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dattaswami
post Jul 18, 2010, 05:54 PM
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The true knowledge about God

You should not say that God is incapable of preaching the characteristics of God and that it shows only the ignorance about God. Most of the people are thinking God as imaginable item like awareness, all pervading energy, visible light, inert matter etc. Negating all these possibilities and establishing the true unimaginable nature of God itself is the perfect and complete knowledge of God. By realizing completely that God is unimaginable, you have attained the true knowledge of God. Nobody other than God can understand God (Brahamavit Brahmaiva….Veda).

Therefore, God is not ignorant Himself. The inability to understand God belongs to the limited scope of intelligence of human being and it is not due to incapable explanation of God. A blind man can never see any object, however much it may be explained. The defect lies with the blind man and not with the preacher. The intelligence of any human being cannot cross the spatial dimensions and can never imagine God, the generator of space, existing beyond space without spatial dimensions. The reason for not understanding God is also clearly explained by God. Therefore, God is the best preacher of the ultimate truth and the main purpose of human incarnation is only to preach the true spiritual knowledge, which alone can save any human being in the ultimate sense.

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post Jul 18, 2010, 05:56 PM
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The existence of God is realized by indirect knowledge only

The existence of any item is experienced in two ways. In the first way the existence is realized by direct perception. You realize the pot existing on the floor by looking it with your eyes. This is direct knowledge. In the second way the existence realized by indirect inference. You are inferring the existence of fire on the hill by seeing the smoke generated from the fire and surrounding the fire. This is indirect knowledge. In the case of unimaginable God, the existence of God is realized by indirect knowledge only. Observing the unimaginable events generated by God called as miracles, which mainly include the unimaginable knowledge, you are inferring the existence of unimaginable God in a specific human being. Veda says that only the existence of God is realized (Asteetyeea….).

Such realization is also due to inference only as said in the second Brahma Sutra. The knowledge of existence does not give the knowledge of any characteristic of the item. Even this knowledge of existence is only through unimaginable event, which shows the existence of unimaginable God. When you see the smoke coming from a far hill, you are inferring the existence of fire on it. Since you have seen the fire already, the word fire itself reveals all the known properties of fire. But in the case of unimaginable God, you have not seen God before and the inference gives only one property of God which is the unimaginable nature only. The word ‘unimaginable’ does not allow even a ray of imagination into it. Hence, God is totally unimaginable as recognized by the unimaginable works of God. Therefore, whenever you say that you have experienced God, it does not mean that you have known anything about God except the existence of God. Existence does not reveal any property of the item unless the item is already known. Thus, the inference also fails in the case of God because God is not known earlier like the fire inferred.


Difficulty in introuducing concept of unimaginable God directly


Therefore, it is very difficult to introduce the existence of unimaginable God directly under these circumstances. If such introduction is done, people will not believe it since God is unknown item from the beginning. This will easily mislead to nonexistence of God or atheism. To avoid this fundamental danger some medium should be selected to put the finger to show the existence of God. The medium should be such that God should be entering it. If the medium is clearly seen by the eyes, then, such medium cannot give the eternal nature of God because any medium seen by eyes is not eternal.

Keeping all this in mind, energy is selected as the best medium of God to introduce God. Energy is invisible to eyes and therefore we can say that God is also invisible to eyes. Energy is eternal compared to matter and therefore we can say that God is eternal. Energy generates, maintains and dissolves all the creation in to it. God also creates maintains and destroys the entire creation including the energy. Due to all this points, you should not conclude that energy itself is God.

The defects that can be shown to deny the energy is God are 1) Energy is not absolute eternal since energy is created maintained and dissolved by God. 2) Energy is inert but God is aware of every thing and every body. 3) Energy is imaginable item through direct knowledge and its existence as well as properties can be realized by direct perception through powerful microscopes. Energy is a number of waves traveling in a medium or even in vacuum. The nature of God is never perceived and even the inference does not give His nature. Moreover, in the beginning of this creation, even before the appearance of matter, energy existed, created by God and God entered into some energetic forms like Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Such mediated God is also called as father of heaven.

Even though the energetic form is inert, due to the existence of omniscient God in it, such form becomes alive and gets awareness. Due to all these merits, the energetic form is always the best for introduction of God. Therefore, Shankara has taken this cosmic energy, a formless lot, as the medium of God. Therefore, He declared God as formless and all-pervading since these two properties belong to the cosmic energy. The formless lot of inert energy is charged by the omniscient God and therefore this inert energy becomes energy of awareness. Taking all these inherent properties of the inert energy like eternality, all-pervading nature, ability to create, maintain and destroy the universe etc, along with the induced properties attained from the charged God like awareness, Shankara showed God as omniscient awareness having all the inherent properties of cosmic energy. You should not mistake this limited soul as God since it is neither all-pervading nor omniscient. All this exercise was done by Shankara to show the cosmic energy charged by God as the absolute God only to show God by putting the finger straight.


