10 Hard Questions about life that need answers before we die

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In my blog, I am trying to address and deliberate many contentious and hard questions about life. Most of these issues are philosophical in nature and hence no straight answer we get even if we try hard, though on many such issues modern science has thrown some light but still they remain inconclusive. 10 such questions that come in my mind are listed below:

1. What is the nature and role of God in the creation of universe and life particularly if He exists? And is the God result of man’s blind faith and belief and his need for emotional and psychological support?

2. If God is omnipotent, loving and caring then why there is a widespread pain and suffering in the world?

3. Are we the architect of our own destiny? What’s the extent and role ‘free will’ in shaping the events and the destiny of our life?

4. Is there any meaningful purpose behind the man’s evilness? Is evilness is taking the man’s collective consciousness to a higher spiritual level?

5. Why it’s so that many a time’s small and insignificant decisions can have vast and devastating effect on our life?

6. Is there any life after death and how does the Karma Theory fit into our life if there is no life beyond this life?

7. To what extent our mind (subjective mental world) can influence the physical and objective world around us?

8. What is consciousness? How does the brain generate the subjective inner world of experience- the “Hard Problem” of consciousness?

9. Is human race evolving to a superior race or just mankind is growing in a random and purposeless manner?

10. Is the physical world and the life deterministic or it’s randomness and indeterminism that govern the physical world and our life?



madan_gautam's picture

Inner Quest

Balvinder Ji
Namaste
I welcome you here on tribe.
Your quests are the quests of all sincere beings and most of them are unsolved by mind.
I would like to share you here that even Lord Buddha used to refrain from such type of questions and never replied,but insisted the seekers to join Him for a period to know all their questions.
So same here,I would like to invite you to join me for all your inner quest.As no one can satisfy other only by answering and one has to seeker his question self in his inner self.
No one can satisfy you until & unless satisfaction come to you from your true inner self.
No one can give you answer until & unless it comes through your true inner self.
No one can give you truth until & unless it comes through your true inner self.
Awaken your self to know all mystery.
Namaste
OM

madan_gautam | Tue, 07/21/2009 - 16:20
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Thanks a lot for making detailed comments on the artilce. You may also visit my blog 'changing worldviews' on www.diamonddrops011.blogspot.com

balvinkumar | Tue, 07/21/2009 - 17:31
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Faith is god.My father told

Faith is god.My father told me that xyz was my great grand father. Ihave to accept this though Ihave not seen him.Because Ihave faith in my fathers words.We cannot say god is myth on the pretext that we have not seen him.If one says Ihave experienced bliss , should we discard it saying that it is akind of nervous disease because we have not experienced one.So till such time we realize self, let us atleast start doubting about the existence of god.You may call this blind faith.Man is a wonderful species in the creation of god.God has no purpose with man but man has a purpose to know about his creator.

mbnarayana | Tue, 07/21/2009 - 16:51
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Thanks a lot for reading and commenting on the artilce. You may also visit my blog on www.diamonddrops011.blogspot.com

balvinkumar | Tue, 07/21/2009 - 17:29
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1-God IS the universe. You are That.
2-God is not personal. (Not a personality/Being)
3-Free will is an illusion.
4-Evil is what makes you strive for good, which creates a movement, which is experience, which is life.
5-Cause and effect are not operative within the illusion.
6-Karma consists of boundaries of ignorance that you're trying to dissolve in order to free yourself from yourself.
7-Mind is part of the 'objective world' which is ultimately within You.
8-Brain is happening in Consciousness rather than the reverse.
9-All forms of consciousness seek to transcend themselves.
10-Life is neither predetermined nor random. It is unfolding from timelessness into time.

Phroggy | Tue, 07/21/2009 - 17:09
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Thanks a lot for reading and commenting on this article. As regards consciousness, recent research on quantum physics i.e. at subatomic realm, a view is emerging that it is consciousness that create not only brain and mind but also the physical world that wee see around us. I have few books on this subject by Amit Goswami and others and they support monist idealism theory. Thanks again

balvinkumar | Tue, 07/21/2009 - 17:27
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Excellent article. Yes, I

Excellent article. Yes, I agree we need answers on such questions before one dies.

bunty01972 | Tue, 07/21/2009 - 17:12
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Does God Exist ?

