God is our source energy. How we connect with the eternal and sacred nature of our being is the determinant to whether we live a life in the light or in darkness.
I like the way Rav Berg put it in his very readable and enlightening book, The Essential Zohar – The Source of Kabbalistic Wisdom.
“Our purpose in life is first to recognize God, then understand His presence in our lives, and ultimately to achieve unity with His nature.This is a continuing process. For most people, or for most souls, it requires many lifetimes for completion. But once we have genuinely achieved a first step, we quite naturally go forward. Once we have internalized the reality of the Creator’s love, and have learned to recognize His Light in the workings of our everyday lives, we are well on the way toward the unity with God that is our true purpose.”
A lot of people have a problem with the name or the concept ‘God.’ That is nothing new. In fact the problem has existed through the eons of time and not just for the people, but for God. Remember the story of the meeting on the mountain when Moses wanted to know how to introduce Him to homeless exiles down the mountain. You know the rest. “I am.”
Lao Tzu purportedly scribed the verses in the Tao Te Ching in the sixth century before the time of Jesus. In Lao Tzu’s view things were said to create “unnatural” action (wei) by shaping desires (yu). The process of learning the names (ming) used in the doctrines helped one to make distinctions between good and evil, beautiful and ugly, high and low, and “being” (yu) and “non- being” (wu), thereby shaping desires. To abandon knowledge was to abandon names, distinctions, tastes and desires. Thus spontaneous behavior (wu-wei) resulted.
In the first four lines of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu eliminates the mystery by accepting it.
“The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.”
Likewise I would say, “The god that can be told is not the eternal God.” No word is without limitation and so I am comfortable with the name ‘God.’ I am also not uncomfortable with any other name used to point to the ‘eternal source of creation.’
Mark Twain weighed in on this very subject. Mark Twain – Letters from the Earth Chapter III
Four our purposes we will focus on four topics:
- Sabbath & Science
- Kabbalah & Chakras
- Daily Devotionals & Readings
- Meditation & Prayers
To further stimulate the exploration here are some notable quotes.
I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.
Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each one prays to God according to his own light.
Where love is, there God is also.