My question to you is, one hears of ancient Gods, say in Indian mythology like Krishna, who were supposed to have super natural powers, did they really exist? And if they did, why not now?
Dear Anonymous, as you know I decided to address your comments or questions in an article since the question has arisen many times before and sometimes it takes a comment such as yours to refresh my memory. The question is so interesting because every society, culture and civilization since the beginning of time as you know it has had its own gods which they paid homage to in some way. I want to make a distinction here, I use the term gods (not in capitals) to refer to gods in general. In the case of the true one God, I will always use a Capital "G" or as I prefer All That Is with capitals (ATI).
Now, all of the gods of ancient and more recent history including Krishna existed in one way or another. Some existed in the inner universe only and were never materialized in a physical body. Some were so relevant to their times that the myth created around their existence emerged into and was blended with the current needs and beliefs of the times. They could not have materialized onto the realm of the physical Earth, but the populations belief in them affected entire civilizations through a psychic blending of their beliefs that the gods would manifest and change their societies.
We can speak here of all gods, including the Greek gods Zeus, Hermes, Neptune, Pluto, Mars and others too numerous to mention. The many civilizations worshiped a seemingly unending list of deities and gods including, Allah, Jesus, Krishna, Shiva, Mohamed, Buddha, Thor, Venus, Jehovah and hundreds of others impossible to list here, but you know what I mean. I will begin with a broad statement that the truth of which can be found in your own buried unconscious understanding. All gods who are worshiped or held in high esteem by certain populations exist in one way or another although most did not exist in physical bodies but existed in psychological fact only, but still carrying enough weight to affect the direction of entire civilizations of their times.
If you are to really understand what is meant here, you must divest yourself of the belief that something must possess a physical body to be "real" in your context, and I must remind you that the most powerful, evolved and mature god-like entities and the one Prime Source Itself does not possess a physical body, although they may have at one time in the distant past.
Physical materialization is a stage that your type of human culture goes through on its journey to greater knowledge, it is not the norm in your universe by any means. You could say that possession of a physical body is transitional, temporary at best, and not at all a pre-requisite for identity or personality. True identity exists before the physical body and will exist long after the body is discarded and left behind to return to the earth.
Consciousness exists before and after the physical body, period! Consciousness creates the physical body.
There are all kinds of variations of gods, and I hesitate to say this, but some of you hold many living beings in the "god status" for no good reason other than to say that they are in some respects more accomplished than yourself. How many in your society idolize movie actors and actresses, televangelists, singers, popes, performers, writers, directors and so on. Don't answer that, its a rhetorical question, of course.
Gods in some very real way are partially created by the intensity of the beliefs and needs of the societies that they are associated with, societies lacking in many respects the qualities that they imagine their gods to posses. In some ancient times, especially in biblical times, as in the book of Genesis when their god parted the waters to create the firmament, and when the Israelites needed a strict, warrior god to swoop down and rout the invading hoards or to save the masses as in Moses parting of the waters to help the Israelites escape Egypt.
Of course in following times this angry god mellowed into Jesus and came on the scene portraying a more kind and benevolent god on earth. In a very true way, people create their gods in their image instead of the other way around. That is why the gods seem to change with the evolution of civilizations. If god created man in his image, which mans image I may ask did he use as the model? The Arabs, the Israelites, the Africans, the Chinese, The Berbers, the Croats, Hispanics, and so on. Can you see how ridiculous this line of thinking is?
The truth is that man creates his gods as much as gods create man. Much of what is written about gods is pure fiction, myth and superstition embellished by tales of heroism, miracles, creation and possessing supernatural powers and eternal life. Now, I don't want to be too glib about this, but YOU create everything around you, your environment, your world, your universe and your objects that you love so much, and most importantly, you own physical body, so you are unknowingly a creator of everything that you perceive. You live forever although you may discard a few bodies along the way, your consciousness is eternal, so could it not be said in the case of the human species, that you are all mini-gods. I want to make clear here that I am not assigning divinity to you, but implying that there is a spark of All That Is in everything that exists on your plane.
The point I am getting at here, in the traditional sense that you all understand, there is no god that you would recognize that falls into your usual idea of what a god is supposed to be. You insist in imagining your gods in a physical body or physical form, in Western societies, looking like the typical heroic, courtly, Caucasian gentlemen with white flowing hair and beard, usually carrying his traditional scale to weigh your sins and the lightning bolt to smite you into smithereens for so much as looking at an attractive person in admiration.
Earth is a training ground for new emerging personalities, learning the creation and manipulation of physical matter and you are just beginning your journey, so your primitive beliefs can be forgiven, but the time is here where you must begin a true understanding of the truth about the reality of your world, your origin as a species, the universe, God and beyond. In other words you must begin to put your toe in the water and set yourself free from this self imposed limiting, false religious dogma.
There are inner truths and these truths are known, but you will never find them in a typical church unless you eradicate the centuries of decaying dogma and false teachings. There are answers to the question above that we are discussing here, and I will try to give some semblance of sanity to the distortions and remove your blinders that imprison your given intellect and use of logic. To continue to believe what you have been taught to believe, one has to ignore logic and intuition to some great extent. You have the innate ability, built in, embedded in your genes, to see much more than you now see, to understand much more than you now understand and to gain access to inner wisdom that is part of your heritage.
To an ant living in your closet, you are the god who daily opens up the closet door and lets in the light, then closes it bringing on the dark. When you walk by, the floor rumbles and his world shakes, and so to the ant, you are a god that can be depended on to bring on the dawn every day to his limited world.
What you consider to be god-like miracles un curso de milagros to Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Mohamed and others, some are truths, others are myths, superstitions, children's tales, fantasies and delusions handed down over the centuries from family to family, tribe to tribe, society to society, and over the centuries, these tales evolved into elaborate combinations of all of the above, most of which are not valid today, but yet, you cling to them, even suspecting their distortions because you have nothing to replace them with.
There are hierarchies of consciousness identities from the smallest to the grandest, the smallest beginning with the first smallest physical particle that ever knew the material world to the most grand who you would call the ultimate Prime Source, the God of all. So, I will, as I always do, refer to Him/Her/It as "All That Is" from this point on. I have told you before that I usually reference my limited knowledge about organized religion through biblical references, due to my familiarity with Christianity rather than other religions, but what is said here applies to all religions.
God, All That Is, is an energy essence identity and all energy possesses a generalized consciousness, so you could say the your one God is the top of the pyramid of consciousness gestalt that composes all of creation, you, the world, galaxies, quasars, solar systems, countless universes and every species that has ever lived and will ever live in any or all alien worlds. And that is just the beginning! There is much more to come.
There are countless levels of identities that make up this Prime God presence at the top of the pyramid of consciousness and they are from the top down, the most advanced of the advanced, first entities to be created, who now could be considered gods in their own right. Nearing the bottom of this pyramid of continuing evolving conscious identities, you can be found, only differing from the more advanced entities in the amount of time you have spent on your journey, which incidentally, is eternal. In a way, you too are an incipient god, with a long way to go, but someday you will stand in the position of many advanced entities of today.
These ultimate advanced entities because of their overwhelming, god-like maturity, power and abilities, cannot materialize in any physical world, since the reality of their total presence would overwhelm one physical consciousness in a one physical body. The entity then, creates a fragment or splinter personality, and actual portion of itself from its own being and projects it into a reality system of its choosing, and thereby vicariously experiences everything the personality experiences without being there in full presence. It's kind of like osmosis of experience transferred to the entity unknowingly from and through the earth bound personality