FREEDOM: – It indicates that freedom is Human being’s goal. He/she seeks it ever and its whole life is a struggle after it. This longing for freedom produces the idea of a Being.
Who is absolutely free. The concept of GOD is fundamental element in the human constitution. It is by its nature the essence of the Knowledge and the essence of the Bliss. It is man’s ceaseless endeavor to become free from laws of nature. Science has been struggling for thousands of years in its attempt to gain freedom and yet will not believe that we are under laws of nature. We cannot deny that bodies acquire certain tendencies from heredity, but those tendencies only mean the physical configuration through which a peculiar mind alone can act in a peculiar way. There are other tendencies peculiar to a SOUL caused by his past actions. A SOUL with a certain tendency would, by the laws of affinity, take birth in a body, which is the fittest instrument for the display of that tendency. This is in accord with science, for science wants to explain everything by habit, and habit is got through repetitions.
GOD is everywhere, the pure and formless. He is the Almighty and the All Merciful. ‘Thou art our father, Thou art our mother, Thou art our beloved friend, Thou art the source of all strength; give us strength. Thou art He that beareth the burdens of the universe; help me bear the little burden of this life.’ Buddha taught that a man ought to live in this world like a lotus leaf, which grows in water but is never moistened by water; so a man ought to live in the world – his heart to God and his hands to work.
Why does a Christian go to church? Why is the cross holy? Why is the face turned toward the sky in prayer? Why are there so many images in the Catholic Church? Why are there so many images in the minds of Protestants when they pray? We can no more think about anything without a mental image than we can live without breathing. By the law of association the material image calls up the mental idea and vice versa.
Christian vs. Hindu. As we find that somehow or other, by the laws of our mental constitution, we have to associate our ideas of infinity with the image of the blue sky, or of the sea, so we naturally connect our idea of holiness with the image of a church, a mosque, or a cross. The Hindus have associated the ideas of holiness, purity, truth, omnipresence, and such other ideas with different images and forms. But with this difference that while some people devote their whole lives to their idol of a church and never rise higher, because with them religion means an intellectual assent to certain doctrines and doing good to their fellows, the whole religion of the Hindu is centered in SELF Realization. Man is to become divine by realizing the divine. Idols or temples or churches or books are only the supports, the helps, of his spiritual childhood; but on and on he must progress.
Contradictions of Human Beings – The whole world of religions is only a travelling, a coming up, of different men and women, through various conditions and circumstances, to the same goal. Every religion is only evolving a God out of the material man, and the same God is the inspirer of all of them. Why, then, are there so many contradictions? The contradictions come from the same truth adapting itself to the varying circumstances of different natures. The Buddhists or the Jains do not depend upon God; but the whole force of their religion is directed to the great central truth in every religion, to evolve a God out of man.
Living and Dead and Freedom: – In the living there is freedom, there is intelligence; whereas in the dead all is bound and no freedom is possible, because there is no intelligence. This freedom that distinguishes us from mere machines is what we are all striving for. To be more free is the goal of all our efforts; for only in perfect freedom can there be perfection. This effort to attain freedom underlies all form of worship – As an example consider a huge locomotive rushes down the tracks, and a small worm that has been creeping upon one of the rails saves its life by crawling out of the path of the locomotive because it is a living being and has some intelligence and wants to be free, whereas the locomotive is a dead machine.