How the Word 'God' Is to Be Understood
Author Dr.Vladimir Antonov
Translated by Dr.Mikhail Nikolenko
First of all, it is necessary to accept the fact that the Universe is multidimensional — in reality (and not only mathematically). Its dimensions (eons, lokas) can be cognized by an advanced human consciousness. Such a level of consciousness can be attained through proper spiritual training. One of the components of this training should be a multi-stage practice of meditation.
There are dimensions of hell and paradise and those serving as “depositories of construction material” for forming solid matter and souls. There is also a dimension that represents the Abode of the Creator.
Historically it happened that the word God has several meanings and people often get confused by them.
The principal meaning of this word is the Creator, the Primordial Universal Consciousness, dwelling in the primary spatial dimension. This Consciousness represents the subtlest state of all energy states in the universe — on the coarseness-subtlety scale. The inhabitants of hell are on the opposite end of this scale: they live in the coarsest states of consciousness.
The second meaning of the word God includes the Creator with His entire multidimensional Creation, which is brought into existence by Him, is based on Him as on a foundation, and is incapable of existing without or being separated from Him. In this sense, God is Absolutely Everything (the Absolute) — Everything, except for hell and its inhabitants. (By definition of Jesus Christ, hell is the outer darkness — outer in relation to God-Absolute).
The concept of God includes also Manifestations of the Creator in the Creation which people call the Holy Spirit (Brahman).
The Holy Spirit most often manifests Himself for incarnated people in the form of Divine Teachers that come out from the Abode of the Creator.
They can, in particular, condense the energy of the Consciousness to the perceivable for us level or even visible to regular eyesight.
Manifestation of a Divine Teacher on the material plane through incarnation into a human body is called Messiah, Christ, Avatar.
Such a Teacher, as well as the Holy Spirit, is an Integral Part of the Creator (Primordial Consciousness).
The statement “God is One” is true. All Those dwelling in the Abode of the Creator are merged integral Parts of the One Primordial Consciousness.
The criterion here is that Their Abode is the primary spatial dimension. Every One of Them comes out from it into the world of the Creation only with a part of Oneself, at that remaining coessential to the Creator.
Numerous individual manifestations in the world of the Creation (objects; bodies, including ours; embodied and non-embodied souls, except for hell inhabitants) should be considered as cells of the infinite multidimensional Universal Organism of God in the aspect of the Absolute.
The essence of all processes that take place in the universe is the Evolution of the Universal Divine Consciousness, the Evolution of the Absolute.
The concept of God must not include mythological (fairy-tale) and fictitious characters of national religious folklore (those sharing such naive and essentially false conceptions are called pagans, that is those holding primitive folk beliefs)
Attempts to present God as an invisible flying being with a human-like appearance are also naive and false.
God should be thought of as neither “information” nor “information field”, nor “collective human intellect”, nor should He be given other similar superficial and incompetent definitions.
Cognition of God has nothing to do with “conversations with aliens”, “astral traveling”, spiritism, magic rituals or astrological fantasies.
Describing God as a malicious monster punishing people for their sins is a striking perversion that turns people away from loving Him and hinders their advancement on the spiritual Path.
Likewise, bringing devil and other intimidating factors into the center of attention is a gross religious distortion. Cultivation of mystical fear — as opposed to cherishing creative Love — is the main cause of spiritual degradation and development of mass psychopathology among the followers of such forms of pseudo-religion.
Thus, the concept of God includes:
— the Creator, Who is called in other languages and other religious schools God-the-Father, Primordial Consciousness, Allah, Ishvara, Tao etc.,
— the Absolute,
— non-incarnated (They are countless) as well as incarnate Divine Teachers coming out from the Abode of the Creator.
This is the essence of the true, monotheistic conception of what God is.
From His Abode the Creator creates “islets” of matter throughout the infinite space of the universe and after some time — when they are no longer necessary — He dematerializes them.
The purpose of this process is to create conditions for embodying new souls on material substrates in order to present them with an opportunity for development.
Having grown to the Divine level, these Souls merge into the Creator and enrich Him with Themselves.
Incarnations in the material world are necessary for the development of souls, since it is in the physical body that the energy needed for growth of the “lump” of the consciousness is produced. This energy is derived primarily from ordinary food — the one that we eat.
But not any kind of material food provides the organism with the energy eminently suitable for growth of the soul in the proper direction: the most adequate quality of energy is supplied by the killing-free diet, i.e. the one that does not contain meat, fish, and other products made of bodies of killed animals.
Nutrition that involves killing of animals is incompatible with high ethical principles and often leads to situations when the souls of killed animals enter the bodies of people who killed them or of those who ate their flesh. Such enterings (called possessions) cause various psychic and somatic disorders, and diseases, including cancer.
The natural food for people is various edible plants, milk and milk products, and bird eggs.
The evolution of each individual soul begins when its germen is formed in a mineral. Then follows numerous incarnations in bodies of plants — small in the beginning, then of larger size; then — into animal bodies of increasing size and species complexity; and finally — into human bodies.
Each of us, humans, has previously lived in bodies of various plants and animals.
And now, in the bodies of plants and animals, we should see other growing souls. We have to learn to respect their lives and in every possible way avoid doing any unnecessary harm to them.
The killing-free lifestyle in regard to people and animals, as well as restraining from harming plants unnecessarily must be a norm for every individual.
God in the aspect of the Creator — and this is really perceivable by a developed human consciousness — can be depicted as an Ocean of Blissful, Most Tender, Subtlest Light of Consciousness.
Man has to learn to love Him, to fall in love with Him — and this will be a prerequisite for cognizing Him and for merging with Him. As a result of personal evolution, each individual soul has to merge into the Universal Soul of the Creator, which is the Main Part of the Absolute.