Last Updated on 14 June 2022, 10:35 PM IST: Since time immemorial, ‘Religion’ has been a significant part of humanities and their way of life. It has unimaginably evolved and diversified steadily. Its complexity grew with the numerous rituals and customs. Most of us inherently believe that ‘God is One’ but when we really ask this question ‘who is the real god?’ then we probably lose track. Well, this article answers the vexed questions like ‘What is God’s truth,’ ‘Who is the first God’ or ‘Who is God of Gods,’ etc., based on authentic proofs from different Holy Scriptures. We religiously follow our respective Holy scriptures in our day-to-day lives but we fail to read between the lines and understand it in depth. Today, let’s get insight and learn how holistically one should perceive such topics further.
This Article will Cover
- What Is the Best Definition of God?
- Where Does God Come From?
- What Is the Real Name of the Supreme God?
- Who Is God in Hinduism According to the Hindu Holy Scriptures?
- Who Is God in Islam As Per the Holy Quran Sharif?
- Who Is God in Sikhism (Sikh Dharma) As Stated by the Holy Guru Granth Sahib Ji?
- Who Is God in Christianity in Accordance With the Holy Bible?
- Who Is God in Jainism (Jain Dharma)?
- Who Is God in Buddhism (Buddha Dharma)?
What Is the Best Definition of God?
People have believed in several gods and goddesses, deities, etc since ancient times. However, the Master of lineage is one. The God of gods i.e. Supreme God is the one who is the creator of this whole universe. He is the Father of all who is also indubitably in form. Even after being the Pati (Husband/ Master) of the whole creation, He doesn’t bear any woman i.e. He doesn’t have a wife. Whenever He descends to the earth in an infant form, He never takes birth from a mother and is nurtured by the milk of maiden cows. The Supreme God spreads His Tatvgyan (true spiritual knowledge) through poems and proverbs due to which He even gets the title of a poet. Moreover, He is the indestructible one, worshipping Him helps in attaining salvation.
Where Does God Come From?
The Supreme God descends from ‘Satlok’ which is an imperishable & boundless divine realm of the Supreme God and all immortal souls. Comparatively, heaven is a temporary dwelling place and not the final destination. The pious souls spend the fruit of their virtues until they exhaust their balance in heaven. Subsequently, they return and take birth on earth (the mortal world). This has been precisely mentioned in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 Verse 21 and also confirmed by Gita Chapter 8 Verse 16. Thus, the Supreme God’s abode is higher than heaven.
What Is the Real Name of the Supreme God?
The real name of the Supreme God is Kabir. He is the creator of the indestructible third Mukti Dham i.e. Satlok/ Sachkhand/ Satyalok/ Rit Dhaam. According to the climate of opinions, He is believed to be a common man, a weaver, and a poet but He is the one who exactly matches with the definition of God. He had written the underlying truth present in the Vedas, Puranas, Gita, Quran, Guru Granth Sahib, etc around 600 years ago. Those divine words are equally relevant and eye-opener even today. Back then, He hadn’t read any holy scriptures, yet He was able to unveil the truth from different holy scriptures.
Let us check out holy scriptures of different religions to support this fact:
God in Hinduism According to the Hindu Holy Scriptures
There are 33 crores deities worshiped in Hinduism (Hindu religion). Some believe that Lord Vishnu is the Supreme God and others worship Lord Shiva as the Supreme God. However, the right response is largely unheard or even ignored owing to the lack of complete spiritual knowledge. The reality is all 33 crores deities including Hindu Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh), have limited power and they are just the operators of their respective departments. They are respectable but not worshipable as mentioned in:
- Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7 Verse 12-15, 20-23, and Chapter 9 Verse 23-24: These verses state that those who worship the three Gunas (Rajgun Brahma, Satgun Vishnu, and Tamgun Shiv) are lowest among men, evil-doers and fools. They do not even worship the speaker of Gita. Following this, they just gain short-term happiness (in heaven).
Therefore, the response to ‘Who is God in Hinduism?’ is incomplete without following proof according to the Hindu holy scriptures:
- Yajurved Adhyay 29 Mantra 25: One who imparts sound knowledge i.e. the true bhakti of the Complete God in the form of a messenger is Himself, Kabir, or Kavir Dev.
