What little I have heard and read from the spiritual zone make me believe that Brahman is the impersonal (Avyaktigata bhavam) bhava of God. There are only two things, one the impersonal form of God, Brahman or PARAMATMA (God), and the other the KARMA.
PARAMATMA is like the air inside and outside of a pot kept open, the mouth up words. When the pot is broken or destroyed, the air inside and outside becomes one. Brahman is like that. It is not an Object, it is the Subject, and the one and only Subject. The potency of the Brahman is of great magnitude, diverse and quite indescribable – ‘‘Ananatham, Ajnatham, Avarnaneeyam”. Living things can live only on a Living Substratum, and that is the Brahman, the impersonal form of God. Is there any personal form (Vyaktigataroopam) of God? Yes, of course, Brahman can take any form. We will come to that in the midst of the following lines.- KARMA is the consequence of our actions, done by ‘Manasa, Vacha and Kamana’- including that of our past janmas. There is no way out, to escape from KARMA. Every ounze of it, we have to experience. What we sow, so shall we reap. Brahman remains a witness to it, like to its Maya or deluded potency. Understanding this great truth, and to make it convenient, comfortable and easy for those dull-minded -‘manda budhis’- like us, to worshipping with focused attention and concentration, our ancient Sages/ Seers/ Rishis, sitting austere and sublime, doing severe penance and ‘tapas’ in the dark caves of Himalayas and other such sacred places, where they could commune with the Brahman, which could create, sustain and annihilate anything and everything in its simple imagination -(Sankalapamathrayil)- classified, like Bhagavan Veda Vyasa divided Vedas, into three forms from Brahman as ‘Bahma, Vishnu and Maheswara’. Our Seers made it clear that they are not different from Brahman, the PARMATMA or God, but only to give the devotees a personal form or attribute (Vyaktigatha swaroopam) to worship with true faith, seeing them with their eyes, in the most beautiful and attractive forms.
The great Seers of the Yore felt the pulse of the populace by their foresight that even the Trio manifestation of Brahman, as Brahma,Vishnu and Maheswara, is difficult to reach by them and so they were given thirtythree crores of manifestation of Brahman, in a vibrant variety of form of demigods or Devas and Devis etc. Now they can pick and choose the Deva/Devi, they like to worship in a bhakti bhava, like prema bhakti/valsalyabhakti bhava, of their own, in close proximity , as and when they like. People got very satisfied, they worshipped and still worshipping their Moorthis, gladly for material, and sometimes for spiritual benefits. It proved a fact that God alone or people alone, cannot live happily; only when interacted together they can live, which is called ‘Lokayutham’ or materialism. It reminds me of Jawaharlal Nehruji’s words, ‘The East is East and West is West, but when both combine, produce the best”
Bhagavan is capable of doing anything sitting quietly in His Abode, by His sankalapa alone. I doubt, He is taking various Avataras, not only for ‘Parithranaya sadhoonam, vinashaya cha dushkrtam, dharma samsthapanarthaya etc., alone, but also for He is so immensely merciful, loving and kind towards His creations, He cannot live alone there, without mixing and mingling with His loved ones. But what He suffered on that account for us, is unaccountable, unimaginable and we cannot pay off the debt even if we had 7 janmas more.
Man, as a social being cannot avoid society, especially house-hold people. This may be the reason why Lord Krishna loves more devotees from ‘Grahastasramis, ’than from ‘Sannyasins’, as He spoke in Srimad Bhagavat Gita. We should be social for a meaningful and happy life in the world and always indebted to God. God, whether in personal form or impersonal form, is Omnipotent and is ‘Sudha Satwa’. By birth itself it is so, since Bhagavan was born in the Milky Ocean (Palazhy). He is ‘Ksheerodakashayi’. But, we are born in the amniotic fluid (water) in the womb of our Mother- Udakodakashayi. We are not born Sudha Satwa, by birth. It is also not easy to become Sudha Satwa, since by birth itself, we are an admixture of the three gunas-Satwa, Rajas and Tamas- put together. It says that in the colorful abode of Bhagavan, Vaikuntam, there is no rain, heat, AC, rest rooms or the like. There are no entrails like ours, inside Bhagavan’s Body. Bhagavan’s Body is clean and it is called ‘Sachit’- Thirumeni. He is always in SachidanandaSwaroopa. It says that Brahmaji took years and special extra ordinary things like sky buds, roots of grinding stones etc., from various places, for making the Thirumeni of Lord Krishna. In the final stage , after so many procedures, it became unique and effulgent by itself, producing ‘Kodi Soorya Prabha’. Srimad Bhagavatam says that Lord Krishana is ‘Poornam, Brahma Sanatanam’. So, He is Poorna Brahmam. We need not necessarily worship any other God, when Krishna is there. He is easily available -‘sulabham’ too for us, but quite unknowingly we are searching God somewhere else, keeping Him always with us. He is ‘Bhavagrahi’. He knows our Bhava fully well, towards Him and towards any other things. He wants only our unconditional love. He is pouring it on us, in unalloyed form. Make Him happy with service, He will make us enjoy our life. Do not go even a step back from His service, thereafter.
