When God wanted Moses to liberate the Hebrew people from enslavement under the Pharaoh in Egypt, there was one thing Moses required from God in exchange.
Moses wanted to know God’s name so that he could proof to the Hebrew people that he really was sent by their God.
Unto this God replied:
“I AM THAT I AM”
– Exodus 3:14
What does the Bible mean by this statement?
Why does God refer to himself as “I AM”.
It is because God has no name.
He is not an individual.
God made clear that he is whatever Moses and the Hebrews wanted him to be.
“I AM” refers to a state of being.
This Biblical verse refers to a mystical truth which has been known throughout the ages, by those occult groups that have delved into the mysteries that connect all religions of the world together.
This mystical truth is that God is not a being but Being itself.
He is the totality of all existences and possibilities.
God is whatever we want it to be.
We humans tend to project our own characters unto God.
A merciful and peaceful person sees in God, the God of mercy.
The God who is all-forgiving and loving.
The God who wants to sing psalms with humanity for all eternity beyond the pearly gates in the Heavenly clouds.
This is the view of the common Christian in today’s era.
But this is not the view of God, Christians had in the dark ages.
For them God was more like a wrathful Lord that would punish them with eternal torment in the depths of hell for every single violation of his divine laws.
For the early Germanic barbarian converts to Roman Christianity like for example, the Franks and the Anglo-Saxons, Christ was more like a divine warrior and savior who aided them in battles.
This is common throughout history.
The view of the Divine has been changing century after century throughout history.
This is because humans project their own characters upon the Divine.
But the Divine never truly leaves the picture, it just keeps changing form.
All religions we have today will be totally different or probably gone extinct within 500 years from now.
But the Divine will still be a part of people’s daily lives then, as it always has been with mankind.
This is the mystical truth of the Universe.
It is ruled by a Divine consciousness, the Universal mind.
And this mind is everywhere, it is inescapable.
Our individual minds are individual fragments of this Universal mind.
We are not separate from this.
It is the collective consciousness of the Universe.
It is what all religions refer to as God.
But God is just a word to represent something which is infinitely greater than our minds can ever conceive.
Therefore everyone’s God is different.
We all have our own view upon what the Divine should encompass.
The mystical truth of all religions however is that God or the Divine is like an Ocean.
And we are a mere drop in that Ocean.
A drop can never understand the Ocean in its totality.
The boundaries of the Ocean remain forever invisible to the drop.
Until the drop becomes the Ocean itself.
But that is a story for another time….
The drop has been swimming for so long in the Ocean that its even forgotten that the Ocean existed in the first place.
The drop merely sees the waves the Ocean creates in order to bring the drop closer to the shore.
These waves are what humans call Animism, Paganism, Hinduism,Vedanta, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, Taoism, Yoga, Philosophia, Stoicism, Judaism, Christianity,Gnosticism, Islam, Sikhism, Mormonism, Theosophy, New Thought, Rastafarianism, Science, etc.
All these religions and teachings are mere representations of a single mystical truth.
All is One.
The One is All.
All these religions, these waves in the Ocean lead to the same shore on the other side.
Whether you call it Nirvana, Valhalla, Jannah, Kingdom of Heaven, Pleroma, The Light or Sat Chit Ananda.
It remains the same shore.
There was an enlightened sage in ancient India called Vyasa, who wrote an epic of spiritual guidance called the Mahabharata.
In the Mahabharata there is a story called Bhagavad Gita translated “the song of the Lord”.
In this story God is personified as an enlightened being called Krishna who in my humble opinion seems to be the same being that came to us as Christ.
“I am the Soul, seated in the hearts of all creatures. I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all beings.”
– Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita, 10:20
It is not a strange thing for such things to be stated by mere men.
Our religious stories cross-culturally around the world are full of men claiming to be Divine beings.
This is what happens when drops reach the shore of the Ocean.
They realize that the shore was never really there.
All that ever was, was the Ocean and they themselves are the Ocean.
The shore was just an illusion that would motivate the drop to drift forward.
When Jesus proclaimed himself to be the same as God, the Jews were ready to stone him to death for blasphemy. This is because they being little tiny drops were blinded by their own wave, they could not see past it.
Yet Jesus said to them openly and without any excuses:
“I and the Father are one.”
– The Gospel of John, 10:30
Upon this the Jews immediately picked up stones to throw at him. Yet Jesus remained unmoved and the following statement is one which Christians always seem to ignore completely.
Immediately after Jesus proclaimed that he is ONE with the Father in Heaven, he made the claim that everyone is and that he himself is nothing special. He just realized the truth before others.
It is written in the Bible in plain sight, we are ALL part of that what we call God.
‘but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods” ’
– The Gospel of John, 10:32-34
It is there in plain sight, the mystical truth of the ages.
God is everywhere and inside everything.
This state of being we call God is the mind of all that is.
We can never escape from it because we would not be without it.
It is Being itself.
God is nature and God is the inherent life of nature as well.
He is the bread and butter of existence.
Not only is he the bread himself or the butter that is being smeared upon it, He is the one who does the smearing as well.
God is like a canvas.
Every painter paints the canvas in whatever way or shape he or she wants.
But the canvas remains a canvas nonetheless.
Only the content of the canvas changes but the canvas is eternal and present throughout the entire painting.
This is what I call God.
What is your God?
Let me know in the comments.