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Is there no God? Buddha answers the Question


I heard that one day a person came to Buddha in the morning and asked, “Is there no God?”. The person was a theist. A theist is a person who believes in the existence of God. A theist only believes and does not try to know anything. He is just a believer. Buddha said, “Yes, there is no God”. The person got angry. He became violent. He went nuts. He became crazy. He actually came to Buddha to get a confirmation of his own belief. Buddha was aware that this guy is a believer and he needs a confirmation to his belief. Buddha took him to the other extreme. The person carried a belief of “Yes” and Buddha shown him the power of “No”. The person was holding on to only one bank of the river and Buddha shown him the existence of the other bank of the river. It is a great psychological insight that a person is always searching for a confirmation of his own belief from others. 

By now the news has spread to all the disciples that Buddha has said that there is no God. Some disciples were very happy and some were unhappy. The disciples who were just believers in the non-existence of God were very happy. The atheists in the camp were very happy. And they all got confirmation from Buddha that there exists no God. 

The same day in the afternoon another person came and asked Buddha, “Is there a God?”. The person was an atheist. An atheist is a person who believes in the non-existence of God. An atheist also only believes and does not try to know anything. He is also just a believer. Buddha said, “Yes, there is a God”. The person was very angry. He also got a confirmation that went against his belief. And this confirmation he got from none other than Buddha himself. The person carried a belief of “No” and Buddha shown him the power of “Yes”. 

Again a new news spread in the camp of the disciples that Buddha has said that there is a God. The theists have felt at ease. They were feeling very happy at Buddha’s confirmation. Now the atheists were feeling uneasy at the new disclosure. A small number of the agnostics in the camp were unperturbed. The camp of the agnostics thought that Buddha is only playing a practical joke and they all knew the truth. 

There are three kinds of believers - a theist, an atheist, and an agnostic. A theist believes in the existence of God. An atheist believes in the non-existence of God. And an agnostic believes that the existence or non-existence of God can neither be proved nor disproved. An agnostic is a person who disbelieves in the belief of a theist and an atheist. He is a person who does not believe in the “Yes” and the “No”. He looks like a quantum physicist. 

In the evening another person came to meet Buddha. This person didn’t ask any question to Buddha. He did not ask whether God exists or does not exist. He sat with Buddha for a while. He looked into the eyes of Buddha. He closed his eyes and went deeper into meditation. He felt the silence within him and outside of him. In the presence of Buddha the chattery of his mind stopped and he felt his own silence within. He opened his eyes, touched Buddha’s feet and left the place. He did not ask any question to the Buddha. And Buddha did not give him any answer. It was very clear from the attitude of the person that he was not a believer. He was an adventurer. He was an enquirer. He had a quest. He wanted to feel the experience on his own. He wanted to do something on his. He wanted to know on his own. He was not a closed door. He was not a dead-end. He was an opening of infinite possibilities. 

When Buddha used the word “Nirvana”, he simply meant that one should not be a slave to the belief of “Yes” and “No”. He also meant that one should not be a slave to the belief of neither. There are some who believe in the illusion or Maya that neither the existence exists nor they exist. According to these people nothing really exists. They are there, and they may say they are not there. And this could be their illusion and delusion.


The river of life has two banks - yes and no. One should not jump to the conclusion that the other bank of the river does not exist. And for some the other bank of the river exists and it looks greener. The other bank gives a new perspective which could be looked into. In order to go to the other bank one has to go through the waters. One has to travel from this end to that end. And in the process one has to travel through the river. And without travelling through the waters one wouldn’t know that the river has two banks opposing each other. Are these two banks opposing each other? Or, Are they complementing each other to allow the river to flow? 

I think it is the same thing with the ocean of the mind. I think the mind has two streams of thoughts. One thought says “Yes” and the other says “No”. And without these two divisions the mind can not flow. And without these two divisions the mind can not move. And we all need a mind to move in life. And we all need a mind to flow in life. The chattery of the mind is because of the collision of these two thought waves. They are not opposing each other. They may be complementing and compensating each other. We can rise above these waves and bring in observation. And when we become mindful of the waves of thoughts, they disperse and dissolve in the ocean. And in the process of mindfulness we experience the unification of the thought waves with the ocean. This gives the experience of tranquility and oneness, and the barriers of the mind of “Yes” and “No” are frozen. This gives the illumination of going beyond the dark corners of the mind. Now, the mind is bestowed with a unique experience of crossing the barriers. And this experience is out of the box. It is not boxed in the walls of “Yes” and “No”. The mind is now filled with the experience of Nirvana. The mind can now flow in the river of life with tranquility and stillness.

When we become mindful of the waves of thoughts, they disperse and dissolve in the ocean. And in the process of mindfulness we experience the unification of the thought waves with the ocean. This gives the experience of tranquility and oneness, and the barriers of the mind of “Yes” and “No” are frozen. This gives the illumination of going beyond the mind. Now, the mind is bestowed with a unique experience of crossing the barriers. And this experience is out of the box. It is not boxed in the walls of “Yes” and “No”. The mind is now filled with the experience of Nirvana. The mind can now flow in the river of life with tranquility and stillness.

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