Where is God?
As in the sesame
seed oil exists,
As in milk ghee is present,
As fragrance resides in a flower,
As the juice exists in a fruit,
As fire is latent in a faggot
So Is the Divine immanent in subtle form
Oil is present
throughout the sesame seed. Ghee is present in every drop of milk.
Fragrance is present in an invisible form in a flower. A fruit is
filled with sweet juice. In every piece of wood fire is latent. In
the same manner the Divine is immanent in the entire cosmos in a
is present not in some country or some body. Like vision in the
eye and hearing in the ear, God is present in the mind as
Consciousness (Chaitanya). The cosmos is the visible manifestation
of the invisible Supreme Self.
While the Divine is
in such close proximity to him, man in his ignorance goes seeking
God everywhere. The Divine is effulgent in every man as
Sath-Chith-Ananda (Being-Awareness-Bliss), the Cosmic
Reflections of the
sun shining in the sky can be seen in the oceans, rivers, the
lakes and in wells. Though the reflections are varied, the sun is
one alone. The Divine is present in man like the unseen thread
which holds a garland of gems together. The entire cosmos is
permeated by the Divine and is the visible manifestation of the
Nothing in the
world, no object, no human being, no creature can be found wherein
God is not present. Though man appears in the world in different
forms, speaking different languages, his essential humanness is
common to one and all. There is only one race, that is the human
race. God is only one. He is Sath-Chith-Ananda.
Just as a seed
sprouts and grows into a plant wherein a flower blossoms, so does
the Divine seed grow in the heart of man and blossoms as a flower,
Sath-Chith-Ananda. Just as it is natural for a seed to become a
fragrant flower, so is it natural for man to experience the bliss
of the Divine (Sath-Chith-Ananda).
There are many
evidences to demonstrate the Divinity that is inherent in man. But
few men are ready to make the sacrifice that is required to
experience this Divinity.
The ancient sages
regarded human life as full of fragrance to be enjoyed. They
considered life as full of nectarine sweetness. When man is
oblivious of this sweetness, he ceases to be human. Sacrifice
(Thyaga) is the sweetness in humanness (Manavathva). The
scriptures declare: Only through sacrifice can man realise the
eternal Divine. But, immersed in selfishness, man fails to
recognise this truth.
E-Magazine, June 15, 2004