Time Is Another Name Of Love

Love is about memories and rememberence. Love is also about knowing Saba - the 'suchness of things'. Time is the medium where Saba is recorded. Yet, at the same time, Saba is the 'imprint of time' on things and beings. When one truly gets over the fear of time, then he/she can say that "I am in Love" or "I am alive". Love is the true unconditional existence.

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Sunday, April 30, 2006

In God We Trust

It has been three months that I am away from my blog... that is an awful lot of time!! Where did I disappear? Doing what? Is there an answer? Not really... But, today when I am back, I want to share with you something which I wrote during the peak of Iraq war. I was almost becoming hopless and mad... and I had to write this.

In God We Trust - An Open Letter To My God

To begin with, it seems so funny to send you an appeal like this. You are the knower of all things beyond past, present and future. In that sense you already know everything that I am going to write in this letter. That is your power and authority. And, I live in ‘now’ and I am going through my worst moments of despair and hopelessness.

God, I was born into a Christian family in the year of 1957, in Kerala. We proud ourselves as one of the ancient Christian people on this earth. Your beloved son Jesus was an inspiration for me all through my life. I listen to his teachings in many times of despair and hopelessness, as much us I listen to your other beloved sons like Buddha, Dostoyevsky, Gandhiji, Ikkiyu, Sree Narayana Guru, Tao, Karl Marx and many others.

Now let us get straight to the matter. I am sure that this is not a new question to you. But I suppose I have the authority of a free will to ask you this again and again. God why do you allow this war? Why so many innocent children are sacrificed in this brutal show of violence. I simply can not understand how You could teach us about compassion and love through such inhuman and unjust events. Above everything it was ghastly to see Mr. Bush appearing on the cover page of Newsweek as the crusader for your infinite Love. Why all this? Does the suffering of the hundreds of innocent Iraqi children make you happy? Is not the pain of all these mothers not equal to our Holy Mother? Why all this terrible things dear God?

I have always doubted that ‘selfishness’ is the foundation of your creation. Probably you didn’t want to be alone and unknown. Does the fathomless emptiness and silence become unbearable even to you? Are you taking pleasure in giving us also a taste of that emptiness and unbearable silence through these wars?

Is it not utter selfishness and greed for money that drives government of United States of America to engage in this war? The most incorrigible and vulgar thing I have seen in my life is the claim of the President of USA that he conducts this war on behalf of you. How incredible! Have you ever looked into the US dollar bill? Do you read English? [Because I am taught in the Sunday school that we talk different languages because of a curse from you.] They have printed your name on their currency. It read like this “IN GOD WE TRUST”!!

It is the most sacrilegious and blasphemous thing I have seen in my life. I have no authority to comment on this matter except my trust in you. But I know that it is against you. Haven’t the President of USA read the Holy Bible? I read your words clearly. “The root cause of all evil is the desire for money”. By printing your Holy name on their Dollar bill, are they not making you the messenger of evil? This is the time I must ask this question loudly and bravely.

Dear God, with the help of your wisdom, I am making the following statement.

“I protest with my moral authority of my trust in my God, and as a world citizen representing and voicing the peoples will and hopes; demand to the government of United States of America to immediately withdraw these words [In God we Trust] from the USA dollar bill with an unconditional apology to my GOD who is the supreme commander of this universe. I don’t think that the bully headed US president Mr. Bush would be listening to you, my God. If he trusted you he would not have waged this war. Even Pope’s words did not fell on his ear. But when I see tears in Popes eyes, it kindles in my heart some hope about your wishes. Dear God was it you who were crying? But I openly challenge Mr. Bush to defy this command of my God, there by revealing the true face of his self and government of USA.”

I believe that it will be proper to quote here from one of your beloved son’s teachings:

“Humanity is one by its common origin, one in its common interests
and motives of happiness here on earth in everyday living, and one
in its relation to the aspirations and ideals which bind human beings
together by bonds of sympathy for each other. A Unitive and
Absolute Value is at the basis of human life. This High Human Value
knows no frontier either actual or ideological. It makes no
discrimination between rich or poor, high or low, civilized or
backward. Sympathy for suffering and indignation against injustice
to fellow men transcends time and clime, and reaches out evenly or
pointedly, as the case may deserve, to the uttermost recesses of the
one world which man inhabits.”

By Nataraja Guru - from the Memorandum on World Government

May the dream of your dear son Garry Davis become a reality soon. Let there be a ‘World Government’ of world citizens.