In What Language Does God Speak?
© Bahram R. Shahmardaan
from the book,
CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM: WHICH RELIGION DOES GOD FAVOUR?
Those who wish to grow spiritually should strive to live a life based upon surrendering their will to the Will Divine. To know the Divine Will it will help if we understand the language used by the Divine to Express Itself.
The word Islam means “Complete and utter surrender to the Will of Allah.”
The source of the word Islam is the Arabic word Aslama which means Surrender. Salaam which means peace also has the same root.
The word Islam is also used to denote the religion taught by the Prophet Mohammed. So when we mean “Complete and utter surrender to the Will of Allah” instead of using the term “Islam” we will use the words “Surrender to the Will Divine”. After all words are meant to convey ideas and so the idea is the same whether we use the Arabic word Islam which could be ambiguous or express the idea more elaborately as “Surrender to the Will Divine” which is a more actionable description.
Starting with Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and the Baha’i faith as well as any other “isms” I may have missed, it is fair to say that people who claim to follow all the various religions of the world are all striving to or at least claiming to accommodate the Will Divine. So really there should be no conflict between followers of the various religions because all of them are striving to live in keeping with Islam i.e. surrender utterly and completely to the Will Divine.
But are they really?
Before one can surrender to the Will of Allah, one needs to know what Allah wants i.e. what His Will is. One cannot imagine what Allah wants. To know what Allah’s Will is, it seems reasonable that one should be able to communicate with Allah. How else can one know what He wants?
Is there anyone in the world today who is in a position of religious or political authority who can claim to know the Divine Will by direct knowledge? I would suggest that the answer is a most emphatic No. None of the known Christian leaders of the world claim to have direct contact with the Divine. This includes His Holiness the Pope who is regarded by the Catholic Church as the Vicar of Christ on Earth and leaders of the various Christian Protestant denominations. Christian Evangelical leaders also do not have a direct experience of the Almighty. None of the popular Hindu leaders on the world stage or Jewish, Zoroastrian, Sikh, Baha’i or Muslim Mullahs have claimed to be in direct touch with the Divine by whatever name you wish to call It i.e. Ahura Mazda, Ishwar, Paramâtmâ, Allah, God, Naam etc. But because of their knowledge of the Scriptures of the respective religions they embrace, which they accept to be the revealed Word of God or Allah, many religious leaders seem to assert that they know what God has Willed i.e. what God wants them and the rest of mankind to do. They do not take into consideration that knowledge of Scriptures is not the same as knowing God. Further, what these leaders consider knowledge of the Scriptures is nothing but their own interpretation of the Scriptures.
Different people interpret the same Scriptures differently. So instead of practicing Spirituality based upon universal Divine principles we are being encouraged and exhorted by religious leaders to practice a way of life based upon their limited interpretations of limited Scriptures. A way of life based upon limited interpretations of limited Scriptures will succeed only in limiting if not arresting our spiritual growth.
Religious practices by and large have become ossified over time and no longer reflect the Spiritual Principles and reality taught by the Masters of the various religions. Individuals who are not in touch with the Divine are in positions of religious leadership. They do not know the Divine but are striving to follow the Scriptures of the religion they practice in keeping with their own limited interpretation of those Scriptures. Many of these leaders are very sincere in their beliefs. But if one sincerely misinterprets Scriptures and follows one’s misguided beliefs it will not lead to the promised salvation. Some of the religious leaders are condescending towards their co-religionists who may have a different interpretation of the religious Scriptures that they are both striving to follow. Others are much less forgiving if not downright hostile towards those who practice a different Faith. Consequently instead of reflecting the Love of God and the compassion enjoined upon worshipers of the Divine, these types of religious leaders seem to reflect satanic hate that calls for the destruction of all who disagree or oppose them. The cause of righteousness is used as an excuse to oppress and the pretence of piety is used justify prejudice.
From the discussion about the “Value of Opinions” in Chapter I we have already concluded that subjective opinions have no real value. They are merely independent points of view that represent a personal reality based upon one’s attitude and knowledge distilled from past experiences. Individual opinions reflect a limited subjective reality do not represent the Universal Truth. Similarly opinions of religious leaders also represent a limited subjective reality and are not the Universal Truth.
