Me and My God- 2 ~ Nanak Alerted Me That God Did Not Create Man In His Image

Rather It Is Another Way Around.

Me & My God - Part 1

For centuries, we have been made to believe that God had created man in His image. However, when Nanak took over to tell us the truth, he began to tell me that, it was another way around. In fact, man created God in his image, an anthropomorphic god.

I am using this term, anthropomorphism, here to describe a God with the attributions of superhuman who exhibits humanistic characteristics, however, he is perfect, all-powerful, and all-knowing superhuman. This God has a place of residence several skies away, with staff and capabilities of knowing all that is happening with everyone on the earth. Such God possesses powers to do justice through punishments and rewards. He listens to prayers and accepts gifts to grant favors to the favorites or punish the adversaries, and, also, punishes those who do not believe in such gods. He determines and changes the destinies of people and nations. He has the ability to appear or disappear at will. He may be born outside of the womb and die at will.

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Such anthropomorphic God manages the humanity through staff like angels, messengers, demons, devils, etc. His representations in various physical forms, such as prophets, scriptures, statues, and paintings need and accept materials that are there to meet human needs. They include clothing, food, temperature-controlled environments, flashy means of transportation, courtiers, fine music and dancers, etc.

To create an anthropomorphic God was man's sure way to appoint himself as God's agent and as his administrative authority. Further, this opened the way to create and deepen communal identities. It permitted retreat into the very segregated wedges and fractions between and among various faiths and faith communities.

Worst of all that this anthropomorphic God also made it easier to keep Man apart from the real Creator, God that was manifested in all creations.

Since the time that Nanak came on this earth, he began telling the truth. He gave me and others, without any discrimination, new and innovative eyes of knowledge with vision and wisdom. He let me examine the question of God more logically.

ਜਿਨਿ ਕਰਿ ਉਪਦੇਸੁ ਗਿਆਨ ਅੰਜਨੁ ਦੀਆ ਇਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਨੇਤ੍ਰੀ ਜਗਤੁ ਨਿਹਾਲਿਆ ॥ SGGS, p.470
He taught me and given me the healing eyedrops of spiritual wisdom so that with my spiritual eyes, I visualize the Creation

As the benefactor of the new wisdom, I began to call myself a Sikh, meaning a wisdom seeker. Then, I felt no need to be obsessed with an anthropomorphic god sitting on his throne in heavens and loaded with extensive secretariats as well as numerous other means of enforcing obedience among us to their god.

In contrast to man's earlier exploits, Guru Nanak told me of the single virtual reality. Also, it was not far from my eyes; I could see it in nature and in the creations all around me, and all within me. He named this reality, Ek Ongkar, meaning, one virtual reality manifested in all creations. That, the forces of creations and the laws of nature actually maintained a beautiful world for me to relish. Here everything has been functioning meticulously since the time immemorial.

And, above all, I need not live in a fear of the angels of death, haughty and cruel, waiting to take me to imaginary heavens and hells. They are not there anymore to scare me and to torture me. Instead, Nanak told me that this world is created for me to relish, and, that it will be always there in my service, not to fear but to rule. Nanak said,

ਅਵਰ ਜੋਨਿ ਤੇਰੀ ਪਨਿਹਾਰੀ ॥ ਇਸੁ ਧਰਤੀ ਮਹਿ ਤੇਰੀ ਸਿਕਦਾਰੀ ॥ SGGS, p. 374.
Other living forms are your water carriers (servants); in this world, you are the ruler.

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Guru Nanak told me that this life was an opportunity to seek and merge with Divine and her creation.

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"Anthropomorphism, also referred to as personification, is a well established literary device from ancient times." ~ Wikipedia

Dr. Bhai Harbans Lal

Dr. (Bhai) Harbans Lal is a distinguished Pharmacologist and a recognized scholar of Sikhism. Professor Lal has been published in all the major Sikh journals. His present interests lie in promoting Sikh Studies in North America.

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