Rupert Spira in his video ‘The Self in You is God’s Self.” says “‘I AM’ is God’s Christian name.'”. I thought this funny, delightful – but I hope he meant ‘forename’ and not Christian name otherwise why would he want to invalidate all other traditions? The video is here;
This is an excellent Christian resource for ‘What God Is Like’ (The Essence and Nature of God)
What we need is an inter-spiritual version! – assuming God identified her self with only one religion. Gandhi thought that God has no religion!
“He hath known God who hath known himself.” (Baha’u’llah: Gleanings)
One indication of how Baha’is view God appears in this passage:
‘The human temple that has been made the vehicle of so overpowering a Revelation must, if we be faithful to the tenets of our Faith, ever remain entirely distinguished from that “innermost Spirit of Spirits” and “eternal Essence of Essences” — that invisible yet rational God Who, however much we extol the divinity of His Manifestations on earth, can in no wise incarnate His infinite, His unknowable, His incorruptible and all-embracing Reality in the concrete and limited frame of a mortal being.
Indeed, the God Who could so incarnate His own reality would, in the light of the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, cease immediately to be God.
So crude and fantastic a theory of Divine incarnation is as removed from, and incompatible with, the essentials of Bahá’í belief as are the no less inadmissible pantheistic and anthropomorphic conceptions of God — both of which the utterances of Bahá’u’lláh emphatically repudiate and the fallacy of which they expose.’
(Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Baha’u’llah, p. 112/113
The writer, Sen McGlinn says…..my paraphrase: on the one hand we see God as manifest in history, in the persons of Baha’u’llah, the Bab, Muhammad, Jesus etc… back to the beginning. On the other hand, they are not God, but Manifestations of the Will of God. – https://www.religiousforums.com/threads/how-do-bahai-view-god.109325/
“Prayer is communion with Ultimate Reality, whether it is regarded as personal, impersonal, or beyond them both.”
This remarkable definition of prayer was written by a group of 15 spiritual leaders from nine different world religions. It reveals that prayer is universal, as it reaches toward the same Ultimate Reality regardless of the tradition from which it originates.
My ultimate purpose, in all that I have written, is but to say this one simple thing to my readers – whether they know it or not, whether they reflect on it or not, human beings are always and everywhere, in all times and places, oriented and directed to that ineffable mystery we call God (Karl Rahner)
New experiences of God, shaped by already held beliefs, in turn will ‘correct’ one’s previous interpretation of those beliefs and thereby enrich future possible experiences (Ormond Rush)
“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image, when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” Anon
Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form.
In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form.
You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature.
You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love.
What is God? The eternal One Life underneath all the forms of life.
What is love? To feel the presence of that One Life deep within yourself and within all creatures. To be it.
Therefore, all love is the love of God.
“The word ‘God’ is limiting not only because of thousands of years of misperception and misuse, but also because it implies an entity other than you. God is Being itself, not a being.” – Eckhart Tolle
“To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of “feeling-realization” is enlightenment.” – Eckhart Tolle
“The Love Of God Has Been Poured Out In Our Hearts By The Holy Spirit….” (Rom. 5: 5)
“God Is Love.” (I John 4:8)