The Evolution of thinking and concept of GOD

The word Idea can never be used alone. It should be associated either with an Individual or with the society. So if the evolution of a being is true then one must conclude that the ideas and the structure of thinking must also have evolved. We know that when we evolved as human beings some complex patterns developed in a short span of time. The survival is the first and foremost thing that a human is concerned of. We can find his survival matters most even than mating. But does this survival always concerned with body alone? How and when could a man have thought about his soul, brain and mind? Does the survival of mind matter more as much as body? It seems it is, that is why the concepts about GOD, Marriage, Society evolved and came into existence.

One cannot understand these concepts without knowing the historicity of these concepts. Confusions and controversies happen when people enter into a conversation or worse a debate about these things without giving the considerations of the historicity. Everyone would agree when I say that humans love to narrate stories. But anyone wondered why? The story or narration is used by human species as a tool to carry on the concepts for a considerable amount of time. In the words of Yan Martel “As a non-fiction, for History, it may be real, but its truth is slippery, hard to access, with no fixed meaning bolted to it. If History doesn’t become story it dies to everyone except for historians. Art is a suitcase that carries History”.

So now we know two things from the above statement; One, if we try to explore how much the concepts of God, and other things are evolved we can accurately pin point the ancientness of a Culture; Second why the same story is being depicted in different art forms such as paintings, drama and folk-lore music. Let’s just take the concept of GOD and try to explore the evolution of thinking that helped Human beings survived in midst of a rapid endangered environment. The GODs were the result of the basic emotion of a Human; FEAR. He FEARED things and hence he needed a helping hand to soothe his frightful mind, thus the concept originated. Then it had grown so huge that the basic thinking which was the reason for the birth of the concept is denied as Heresy.

In Indian subcontinent the evolution of this concept can be treated in four levels. As the basic soothing is achieved man expanded the Idea of GOD as DUTY GOD (ஏவல் தெய்வங்கள்) where the GODS have the power to provide the essentials demolish things for the welfare of humans. This is the first leg evolution. The second leg of GOD is that of PROTECTIVE GOD ( காவல் தெய்வங்கள்) whose duty Is to protect the humans from all the endangers that might cause his extinction. The Third Leg of Evolution of the concept is the ALMIGHTY GOD ( படைப்புக் கடவுள்) where GODS became GOD and it became Omnipotent and Omnipresent. But for certain people; only for a bunch of people there is the final part in this evolution, which is PHILOSOPHICAL GOD (தத்துவார்த்தக் கடவுள்) this is the ultimate realization of the self. People who are fortunate to have a traditional knowledge would definitely see the hierarchy in this. A god who only provides and destructs is inferior to the one which protects; the protecting god is inferior to this omnipotent god. People usually stop there. The story ends when it comes to Omnipotent. There is no next stage possible. This is a danger when we see a Story without Historicity. So History without story is dead to many. A Story without historicity is distorted by many.

The People with immense knowledge created religion and put these gods, because they wanted to convey these are the steps you climb and reach the ultimatum i.e. PHILOSOPHICAL GOD. There are many examples; ATMAN In Hinduism and NIRVANA in Buddhism are the Philosophical GODS that one should seek to attain. A wise man would use all other GODS as tools to reach the Ultimatum. It is not religion for him but a thought process which has evolved and Matured from a long time experience of his species.

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