Ervin wrote:The way I see the truth is that there is an infinite Source of everything that exists, whom people traditionally call God and Hem is( I say Hem instead of Him or Her) is best described by myself in one word as Gentleness. The Source of everything that exists is infinitely Gentle. Now conscience is very gentle. I wold like to post one of my experiences from around seven months ago:
I have copied the following from a forum with the date wich is round about when it happened
by Ervin » Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:08 am
I thought I might go a bit into my last experience of God. Last time I felt strong presence/communication with God was about three to two weeks ago. It was the most beautiful experience I had in my life and at the same time the"devil/demons" where playing mind games with me it didn't bother me at all. God felt like peace, light, love, truth, gentleness, someone who wouldn't burn anyone in eternal hell. It was wonderful. It was just someone you can totally trust with everything. Just a memory of that experience is enough to make me calm, forgiving, compassionate, loving, kind, reasonable, good. It was as I could see God but I wasn't seeing things. Gods presence was felt as if he was everywhere. Thats what I felt.
Thanks for sharing your experience,
I assume you are here to hear Buddhists' point of views.
First of all, no matter you seek, no matter who you are, atheist, buddhist, christian, muslim, everyone seeks happiness, safeness, security, then peace, calm, forgiving, compassionate, kind, reasonable are better than hate, anger, greed, ignorance.
Now, one way or another one has happiness. Happiness has its conditions, rich, comforts, love,.. One cannot feel happiness while one experiences pain, is bleeding, has broken bones or some kind of serious diseases. The main problem is that, what will guarantee that a kind of happiness will be last forever? What will guarantee suffering wouldn't arise in the future?
When you feel those experience, are you hungry, thirsty? Have you ever been extremely hungry *? Will those experiences of calm, love, peace prevent being hungry again in the future? No, it will not, if you don't eat anything you will be hungry, if you don't drink anything you will be thirsty, those are causes and effects.
Will some feelings prevent age, sickness or the death? No matter what the feeling, none of the feelings can prevent age and sickness or death, that's fact. Will some feelings help you see what will happen after death? No, none of those feelings help you see into the future.
Will everything end with death? Or there will be the continuity? What will guarantee it will be true? Where was you from and where will you go after this life? Will those feelings come with you? You cant make a certainty
Now, return to your specific feelings, can you control your feelings? Can you make those experiences of peace, love, calm last forever? Can you make those experiences arise when ever you want? Can you guarantee to yourself those experiences will last after death, will come with you where ever you go? I bet that you can't control your experiences, you can't make it arise when ever you want, so, even if you want them, what will guarantee they will arise in the future when you need them?
Can you guarantee those experiences will cure age, sickness, pain, diseases, being hungry, thirsty? Will your specific experiences prevent people attacking people, killing people, stealing, help recover the economy? Will your experiences let you know the beginning of the universe and the end of it, or the universe is infinite or not?
You are depended on things you can not control like many people are depended on their jobs, their incomes, think that they are secured but then suddenly being fired, lost their jobs, have accidents.. then they realized they are wrong but then it is a little too late.
There are causes and effects, if you want to end the war you must know how to win a war, if you want to recover the economy you must know how to manage an economy. Everything has its causes and effects, so a wise one must know what will lead to what in order to achieve what he want. Put all your money on one bag while you can't control the situation is a risky decision.
I have heard some kinds of experience and had some of my own, there are many kinds of strange experience. Believe me, just find samatha or jhana experience on here, I knew buddhists formerly practiced yoga and many kind of practicing and experiences.. At first, they made me feel I am special, this is true, but then after a long time I reviewed them with reason, I saw that I mustn't be depended on feelings without reason, because it will lead to conservation, it forbids the advancement on what ever I chose, and it prevents wisdom.
Well, at least here are what you will hear in the buddhist forum
* I practiced don't eat anything in many days, i.e a week, well, it was just an useless practice