18 April 2013 - QA 2

What is the relationship between meditation and God? I have read about the Advaita philosophies.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

If you think God is truth, beauty and love; yes, they are connected.

If God is the summum-bonum (highest good) of the whole creation, if the entire creation is made up of one thing, that one energy can be called God. It is what everything is made up of and it is connected to everything.

There is not one thing in the world that is not connected to God.

However, if you think God is a person sitting up there, somewhere, trying to give you a finger so you can catch hold of him, and then he goes away; that sort of God has nothing to do with what we are talking about.

If you see God as an energy, as a presence, as love, (love is the nearest emotion the human mind can comprehend), as that huge field of energy, then yes, there is no escape from it for anyone. We are all in it and will be in it. We were in it; and even if we are not there, it will be there.