Shared by Rébecca Terniak
By Baruch Spinozza
When Albert Einstein gave a lecture
at the many universities in the United States,
the recurring question from the students was:
Mr. Einstein… Do you believe in God?
To which he always replied:
– I believe in the God of Spinoza.
Only those who had read Spinoza understood…
Spinoza had spent his life studying the holy books and philosophy, one day he wrote:
I don’t know if God really spoke, but if he did, this is what I believe he would say to the believer:
Stop praying and beating your chest!
What I want you to do is go out into the world and enjoy your life.
I want you to have fun, to sing, to learn… to enjoy all that I have created for you.
Stop going to those cold, dark temples you built yourself and call my home!
My home is in the mountains, in the woods, the rivers, the lakes.
It is where I live with you and express my love for you.
Stop blaming me for your miserable life,
I never told you that there was anything wrong with you, that you were a sinner, that your sexuality or your joy was a bad thing!
So don’t blame me for everything they told you to believe.
Stop rehashing sacred readings that have nothing to do with me.
If you can’t read me at dawn, in a landscape, in the eyes of your friend, your wife, your man, in the eyes of your son… You won’t find me in a book!
Stop scaring yourself.
I don’t judge you, I don’t criticize you, I don’t get angry and I don’t punish.
I am pure love… I filled you with passions, limitations, joys, feelings, needs, inconsistencies… and I gave you free will…
How can I blame you if you respond to something I put inside you?
How can I punish you for being what you are, if I am the one who has made you?
Do you really think I could create a place to burn all my misbehaving children for the rest of eternity?
What kind of God could do that?
If I were like that, I wouldn’t deserve to be respected.
If I just wanted to be worshipped, I would have populated the earth only with dogs…
Respect your fellow man and don’t do what you don’t want for yourself.
All I ask is that you take care of your life, that your free will be your guide.
You and nature are one entity … so don’t think you have power over her.
You are part of her.
Take care of her and she will take care of you. I have put in and made accessible all that is good for you and I have made difficult to access what is not.
Do not use your genius to look for what is bad for this balance.
It is up to you to keep this balance intact.
Nature knows very well how to keep it, just don’t disturb it!
I have made you absolutely free.
You are absolutely free to create in your life a paradise or a hell.
I can’t tell you if there is anything after this life, but I can give you a piece of advice,
Stop believing in me in this way,
To believe is to assume, to guess, to imagine.
I don’t want you to believe in me, I want you to feel me inside you.
I want you to feel me in you when you take care of your sheep, when you tuck in your little girl, when you pet your dog, when you bathe in the river…
Express your joy and get used to taking just what you need!
The only sure thing is that you are here, that you are alive, that this world is full of wonders… and that in all these wonders you are able to know exactly what you really need.
Don’t look for me outside,
you won’t find me…
I am here… The nature,
The cosmos… It is me.