- Rigved, Mandal 9, Sukt 96, Mantra 17: Supreme God descends on this earth by acquiring the form of a child. He delivers His pure knowledge (i.e. Tatvagyan) through Kabir Vani (Kavirgirbhih).
- Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 96 Mantra 18: As His mode of promoting Tatvagyan will be poetry, devotees will find it soothing and He even gets the title of a poet (Kavi). The same God established ‘Satlok’ where He is seated on a high throne in a bright human-like body.
- Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 1 Mantra 9: When the Supreme Eternal God, appears by Himself in this mortal world acquiring the form of a child, at that time the infant is nurtured by the milk of maiden cows.
- Rigveda Mandal 10 Sukt 4 Mantra 3: Supreme God never takes birth from a mother.
- Rigveda Mandal 10 Sukt 4 Mantra 4: Supreme God, when descended to the earth, doesn’t bear any woman i.e. He does not have a wife. The glory of God is endless.
- Gita Adhyay 15 Shlok 17, Gita Adhyay 2 Sloka 17: Supreme God or Uttam Purush is indestructible and sustains everyone. He is different from Kshar Purush (Kaal Brahm-controller of 21 Brahmands) and Akshar Purush.
- Gita Adhyay 18 Shloka 62: The speaker of Gita asks Arjun to take refuge only in the Supreme God after attaining whom he will achieve supreme peace and the everlasting place i.e. Satlok. It is solely possible by the grace of that Supreme God. This implies that the Supreme God is other than the speaker of Gita.
- Atharvaveda Kand No. 4 Anuvaak No.1 Mantra No. 7: It clearly mentioned the name of Supreme God Kabir as the Father/Creator of the Universe who doesn’t betray like Kaal Brahm.
- Mantra Sankhya 1400 Samveda Utarchik Adhyay No.12 Khand No. 3 Shlok No. 5: Supreme God lives like an ordinary man and explains His true spiritual knowledge by means of His shabdavali (vocabulary) which brings awareness about the hidden Sargun-Nirgun knowledge of the Supreme Almighty.
Supreme Almighty Kabir Ji says:
“Kabir, Ved Kateb jhuthe nahin bhai | Jhuthe hain jo samajhe nahin ||
Kabir, Ved Humara bhed hai, Main milun Bedon mein nahin |
Jon Bed se Main milun, Vo Ved jante nahin ||”
Meaning: He asserts that holy books are not fabled stuff. The liars are the ignorant ones who couldn’t understand it properly. He strengthens the fact that these holy scriptures manifest about Him and inherently sing His glory but these alone don’t let the devotees attain Him (or salvation). People are unaware of the sacred books which actually help them to achieve salvation.
God (Allah) in Islam As Per the Holy Quran Sharif
Just as we saw in the case of Hinduism, the inherent knowledge of Quran Sharif in Islam has been missed out on by the proponents of Islam. Let us dive into shreds of evidence supporting ‘Who is God in Islam?’
- Quran Sharif, Surat Furkani 25, Aayat 52: The giver of the Quran’s knowledge (Kaal Brahm) tells Hazrat Muhammad not to agree with infidels because they do not consider Kabir as the Supreme God. The names- Kabiran, Kabira, Khabira, Khabiran, and Kabir are all synonymous with each other and the term ‘Kabir’ doesn’t just mean ‘great.’ It is the name of the Supreme Almighty Himself.
- Quran Sharif, Surat Furkani 25, Aayat 53-54: It again testifies that the great God Kabir is the one who created the creation and its necessary setup.
- Quran Sharif, Surat Furkani 25, Aayat 58: The giver of the Quran’s knowledge also suggests Hazrat Muhammad to stay firm for Almighty Kabir who met him as Zinda Saint or Pir. He asked to praise Him and let people know about Him. Lord Kabir (Khabira) is the one who knows all the sins of His children and has the ultimate authority to strike them off.
- Quran Sharif, Surat Furkani 25, Aayat 59: It traces the concept of seven heavens believed in Islamic philosophy. The narrator of Quran Sharif tells Prophet Muhammad that Allahu Kabir (Khabiran) is the one who created the entire nature whatever is between the earth and sky in the six days. On the seventh day, He rested on His throne in His everlasting place (Satlok). The giver of Quran Sharif’s knowledge admits that He is unaware and suggests Prophet Muhammad to ask a Baakhabar (i.e. Tatvadarshi Saint) to know more about the Supreme or Great God.