With this in mind, let us try to understand how the Divine communicates.
The word Allah or God means, “That which is never born and never dies.” In other words, Allah or God is Infinite. Because Allah or God is Infinite, He is Limitless. Being Limitless, Allah is also formless. Why is that?
As explained in more detail in Chapter I only that which is Limitless can be Formless. Anything that has a form is defined by the limits of that form. So no matter how large a form may be it is circumscribed by its boundary and is thus limited.
Now if Allah or God is Limitless, then can the Limitless Almighty be limited to any one Scripture no matter how exalted we may consider it to be? More specifically can the Limitless Almighty be limited to one’s own limited interpretation of the Scripture no matter how learned one is? Can the Source be limited to or by its creation?
Yet that is precisely what has been happening throughout history and is still going on in the world today.
With the best of intentions, Christian leaders are trying to promote a Christian God and Muslim leaders are trying to promote a Muslim Allah. In all of this striving, Divine Love is set aside and satanic hate seems to be casting an increasingly widening net.
God is Love:
If we accept the premise that God is omnipresent - that He is everywhere - then it follows that God includes everyone and does not exclude anyone. This is reflected in Spirituality. There is a big difference between Spirituality and Religiosity. Most Religions tend to be exclusive and project their own point of view and a specific way of life, whereas Spirituality is inclusive and accepts all points of view and ways of life that emanate from Universal Spiritual Principles. Consequently, people who live by Spiritual Principles accept all religions and see no conflict among the different religious practices that reflect Spiritual Principles. Not all religious practices and celebrations reflect Spiritual Principles.
Religions tend to exclude non-believers. This was particularly true during the Middle Ages when non-believers were not only excluded but at times were threatened with death if they refused to convert to the religion practiced by the majority of the citizens which was generally endorsed by the state. If those who refused to convert were not executed then at best they were treated as second class citizens. Because of their nature to discriminate against non-believers, religions have been used by religious misleaders to inflame public opinion and excite the populace to support wars that are started mainly for economic and territorial gain and political power. On the other hand Spiritual Principles are universal and include all religions as well as so called non-believers, and encourage each one of us to realize the Godhead that is within each one of us and common to all of us. Spirituality enables us to live in harmony with those who differ from us because it recognizes that the differences are superficial and not basic.
Religions differ in the prescribed code of conduct because they were taught by different Masters to different peoples at different points in history. So, although the Master knew much more than He shared with His followers, He taught only as much as the people could absorb and then just a little more. The code of conduct given was in keeping with the way of life of the people to whom the Master taught and conducive to the environment in which they lived. So people who lived in desert regions were given a code of conduct and dress that was different from people that lived in Tropical and Temperate climates. A thousand or even 100 years ago, a Master could not talk about chromosomes and genes to people. At that time, the accumulated human knowledge did not include information about DNA, RNA, and genes. Similarly, in times past, we did not have the level of communication that is available today. So the codes of conduct that were established were necessarily limited to reflect spiritual principles in keeping with the prevailing local customs.
An anonymous author observed:
Unfortunately that is precisely what has happened.
In chapter IV titled, “YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SOURCE” we share many examples in nature that demonstrate that a Source does not force itself or its Will upon its creations. This is in keeping with the qualities generally ascribed to the Divine i.e. Allah is Merciful, Compassionate, Forgiving etc. So if Allah who has created all that is, chooses not to force His Will upon His creations then it follows that anyone who claims to represent Allah should also NOT use force. Yet, history is replete with accounts of religious and political leaders who have used force to convert others to their way of life, and the practice is still prevalent in many regions of the world today. Many forms of coercion are used to make people convert against their will or suffer hardship if they refuse. Some examples of such coercive tactics are unjust laws, economic and social discrimination, lack of educational opportunities and such.
