “Theist” is someone who believes in the god of modern day, the one who follows idol-worship, the one who is superstitious then he is an “Atheist” in the perspective of Swami Vivekananda.If our definition for a “Theist” is some who is Vedantic, some who believes in true god, some who understands the inner depth of all the religions and practices it then he is a “Theist”.
Once Swami Vivekananda quoted “He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself.”
Swamiji told this story to explain his point,
“A great sage used to say, “Suppose there is a thief in a room, and somehow he comes to know that there is a vast mass of gold in the next room and that there is only a thin partition between the two rooms What would be the condition of that thief? He would be sleepless, he would not be able to eat or do anything. His whole mind would be on getting that gold. Do you mean to say that, if all these people really believed that the Mine of Happiness, of Blessedness, of Glory were here, they would act as they do in the world, without trying to get God?” As soon as a man begins to believe there is a God, he becomes mad with longing to get to Him. Others may go their way, but as soon as a man is sure that there is a much higher life than that which he is leading here, as soon as he feels sure that the senses are not all, that this limited, material body is as nothing compared with the immortal, eternal, undying bliss of the Self, he becomes mad until he finds out this bliss for himself. And this madness, this thirst, this mania, is what is called the “awakening” to religion, and when that has come, a man is beginning to be religious.”
Here is another story told by Swamiji that fits with this theme,
“A disciple went to his master and said to him, “Sir, I want religion.” The master looked at the young man and did not speak, but only smiled. The young man came every day and insisted that he wanted religion. But the old man knew better than the young man. One day, when it was very hot, he asked the young man to go to the river with him and take a plunge. The young man plunged in, and the old man followed him and held the young man down under the water by force. After the young man had struggled for a while, he let him go and asked him what he wanted most while he was under the water. “A breath of air”, the disciple answered. “Do you want God in that way? If you do, you will get Him in a moment,” said the master. Until you have that thirst, that desire, you cannot get religion, however, you may struggle with your intellect, or your books, or your forms. Until that thirst is awakened in you, you are no better than any atheist; only the atheist is sincere, and you are not.”
I believe my GOD is my Conscience. And This is Why I Stopped Being an Atheist and Started Believing in God….my Conscience
Conscience means the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action.