a Bahá'í Resource of Irfán (Gnosis)

منابع بهایی عرفانی


1. God the Great Imaginary Delusion

2. The Universe and Scientific Questions (Physics, Biology)

3. Competing Old Traditions and Ideas (Religions)

4. Other Philosophical Questions

5. The Manifestation of God [Insan-i-Kamil]

6. Path of Gnosis (Knowledge/Understanding)

7. Understanding stories and words of Past Manifestations

8. What is the Identity of God of religion if God is ultimately Imaginary due to our limits?

9. Baha’i Texts, Analysis and Translations

10. Other Baha’i sources on Gnosis

11. Learn More about Other Traditions

12. Baha’i Relics


"All the people have formed a god in the world of thought, and that form of their own imagination they worship; when the fact is that the imagined form is finite and the human mind is infinite."
"...whatever flashes through the mind is not that Essence of essences and the Reality of realities; nay, rather it is pure imagination woven by man and is surrounded, not the surrounding. Consequently, it returns finally to the realm of suppositions and conjectures."

Does God Exist?

Short answer based on positive evidence that shows the direct evidence for God in a laboratory is no.  The argument goes that one can stop thinking and substitute the point of not knowing with “God”.  For example, in the past the question was asked, who moves the stars and sun in the sky?  Thinkers believed that it was God who directly moved them.  But now we know this is not the case.  The argument extrapolates that, just as it was said of lightning, earthquakes, and other mysterious phenomenon, where science had or has not yet discovered the cause or reason, then God must be that cause or reason.  

The longer answer, however, is that “existence” is a logical concept that falls short of describing the God.  Is God imaginary?  Even if the answer to this is yes, who is the one thinking of the image, or imagining the fantasy?  The mind of man is greater than anything real or imaginary that we contemplate, because contemplation is contained within the human mind (or within brain if you are a monist).  Since the mind is greater than anything it is able of imagining or contemplating, can we be so arrogant as to dismiss the existence of Something (i.e. God) that is outside of (i.e. above, beyond) imagination or contemplation?

It is possible to state that God does exist if one is aware that language and logic are both limited and fail to approach God.  After all, language is used to convey ideas of something else that it conveys.  It is impossible to realize an Unseen Reality (i.e. God) through the powers and senses of man, if God is pure and holy above the reach of doubts.  Because anything we can reach by our powers and senses, we can doubt.


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Ponder: is the square-root of negative one itself a concept we have just created in our mind too?  Even imaginary math has practical real-world application.  Is the reality of God also manifested in the real world, just as the square-root of negative one is manifested in the real world?

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