For a great many years I have found myself following God as Sri Krishna through the use of certain time sightings on a digital clock which would direct me into specific actions. It worked for me for I attained my objectives thus confirming my belief that one could consult God and have some kind of conversation with Him. I was a truth-seeker seeking knowledge and fighting for justice and God was guiding me through my actions in my real life dealings to show me the path that I needed to follow redirecting me when I was uncertain of the future.
I found through this means that one could take Directions from Him for He is more knowledgeable and wise than any human being has the capacity for and so it would be foolish to think that one knew better for one’s survival strategies and other goals than God.
However, the way in which Hinduism of the theistic kind differs from Islam is the idea of Jihadism in which one acts as a servant of God as perceived. The experiments that I conducted through devotion was blessed by God who had encouraged me as a gyana yogi and He protected me from my enemies from the guidance. He gave me my purpose that I defined as my dharma by telling me exactly how to deal with my adversaries from a position of material security. I was following God because time and again I saw that He was right and gave me good directions that enabled me to survive with dignity.
There is no distinction between surrendering to God and acting as His servant. True surrender can only be achieved from using a method that shows that one was definitely communicating with God not just imagining it. Unlike Islam where the ultimate aim is total surrender to the point of sacrificing one’s life for the after life, the Hindu approach to theism is not a case of following God like a servant. Hindus recognise that God never wrote any holy books for humans to follow, so that human surrender to God is either through one’s imagination or through the implementations of the doctrines written by humans thinking that they are being devoted to God (eg ISKON).
Hindus can be commandeered by God as avatars fulfilling certain tasks for Him. This He does through enticement by providing divine protection and imparting knowledge that generates bliss. These are very powerful incentives to staying with God in surrender. Thus Hindus also surrender to God but in Hinduism the ultimate aim is moksha, that is true liberation not only from materials of human existence but also from spiritual attachments. This lies in having passed the stage of surrender and taking control of one’s own life. Surrender is necessary for knowledge of God but it only serves this purpose in Hinduism. We do not surrender to God after we have found out for certain that He exists. We Hindus are encouraged by God Himself to live freely and to get liberated to live as we think is best for us within the capacities of our mind. We find our own dharma through this process. It differs from Islamic jihad in which the goal is not liberation as moksha but the desire for an afterlife that their Holy book of Koran promises those who surrender. In other words, Hindus cannot be jihadists like Muslims can carrying out God’s wishes. It is God who decides whether He will assist a devotee with His activities, including the decision of how He might continue to help a person once He has decided to be free of Him. We Hindus are not servants of God like Islamic jihadists. When we say we practice sanatan dharma it is only our own idea of what this is made of for it has no basis of fact that God directed this religion.
As a Hindu, I can in fact choose not to take any further Directions from God to be totally free for that is liberation or moksha to me. This is because I do not wish to be all knowledgeable and wise as God is but wish to live to the reality of my own mental and physical capacities and limitations as the human being that I am. However, if I need to see him for help, He must still be available to guide me: and indeed He does. God can directly stimulate a person into seeking knowledge as Sadhguru, or the ultimate guru? One can through deep bhakti show God ones need for knowledge and understanding and wait for Him to guide you in His own way. It requires deep devotion over a very long period of time. There us nothing that God cannot do to assist a devotee who is genuinely a good person devoted to nothing but knowledge. The process of seeking knowledge as a gyana yogi in this way has been identified by me through my personal studies. I call it satya-advaita, or oneness with truth, that is truth accommodation. In this process one sacrifices all one’s beliefs to get onto a path that slowly sifts one’s mind of all delusional ideas and builds the house of knowledge. So it is quite possible though very hard to be a gyana yogi without the gurukula.
Surrendering to Sri Krishna to attain His blessings is the only pre-requisite for being a gyana yogi who is destined to attain realisation. I know myself to certainly be a gyana yogi (learner, a student of the meaning of existence) who is exploring these truths. Nishkama karma is needed as detachment from the fruits of action. In fact I should say that any kind of attachment (whether to ones actions/karma and goals, to one’s ideas and beliefs, to ones material possessions, to one’s body, to God Himself, etc ) and desires are indications that one has not reached the end-point of truth-searching knowledge as a gyana yogi. It is when one is totally free in one’s living outlook and is therefore liberated that one has attained the purpose of living and one is then a sanyassi. Indeed at this point one is ready for samadhi for there is nothing left to be learnt or done. It may also be that there is a further phase in this realization that has been mentioned, namely mahasamadhi.
Buddhism also teaches Samadhi but whilst there is work to be done it is not an option. For this reason as also for the fact that I know Sri Krishna I have never considered myself to be a Buddhist. My continue with clock checking for messages from God as necessary for these finer points on spirituality need to be ascertained. I have work to do and am still posting my ideas so I have not entered the samadhi phase, but I experienced it momentarily today.
That is the Hindu relationship with God. It is to know and only when there is nothing left to know to be free for samadhi.