I relate to Christopher Hitchens’s opinion that ethics and morality should, and can be separate, from religion, and that there is simply no need for deification or church of “God”, because the creation of Gods only serves to support a political dictatorship and clergy.

The very notion of an irrefutable, ideological absolute power and beauty belies an insatiable desire for ideological perfection, which denies the actual wonder that exists in all ordinary, basal conditions. The indoctrinated mind eagerly and continually feeds its ego cult by ignoring dissent from precept.

I particularly like Hitchens’s use of the term “transcendent” when referring to that which is beyond, which avoids giving any credence to divinity or deities.

My revised definition of īśvarapraṇidhāna is: transcendent awareness.