When I was a young man in Turkey in the 70’s I had to defend my views on universal spirituality against the dialectic materialists. In those years there was a strong socialist movement in Turkey supported by Soviet Union and China. A significant number of the socialists were actually communists but they refrained from using that word. The intellectual life in Turkey in the 70’s was completely dominated by the philosophy of dialectic materialism which is not as rigid as scientific materialism but it certainly did not recognize the spiritual dimension of human beings.
Fast forward 30 years, my love of God and my devotion to God increased thousand-fold but my spiritual philosophy and my metaphysics did not change much. Now, I am defending my views against the religious fundamentalists of Turkey. Aided by the geo-political conjecture after the Cold War, the Sunni fundamentalists have taken over all institutions in Turkey. I used to fight the dogmatism of materialism, now I am fighting the dogmatism of Sunni fundamentalism in Turkey.
Interestingly, my dogma-fighter career in the United States followed the reverse course. When I moved to this country in the 80’s I had to defend my views on universal spirituality against the religious fundamentalists. Now, I defend the same views against the vocal materialists dominating the social media and the academia. I find this very interesting. The social sentiment developed in completely opposite ways in Turkey and United States.
It seems that the universal spirituality is misunderstood in all ages and countries.
Why is it so difficult to feel that there is Unity of Being and we are all connected and there is Supreme Consciousness? We are all connected through the Supreme Consciousness. It does not matter what name we use to refer to the Supreme Consciousness: God, Allah, Christ, Parama Purusha. It does not matter. What matters is that you become aware of your soul and know that your soul is a reflection of the Supreme Consciousness. We are connected to God through our soul. If so, then how can God not hear our cries? He certainly does!
If you don’t believe in organized religions why do you declare yourself an atheist? You can still believe in Supreme Consciousness yet ignore the antics of the organized religions. Why does it have to be mutually exclusive?
I cannot prove the existence of the “All Merciful God” to you. I tried! I wrote hundreds of articles. But, you don’t need a proof. Just be honest to your feelings. You will know that God hears your cries.