Because the Masters, through whom the various religions were revealed, lived ages ago, in different parts of the world, the revelations and the prayers they taught were necessarily in many languages that are not in current use. Thus, Zarathushtra who was born in Persia, taught in a language similar to the Vedic language which preceded the Avesta language, which itself preceded the Pahlavi language out of which modern Persian emanated. Abraham and Moses taught in Ancient Hebrew, which was no longer used as a spoken language until it was revived by the State of Israel. Even so, Modern Hebrew is different from the Hebrew used in Biblical times. The Hindu Scriptures were written in Sanskrit, which is no longer spoken by the masses and is the source of modern Hindi and other languages of India. Buddha taught in Pali, which was spoken by the masses as opposed to the ruling elite who communicated in Sanskrit. Pali is no longer spoken. Christ is supposed to have spoken Aramaic, another language that fell into disuse and most Muslims do not know Arabic, which is the language in which Mohammed taught and the Koran is recited.
Guru Nanakji taught in Punjabi and Urdu.
So we have to beg the questions: In what language does God Speak? How does God Speak? Where does God Speak? When does God Speak? To whom does God Speak?
God Speaks to us continuously.
Examples of about when God Speaks can be found in Nature. The atmosphere is all around us and is available to all who will inhale it. The earth does not wait for a new born child to gasp for breath and then rushes to create the air it needs. The air is already present awaiting the gasp. Similarly the Sun shines continuously and does not shine only when we open the window. These are reflections of the fact that God broadcasts His Will continuously. But it is only when we turn inwards and silence the mind that we begin to hear God. This is probably what Mahatma Gandhi meant when he noted "When men listen, God Speaks."
Source of all sounds:
God or Allah speaks to us in the language of Silence and through the Voice of Silence.
Even though God speaks incessantly we cannot hear Him, because God speaks in the language of Silence, with the Voice of Silence in the planes of Living Silence which are beyond the range of the human ear. If this sounds unreasonable, consider the fact that:
The signals broadcast by radio and TV stations travel silently through the atmosphere. We can hear the sounds and see the picture only if we have the necessary tools to receive the signals that carry the sound and the pictures and only when we tune the radio and TV to the specific stations.
Large mammals like elephants and hippos communicate with each other in what scientists refer to as infra-sound frequencies that are inaudible to humans because these frequencies fall below the sound spectrum that human ears can detect.
We can infer from the above facts that the Universe is full of sound. There are physical sounds and spiritual sounds. Sounds that are audible to animals, birds, humans and other creatures are physical sounds.
There are many different planes of physical sound and within every plane of physical sound there are many different levels of sounds. Thus for instance there is the plane of infra-sound within which the sounds produced by large animals like elephants and hippopotamuses travel. There is plane of sound within which sound audible to the human ears travels. Next there is the plane of super sound which has sound frequencies that are beyond the range of human hearing and are used by bats and other creatures. Within each of these planes of sound there are many different levels of sound within which the frequencies travel. Thus for instance the frequency of the infra-sounds produced by hippos is different from that used by elephants to communicate. Likewise within the plane of human hearing there various levels of sound. Some humans can hear better than others. Those who can hear better can perceive sound from more levels than those who cannot hear as well i.e. the range of sounds they can hear is greater than those with a less acute sense of hearing. Similarly there are many different levels of sound in the plane of super-sound used by bats. Different bat species produce super-sounds of varying frequencies all of which travel at their own level within the plane of super-sound.
To hear the sound frequencies which are physical in nature that are both below and beyond the range which can be detected by human ears, we have developed specialized sensitive scientific instruments. Similarly using specialized technology we can produce sound frequencies similar to those used by whales and dolphins which are beyond the range of the human ear such as the sonar frequencies used by the navies of the world.
Then there is supra sound which is spiritual and occurs in the realms of consciousness that are beyond the human mind.
Everything that manifests in the physical universe descends from the spiritual planes and what is in the spiritual is reflected in the physical but the reverse is not always so. So what we perceive as silence merely reflects our inability to hear the range of sound that is inaudible to us because we cannot tune our mind and body to receive the frequency of that sound. We know this to be true from our experience in this physical universe and it is so also about the spiritual.
