Atheism (fr. Greek atheos) is defined as belief (i.e. faith) that there is no (a-) conscious supreme being, commonly known as God (Greek theos).
In this essay I will demonstrate that atheism is phenomenologically, logically and practically self-contradictory because there is a Supreme Being, consisting of pure consciousness/intelligence, the presence of which no one can deny without self-contradiction.
Those who deny the Lord deny themselves;
those who affirm the Lord affirm themselves.
The wise, not the unwise, realize the Lord.
Taittiriya Upanishad II.6.1
According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition, the word “supreme” has the following meanings:
I will now demonstrate that, contrary to atheism, there is a being, the presence of which no one can deny without self-contradiction, which is conscious and supreme in all the above senses, and masculine as well.
It may seem odd to some readers that I feel the need to prove that there is a reality, but in our current intellectual climate some, perhaps many or even most people – particularly many of those afflicted with the mental disorder called atheism – believe that everything is relative, and if everything is relative then there is no truth or reality.
Proof: No one can deny the presence of reality, because every denial of reality is an assertion of reality. If someone were to say “there is no reality,” he is saying that he himself is not present as a part of reality to make the assertion! This is phenomenological self-contradiction.
Moreover, logically, the assertion “There is no reality” is logically equivalent to “The reality is there is no reality.” This is self-contradictory. The same is true of "There is no truth" which is equivalent to "The truth is there is no truth" which again is self-contradictory. Therefore there is a reality, or, in other words, there is truth, that is independent of individual beliefs.
Finally, reality is present, that is it is not past nor future. Reality is Now.
Proof: Ultimate reality (supreme or final truth) is that being – whatever it is – the presence of which no one can deny or doubt without self-contradiction. No one can deny the presence of reality without self-contradiction. Therefore, within the reality we are unable to deny, there is some presence, essence or being which is ultimate, i.e. ultimate reality.
Moreover, logically, the assertion “There is no ultimate reality” is logically equivalent to “The ultimate reality is there is no ultimate reality.” This is self-contradictory. Therefore there is an ultimate reality.
The word “reality” is logically equivalent to either “truth” or “being.” That is, the ultimate reality is also the ultimate truth and ultimate being. If we substitute either “truth” or “being” for “reality” in this argument, we obtain the same result. Therefore, there is an ultimate being or ultimate truth, and these are one and the same with (synonyms for) the ultimate reality.
As shown above, the word “supreme” is a synonym for “ultimate.”
Therefore, the supreme being (ultimate reality) is present, and no one – not even if afflicted with atheism – can deny this without self-contradiction.
Thus, denial of the presence of a supreme being – that is, atheism – is self-contradictory. Now I will prove that the Supreme Being consists of pure consciousness which is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient.
NOTE: In what follows I will refer to the ultimate reality or supreme being as “Reality,” and any other logically possible but non-ultimate thing – i.e. any perishable thing, i.e. any phenomena – is a “reality.”
Proof: Whatever is outside of Reality is by nature and definition non-real. Therefore, logically and phenomenologically, there can be nothing outside of Reality. Let me illustrate with a diagram. If the circle represents Reality, then whatever is outside of Reality is unReal or non-Real.
The pseudo-realm of non-Reality consists of “things” which are logically impossible because self-contradictory, such as square circles, married bachelors and known unknowns.
Proof: If Reality (the Supreme Being) had a limit in time or space, then Reality (the Supreme Being) would be in time and/or space. That would mean that some of time and space occur outside of Reality (the Supreme Being), i.e. in the realm of the unreal. But nothing can exist outside, before or after Reality (the Supreme Being). Therefore, time and space occur inside Reality (the Supreme Being). In other words, Reality (the Supreme Being) encompasses all times and spaces.
Since there can be nothing outside of Reality (the Supreme Being), there can be no boundaries to Reality, either in space or time. Therefore Reality (the Supreme Being) is infinite (no spatial boundaries) and eternal (no temporal boundaries i.e. beginning or end).
