“God is one, without a second”, writes Khoji, a Sikh luminary and the founder of Dodra Sangat. The first letter in Guru Granth Sahib is the numeral 1, which means that there is only One in the entire universe.
Generally, people believe that there is one God, but they do not believe that there is no one else except the God. Everything that we see, hear, smell, touch, listen, speak, think, feel, eat, drink, read, or write is God himself in different forms and shapes.
Can you digest this idea that there is nothing except God in this universe? Every cell of our body, every metal on the earth, our entire body, the entire earth, the entire universe is God himself in different forms and shapes. It is not that God resides in all of us. It is that God has become our body, our mind, and our soul. There is nothing except God in the entire universe. Our conception of “I and you” is just an illusion because there are no two things. There is only one – whether we call him God or Waheguru or Allah or Ram or Krishna or Source Energy or Is.
Gurbani makes it clear:
Everyone says that he or she believes in God, but everybody has his or her custom God created out of the mostly incorrect beliefs, ideas, and conceptions of the individual. God is who he is, as Gurbani defines him. If we say that we believe in God, we have to believe that there is no one else. Every human being, plant or thing is a manifestation of God. He is both the physical and the non-physical. He is both the body and the mind.
Can you digest these ideas? I am asking it because it has been one of the most mind-boggling ideas for me. And in the beginning when I tried to believe in it, my mind was flooded with questions, “why do we suffer?”, “why are there bad people?”, “why do we need to behave in a certain way if he is doing everything?” etc.
If you relax and pause, and try to accept the understanding of God as Gurbani defines him, you will also be flooded with questions. Even your mind will revolt heavily against this understanding because you have spent your whole life based on some other understanding. However, it is what it is, whether we believe in it or not.
Anita Moorjani, the best-selling author of “Dying to be Me” experienced glimpses of this Oneness in her Near Death Experience (NDE). Suffering from Cancer Stage IV B, she went into coma where she had her NDE, and after coming out of NDE, the cancer disappeared from her body in a matter of days. She says,
“This state of Oneness transcends duality. I was able to get in touch with who I truly am, the part of me that’s eternal, infinite, and encompasses the Whole.”
“I often use the phrase infinite self in place of terms such as higher self, soul, and spirit. In order to be a little clearer, understand that I’m referring to the part of me that was aware during the NDE that I’m not just my body—the part of me that felt I was one with every single thing. I was merging with pure consciousness as an infinite, magnificent being, feeling the clarity of why I’m in this body and life at this point in time. This is also the part of me that understood that the illusion of separation is created by identifying too strongly with the external.”
Many western spiritual authors use terms such as “universal energy”, “Source energy”, or just “Energy” for God. However, their understanding is the same that the universal energy permeates and pervades through every being and everything, and all forms and shapes are nothing but different vibrations of this universal energy.
“Life is motion, consciousness in motion; and motion effecting all matter is ‘vibration’. In the beginning, it was all consciousness. Consciousness emanated vibration called the ‘Word’ or ‘Sound’, i.e., ‘Shabad’, which projected the entire cosmic world. This ‘vibration’ is the first projection of Primal Energy or Infinite Power, from which infinite types of vibrations sprouted, fructifying into numerous types and forms of matter.
Matter is thus nothing but an expression of energy. In other words, existence of varied forms of matter is directly attributed to the process of combination and permutation of infinite variety of vibrations. Different ranges of vibrations existing in this universe are named as light, heat, electricity, sound, etc.; all are modes of vibrations of the same nature in ether, though they differ in frequency and quality.”
Albert Einstein said, “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”
So, everything – every thought, matter, thing, being, flowers, plants, light, heat, smell – that exists in the universe is Energy or God. However, we have to keep in mind that this energy is not the dead energy, the way science understands it or treats it. It is not the Energy without emotions or intelligence. This Energy is filled with Divine Intelligence, Divine Wisdom and all the divine attributes such as
So, God or (let’s use our closer to heart term) Waheguru pervades through every atom and molecule in the universe. Waheguru exist in and as every human being, insect, animal, metals, heat, light, sound etc. And Waheguru is full of grace, love, compassion, joy, bliss, kindness, and power.
Even we all are a part of Waheguru, and thus, love, joy, bliss, and power are our natural heritage. However, under the egoistic illusion, we have forgotten our true self.
The purpose of spirituality or religion is to help us realize our true self. Everyone seeks happiness, but Gurbani says that our true nature is of endless joy, peace, and bliss. Why not seek our true nature then, instead of running after the objects of this world?