What do you mean when you say God is Omnipresent?
Is God present everywhere? How can this be possible?
God is not present everywhere. But the presence of God is
What is the difference?
All living things from protozoa and bacteria to complex organisms
are filled with life. What is seen in all these forms of life
is the presence of life. The presence of life is what we can
see in forms of life. Similarly in all animate things although
the basic principle of consciousness exists as God, the presence
of God is what manifests itself.
Isn’t there the presence of God in inanimate
A piece of rock lying still for millions of years without
any presence of life is a union of millions of molecules of
the rock which has been holding together due to the internal
forces which are governed by certain physical laws. The formulae
and the manifestation of the formulae is God. When a human
brain understands and analyzes a formula and applies it to
create a nuclear bomb it is the application of the knowledge
of the physical principles. Similarly the principle governing
the inanimate things is able to apply the laws of union and
bonding even in their inanimate state. This happens in the
extreme negative pole of Godliness. In this sense, God is
If this is so, how does “God” become
relevant to people?
Even a small child when stimulated through his senses, responds
to the stimulus in the form of the question, “what is
this?”. God’s presence is first felt in the response
“this”. When the generic “this” gets
defined as “this flower” or “this paper”
the consciousness gets confined to the limitations imposed
by time, location, name and matter and the presence of God
fades out from the consciousness.
How can one pray to a God in this sense?
This depends on what is a prayer. A continuous and repetitive
thought process involves the kind of prayer known as “Bhajan”.
The careful quest for attaining the ultimate awareness about
God would end up in meditation. This is not prayer. The yearning
for an achievement or relief from sorrow would constitute
what is popularly called as prayer. If knowledge can bring
relief from such a state, prayer would be relevant in that
sense. Else prayer would be reduced to a convoluted perception
of the universal principle perpetuated by distorted human
But don’t all religions advocate praying to
Individuals are generally weak in body and mind. Their helplessness
and dependency makes them obedient to commandments and customs.
Therefore prayer has gained immense popularity.