‘Can you see your own eyes? God is like that. He is as close as your own eyes.
He is your own, even though you cannot see Him’, said Swami Vivekananda.
Where is God?
A man went to a barber to have a haircut. While the barber went about with his work, he picked up a conversation with barber. They discussed many things and, in due course, about God. The barber said that he did not believe in the existence of God.
The client asked why and the barber replied that if God existed then why there were so many sick people, why there were abandoned children and other evils in life. The man did not react to the statement because he wanted to avoid an argument. The barber finished his job and the man went out of the shop.
As he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long hair and an untidy beard. Then the client again entered the
barbershop and he said to the barber that there did not exist any barber in the town.
The barber reacted and said, ‘How do you say that? I am here and I am a barber.’
‘No!’ the client exclaimed. ‘They don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with long hair and beard like that man in the street.’
‘Ah, barbers do exist, what happens is that people do not come to us.’
The client replied, ‘That’s exactly the point. God does exist. What happens is people don’t go to Him and do not look for Him.
That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.’
The moral of the story is that while light is present everywhere, it is not perceived always. Whether an owl accepts the presence of light or not, the light is present. Likewise, God always exists whether one is able to perceive Him or not. He is ever shining in the ‘three periods of time.’ He exists before we begin to search for Him. He is closer to us than our breath and nearer to us than our hands and feet. Sri Ramakrishna says that during the day we cannot see stars but that does not mean that there are no stars.
Source: The Vedanta Kesari
Author: SWAMI SUDARSHANANANDA