Chapter 1: Fear Is a Beggar
His works are manifested all around us but most people are blind to it. They say, “Where is God? Who is the creator?” Seeing the creation around them, they are blissfully unaware of the creator! They persist in asking, “Is there a hand behind all this creation? Who could it be?” They are stone-blind, they cannot visualize the hand that has produced this vast creation. The irony is that in other respects they accept and believe blindly.
To date no one has seen the electron with the naked eye. Science says that the electron is the last particle of electricity. As the basis of the world of matter, its various combinations have given rise to the earth. But so far no one has seen the electron, nor is there any hope of seeing it. Then how can scientists believe in the electron? They say that its effects, its results, prove its existence.
The cause is subtle, the effect is gross. We cannot see the hand of God, but we can see his works. We believe in the existence of electrons because we see the results. Yet we deny the existence of God whose proof lies all around us. The flower opens; some hidden hand must make it bloom, or else how can it? The seed breaks but someone must break it; when the hard shell cracks the tender plant appears bearing delicate flowers.
Everywhere we see his handwriting, but the hand cannot be seen. The hand is not visible because there is a balance between the subtle and the gross. The cause is always subtle; the result is always gross. We cannot see the cause. God is the highest cause, but his handiwork is evident all around us.
So there are three types of people - the three types of horses according to Buddha. First are those who cannot even see his handiwork, they are so blind! They ask: “What is God? Who is the creator? What proof is there?” If the vast creation all around us is not enough for them, if they cannot see his hand behind all creation, what else will make them understand?
What greater proof is there than that life moves in a consecutive and balanced order? There is no disjunction anywhere within this enormous leela, this play. It is a continuous flow. Night and day the music of creation plays its enchanting melody. Everything happens as it should. The universe is not a chaos, but a cosmos; it is not happening by chance but by a well-determined law working all the time.
This law is referred to as dhamma or dharma. Lao Tzu calls it Tao, the way; Nanak calls it hukum, divine order. When Nanak says hukum do not imagine that he is standing somewhere issuing orders. Hukum means the universe is an order, not a chaos. Things do not happen here haphazardly. An ordering hand is in everything, providing a purpose behind each event. All happenings are directed towards their ultimate development.