I came across this and thought it was beautiful and decided to share it with others I do not know who wrote it but surely the fact that somebody did is what counts …
” When Albert Einstein gave a conference at the many universities in the United States, the regular question that students asked him was:
” You, Mr. Einstein… Do you believe in God? ”
What he always answered:
” – I believe in the God of Spinoza. ”
Only those who had read Spinoza understood…
Spinoza had spent his life studying holy books and philosophy, one day he wrote:
” I don’t know if God actually spoke but if he did, here’s what I think he would say to the believer:
Stop praying and kicking yourself in the chest!
What I want you to do is go out into the world to enjoy your life.
I want you to have fun, sing, relax… enjoy everything I’ve done for you.
Stop going to those dark cold temples that you built yourself and say it’s my house!
My house is in the mountains, in the woods, rivers, lakes.
This is where I live with you and express my love for you.
Stop accusing me of your miserable life,
I never told you there was anything wrong in you, that you were a sinner, that your sexuality or joy was a bad thing!
So don’t blame me for everything they told you to believe.
Stop rehashing sacred reading that has nothing to do with me.
If you can’t read me at dawn, in a landscape, in the eyes of your friend, your wife, your man, in your son’s eyes…
You won’t find me in a book!
Stop being scared.
I don’t judge you, I don’t criticize you. I don’t come home angry and I don’t punish.
I am pure love… I filled you with passions, limitations, pleasures, feelings, needs, inconsistencies… and I gave you free will…
How can I blame you if you answer something I put in you?
How can I punish you for being who you are, if I am the one who made you?
Do you really think I could create a place to burn all my kids who behave badly, for the rest of eternity?
What kind of God can do this?
If I were like this, I wouldn’t deserve to be respected.
If I just wanted to be revered, I would have filled the earth with dogs…
Respect your fellow people and don’t do what you don’t want for yourself.
All I’m asking is that you pay attention to your life, let your free will be your guide.
You and nature will have a single body… so don’t believe you have power over it.
You’re a part of her.
Take care of her and she’ll take care of you. I put in you and made everything good for you and made it difficult to access what is not.
Don’t put your genius in looking for what’s bad for this balance.
It’s up to you to keep this balance intact.
Nature knows how to keep it, just don’t trouble it!
I made you absolutely free.
You are absolutely free to create a paradise or hell in your life.
I can’t tell you if there’s anything after this life, but I can give you some advice,
Stop believing in me this way,
Believing is guessing, guessing, guessing.
I don’t want you to believe in me, I want you to feel me in you.
May you feel me in you when you take care of your sheep, when you pet your dog, when you touch your little girl, when you fall in the river…
Express your joy and get used to taking just what you need!
The only thing for sure is that you’re here, that you’re alive, that this world is full of wonders… and in all these wonders you are able to know exactly what you really need.
Don’t look for me outside,
You won’t find me…
I’m here… Nature,
The cosmos… It’s me. ”
Baruch Spinoza (yes, THE Spinoza. I haven’t read him, but now we have, together.)