The absolute God is unimaginable

The absolute God is unimaginable and if you introduce Him in the pure original status, no body can understand anything about Him and even His existence may be doubted. To avoid this danger mediated God can be only introduced and the best medium is cosmic energy. Cosmic energy is not God because it is inert. The soul is not God because it is limited and not omniscient. You have to eliminate every medium by the defects and finally conclude that the absolute God is unimaginable to any soul except Himself as said in Veda(Brahamavit Brahamaiva..). This means that knower of God is God is alone. Gita says that no body other than God knows God (Mamtuveda nakaschana…).


There is no other way to show God directly except this indirect method


Shankara took formless total lot of cosmic energy as the medium of God. Ramanuja took the same cosmic energy in a limited human form called as Narayana as the medium of God. Madhva took the materialized energetic human form like Rama or Krishna as the medium of God. In all the three cases, the medium is only differing but the charging unimaginable God is one and the same. In no case, the actual unimaginable God is touched directly. There is no other way to show God directly except this indirect method of showing God through some imaginable or perceivable medium.

If you understand this, there is no difference between Shanakara, Ramanuja and Madhva. The difference is only in the media selected by them depending on the psychological nature of the then existing followers. At the time of Shankara, the public was full of atheism. They will not believe even in the existence of God and to introduce the human incarnation as God is beyond imagination. They believed only in the existence of this cosmic world.


If you take the world as God, which is seen by the eyes, the purpose of indicating God beyond this world will not be served. Therefore, Shankara selected the formless unseen cosmic energy as God, which is beyond the perceivable world and at the same time is a part of the world itself. The cosmic energy is the first manifestation as space, which is called as Shunyam. The word Shunyam does not mean nothing because even the space or vacuum is the most subtle form of cosmic energy and is something and not nothing. Buddhists took this vacuum as nothing and the vacuum is something called as Akasha. Even the vacuum is perceived by senses and cannot be the unimaginable God, who cannot be perceived by senses, mind and even intelligence.


God is not space and awareness


Therefore, the space or vacuum stands as representative model for God. 1) The space pervades all over the world. 2) The space generates, maintains and dissolves the materialized world. These two points stand for God also and hence space is the best model to indicate God. Space cannot be taken as God directly because space is perceivable by senses where as God is beyond senses and even imagination. Another point that negates space as God is that space is inert and God is having awareness.

By this, you should not take awareness as God because awareness cannot create, maintain and dissolve the realistic world. Awareness is also limited to living body and is not all pervading like God. Again, awareness can be the best model for God because awareness creates, maintains and dissolves the imaginary world like God creating, maintaining and dissolving the realistic world. All this careful analysis proves that either cosmic energy or awareness is not the actual unimaginable God. The cosmic energy and awareness indicate God by their merits and cannot stand as God by their defects.


Any item of creation are only indicators of God and not actual God


Any item of the creation can be taken as God by its merits and should be rejected as God by its defects and limitations. All the items of the creation are preaching the greatness of God by their merits. All these are indicators (Ativahikah…BrahmaSutra) of God and not the actual God. The Narayana of Ramanuja and Rama or Krishna of Madhva also are not actual God since they are not all pervading. The unimaginable God existing in those forms is the all pervading God. Again here, the unimaginable God becomes all pervading not by virtue of the all pervading property but by the virtue of unimaginable nature.

We say that God is all pervading since He is unimaginable and not since He is pervading all over the world as the space. We say the imaginable space is all pervading since it has the imaginable property of all pervading nature. In the case of God, He is unimaginable and His properties are also unimaginable. You should not say that God exists in space and hence becomes all pervading through the space. By this, you are making God as imaginable item and you are offering the logical explanation for His property. Actually, God is unimaginable and there is no logical explanation for His properties.


The cosmic energy standing as God satisfies the atheists

The psychology of the then existing public at the time of Shankara was satisfied by the medium selected by Shankara. The cosmic energy standing as God satisfies the atheists, who are the present scientists. The awareness standing as God satisfies the egoistic atheists since they are God by themselves and no body is greater than them. Some how, the atheists accepted the existence of God and this was the achievement of Shankara. In course of time, the ego got reduced and people started accepting the existence of God, who is different from them. The human form was introduced as energetic form and not as materialized human form since the ego was not completely reduced. Thus, the next advanced category was treated by Ramanuja. At last, the ego and jealousy got reduced to almost zero and hence Madhva introduced the materialized human form.

The ego and jealousy were not reduced to absolute zero and hence Madhva introduced the past human form of God. When the ego and jealousy are reduced to absolute zero, the contemporary human incarnation can be introduced. All these four concepts depend on the reduction of ego and jealousy. Even at the time of Shankara, there were few disciples, whose ego and jealousy were totally reduced to zero and hence they took Shankara as God in human form before their eyes. All types of people exist in all the times. Depending on the majority of public, we can draw the line of the sequence of time from Shankara to Madhva through Ramanuja.

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