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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

God is He or She?

God's gender has been a hot topic for approximately the last two decades owing in large part to the impact of women's liberation movement. Books with the titles like 'When God was a Woman', 'The Feminine Face of God', 'Woman Spirit Rising', 'Beyond God the Father', are leaping off bookshelves. Religious writers have capitulated to the signs of the times in attempts to make God 'gender neutral'.

God is beyond any comparison to human form or gender. Accordingly, the issue of whether to refer to God as He, She or It does not arise. Many people believe that Man was created in the image of God and that is good. Many people believe that God is a female and that is good. Others believe that God is an amorphous spirit without shape or form and that is good. Some believe that the omnipotent spirit of God may assume any form at will while still others believe that the face of God is to be seen in the sun, the moon, the stars, the birds, the trees and every part of Creation and that is good.

Whether God is He or She or Spirit makes absolutely no difference at all for God is God and as long as we give thanks to God for the blessings bestowed upon us and all other living things, God is happy.

Traditionally God is referred to as 'God the Father' or 'He'. However, God is satisfied with being called by any name or believed to be of any sex or no sex at all so long as there is love and respect in the heart of the worshiper.


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