The Living Word of God which has been mentioned in Scriptures of all religions is constantly vibrating. We cannot hear these vibrations because they are spiritual and are not only beyond the range of human hearing but beyond human consciousness itself. Therefore to assert that these supra sounds do not exist because we cannot hear them is to reveal both one’s arrogance and ignorance.
The human body is the instrument with which we communicate with the universe. We receive and give signals to the Universe with and through it. The reason we cannot hear God is because there is lot of static noise in our human minds. That static noise is the thoughts that occupy our minds. The static disturbance created by our thoughts is so loud that we cannot hear the subtle silent voice of the Divine. In spiritual circles, this static barrier created by the thoughts in our mind is referred to as the veil between our mind, with which most of us identify, and our soul. The more self conscious we are, the thicker is the veil.
We are so self-conscious that we are not consciously aware of many of the processes that go on within our body and which keep us alive. For instance we know that blood is circulating in our body, yet we do not feel it flowing in our blood vessels and are not consciously aware of it. So in our present state of being, how can we be aware of the Voice of Silence with which God Speaks? The Voice of Silence is infinitely more subtle than the flow of blood through our bodies or any of our other bodily functions. The human thoughts we all experience is a gross example of the Voice of Silence. We cannot hear our thoughts but we can perceive them with our consciousness and so in a sense we can say that we hear them. Without consciousness nothing happens. Living Silence is the Source of all consciousness and is the source of the Voice of Silence.
Our thoughts represent static noise that prevents us from hearing the Voice of Silence. To prepare ourselves to hear the Voice of Silence, we have to first steady our mind and empty it of all the thoughts that rush through it. It is only then that our mind will be filled with the Voice of Silence. Christ alluded to this when He said, "The empty alone shall be filled."
The Voice of God can be heard in the spiritual planes of consciousness by that which is eternal within each one of us i.e. the Divine component of the human being, which is the soul. If you can empty your human mind of all the thoughts within it which drown out the subtle vibrations of Divine communion, your Being will be able to hear the Voice of Silence. The Voice Divine your Being will hear depends upon the level of your awareness i.e. the spiritual consciousness at which your Being functions. Not everyone functions at the highest planes of spiritual awareness. So the messages we receive will be different and are a function of the level of the spiritual consciousness we link up with. Since the Divine Consciousness is all pervading the messages though different are still Divine.
Many religious people are unaware of the Voice of Silence. They only have knowledge of the Scriptures. True knowledge comes from direct experience. Religious Scriptures will enable us to raise our consciousness up to a finer level. To grow beyond the religious level of consciousness, one has to go to the Source of Religion ie. One has to practice Spirituality.
If God is eternal, and I accept that He is, then He is as alive today and more specifically NOW, i.e. every moment, as He was at the time the various Prophets were alive through whom He has revealed Himself and His Plan for humankind.
Some of the Prophets through whom God revealed His Will include Zarathushtra, the Prophet of Persia; Ram, Krishna, and the many saints and sages of Hinduism; Abraham, Moses, and the many Prophets of Judaism which include Jesus Christ and the many Christian saints; Buddha and the saints and sages of Buddhism; the various Masters of Jainism, Mohammed and the many Sufi Masters that followed in his footsteps; Guru Nanak and the various Sikh Gurus; Baha'ullah and others.
The teachings of each of the Masters mentioned above gave rise to a way of life that was codified into a religion that expressed itself through various rites and rituals which then became the basis of both a code of social conduct and the rule of law. The rites and rituals and the rule of law that derived from the teachings of the Masters became the bonds that held people together and helped establish civilizations that have endured.
Yet because of basic human insecurity and a lack of understanding of the common spiritual basis of all these religions, there are misconceptions and apprehensions that cause various cultures to clash.
When we are able to silence our mind, then the mind of our soul descends into our human mind and that is real spiritual meditation. It is like tuning in the radio and TV signals that play through your radio and TV. You can hear the music or see the picture only if the radio or TV are working and tuned to receive the right signal. Some intellectuals like to say that it is man who created God and not the other way around. Others say that when you reach the Source, you will find that it is nothing. I agree that the Source is No Thing but it is not nothing in the sense that it is an empty void. Can we say that Sound is nothing? And if Sound is something then can we say that Silence which is the Source of and repository of all sounds is nothing?
