Sunday, March 18, 2012

From Deity to Infinity

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Swami Vivekananda in his youth age was in search of a true master who would lead him to God. Whenever, he used to meet any saint, he would ask him, "Have you seen God?", but no one would say with conviction that he has seen God. Same question he put to Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa when he saw him for the first time. At his question Sri Ramakrishna replied,"Yes, I have seen God as real as I am seeing you before me."

Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa was the caretaker of Kali Temple at Calcutta. He used to worship the stone image of Goddess Kali in the temple but due to his devotion, Mother Goddess Kali, used to take the live form & used to talk to him. As per Sri Ramakrishna:

"ALL doubts disappear when one sees God. It is one thing to hear of God, but quite a different thing to see Him. A man cannot have one hundred per cent conviction through mere hearing. But if he beholds God face to face, then he is wholly convinced.

Formal worship drops away after the vision of God. It was thus that my worship in the temple came to an end. I used to worship the deity in the Kali Temple. It was suddenly revealed to me that everything is Pure Spirit. The utensils of worship, the altar, the door-frame - all Pure Spirit. Then like a mad man I began to shower flowers in all directions. Whatever I saw I worshipped."

God is all pervasive Pure Spirit. This universe is infinite only due to that Infinite Pure Spirit pervasive all around us. Pure Spirit as infinite being is limitless, omnipresent & the one who fills this limitless space. Such an Infinite Pure Spirit exists everywhere. Below are few verses from Bhagwat Gita which describe about the infinite nature of Pure Spirit :

"sarvatah pani-padam tat
sarvato ’ksi-siro-mukham
sarvatah shrutimal loke
sarvam avrtya tishthati" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Thirteen verse 14)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Everywhere are His (God's) hands and feet, His eyes, heads and faces, and He has ears everywhere. In this way the Super Soul exists, pervading everything in this world."

"mattah parataram nanyat
kincid asti dhananjaya
mayi sarvam idam protam
sutre mani-gana iva" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Seven verse 7)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, there is nothing else besides Me (Pure Spirit) in this world. Like clusters of yarn-beads formed by knots on a thread, all this world is threaded on me (Pure Spirit).

So though God is there in clay Idol in unmanifest form but that un-manifest God is Pure Spirit who is present everywhere & encompasses whole universe in it. That un-manifest God as Pure Spirit only takes live form before a true devotee. That infinite, un-manifest, Pure Spirit is realized in meditation as God & that Pure Spirit only helps us when we think of God & ask for His help. That all pervasive Pure Spirit is only called Bráhmn. So let's understand that Bráhmn, the all pervasive Pure Spirit & once we are able to understand & realize that then we shall transcend from Deity to Infinity as everything in this universe is Pure Spirit only.

God is Infinite Pure Spirit,
Whole world dwells in Infinite Pure Spirit,
Whole world comes from Infinite Pure Spirit,
Whole world goes back in Infinite Pure Spirit,
Whole world breathes in Infinite Pure Spirit,
Let's worship that Infinite Pure Spirit, the God.

Jai Sri Krishna.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Lisa said...

Beautiful. Thank you.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Swarna said...

Jai shri Krishna! a true inspiration. Could you please direct me to an entry in your blog which explains the presence of evil and suffering in this world? I believe that God is the Ultimate Spirit but what then about such evil people whose doings one cannot even start to imagine!? Obviously their souls are not evil, it is something else. Can you please give an insight into an explanation for this? This question hounds me every single day!
Dhanyawad and Jai Shri Krishna.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are suffering evil because of our karma. We are getting the results of our actions from several past lives. We can settle our karmic acounts by undergoing bhogna or raj yoga to clear our vices. Then only god will come and set the new golden/satya yug that is free of negativity.

3:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Swarna - See Bhagavad Gita 8:16. Sri Krishna explains that this world is a place of misery. God is not throwing you a party. Since He is the source of all things God or Krishna is the source of pleasure. One of the qualities of spirit is Ananda or Bliss. Our service to and relationship with Him is how we attain pleasure.

This world was created by our desires to enjoy independently of God. As the previous paragraph shows, that is not possible. That's why there's misery and suffering in this world.

BTW, while The Supreme is a spirit and exists everywhere, He also has form - a non-limiting spiritual form. Many forms, actually. This is shown in BG. See the picture at right. To say God has this but not that is incomplete knowledge. God or Krishna is complete and lacks nothing.

5:25 PM  
Anonymous kiSHAN vASEKAR said...

in my opinion, the pure spirit , GOD can be realised thru Devotion, Bhakti . Once you surrender to the ultimate-BHAGVAN KRISHNA , He gives Divya Drushti to us like He has given to Arjun.Adhyaya 111 and 12 of Bhag vad Gita summarise this .Chanting OM NAMO BHAGVATE VASUDEVAY and doing one's Karma with detached involvement , I have overcome the fatal Heart attack and 40 days in ICU.With HIS Grace I had direct vision and now I believe thia Life has been extended only to understand and realize myself to see the GOD. SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE---JAI SHRIKRISHNA--

7:19 PM  

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