Who is God?

Question:
What’s the easy way to be connected to divine. I was good at that but I got lost & cannot concentrate to get there again.

Answer:

How to be connected to the divine? Who is God? Most do not even know who is God. How can you be connected to whom you do not even know.

Who is God?

Is God that idol of ‘Lord Krishna’ or ‘Lord Rama’ or ‘Devi’ or the book ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ or the ‘Koran’? Who is God? You have been living in this body for 30-40-60-80 years but do you know who is the one that created this body and the world? What is that energy that runs this world and everything in it?

God is not an idol, not a book, not a scripture, not anything material that we can perceive through our five senses of touch, taste, smell, sight and sound. God cannot even be described by our intellect with words. God cannot be compared with anything material and our mind only understands matter! God is definitely not man wearing a long white robe with a long white beard sitting up in the clouds writing an account of debit and credit for you.

Sage Patanjali, Saint Ashtavakra, Rishi Narada, Guru Vasishtha have all been teaching us to move away from matter towards the inner energy, the consciousness, the soul. That energy or consciousness is what is the source of all. Just like the source of all ‘drops of water’ is the ‘OCEAN’ itself. Just like that the source of ‘everyone and everything’ in this creation is the ‘CONSCIOUSNESS’. That supreme energy is the mother of form but it is formless itself.

How to be connected to the formless?

You are connected already. It is just an illusion to feel that I am not connected and that I have to get connected. Can a drop of water say that I am not connected to WATER? You yourself are that! So ham asmi – I am that!

Why don’t I feel it?

Because our inner eyes are covered by the blinders of Maaya. Maaya of this world, maaya of the likable and ‘not-so-likable’ people/situations/things in this world blinds us from the actual truth! When this Maaya drops, we recognize the truth!

How will this Maaya drop?

Only when one is absorbed in thorough investigation or self-inquiry can one reach the clarity of the Self. Unless one resorts to self-inquiry, the highest cannot be revealed. I use the word revealed because it is nothing to be attained. You are that already. The truth is just covered by dirt. The dirt needs to be washed away. And scriptural knowledge serves as the soap that will clean this dirt of Maaya.
Do I have to leave my house/family/job to drop Maaya?
No! If you drop your family/job/house etc, you will get caught up in the deeper dungeons of Maaya that emanates from the Ego of a recluse. That is not the best way. You be in this world, among the people/situations/things and take up a thorough inquiry about how your own mind works, about how your emotions work, about how the moods come and go, why the intellect gets clouded, who is it that is running this show of the body-mind-intellect complex? How does a desire arise? What do desires do to you? How to discipline the mind?
Where will I find the answers?
All these answers are there within you. You know them. But the inner books have gathered dust. You have not opened them. The inner library is buried under dust.
So where to begin? How to begin? How do I navigate through this dust?
Scriptures by Patanjali, Narada, Ashtavakra, Bhagwad Geeta, Upanishads are the sign posts. Notice, I said sign posts. They will show you how to navigate through these mounds of dust and find the answer buried within. A sign post just shows you the direction, remember. You have to make an effort to do your own self-inquiry [open the inner books] and read the answers. Is just knowing the answer sufficient? No, applying the remedies suggested by the scriptures will be the true completion of your self – study [swadhyaya].
Is God found by Swadhyaya?
God was never lost. He is right where he always was. You have shut your eyes tight! Open them! He is already there. There is no connection to establish. You are GOD yourself!
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2 thoughts on “Who is God?

  1. We are eternal parts and parcel of the Supreme. One in quality, because we are eternal spiritual beings, but not one in quantity. “This philosophical truth of simultaneous oneness and difference was propounded by Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and it is known as acintya-bhedabheda-tattva. Brahma, Narada and all others are simultaneously one with the Lord and different from the Supreme Lord. We are all one with Him, just as the gold ornaments are one in quality with the stock gold, but the individual gold ornament is never equal in quantity with the stock gold. The stock gold is never exhausted even if there are innumerable ornaments emanating from the stock, because the stock is purnam, complete; even if purnam is deducted from the purnam, still the supreme purnam remains the same purnam. This fact is inconceivable to our present imperfect senses. Lord Caitanya therefore defined His theory of philosophy as acintya (inconceivable), and as confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita as well as in the Bhagavatam, Lord Caitanya’s theory of acintya-bhedabheda-tattva is the perfect philosophy of the Absolute Truth.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.6.13-16 Purport)

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