Can we call Consciousness nothing? We cannot perceive consciousness with any of our senses i.e. we cannot hear it, see, taste, touch or smell it. It is only when we wake up from deep sleep that we are aware that we are conscious. Yet without consciousness you can perceive nothing. The entire universe that each of us experiences exists within our respective consciousness. Even so, we cannot perceive the consciousness of others or even their thoughts. Does that mean that their consciousness is nothing and their thoughts are nothing?
Consciousness is very real; thoughts are real and are the source of all we do. Yet so long as we are self conscious and remain attached to our own thoughts, we cannot grow beyond our individual consciousness to experience the Universal Consciousness.
When an individual receives a message in the Language of Silence that is revealed through the Voice of Silence, he/she can then convert the messages and experiences into thoughts that are written in the language at his/her command. When Zarathushtra heard God, He narrated what He heard in the language at His command which was very similar to Sanskrit and is no longer in use in the Middle East. Other prophets revealed their experiences of God and His Instructions in their own native languages. Hindu Sages revealed them in Sanskrit; Abraham and the other Prophets of Israel rendered the Voice and Language of Silence in Hebrew. Buddha revealed them in Pali; Christ is supposed to have spoken in Aramaic; Mohammed in Arabic; Guru Nanak in Punjabi and so on. God did not speak all of these languages. He does not need to because all sounds and languages are contained within the Voice of Silence.
So let us acknowledge that the Scriptures of all religions have emerged out of Living Silence. Rather than fight against each other, let us recognize that what is revealed through each religion is not the final word but merely a small portion of that which is contained within Living Silence. No Sound however loud it is and however long it lasts can represent all the sounds contained within Silence. Similarly no single message or collection of messages from God that have been revealed through any one Master can possibly represent all the Wisdom of God. Why? Because the content of the messages revealed is finite and God is Infinite. Just as the volume and number of sounds contained within Silence is limitless so also the Messages from the Divine that are contained within Living Silence are Limitless.
Therefore instead of fighting with each other, let us share the knowledge revealed through each religion without trying to repudiate and disprove the other. Thus we will be able to learn from and teach one another; live in peace and harmony, and use the collective teachings of the Masters and our unified understanding to help each other grow to higher levels of consciousness and share the Peace that surpasses all understanding.
To give some idea about the Voice of Silence, we have reproduced below a Spiritual message from God that was revealed through Dr. Dinshah K. Mehta who is my Spiritual Master. Dr. Mehta received many messages from the Divine in the Voice of Silence from the Spiritual Planes of Living Silence which is the Spiritual Plane in which Scriptures of the various religions have been revealed. Dr. Mehta’s language of choice was English, so the messages that He received from the Divine in the Language Silence and Voice of Silence were transcribed in English. Since English is the most widely used international language, we are fortunate of this coincidence.
To appreciate the validity of these messages, we strongly recommend that, if you have not already done so, you take the time to read the explanation given towards the end of this book about the Source of Scripts received by Dr. Dinshah K. Mehta.
SILENT VOICE, VOICE OF SILENCE AND VOICE THAT IS ME AND MY FATHER
There are subtle differences between the Silent Voice, Voice of Silence and the Voice that is Me and My Father. The Silent Voice is the Voice that anyone can hear in the human mind from inside. This can be inspired or it can be the voice of one’s own thoughts and conscience. According to the purity of the mind and conscience, the Voice will be guided or otherwise. But the Voice of Silence either comes into the mind that is human or one becomes aware of it when the human mind stops working. This Voice can be from sources other than Me also. But the Voice that is Me and My Father can come from no other source than the Absolute. That Voice is not experienced by all but only by those who are oned with Us in the Spiritual planes even though their consciousness may be separated from the Spiritual planes in which they are one in contact with Us at least.
The highest of mystics talk with one another in Silence, through the language of Silence and with the Voice of Silence. At times, they talk through Me and My Own, but for usual communication between them wherever they be, whether incarnate or discarnate, they talk directly.
Dated: January 2, 1956
Bahram R. Shahmardaan