- Quran- Surah Al Ikhlas- 112-1: It says that Allah/God is one.
- Quran- Surah Al Ikhlas- 112-2: Allah/God/Kabir is the eternal refuge.
- Quran- Surah Al Ikhlas- 112-3: He neither begets nor is born.
- Quran- Surah Al Ikhlas- 112-4: Nor is there anyone equivalent to Him.
- Fazal-E-Amal, i.e. Fazail-E-Zikr, Aayat 1: Kabir is Allah.
In the most sacred Sukshm Ved (the fifth Veda), the Allahu Kabir says—
Hum mohammad ko vahan le geyo | Icchaa roopi wahan nahi raho ||
Ult mohammad mahal pathaya | Guj biraj ek kalma le aaya ||
Meaning: Allahu Kabir took Prophet Mohammad to that eternal place (Satlok) but he refused to stay there. He chose his desire to be popular on earth among his fans and followers over life at Satlok due to a lack of true spiritual knowledge. So, the Almighty sent him back to the earth.
Who Is God in Christianity in Accordance With the holy Bible?
Moving ahead, let us contemplate what Christianity has to say about ‘Who is God in the Bible?.’
Is God and Jesus the same? Whether God is in form? If yes, then Who is God in human form?
Sadly, it doesn’t offer any better case than what we have seen until now. The distortion, ignorance, and failure to understand the cardinal indication are equally prevalent in this case too. Christianity believes that God is formless, Jesus is the Supreme God and Adam was the first human.
Here’s how these are found to be untrue:
- Bible-Genesis 1:26, 1:27, 3:8, 3:9, 3:10, 18:1, 18:2, 18:4, 18:5- These verses describe God in form. God created human beings in His own image. Since humans are not formless then definitely God is not!
- Hebrews 1:5, Matthew 17:5, Mark 1:11, Luke 20:13– These biblical verses prove that Jesus was the Son of God who was sent as a messenger of God. He was not the Supreme God himself.
- Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB), Iyov 36:5- God is Kabir and despises no one. He is Kabir and firm in His purpose.
- “Aao Jain Dharm Ko Jane” from Page No. 154– It describes that once upon a time, there was a sage called Manu. His son was Ikshwaku. In his clan, there was a king named Nabhiraj. King Nabhiraj’s son was Rishabhdev who was the founder of Jainism. Rishabhdev’s soul was reborn as Adam which means Adam was not the first human being.
Almighty Kabir Ji says-
“Isa paigambar padhe kitaba | Uska naam injeel kitaba ||
Salamalek taha hm keena | Dasta bos unhu uthi leena ||
Tahwa baithe vishambhar rai | Vahi peer to wahi khudai ||
Yah vishnupuri hai bhai | Yame bhi ek baikunth samai ||
Vishnu hai yaha ka pardhana | Sun mohammad gyan vigyana ||”
God in Sikhism (Sikh Dharma) As Stated by the Holy Guru Granth Sahib Ji?
According to Holy Guru Granth Sahib, there is evidence that Kabir is the only Supreme God who nurtures the whole universe and He played the role of a weaver while on earth.
- Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS), Raag ‘Siri’ Mehla 1, on Page no. 24, Shabd no. 29: It says “Dhaanak Roop Raha Kartar” which indicates that the Supreme Almighty played the role of a weaver (Dhaanak) during His time on earth.
- Raag Tilang Mehla 1, of the SGGS, Page 721: Guru Nanak Ji addresses Kabir Almighty as ‘Hakka Kabir’ and calls Him the flawless and merciful God. After listening to His true spiritual knowledge, Nanak Ji found himself speechless and he sought the refuge of Supreme God Kabir.
- SGGS Mehla 1, Raag Bilaavalu, Ansh 1, Page No. 839: Nanak Ji explained the existence of God in the form. It is the Supreme God who created the entire nature with His word power. He is the Father of Akshar Purush and Jyoti Niranjan (Kaal Brahm).