Phenomenologically, you always have your limited being, reality or presence in the Present, never in the past or the future. No matter when or where, the Present is in fact Ever-Present. (Past and future are ever-absent.) Thus, there is in your every experience a Presence or Being that is Ever-Present. That Presence is the Supreme Being.
In a word, Reality – the Supreme Being – is omnipresent.
Proof: Per proof 4, nothing exists outside of Reality (the Supreme Being); therefore all powers exist within Reality (the Supreme Being). In other words, Reality (the Supreme Being) encompasses, comprehends and possesses all powers.
In a word, Reality – the Supreme Being – is omnipotent.
In perfect accord with the will of the Imperishable, sun and moon make their orbits; heaven and earth remain in place; moments, hours, days, nights, fortnights, months, and seasons become years; rivers starting from the snow-clad mountains flow east and west, north and south, to the sea.
Chandogya Upanisad III:9
Jesus said unto them, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." John 8:58 KJV
Jesus said "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." John 9:5
People afflicted with atheism typically are materialists who believe that there is nothing except matter; some go so far as to deny the presence of consciousness. Here I prove that this affliction called atheism involves pathological denial of the presence of the very essence of one's own being.
Proof: Ultimate Reality is that, the presence of which no one can deny or doubt without self-contradiction (Proof of 2 above). No one can deny or doubt the presence of consciousness – the witness or knower of things, beings, phenomena – without self-contradiction, proven by this: the statement “I am not conscious” is logically equivalent to “I am conscious that I am not conscious.”
Or, since awareness is a synonym for consciousness, "There is no awareness" is logically equivalent to "I am aware that there is no (such thing as) awareness."
Or, "There is no witness" is logically unpacked: "I witness that there is no witness."
No matter which formulation, this is a logical and phenomenological self-contradiction.
Therefore, consciousness/awareness/the witness/the knower is the Ultimate Reality, a.k.a. Supreme Being.
The Supreme Being is indeed that Witness which enables each of us to say "I am." He is the Supreme One that is aware of and within every one. God revealed this when He told Moses who He is: "I AM THAT I AM" ( Exodus 3:14 KJV).
God is the One whose presence can not be denied without self-contradiction. The One is the Supreme Reality. Yes, Ultimate Reality, the Supreme Being, is of the nature of consciousness, the undeniable I AM.
We all recognize consciousness as light, as revealed in our colloquialism for loss of consciousness: "lights out." We all recognize intelligence as light, as revealed when we say things like "He's really a bright child," or "He's not the brightest of the bunch."
The Witness is indeed the light of the world, for without consciousness this world would be dark and void. Consciousness comprehends (grasps, encompasses) darkness, but darkness (unconsciousness) does not and in principle can not grasp light/consciousness. Thus "the light shineth in darkness but the darkness comprehends it not" (John 1:5).
Each of us experiences our limited self as being a knower, as well as being known. As a knower, one experiences consciousness as in oneself (I am); as a known, one is found within the realm of consciousness. Thus the Knower (Reality/God) appears within you, and you also appear within the Knower (Reality/God).
The Anointed Master Jesus expressed this phenomenological fact as follows:
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. John 14: 10-11
Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. John 14: 19-20
The Eternal One is your conscience; He knows and consequently you know when you have done wrong, i.e. broken His law. For the God is both law (Greek: logos; Sanskrit: dharma) and light, the twin forces which bring order to reality. If you do not love law (order) and light, if you love disorder and darkness, you do not love God. If you do not do God's will, you do not love or worship God, because the essence of love is agreement and the essence of worship is obedience. Hence, practice of moral righteousness –– submission to God and His Law – is essential to yoga, the universal Way to join oneself with the One Self, God. This is why the Anointed Master Jesus said:
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. John 14:21
Now many people – particularly those afflicted with atheism – hold multiple false beliefs about the nature of consciousness. Therefore I now will further debunk atheism by proving that consciousness itself is universal, eternal, infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient.
