When we say no to God, it’s mostly because we don’t know God

Contemporary society has largely said no to God — not so much by denying his existence as by relegating him to irrelevance. Most people nowadays are functionally non-theistic. Even for the millions who are still theistic, God is relevant only as a potential provider of their desires, especially those desires that they can’t fulfill on their own. 

If God doesn’t provide them what they desire or if the rules for propitiating him interfere with their enjoyment, they won’t hesitate to say no to God. 

Gita wisdom provides a vision of God that is far more interesting than just a potential provider of our needs, but as the ultimate purpose of our various purposes. People who say that they are not interested in God have never been shown how interesting, indeed fascinating, God is. 

When we say no to God thinking that we will have to follow too many rules, we haven’t been explained how those rules are routes to a higher pleasure. And that higher pleasure supersedes all the pleasures we fear losing because of following those rules.

The Bhagavad-gita states that Krishna is the embodiment and fulfillment of everything we find desirable (07.19). Indeed, all attractive things manifest a spark of Krishna’s supreme splendor (10.41).

Rather than rejecting God, we can focus on reformulating our conception of God. Gita wisdom focuses on providing knowledge of God, on revealing both his greatness and his sweetness. 

Once we know God, we just can’t say no to God — not because he is so formidable that we are afraid of saying no to him, but because he is so loveable that we see no point in saying no to him 

When we thus turn to him, we relish life’s supreme fulfillment. 

Think it over:

  • How has today’s society said no to God?
  • How do we not know God?
  • How does Gita wisdom help us better know God?

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07.19 After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare.

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