- Praan Sangli, Page no. 399: Shri Nanak Ji has accepted that Satguru Kabir Sahib met him who is in human form and He is his guru.
- Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Page No. 1189, 929-930: Shri Nanak Dev Ji met the divine Purush in human form who was his Guru, searching whom he went to Kashi. He gave him ‘Satnam’ (true salvation mantra).
- Raag Basant Mahala Pehla paudi No.3 ‘Adi Granth,’ Page No. 1188: Another evidence that Shri Nanak Ji witnessed God Kabir.
- Raag Malaar Mehla 1, ਮਲਾਰ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ॥ Page 1257: It greets Akaal Purush as ‘Bada Sahib’ and sings the glory and elegance of Almighty Kabir. It describes Him in form who resides in the eternal abode Sachkhand/Satlok.
In Suksham Ved, Saint Garibdas Ji Maharaj praises Lord Kabir-
“Hum Sultani Nanak tare,
Dadu ko updesh diya |
Jaat julaaha bhed nahin paaya,
Kashi maahe Kabir hua ||”
Meaning: Saint Garibdas Ji says that Abraham Adham Sultan of Balakh, Guru Nanak Ji, Dadu Ji including him received initiation(Updesh) from God Kabir. Since Almighty Kabir belonged to the weaver (julaha) caste, people could not recognize Him. The Supreme God Kabir appeared in Kashi. This ultimately indicates that even Shri Nanak Ji attained salvation by the grace of his Guru Kabir Sahib and he had witnessed Him.
God in Jainism (Jain Dharma)?
The God in Jainism is not the creator of the universe and thus the followers believe that the universe and its constituents have always existed. According to its doctrine, the universe is self-sustaining. It further asserts that no god is responsible for actions in the life of any living being. The souls who have achieved the natural state of infinite bliss, knowledge, power, and perception are regarded as God in Jainism. It means that Jains don’t believe in one Supreme God. They strongly keep faith in karma. Jains worship Tirthankaras as they consider them as their teachers who have attained nirvana (salvation) through meditation and self-realization.
So, without the concept of Supreme God, it highlights the potential of every human being to attain the perfection of soul (Kevalin) by practicing a strong ascetic tradition that is penance-driven. However, it is found to be inconsistent with various evidence from different holy scriptures:
- Shrimad Bhagwat Gita Chapter 15 Verse 16-17: The giver of Gita’s knowledge asks Arjun to worship Param Akshar Brahm (Sat Purush) if he wants eternal peace. He is the one who nurtures everyone by entering into three loks. He is the Supreme being and Tatvadarshi saint will enlighten people about Him. Not just this, Vedas and other holy scriptures also claim the existence of Supreme God.
- Shrimad Bhagwat Gita Chapter 6 verse 16: It strictly prohibits fasting for the attainment of God.
- Shrimad Bhagwat Gita Chapter 4 Verse 25-31: It says all seekers by mistake consider the religious practices to be the destroyer of their sins and continue doing useless practices.
- Kabir Sagar Chapter 31 ‘Jain Dharam Bodh’ on Page No. 45 (1389): It describes the life history of the first Tirthankar and founder of Jainism, Rishabh Dev or Rishabhnanda who was a son of the famous ruler of Ayodhya, Suryavanshi Nabhiraj from the ‘Ikshvaku’ dynasty. It also gives the account of Almighty Kabir Dev who met virtuous soul, Rishabh Dev Ji as sage ‘Kabi’. Time and again, He reminded Rishabh Dev to do true worship to attain salvation. However, he ignored Kabir Dev and kept himself entangled in ascetic life with intense meditation and fasting.
- Bhavtaran Bodh on Page No. 61-62, Mukti Bodh Chapter 20 Page No. 63, Ugr Gita Chapter 25 Page No. 105-144 and in Gita Chapter 17 Verse 23: ‘OM-TAT-SAT’ mantra is actually for the attainment of God where ‘TAT-SAT’ are indicative. However, the ‘Namokar’ mantra is common in Jainism. They chant the ‘Odonkar’ mantra which is the twisted pronunciation of the ‘OM’ mantra mentioned in pious Shrimad Bhagawad Gita Chapter 8 verse 13 and Vedas. Gita Chapter 4 verses 32-34 asserts the only way of worship told by a Tatvadarshi saint helps in attaining complete salvation. This ultimately means the ‘Namokar’ mantra will not assist in the liberation of the soul.