Om Lokah: Samastah: Sukhino Bhavantu

There is no relevance for the question does God exist. God only exists. Rest of the things( what we experience as world )are happenings in God. In other words God includes this world also.
The concept of God is not for a psychological support. It is the truth. The mysterious way of this creation. When one experience that he is part of this creation then the God concept will be clear.
God is the word given to the "Absolute". We all are part of this absolute.
In chapter 15 of Bhagavad Gita it is cearly declared that each and everything in this creation is part of me ! Here "Me' is the Absolute, which is called as 'God' by us.

gopalakrishnan | Tue, 07/21/2009 - 19:44
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God and the World

Om Lokah: Samastah: Sukhino Bhavantu
The world when interpreted by our ego experienced as sorrows and happiness etc. these things are only in the mind level level. When one sleeps there is no sorrows and happiness bcause there is no mind in deep sleep. How can you blame a concept (God concep) for the misundrstanding of your mind ? If you meditate on the function of the mind and the world and the relation between the two and the power by which these things happen , you will come to know that there is a way of functioning for this universe.This creation and the power by which it is functioning together are parts of God. In Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 it is said that God transcends both creation and the power also; means both these are just a part of the "Absolute" which we call God or Brahman.
God is not a person. It is a name given to the Absolute from which this universe manifested. Modern science says about primary egg and big bang theory. But from where this primary egg came ? The concept of God gives the answer !

gopalakrishnan | Tue, 07/21/2009 - 19:57
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Thanks for making valuable comments. I agree there is no dispute about the existence of God if we think Him as a universal consciousness or Absolute Truth but question arises about the popular concept of Personal God. Most of the people stronglt believe God as a supernatural being who looks after every individual and by way of reward punishment sysytem He regulate and control mankind thats'why majority of those people are deeply involved in age old religious practices and rituals. For them the God is primarily for emotional and psychological support. This is the reason that the role and nature of God is a mysterious subject for many of us.

balvinkumar | Wed, 07/22/2009 - 05:02
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The important question is why actually I ask these questions

These are good questions but...

According to my experience, the questions of "why" and "what" regarding metaphysical issues lead nowhere, they only give further entertainment to the mind, raise more followup questions in an endless loop and if some answer is given it is of course just an hypothesis based on a certain belief path.

A very good answer to all these questions is "I don't care". A very good substitute question to all these question is "Why actually am I so interested in these questions?".

atlantis | Thu, 07/23/2009 - 20:36
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At last I found here an answer to Free-will Vs Destiny!!

Jai Shri Guru!

http://www.beliefnet.com/Holistic-Living/Astrology/2002/03/Karma-Free-Wi...

At least I am convinced with the answer, it resonates within me.

mystic_saurabh | Wed, 09/09/2009 - 15:17
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Keep looking. Keep

Keep looking. Keep questioning what you have found. I promise you, it's not the truth.

Phroggy | Thu, 09/10/2009 - 02:50
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Then what is it?

Jai Shri Guru!

Namaste Phroggy!

Thanks for ur comment. I wonder what is the answer then?

I do understand that God/Brahman and the individual soul/me are not separate so the question of difference between God's will and my will shouldn't arise for both are one.

However, the question of difference between my destiny and free will is what perplexes me the most!!!! I see that it is as mix of the two....have read so many many articles on it and convinced that it is a mix of two.....

Could you please explain your view point?

Thank you :)

Saurabh

mystic_saurabh | Thu, 09/10/2009 - 05:00
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Dear Saurabh

No one can answer your question except you.
Only yourself is capable of giving answer of these Ultimate Questions.
To get these answers from yourself, you need to follow a practical path,only then at last,the question's answers will come through your inner self.
No body other than you can satisfy you with his/her answers.
Can your thirst quench by others drinking ?
No.
Same Principle is here.
Go in your deep Inner self and you will get all the answers.
This is the only way.
OM

madan_gautam | Thu, 09/10/2009 - 10:00
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Hi Saurabn It's neither

Hi Saurabn
It's neither destiny nor free will. Yes, you are that God, but this is not a personal God that has a will as we would understand it. God is not apart in any way from you or from anyone, and so who's will would you assign? It cannot be my will or yours, or some separate God that is willing.

