By Belinda Espiritu
Aug 23, 2017
God is all beautiful, all-attractive – the most attractive one in the whole universe. He possesses all the best qualities we hope to see in a person – to the maximum and highest degree. Islam possesses in its treasure trove the list of the 99 names of God, each of which speaks of who God is, what He is, what He does, and what His qualities are.
Among my most favourite names of God in this list are: Ar Rahman (الرحمٰن) The Most Gracious; Ar Raheem (الرحيم) The Most Merciful; Al Quddus (القدوس) The Most Holy; Al Muhaymin (المهيمن) The Guardian, the Preserver; Ar Razzaaq (الرزاق) The Ever-Providing, The Sustainer; Al Karim (الكريم) The Generous; Ar Raqib (الرقيب) The Watchful, The Observer; Al Wasi' (الواسع) The Vast, the All Encompassing; Al Hakim (الحكيم) The Wise; Al Majid (المجيد) The All Glorious; Al Wali (الولي) The Protecting Friend, Patron, and Supporter; As Samad (الصمد) The Everlasting, The Eternal Refuge; and most of all, Al Wadud (الودود) The Loving, the Kind One.
In a letter of the beloved disciple of Christ named John, he wrote that God is Love, and he who abides in God abides in love. Above all, God is the Loving one; in truth, He is Love. His nature is Divine Love.
God is all beautiful – whether his name is Krishna, or Jesus Christ, or Allah – He is just all so beautiful because He possesses all the best qualities that make Him infinitely lovable. He is mighty yet gentle; strong yet tender; all-powerful yet all-loving.
The song “He must be Love” speaks so tenderly of the nature and qualities of God which He has shown in his dealings with His creation and with humankind. The first stanza of this very beautiful song is shown below:
What kind of God could shape the earth and stars
Yet watch o’er the sparrow as it flies
What kind of father could forgive the failing heart
And dry the tears that sinners cry
If eyes could know one glimpse of heaven
He must be beauty and splendor
He must have strong hands that guide with gentle touch
He must be hope, and He must be joy
But more than these
He must be love.
Being conscious of God means remembering, adoring, and contemplating Him and His divine nature with all His excellent attributes. Such is our highest calling, our highest activity, and highest enjoyment. To behold His beauty daily, to take Him as our all in all is the best thing that we humans can do, for we are created to remember Him, think of Him, acknowledge Him, love Him, and serve Him. Swami Prabhupada writes: “So the atheists and the theists both see Krishna, but whereas the atheists see Him only at the end of their lives, as all devouring death, the theists see Krishna Himself in their hearts at every moment because they have developed love for Him”. The supreme yoga is described in the Bhagavad-Gita by Krishna as follows: “And of all yogis, the one with great faith who always abides in Me, thinks of Me within himself, and renders transcendental loving service to Me – he is the most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all.” Jesus Christ said to His disciples: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Abide in my love”.
Where is God? He is everywhere - His attributes are reflected in His creation, and He is within our hearts. He has appeared on earth in the form of different avatars in Hinduism, and in Christianity, He has appeared in the person of Jesus Christ, who is both God and Man. And when we receive the divine life of God into us, we become like Him in life and nature but not in the Godhead. Thus, being conscious of God means having an intimate relationship with the One who is all-holy, all-merciful, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-sovereign One, the all-seeing and all-hearing One. More than these, He is Love, and He desires that we abide in Him and He in us.