- Book ‘Aao Jain Dharam Ko Janne’. The writer is Praveen Chandra Jain, M.A. Shastri, Jammu Dweep Shastri. The publisher is Smt. Sunita Jain, Jammu Deep, Hastinapur, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. The Printer is Dhirendra Jain, New Rishabh Offset printers, Meerut, Page No. 154: This book provides proof that the same soul of Rishabh Dev Ji was born later as Adinath/Baba Adam who is believed to be the first man and the Prophet of the Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Both Jainism and Islam do not believe in rebirth. The rebirth of Rishabh Dev Ji itself questions his nirvana.
God in Buddhism (Buddha Dharma)
Buddhism does not advocate the existence of supreme being or creator but they do accept the presence of divine beings like Buddhist deities who themselves are trapped in the cyclical rebirth or samsara. Thus, Buddhism includes multiple deities but it doesn’t think that belief in God is necessary for enlightenment. It also necessarily means that worshipping such deities wouldn’t help in our nirvana (salvation) because they themselves are stuck. The followers of Buddhism practice fasting, meditation, and asceticism which even Buddha denied during his first sermon. The idea of ‘middle path’ in Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta describes it all. Moreover, until now we already know that self-mortification plays a negligible role in attaining Supreme God. Read in detail about Concept of God in Buddhism.
There are factions of followers in Buddhism, some of them worship Gautam Buddha as a divine being (Mahayana) and others consider him as an ordinary human being who attained nirvana (Hinayana and Theravada traditions). Despite Buddhism being considered non-theistic overall, the Mahayana (largest tradition of Buddhism) and its subset Vajrayana Buddhism are similar to some theistic doctrines. There are some startling points that indicate the teachings in Buddhism are incomplete with regards to salvation:
- Book ‘Om mani padme hun,’ translated by Khen Rinpoche Sangay Lodoe, publisher Nishant printing press, Salugara, Page No. 81: This is a prayer sung during lighting of lamps (deep prajwalan) and is called ‘Marhme Monlom’. It goes like “I am offering these thousands of gleams of knowledge to a hundred (42 Shanti Buddha and 58 Kranti Buddha) great realms of the Buddha’s clan. May I and other creatures return from the wise order of Buddha lok and be born in the hundreds of worlds of the saint’s family.” It shows that despite so much quest for nirvana in Buddhism, the devotees still pray for their return and rebirth.
- Book ‘Antarabhav’ or ‘The Tibetan Book of Dead’ or ‘Bardo Thodol,’ translated by Gautam Tamang (Sange Hisse), publisher Dharmchakra committee, Darjeeling, Page No. 130, verse 18: This is a funerary text and it describes the journey of a soul after death until rebirth. In verse 18, the recently died soul wanders and says, “O I have died! I have realized this after three and half days of my death. Lord, while I am seeking your refuge in despair, kindly help me to take shelter of Swasam Ved or Sukshm Ved.” It plainly means that even the soul after her/his death is seeking the refuge of Sukshm Veda which is the fifth Veda and repository of the supreme knowledge given by the Supreme God Kabir Himself.
Now, let us recall our question-Who do you think God is? Who is God for you? What is the real name of Supreme God? Hitherto, it must be vividly inferable that Kabir Ji is the one Supreme God whose glory has been sung in different holy scriptures. Kabir Ji is the one who appeared in Kashi, Uttar Pradesh, India nearly 600 years ago, and enlightened the pious souls. He propagated His true spiritual knowledge using soul-touching poems and proverbs. He didn’t marry, nor did he take birth from a mother. He Himself appeared on a lotus flower acquiring an infant’s form in a lake called Lahartara from where the childless couple Neeru-Neema took Him home. At present, this true spiritual knowledge (Tatvgyan) has been imparted by none other than the Jagat Guru Tatvadarshi Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj. Take Initiation Nam Diksha from Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj to Attain Complete Salvation.
Saint Garib Das Ji says-
“Anant koti brahmand ka,
Ek ratte nahee bhaar |
Satguru purush Kabir hai yeh,
Kul ke Sirjanhaar ||”