The concept of free will and choice arises from the illusion of separation. The person believes himself to be separate, and so naturally the question arises as to the volition of this individual, and yet as you say, all is one, and so there is a singular, integrated movement of this One, which is why even the stars and planets are involved in what occurs in your life. Everything in the universe is involved in how your life will unfold. My thoughts, the lunar tide, the turning of a leaf in the breeze, everything. You ARE everything, and you are isolated from nothing. Your next thought is part of this unfolding and is not yours to claim personally. If you do not know your next thought, the notion of free will and choice collapses entirely. This is only a problem for the separate person you believe yourself to be. This person is a delusion. If truth is ever to be realized, this must be seen.

The concept of destiny, or predestination, assumes someone or something has determined what this singular movement will look like and where it is going, but this concept arises from the belief that there is a thinking God trapped within time and space as we are. God is prior to the illusion of time/space and so everything happens in this moment. There is room for neither predestination nor purpose. There is not even the passing of a moment that allows for thought, which is why 'you' are here. What will happen in the 'next moment' is a mystery even to God. It is unfolding Now from the infinite potential that God is.

Phroggy | Thu, 09/10/2009 - 10:15
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Hi Phroggy

Very well said,I agree with you at almost all points but with your line only-------"What will happen in the 'next moment' is a mystery even to God".
I would like to say here,that even one knows the future,he/she has very limited ability to change it even a little bit.
he/she can be only spectators and this proves that even though God knows the truth about future,it does not matter for HIM and there are very little chances that He is going to change it,except in very few cases.
Destiny and free will are so closely related that they can not be separated easily.
One has to learn surrender and accept the reality without any ego and grievances.
OM

madan_gautam | Thu, 09/10/2009 - 17:00
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Hi Madan

Knowledge is something that happens only 'here' in the world of experience, along with past and future. What we call the essence of God is prior to knowledge and future (meaning the source of these cognitions)and so God does not know, but is, itself, the knowledge. God does not "change" things, but rather IS change. Cease to separate in your mind and see what you find.

Again, there is no thinking God apart from the world.

Phroggy | Fri, 09/11/2009 - 22:01
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My experience has taught me something different though!

Jai Shri Guru!

Apologies for the late reply!

Phroggy, I understand from your post that the 'separation' of 'God' (or whatever label one uses for God) and 'me' (the individual ego) is what makes me ask the question of difference between free-will and destiny, and when this separation ceases in the mind there will not be any such question, is that right?

If I have understood you correctly and if you are correct then I will not 'realise'/'experience' the truth untill I become Egoless (cease this separation), correct?

But somehow my personal experiences have been such that I am convinced that I have some 'free-will' (over some of my actions atleast) although the 'results' those actions bring is not in my control as they depend on a lot of circumstances; eg, I have the free-will to go to a brothel or to sit down and meditate (Actions), however, I do not have control over whether I will get infected with some sexually transmitted disease in that brothel or whether I will experience higher states of awareness in meditation.
Bad example maybe, hehe, but I hope you see my point.

Once I read something on this topic which gave an analogy of a bull who is tied to a pole with a rope. The bull can use its 'free-will' within the circumference of which the rope allows it to; however, if 'God' wills (either by seeing the spiritual effort the bull uses by applying its free-will or for any other reason that only God knows) then 'God' can either stretch the rope or completely break it (which I guess is when God's will becomes that man's will, no separation)..........I do realise however that for accepting all of this one has to be of a belief that there is one separate higher power/God (of which we are a part/'aunsha' as called in sanskirt) and my personal experience have confirmed it for me that there is that 'higher power' which has control over us as well!

If there is no 'free-will' then i guess the whole Karma theory falls apart, doesn't it? also I shouldn't be responsible for my actions then??

Or have I totally misunderstood what you were saying?

Just thought of sharing my views!

Peace!

Saurabh

mystic_saurabh | Mon, 09/28/2009 - 02:09
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Hi Saurabh Yes, your

Hi Saurabh
Yes, your understanding of what I was saying is correct. Thanks for listening.

The notion that we can make choices, but have no control over the results is a good intermediate understanding for helping us not attach to the outcome, but it is not ultimately true. The truth is Oneness in which there are no actual parts that can function independently in any way. You have no control over the thought to choose or the conditions on which that choice is based. In a way, what happens is determined by everything in the universe, but everything in the universe is determined by the spontaneous unfolding of consciousness itself. There is only that.

"If there is no 'free-will' then i guess the whole Karma theory falls apart, doesn't it?"

Yes, it does.

