Let me take you to my childhood where it all started, where the question “Does God Exist – Is God Real? started growing within me – and turned me from an atheist to a knower.
My Childhood Days
I was born in a Hindu-Punjabi family in India. But I was not a Hindu because I was not aware of what being a Hindu was.
I was going to a Christian school and had friends from Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jain, Bengali and Sikh families. (You know that’s how India is; am so Grateful for this experience !) While in school, whenever we made our prayers to “Jesus Christ” and sometimes we made prayers to “God” , one question constantly kept popping into my heart and mind, the question was “Who is God?”.
I was stuck with this question so much that the answer to this question meant education to me, it meant life to me. The school studies were not so important as was the answer to this question. If you’d wish to know from where I got the inspiration to ask such questions, well, i was born with this defect ;-). The questions were within me since my birth.
So one day I asked my Sikh classmate whom she made prayers to. She said that she made prayers to “Waheguru”, while my Hindu friend replied that she made prayers to “Krishna”, my another friend sent prayers to “Ganesha”. I was pretty much confused. “Where are these prayers going?”
I am not somebody who ever had faith in anything that could not be experienced. I was born in a family of Hindus but what if i were born in a Christian family? Then automatically i would have been a Christian right? Don’t I get to choose Krishna or Jesus? Are all of these school prayers that were made under the sky, going to the respective Gods? Are all these God friends sitting up there having a party? I was getting sick with all these questions.
“If i never experienced God, I would never believe in His Existence, or I’d rather say, KNOW his existence”.
What if these Holy Books are just implanted in our minds by a Being of much Higher Consciousness?” I wanted proof for everything. I thought, “What if I experienced God myself, am sure i will get the answers to all the other questions I have within me” and getting answers to all my questions was the only thing that could have brought me peace of mind.
I was already practising meditation since my childhood without being aware of the term “Meditation”. I knew that there was something more to Life for sure, but what that was, I was never sure of until I started experiencing things that had no logical explanation.
What I am going to write down here is just one of the experiences from my Life (and it has my copyright ;-)).
My Teen Days
It was winters. 29th December. I was in 10th grade. Our school was holding an event in a stadium. We started from the stadium at 9 pm in our school buses. I reached my bus stop around 10 pm.
As soon as the bus halted at the bus stop, i realised that there was absolutely nobody on the road. My school bus used to drop me on the main road; it was a wider crossroad and my home was a little far from there. I was a child and I was a little scared of getting down the bus at that time specially when i saw absolutely nobody around me. So I, alongwith my friends requested the bus driver to drop me inside my house lane, to which he denied and said, ” Either you get down the bus or I’ll start the bus”.
I could not think further and got down the bus. As soon as I got down I thought that I should wait for my parents to come (the bus had dropped off 10 mins before the time conveyed to my parents and at that time we did not have any mobiles). So I slowly started walking towards my home just to realise that there were as many as 12 dogs on the street that were fighting with each other and so I could have got myself bitten.
I decided to seek help from the homes around just to realise that it was too late ; either lights were off or the homes were locked. It was winters, people go to there homes early.
So eventually I came back to the bus stop thinking that I would take a lift from any car that would come and request the person in it to drop me home (just a few years ago there was no Uber). At that time I was unaware that there were all kinds of people in this world – good and not so good. So i started waiting for a car to come.
And this happened…
This incident changed a lot in my life…
Now i was there, standing on the bus stand, waiting for a lift. So naive of me.
I looked right on the road (1st second), “Nobody is there”..it’s a long long road connecting a bridge and there’s absolutely not a soul on the road. I looked left (2nd second), “Nobody is there on the left side as well”. i looked right again (3rd second).
I am in a shock.
There is a rickshaw right there and the man on the rickshaw is sleeping.
This is impossible. Absolutely impossible.
How can ANYBODY arrive in a second and sleep over a rickshaw. There is no logical explanation. It is beyond my imagination.
Anyway, I had to go home. So i approached the rickshawpuller and tried to wake him up.
This man is in a deep sleep. Very deep sleep.”How could somebody park his rickshaw and get into a deep sleep in 2 seconds?”, i was thinking constantly.
The fourth time I called him, he woke up. I asked him to drop me at my home. He agreed and i sat on the rickshaw.
All this time on the rickshaw I was just thinking, “How could I test if He is God?”
At last. It popped up in my little child brain. It was very simple. If the rickshawpuller disappeared in the same way in which he appeared, He was God.
I reached home. Got down the rickshaw and called my mother for the balance 5 bucks that i was running short of. My mother gave me the money, turned towards the door and told me to shut the door.
“NOW is the Time”, I said to myself. “I must find out the Truth right now”.
I gave the balance money to the rickshawpuller and turned myself towards the door. I stopped and started counting till 5.
‘I told you. I told you. I told you”, my soul screamed within me in exhilaration.
The rickshawpuller had disappeared in 5 seconds.
It was impossible. It would have taken atleast 3 seconds for the rickshawpuller to just turn the rickshaw backwards. The way out of my house lane was very simple and it was very clear as well. Anybody could see very clearly all around, there was no place to hide.
The houses were in one lane with no empty space in between. For any human being on a rickshaw, to cross that lane from one end to another, would take atleast 1 minute. Turning and disappearing in 5 seconds was not Human at all.
Can you give me any logical explanations for this incident?
Does God Exist- Is God Real?
This is not just one incident. I have experienced as well as witnessed, things that have no explanation, many times in my life…
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Slowly I started becoming a Knower, a Knower of many secrets that I wanted to know since eternity. I turned from being an atheist to a knower.
With time, I got answers to all the questions I had in my heart. And that is how I transformed from a Believer to an Atheist ( a short time in my life when i was not getting any answers to my questions on God and i turned into an atheist) to a Knower.
My friends, I want to tell you one thing here, out of my personal experience with God.
GOD has NO religion. A Human Being’s limited mind cannot see or comprehend the formless all-pervading omniscient Being/ God.
Whether you are an atheist or a believer, just remember one thing in Life. Whenever you are going through great difficulties in your life, at that time, with all your heart, mind and soul, Just call out (to whosoever you believe in, whether it is Allah, Jesus , Krishna or the Universe), “If YOU Exist, Come and Help Me” and I promise, If you call Him with all your Heart, He WILL Come.
God may not appear in a Light form, in a form which we might be imagining. But He may appear as a Rickshawpuller, as an animal, or as a bird, as anything He may wish to appear in. BUT He will come. It is our inability to recognise HIM/HER (as HE/HER is formless there can be no gender specifications) that we make ourselves stressful, full of anxiety and fearlful.
This is my story of turning from a Believer to a Knower. This know-how has changed my perspective of life and it has taken me to places that are way beyond my imagination.
I wish that whoever is reading this may also get an Experience of God, if He Really desires so. I also wish you a fulfilled, amazing and blissful life ahead.
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