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God and the Cosmic Game
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 304th book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
Part I — God and the cosmic game
Question: How do you define God?
Question: Is there only one God?
Question: What has God learned from His Self-transcendence?
Question: How can God transcend Absolute Truth? I mean truth is truth, isn't it?
Question: How can Infinity transcend itself?
Question: Are dream and reality the same for God?
Question: Since the Supreme can count from one to forty-five immediately, does He create time in order to have a game?
Question: Does God ever change His mind?
Question: Did the Supreme manifest just part of Himself as the Supreme, and is the other part — the evil forces — just lack of the Supreme?
Question: Is there any spiritual significance to an apparently healthy infant's death?
Question: How does God let catastrophes take place?
Question: Guru, why did the Supreme decide to go through suffering to realisation?
Question: When God knows everything, does He take into account the hostile forces?
Question: How does the Supreme illumine the past?
Question: Why does God constantly smile at man?
Part II — God and everyday life
Question: Should we pay more respect to the divinity inside a man than the divinity inside an animal, or is it all the same?
Question: Guru, if the Supreme is in everything, then He must also be in the mind. So why is the mind bad?
Question: Has God a special Will for our outer life?
Question: Are the undivine forces kept out by will? Is that the only way?
Question: Today I was on the George Washington Bridge and a man was threatening to commit suicide. At first I wanted to pray for his life, and then I remembered your saying once that we shouldn't ask the Supreme to do anything, but only pray for the Supreme's own Victory.
Question: For a long, long time whenever someone says 'God' to me, I hear the word 'God' and then I hear the word 'dog,' and 'dog' stays in my mind. Could you please tell me why this happens?
Part III — How to know God
Question: Can one know the achievements of God through the intellect alone?
Question: Is it possible to have a philosophical proof of God, or do you have to depend on faith?
Question: Does knowledge of our dreams help us to know God?
Question: How can we cultivate the inner silence so that we can know God's Will?
Question: In one of your books you said, "If you want to see God, you have to meditate twelve hours a day. If you want to come face to face with God, you have to meditate twenty-four hours a day." Is that possible?
Question: Are seeing God and feeling God the same thing?
Question: Guru, you have spoken of realisation as a tree. What determines how high a soul climbs on that tree?
Part IV — Becoming intimate with God
Question: When I want to think of the Supreme as my friend, what is the most effective way of doing it?
Question: Does the Supreme make us depressed and do other things like that for a reason?
Question: Can one just drop the mind and trust to God's guidance?
Question: Is it better to enter into the divine Will or let the divine Will enter into us, if we have to make a choice?
Question: How can I best serve the Supreme in my Guru?
Question: What does it truly mean to serve the Supreme in others?
Question: How are we going to be one with the Supreme if we're still tied up in the physical world, trying to manifest? We're using up all that we have.
Question: How can I love God since I don't know Him?
Question: I feel as though we don't love God enough and want to love Him more. How can we learn to love God?
Question: How can we love the Supreme with utmost intensity?
Question: How can we surrender to the Supreme?
Question: I find that doubt, shame, fear and guilt stand between myself and true surrender to the Supreme.
Question: Do you kill hope and expectation by surrendering to God's Will?
Question: What can a disciple do to make his body surrender to the divine Will?
Question: I feel that the Supreme is displeased with me and that He is going to desert me.
Part V — God and the human Guru
Question: Do you see God?
Question: How do you see your relationship to God?
Question: Guru, why does the Supreme allow you to suffer?
Question: But He wants you to talk big, doesn't He? He wants you to tell us all those things.
Question: If He makes you talk, then why should He make you suffer for talking?
Editor's preface to the first edition
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