Proof: To exist is to stand or be (Latin -ist) out (Latin ex-). To stand out a thing must have boundaries in space and time. A physical thing has dimensions, color, mass, sound, odor, taste, and texture; a mental thing (thought, image, dream, etc.) has a duration but no dimensions in physical space.
Dimensions, color, mass, sound, odor, taste, texture and duration are all objects of consciousness. Without consciousness powering the physical senses and mind, no one can see, hear, smell, taste, feel or measure. However, consciousness – the knower or witness – has no dimensions, color, mass, sound, odor, taste or texture. If you don't believe me, devote a day to finding the dimensions, color, mass, sound, odor, taste and texture of the Witness.
You can not find consciousness by rummaging around in the world of physical and mental objects because consciousness is the one looking! It is the light of your world. Looking out in the world of things for consciousness is like using a flashlight to look out in a room for the source of the light produced by the flashlight.
If you disagree, I invite you to send me a package of consciousness by UPS to prove to me that consciousness is a finite thing.
That which makes the tongue speak but cannot be spoken by the tongue, know that as the Self. This self is not someone other than you.
That which makes the mind think but cannot be thought by the mind, that is the Self indeed. This self is not someone other than you.
That which makes the eye see but cannot be seen by the eye, that is the Self indeed. This self is not someone other than you.
That which makes the ear hear but cannot be heard by the ear, that is the Self indeed. This self is not someone other than you.
That which makes you draw breath but cannot be drawn by your breath, that is the Self indeed. This self is not someone other than you.
Kena Upanishad I.5-9
Proof: Per 7 above, consciousness does not occur in time or space, i.e. is not an object in the world. Therefore, it is both indivisible and universal. It is the power by which each of us knows our limited condition, but it is not itself limited or possessed by individual conditions.
To explain: Harry, Sally and their cat are all individual beings characterized by different physical and mental characteristics. Harry consists of one set of mental and physical characteristics, Sally of another set, and the cat of another set. However, each of these individual beings is powered by one and the same consciousness (which is the source of life itself).
The situation is similar to the relationship between electricity and electrical appliances. There are a myriad of electrical appliances – such as toasters, televisions, radios, blenders, stoves and others – each of which converts electricity into different phenomena (heat, light, motion, etc.). However, all electrical appliances are powered by one electricity. The electricity is uni-versal; the appliance is particular.
Similarly, consciousness (life) itself is universal (from Latin unus, one; and vertere, to transform, to turn), the One that transforms or turns (enters) into the myriad of conscious beings. Every one will perish, but the One will forever remain, perpetually turning into a myriad of other beings.
Proof: Per 7, consciousness does not exist (stand out), and cannot be found in space or time. However, per 6, no one can deny the presence of consciousness…it is undeniably Present in the moment, HERE and NOW. Since consciousness is present but not found in time or space, it is not bound by time or space, and is therefore eternal and infinite.
Phenomenologically, whereas things, beings, and phenomena all come and go (arise and perish), we directly experience that consciousness is present everywhere and always. Its unchanging Presence is the very source of your sense of Self, the sense that you remain one entity ~ an I, some one ~ through a lifetime despite the radical changes in your body and mind from birth to death.
Therefore consciousness is ever-present, the Presence in the Present.
Proof: To prove the existence of a finite thing is nothing but to present it or evidence of it to some witness consisting of consciousness. If anything were to be absolutely outside the realm of consciousness it would be in principle impossible to know of that thing.
To clarify: If anyone were to claim “x exists,” all rational thinkers would ask for evidence of x’s existence (or presence). To ask for evidence for x is to ask for x (or evidence of x) to be presented to someone, i.e. some Witness. Without some witness (consciousness), there can be no experience, no knowledge, no thing at all. If x was outside the realm/reach/extent of consciousness then it would be impossible to present x or evidence of x to any witness.
Note I am not saying that x must be within the realm/reach/extent of awareness of all particular finite knowers (men, women, dogs, cats, etc.) but that it must be within the realm/extent of universal consciousness itself.