Our Creator has given us the most precious human body, which is very unique in itself. There are supposed to be two major purposes for giving us this special body. The first one is to serve Him with unalloyed love, by our mind, body and spirit. The second is to try hard to come out of the Creation and to reach the Creator, at the earliest. There is the cycle of birth and death. The birth is supposed to occur because of the latent Karma Vasanas, cryptic desires in our mind. If we cannot restrict theses desires, we will be born again to satiate our desires. Life is short, but our desires are too much. Unless and until you cannot limit those desires, birth and death will come again and again till your Karma cease to exist. If we remember God, at the time of our demise, we will reach God. If you have more and more material desires , you will take birth again to satisfy those desires, some times as dogs, cats, rats, wrigglers, trees and the like. Birth will cease to exist only when the Karma ends. More births take place in people who cannot distinguish between the body and the soul. They think, ‘I am the body’-‘Dehoham’. It is very difficult for them to think that the soul or Atma is separate. Their body is very much attached to their soul, as if flesh is attached to bone in some parts of the body, where it can be separated only by severe scraping or by some other means. The only way to come out of the cycle of birth and death, is to put an end to our desires. The God is supposed to be waiting without even winking His eyes, for His every creation to reach Him and merge with Him.
What is the way out to stop our desires in material things. It is very easy, very simple. Realize the fact all things, except God, is ephemeral-temporary, short-lived. Do you like to attach to an ephemeral one or an eternal one. You can attach to only one thing at a time and that if it is of a permanent and always happy nature- God is that. When you feel that you almost enjoyed life enough, put an end to limit your desires and gradually stop it. If you are wise, rational and having the will power for little sacrifice, you can put that into practice. It will save not only you, but also your coming generations, as well, with its great impact.
I think it is high time for us to stop the search of any other new God. Live strictly observing ‘Sanatana Dharma’, which is not alien to us, since what we follow unknowingly every day in our life is Sanatana Dharma or BhagavataDharma. It is in our blood. Human birth, I humbly feel is to be used a for making Bhagavan happy, serving Him as much as possible to express our deep gratitude towards Him and not asking for more things. Do our Karmas unto His Lotus Feet, the Karma Phala will not afflict us and we will never get any punarjanma, aswell. Sadhu seva is Narayana Seva. Satsangam enlightens us in spirituality and gradually due to inner transformation, we will develop love towards God and people, alike.
Each Yuga has its own Dharma. This is Kaliyuga. The Dharma ordained for Kaliyuga, is Dana Dharma, that is giving away things to poor people or to have nots. Do not hesitate to give even it is only a little bit. Your trash will be the treasure of the poor ones. Do not go for any excess in any matter.Whatever you have in excess can also be given to have nots. Do not waste anything , especially food. In Buffet especially follow strictly the principle of, ‘Take what you eat, and eat what you take’.
Walk through the path of Dharma (righteousness), hold the flame of Vairagya (dispassion towards unnecessary things) in your hand, let there be tears of Bhakti towards God in your eyes with gratitude, and let the ultimate aim be, to acquire Jnana – Brahma Jnana (the knowledge about the impersonal form ofGod). The above path leads us to Self-realization and God-realization, which will make us Jeevan-Muktas, the ultimate aim of human birth.
Jai Hind. God bless America.
‘Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu’
‘PadaravindameSharanam, Guruvayoorappa Sharanam’.