the unchanging and eternal principle that is in you at all times
and under all circumstances. People call it supreme knowledge, but
the correct translation for this term is
Constant-Integrated-Awareness. This Constant-Integrated-Awareness
is present all over the body. How it is that man is not able to
recognise such all-pervasive divinity, which exists in all the
three periods of time, past, present and future?
The life principle that flows through each and every
nerve of the body is verily divine. The life principle that
sustains our body is Prajnana. On this basis, it is said,
Prajnanam Brahma. The same thing is reflected in another divine
axiom, Ayam Atma Brahma. It can be interpreted as 'I am Atma and
Brahma'. The third one is Tat Twam Asi. Tat denotes that which is
outside, and Twam stands for innate divinity. It means that the
same divinity is present within and without. That all-pervasive
God is present within and without. That which is seen, heard and
experienced outside is nothing but the reflection, resound and
reaction of the inner being. When reality is within, why crave for
its reflection outside?
God has no distinctions or differences. No one can
stipulate dos and don'ts for Him. He can do anything, since He is
in everything and is everything. He has no master above Him. If
man wants to visualise God, he will see Him only in the form of a
human being far superior to him in all respects. So, man should
know the nature of a human being to
begin with. All the sacred texts have described God as having
human form. It does not mean that God is confined to a human form.
God has no specific form. People attribute various forms to God.
Here we have an idol of Dakshinamurthi. This form is but your own
imagination. It is not the reality. How can you visualise God who
is the very form of the universe? The Viswa (universe) is made up
of five elements. The human body also consists of five elements.
Hence, it is called Viswa (Totality, Whole creation). The Veda
says, with thousands of heads, thousands of feet and thousands of
eyes, Divinity pervade everything. The human's form keeps changing,
but the spirit remains unchanged.
Do not follow the body. Do not follow the mind. Follow the
conscience. Conscience is the Atma (Self).
Through steady faith one can attain divinity. One
should have faith in one's own Self. Develop self-confidence,
which will lead to self-satisfaction. When you have
self-satisfaction, you will be prepared for self-sacrifice. Only
through self-sacrifice, can one attain self-realisation.
Self-realisation means to realise that you are everything.
Self-confidence is the foundation, self-satisfaction is the wall,
self-sacrifice is the roof and self-realisation is life.
You are the embodiment of Prajnana. (Consciousness,
Knowledge). It is not worldly or secular knowledge. This true
knowledge is within you. It is not something that you acquire
after you are born. It is with you right from your birth.
But you have forgotten this truth and, consequently, you suffer
from delusion. In this world, everything is an illusion; nothing
is permanent. You have to carry on with your life sojourn and
discharge your duties keeping in view the eternal Atmic principle.
The term Brahma means vastness. Similar is the meaning
of the term Vishnu. So, God symbolises vastness and
broad-mindedness. But He appears narrow-minded to the
narrow-minded. As are your feelings, so will be the result.
God is filled with broad feelings. It is not possible for anybody
to comprehend God's Will. Unable to understand the Divine Will,
people forget the yathartha (reality) and lead themselves jnto
anartha (difficulties). They are carried away by padartha (worldly
objects) and ignore Parartha (Divinity). Take Parartha as the
fundamental principle. Do not repose your faith in the physical
world. However, you have to play your role well in this drama of
life. To that extent, you can keep the world in your mind. If you
have firm faith in God, you will perceive divinity everywhere.
All forms of God that are attributed to Him are
man's own creations and imaginations. God is depicted to be having
four hands holding shankha, chakra, gada and padma (conch, discus,
mace, and lotus). If God were really to be born with four hands,
people would certainly put Him in exhibition. What is the inner
meaning of God having these four
insignia? Shankha (conch) represents sound; chakra (discus)
denotes the wheel of time; gada (mace) symbolises power, and padma
(lotus) stands for heart. It is only to make you understand that
God is the master of sound, time, power, and heart that He is
depicted to be having these insignia in His hands.
Of all the forms of God, the human form is very
significant. Who is a human being? The proper study of mankind is
man. It means the thoughts, words, and deeds should be in harmony
with one another. When you are in the company of God all the time,
why should you give room for worry? In order to understand that
God is not separate from you, undertake sacred deeds. Help others.
Sanctify all the
limbs of the body in selfless activities. But it is not that easy
to practice. There is always some self-interest in whatever man
does. Self-interest is also necessary, but it should be within
Man has the
sacred name manishi. When reversed, it reads as shinima (cinema).
Today man has become a 'Cinema manishi' meaning 'one leading an
artificial life'. Today, the world is plunged into utter
chaos and confusion. You find misery, sadness, sin, and anger
everywhere. Where is peace? It is within you.