Let me illustrate with a diagram. If the circle represents the realm/extent/domain of consciousness, then if any thing was absolutely outside of the realm/extent/domain it would be in principle unknowable, therefore it no one (i.e. no locus of consciousness a.k.a. sentient being) could experience it or prove its existence.
The pseudo-realm of “outside consciousness” consists of “things” which are logically impossible because self-contradictory, such as square circles, married bachelors and known unknowns. It is the pseudo-realm of the unReal.
The above proves that there is no such thing and in principle can be no such thing as a reality independent of consciousness. All of reality is subjective or inter-subjective. Those who claim that reality exists independently of consciousness are either deluded or liars. To reiterate, it is in principle impossible to prove that anything exists outside and independent the realm of consciousness because all proof involves making things known and all knowing occurs within consciousness. If any thing was absolutely independent of consciousness it would be impossible for it to be known.
In summary, there is nothing – no Reality nor reality – outside of the realm of consciousness. Reality is the realm of consciousness, and the realm of consciousness is Reality.
Proof: Everything that exists, exists within the realm of consciousness (10 above). Therefore all known and knowable powers occur only in the realm/domain of consciousness. In other words, universal consciousness possesses all powers.
In a word, universal consciousness is omnipotent.
Proof: All that can be known occurs within the realm/domain/extent of consciousness, as an object of consciousness. Therefore, the realm of consciousness comprehends (from Latin comprehendere. "to take together, to unite; include; seize") all that can be comprehended, knows all that can be known.
Consciousness is the One Knower that comprehends all/knows all there is to know, partly through the various knowers, namely psychophysical entities such as human beings, cats, dogs, insects, etc.
The One operates in and through all sentient beings. I believe this is why we have the words “anyone,” “everyone” and “no-one.” These words were put into use when at least the wise among us understood that there is only One Knower and each of us is one finite re-presentation of the One.
Since everyone is empowered with life and consciousness by the One universal consciousness, through every-one the Supreme One sees, hears, smells, tastes, touches and knows all. That One, i.e. pure universal consciousness, is therefore, in a word, omniscient.
Please note that I am not arguing that any particular finite conscious being is omniscient. No-one is omniscient, where "one" means a finite sentient being. On the contrary, all finite conscious beings are by Nature limited in knowledge by the extent of their sensory and mental equipment.
However, just as the limits of individual electrical appliances are not the limits of electricity, and electricity is not reducible to electrical appliance, the limits of individual sentient beings are not the limits of consciousness, and consciousness is not reducible to any limited sentient being.
Now that I have proved that Consciousness is the One omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient Ultimate Reality or Supreme Being powering every sentient being, I can now conclude against atheism:
Proof: No one can deny the presence of consciousness without self-contradiction. Consciousness is the omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient Supreme Being that powers every conscious being (6-12). Therefore, anyone who denies the Presence of the Supreme Being is in fact denying that One Presence and Power which makes him capable of being, living and knowing anything at all, i.e. consciousness.
In short, in denying the presence of the Supreme Being, people afflicted with atheism are denying the presence of that which gives them their own being, presence and awareness! Ergo, atheism is self-contradictory and a mental affliction.
Although atheists claim to recognize no god, it is in principle impossible to live without faith and without a god or gods, meaning a final authority or ruler.
Any entity that you have unlimited faith in is your god. Any being that you always obey or at least believe you ought always obey is a god to you.
All self-described atheists have faith in someone or something and obey someone or something as a final authority, usually human reason, the State, science, or some aspect of self. If you say you obey no one but your self, then you have put your self above all other beings and made your self your god. At the very least, the atheist has faith in his own reasoning, believing, without substantiating evidence, that his senses and reasoning – or those of his priest-magicians, the scientists – have accurately assessed the state of the universe and ruled out the presence of a Supreme Being. Essentially he has faith that the human mind is omniscient!
Those who say that science, atheism and humanism are not a religions because it recognizes no supernatural deity, and believe humanism is atheistic, don't understand religion or atheism. Religion does not require faith in a supernatural diety. Jainism, and Zen Buddhism two examples of religions that have sects that do not require faith in a supreme being.
