Indeed, these are only a few of the definitions-of-God found in the Aryan Vedas and Upanishads, but some of the profounder ones. Let me give those God-definitions again. The rishis who wrote the Upanishads defined God as:
— Pure Consciousness
— Bliss (ananda)
— The source of exterior phenomena, or the “creator,” whether postulated as a theory and only thought about, or personally known
and also they defined God as
— Inner blissful sound (Aum) and light (jyoti) experienced by those who succeed in stilling their minds (succeed in yoga).
The average man can easily prove two of the above God-definitions to himself, as existent; as real. All have experienced bliss. All experience consciousness. (We swim in consciousness as a fish swims in water. To think “I am, I think” is to experience consciousness.) And a few, less average, experience and know the inner Aum and inner jyotii through chastity and assiduous yogic effort.
One of the absurd things about atheists, especially the juvenile variety running about today — is that they usually have not studied religion, much less sought to experience religious truths within. The word “philosophy” references a multifarious variety of ideas. How much more the words “God” and “religion.” They, likewise, refer to a multifarious variety of things. The modern amateur atheist — and many of the professionals — doesn’t bother specifying which definition-of-God he is rejecting. He has in his head some concept of God thinking “This is what the word God means, everybody knows.” Then he states his rejection of the Mickey Mouse idea. Maybe that of a particular religious sect or Sunday School teacher he encountered when he was a child, and he feels proud of himself. Most atheists are not even aware that God is defined as as such things as “bliss” in the venerable religions.
Thus it is easy to say to the atheist: “Like the rishis, I define God as bliss. I have experienced bliss. So I know God exists.”
Atheism is the sandbox of neurotic children angry about past irritations or offenses from “religious” people. In other words, their atheist stance is emotional and not the product of sincere or strenuous inquiry. Aside from unfamiliarity with rich religious ideas or subtle definitions of God, the atheist has seldom sought out God himself. How should one expect to find any thing if he never seeks for it? Especially a thing that is mysterious or transcendental? Thus modern atheists are fools, neurotic, unimaginative men, and generally completely uneducated about the subject of religion. We have no need to bother with them. They have always been around. This site is for the God-seekers. Aum.