Yesterday, a young man asked me why God created this world.
If we think about it, we don’t really know why even the simplest things happen around us. For example, no one can explain why someone falls in love with a particular person and not with someone else.
Even Science cannot answer the question of ‘Why’ things happen the way they do.
Science can tell us how things happen but not why.
For example, science tells us that when two parts of hydrogen and one part of oxygen are put together, it becomes water, but it cannot tell us why it does.
Science has discovered that the light travels at the speed of 186,282 miles (299,800 kilo meters) per second, but can it tell why it travels at this particular speed?
We don’t know why we love and respect certain individuals more than others when there is no obvious reason for it.
Similarly, we may be able to find out when and how the universe was created, but not ‘why’.
Almost all religions, theologians and many philosophers have tried to answer this question according to their own assumptions.
God was alone and bored so he created the world and living beings for his entertainment.
He created the worlds to rule over them and to establish his supremacy.
He created the humans to obey and worship him.
I find the next one particularly amusing…..
He looked around and there was nothing. He got scared and created the world around him.
God … scared? Wow.
And there are many more assumptions like these.
I think, just like most other phenomena, we may be able to know when and how, but not why the world was created or manifested.
As Guru Nanak said:
Jaa kartaa sirthi kau saaje aape jaanai soi
(SGGS page # 4)
(The one who created, he himself knows.)
And here is my favorite beautiful Vedic verse; that I like the most:
“No one knows why the world was created.
Only the one, who created, knows.
But then again, maybe He does not know either.”
ਜਾ ਕਰਤਾ ਸਿਰਠੀ ਕਉ ਸਾਜੇ ਆਪੇ ਜਾਣੈ ਸੋਈ ॥
जा कर्ता सिरठी कउ साजे आपे जाणै सोई
(SGGS page # 4)