"also I shouldn't be responsible for my actions then??"

That would also be a false conclusion. The person that you think you are is neither responsible nor not responsible, both of which assume the reality of a person. As long as this belief in personhood continues, you will act one way when you believe you are responsible and you will act another way on the basis that you are not responsible. Both actions are the actions of an imagined individual and so thay are both based on delusion. To allow action to happen spontaneously is to neither act nor fail to act. The universe is not waiting for some 'you' to act or decide something.

Phroggy | Mon, 09/28/2009 - 21:35
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There is a bit of a paradox there! I get it but I don't! ;)

Jai Shri Guru!

Phroggy, thank you for replying!

You mentioned, "To allow action to happen spontaneously is to neither act nor fail to act." - that is a paradoxical statement and I guess you mean't that one must act from the awareness within, that inner nudges, intuition etc and not through the egoistical mind, correct?

As far as the theoritical knowledge is concerned, I 'get' the 'illusion of separation' theory now which collapses the question of destiny and free-will; however, to be honest, I haven't realised or experienced it yet so it is still rhetorical for me - I guess I gotta wait for it to become a reality one day! May be this is one of those mysterious topics which can be understood only after realisation, do you know what I mean?

Things are blewdy so mysterious in this spiritual world mon!

God bless,

Saurabh

mystic_saurabh | Wed, 09/30/2009 - 01:36
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Hi saurabh "You mentioned,

Hi saurabh

"You mentioned, "To allow action to happen spontaneously is to neither act nor fail to act." - that is a paradoxical statement and I guess you mean't that one must act from the awareness within, that inner nudges, intuition etc and not through the egoistical mind, correct?"

Well, yeah, but can they be separated as long as there is the belief in the ego self? Such thoughts will also arise spontaneously since the ego is part of the conditioning, and so it is not a prescription for how to act appropriately, but simply a pointer to the fact that the 'actor' is imagined and overlaid on top of the spontaneous actions. IOW, 'you' are not necessary in order for actions to happen through you. The idea of 'me' whether it is an idea to do something or to not do something, is a distortion of action, which arises from a delusion.

All that is necessary is a clear seeing of this, and the unnecessary control will be removed. The resulting actions will be more spontaneous, and perhaps surprising, since they will not always be motivated by a self interest. Self interest is also part of what arises spontaneously, but in the absence of a 'me' influence, this self interest always serves, just as it does in the rest of nature.

There are many realizations that are available to you beyond the mind without the necessity of the ultimate realization of Self, so don't place any boundaries on the possibilities of seeing such things right now as you 'look' with innocence and openness, seeking only to know what is true, and nothing more, in the name of Truth and not in the name of your imagined separate self.

Phroggy | Thu, 10/01/2009 - 01:12
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I see!

Jai Shri Guru!

'Being the awareness or the non-judgemental watcher' is what you're talking about I guess!

Yes, it is very powerful!

You mentioned,
"The resulting actions will be more spontaneous, and perhaps surprising, since they will not always be motivated by a self interest. Self interest is also part of what arises spontaneously, but in the absence of a 'me' influence, this self interest always serves, just as it does in the rest of nature."

Wow, I like that! It is a huge challenge to act EVERY DAY EVERY MOMENT in that way, although Eckhart Tolle's teachings have helped a lot!

Peace!!

mystic_saurabh | Thu, 10/01/2009 - 01:37
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"Wow, I like that! It is a

"Wow, I like that! It is a huge challenge to act EVERY DAY EVERY MOMENT in that way, although Eckhart Tolle's teachings have helped a lot!"

I'd like to suggest that it cannot be a challenge, it must be effortless. YOUR presence is only possible in 'your' absence. The 'me' need not always arise. The 'me' is the one with a plan to accomplish something. This is the one who brings the effort. In the absence of 'me' there is effortlessness. The universe is not waiting for you to cause it to move, it's hinting that things will go more smoothly if you will get out of the way.

Phroggy | Fri, 10/02/2009 - 09:27
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Yes, it is both...

We can make choices, but the choices we make are not our choice! ;-). Choices just 'arise' based on circumstances, so the circumstances decide, not us.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Fri, 09/11/2009 - 02:19
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So true!

Jai Shri Guru!

YES absolutely! That is our real nature!

Thank you for your post :)

mystic_saurabh | Fri, 10/02/2009 - 11:01