OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, I have found myself moving from the structured beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses to the boundless horizons of two philosophies—Pandeism and Advaita Vedanta. This transition wasn’t just a shift in ideology but a profound evolution of my understanding of existence—one that embraced the divine unity in the cosmos along with the idea of non-duality.
If you’ve listened to my podcast, you’ll know that growing up, I was trapped in the strict doctrines of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where my beliefs were confined within very rigid boundaries. However, my spiritual curiosity eventually led me to the concept of Pandeism. Here, I found wisdom and solace in the idea that God actually transformed into the entire universe, infusing every atom and star with divine essence and ceasing to exist as a singular entity. This belief, which resonated with me on a deep level, shattered the barriers between the sacred and the secular, allowing me to finally perceive the interconnectedness of all things.
At the same time, my spiritual journey led me to the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, a very specific school of thought within Hinduism. Through this ancient philosophy, I explored the essence of non-duality, realising that the boundaries between me and the Ultimate Reality were merely illusions. In Advaitism, I discovered a unity that transcended the limitations of the material world, a truth which, again, resonated deep within my soul.
At first, Pandeism and Advaita Vedanta may seem distinct, but I’ve come to realise their harmonious coexistence. Pandeism celebrates the divine essence within the universe, while Advaitism reveals the oneness underlying all individual souls. Together, they form a cohesive belief system for me, helping me to see clearly the interconnected nature of existence as well as the unity that transcends apparent diversity.
Pandeism and Advaita Vedanta have ceased to be mere concepts to me. They have become integral parts of my spiritual identity. Embracing both ideologies, I have found peace in the idea of interconnectedness and unity of all things. My spirituality is no longer confined by the limitations of religious dogma, or the need to worship a transcendent God, but is now a vibrant tapestry woven with the threads of divine essence and universal oneness.
My spiritual journey has transformed my perception of the world, offering a deep sense of understanding and reverence for the infinite mysteries of the universe. In accepting both Pandeism and Advaita Vedanta, I’ve discovered an amazing truth—that unity is the essence of existence. In embracing this truth, I’ve found a peace and fulfilment I never experienced in religion.