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The way we perceive God in relation to our materialistic terms of


lifeisveryimportant,asfromthatrelationspringsmanymisconceptions
andawrongroadtospiritualillumination.
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First, I would like to declare as a law that God is not


associated with material things or material phenomena. In BlogArchive

fact, God can be attained only by giving up all material phenomena. 2016(37)
Immortality can be attained only by renunciation and by 2015(25)

nothingelse,notevenbywealthorprogenysaystheUpanishads. December(1)

Thehighestreligiouslifeofanyreligiondemandsrenunciationandpurity. November(3)
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bestpartoftheirlivesincompletelyisolatedplacesforspiritualpractices.
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Because these places are bereft of any material affluence. We find the CaseforNonViolence
great teachers, some spending their lives in forests, some in deserts and God,PowerandPeace
someinisolatedplacesetc. TheBeautyofDharma.

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ButthenotionofGodonlyinrelationtospiritualbenefitsstopwith
thegreatmen.Thegreatrulersofearthwantedpower.TheyfoundGodto
be synonymous with power. They held innumerable sacrifices to
propagatetheirpowerandwealth. They found God appeased and
grantthempowerandwealth.InancientEgyptandinRomewefindthis.
Wealsofindinnumerableinstanceseveninourcountry.ThegreatCholas
erected huge temples to glorify their power. The Great Raja Raja Chola
erectedBrihadeeswaratempleaftersubduingneighboringstates.Wefind
inonesculpture,thatthegreatKingwascoronatedbyGodShivahimself.
RajaRajaCholacoronatedbyGodShiva.

These Kings even go to the extent of identifying themselves with


God.BecausewiththeauraofauthorityofGodandrituals,theysubjugate
peopleastheylike.TheyenforcerulesinthenameofGod,andthepeople
areboundtoobey,astheyaremadetobelievethattheserulesaredecreed
by God himself. But what the Kings failed to realize is the transitory
nature of their wealth and Kingdom. These kings disappeared with
their kingdoms in due course of time. These Kings, instead of
desiringimmortality,atbestutilizedGodasalawreinforcementagency.

Thenextcategoryofpeople,wefindareverydubious.Theproverb
goes,Bewarethesanctimonious,beneaththereisboilingdirt.
Thisiswithreferencetothepeoplewhoposethemselvesascustodiansof
God but utilize God for gratifying their greed and selfish interests. From
ancienttimes,theinstitutionsofGod,arecloselyguardedbythesemen,
and at best they bar people from direct access to God. This is very
prevalentevennow.Onecanfindevennow,somepriestssittingcloseto
LordJagannathinPuri,anddemandingmoney.Youaresavedifyougive
someotherwise,bereadyforavolleyofabusesandcurses.Thesedubious
priests,insteadofdesiringimmortality,atbestutilizeGod,tosatiatetheir
greed.

Therefore, one must be careful, whenever God is associated with


materialphenomena.ThereisanincidentofJesuswhippingawaytraders
and money changers inside the temple. Here is the actual passage from
theholybook.

JesusdrivingourmoneychangersfromTemple
Andmakingawhipofcords,hedrovethemalloutofthe
temple,withthesheepandoxen.Andhepouredoutthecoins
of the moneychangers and overturned their tables. And he
told those who sold the pigeons, "Take these things away do
notmakemyFather'shouseahouseoftrade.

I feel, one must use God and its associated places solely for the
purposeofnaturespiritual,andnotasamediumofpropagatingwealth,
and not as medium for satisfying greed and selfish desires, not as a
medium for business and trading, because immortality is not attained
throughthese.

ThankYou.

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