In regard to atheism – the alleged denial that there is a supreme being or any god – is unavoidably a religious position and matter of faith because it is based on denying the presence of a supreme being or god.
Black's Law Dictionary defines religion as follows:
Religion. Man’s relation to Divinity, to reverence, worship, obedience, and submission to mandates and precepts of supernatural or superior beings. In its broadest sense includes all forms of belief in the existence of superior beings exercising power over human beings by volition, imposing rules of conduct, with future rewards and punishments. Bond uniting man to God, and a virtue whose purpose is to render God worship due him as a source of all being and principle of government of all things.
Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, p. 1292
Thus, according to law, the essential components of religion include:
For atheist humanists, the superior beings to which ordinary people owe allegiance are usually identified by atheists themselves as 1) so-called science and its constituent expert magician-wizards, 2) democracy (i.e. the mob), and 3) the State and its constituent experts and 'lords' (as they are still called in Britain today).
Atheists generally believe that everyone must believe the doctrines and obey the mandates of these gods. For atheists, these gods are the source of their moral code (rules of conduct), including rewards for obedience and punishments for disobedience. They also believe that allegiance to these gods must take precedence over allegiance to ordinary humans or human institutions other than science, democracy and the State; for example, they believe that we should obey the dictates of "democracy" or "the Science" rather than the universal moral law, if these should be in conflict. They also will turn disbelievers in the State's mandates into the State authorities for punishment, proving that their allegiance to the State exceeds their allegiance to neighbors.
For example, God's law forbids theft, but the democratic State funds itself by theft: it steals money from people by means of taxation. Yes, it is theft because the money is taken under threat of punishment, just as when a robber demands your wallet under threat of violence. If someone were to refuse to pay taxes on the grounds on the grounds that he does not want to fund criminals (the State), anyone would demand that this tax-resister be forced to pay taxes or be punished would reveal himself to be a worshipper of the State rather than a worshipper of God.
Typical atheists regard the State (government) and so-called science as their lords and saviors: they will petition (=pray to) these gods for benefits (e.g. unemployment and retirement benefits), security and salvation (from poverty, disease, etc); obey their dictates ("laws") without question; tithe to them money (taxes) and time; and consider anyone who does not have faith in or obey these gods a heretic ("science-denier"). They will even petition (pray to) their god (the State) to severely punish the unbelievers who disobey their gods' mandates. This was made very obvious during the 2019 plandemic when we saw many "atheists" (and fake theists) bowing without question to every dictate of the State and its priest-magicians – they regarded every word of Anthony Fauci as unquestionable and infallible, and applauded the authorities who deployed jack-booted thugs to stop people from engaging in normal activities like running a business or to beat up people protesting the dictates of the (false) gods.
Generally speaking, self-described atheists are in practice unconscious polytheists who worship the State (or its human constituents), so-called science (or scientists), ideologies (e.g. Marxism, Objectivism), the sex urge, various lusts (power, money, etc), and many other gods. How do I know they worship these entities? Because they have faith in them and obey their dictates and demands and deem there is no higher power to which they owe allegiance and obedience.
The atheist claims to worship no god and have no religion, but in practice they worship and obey various false gods. Most are unconscious of this. If you believe you have no religion, you are just deluded and lacking self-awareness.
Thus atheism is self-contradictory in practice as well as theory.
Indeed this is why the Taittiriya Upanishad declares:
Those who deny the Lord deny themselves;
those who affirm the Lord affirm themselves.
The wise, not the unwise, realize the Lord.
Taittiriya Upanishad II.6.1
You can not escape faith in some god. You can not escape religion. You really have only two options. Will you choose to worship the One Supreme Being, the Creator of this realm and everything in it, or will you submit to His adversaries, the demoniacs who deceived you into believing you had no god, and that there are no evil demons?
A man divided against his own Self (i.e. against God) can not be whole, i.e. healthy, or strong. Such self-contradiction can only produce suffering.
I submit that this self-contradiction naturally leads to spiritual dis-ease, which is why:
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