Ron Krumpos, who follows this Blog, author of “The Greatest Achievement In Life” with 70,000 ebook downloads, wrote to Keith and said: “I thought you might enjoy this little article:
“Einstein’s answer to a New York rabbi clears things up a bit. The rabbi cabled him in 1929 to ask him if he believed in God. Einstein replied, “I believe in Spinoza’s God, who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings”.
It’s clear what Spinoza’s God is not. He isn’t the God of the Bible, the personal God of Spinoza’s own Jewish tradition, or of Christianity, the one whose job description includes closely monitoring human affairs and miraculously intervening in them. What he is isn’t so clear.
Spinoza used the provocative formulation Deus sive natura—“God, or nature”—but he actually regarded nature as just the visible, comprehensible aspect of God’s infinite, incomprehensible being. One consequence is that everything that happens in nature, and everything that nature’s lawful order dishes out to us personally, is necessary—the way the conclusion of a logical or mathematical demonstration is necessary.
Everything is determined, not by God’s will—He doesn’t have one—but by our being, with everything else, an integral part of God’s being. Nothing happens by chance. And there are no miracles. Asking God for one, asking that He suspend natural law for our benefit, is asking God to trip up God.
But once we recognize this inexorable order as God’s only providence, we arrive at a serene acceptance of the world, combined with a virtuous immunity to its petty distractions and snares, thus partaking of the true freedom which belongs to God.” (My italics).
Ron added, “If you substitute Reality for God, that just about summarizes my beliefs too”.
Yes, I agree with Spinoza, Einstein and Ron. That just about says it all.
But what really strikes me is that Spinoza and Einstein’s lives were separated by about 300 years. Ron’s and my lives were separated from Einstein’s by about 100 years and all of us were separated from the oldest recorded Hinduism on the subject, Vashishtha, by12,000 years ago and Jesus’s life by over 2,000 years. Such evidence of human consciousness of the eternal existence of Reality abounds throughout the ages.
All of which goes to show how Reality has existed in many parts of the world at least well beyond humanity’s limited consciousness and was there at the beginning of all things and is what drives everything still, including us.
Interestingly, mystics are the only witnesses who have experienced this great truth from way beyond our currently primitive stage of evolutionary consciousness.