February 3, 2011 Comments Off on Non-dualism
The forms and aspects of God
disappear when one discriminates
in accordance with the Vedanta philosophy.
The ultimate conclusion of such discrimination is that Brahman alone is real
and this world of names and forms illusory. It is possible for a man
to see the forms of God, or to think of Him as a Person, only so long as
he is conscious that he is a devotee. From the standpoint of
discrimination this ‘ego of a devotee’ keeps him a little away from God.
Do you know why images of Krishna or Kāli are three and a half cubits
high? Because of distance. Again, on account of distance the sun
appears to be small. But if you go near it you will find the sun so big
that you won’t be able to comprehend it. Why have images of Krishna
and Kāli a dark-blue colour? That too is on account of distance, like
the water of a lake, which appears green, blue, or black from a
distance. Go near, take the water in the palm of your hand, and you
will find that it has no colour. The sky also appears blue from a
distance. Go near and you will see that it has no colour at all.
Therefore I say that in the light of Vedantic reasoning Brahman has no
attributes. The real nature of Brahman cannot be described. But so
long as your individuality is real, the world also is real, and equally
real are the different forms of God and the feeling that God is a
Yours is the path of bhakti.
That is very good; it is an easy path.
Who can fully know the infinite
God? and what need is there of knowing the Infinite?
Having attained this rare human birth,
my supreme need is to develop love for the Lotus
Feet of God.
If a jug of water is enough to remove my thirst,
why should I measure the quantity of water in a lake?
I become drunk on
even half a bottle of wine-
what is the use of my calculating the
quantity of liquor in the tavern?
What need is there of knowing the
The various states of mind of the Brahmajnani
(Knower of the supreme truth) are described in the Vedas.
The path of knowledge
is extremely difficult.
One cannot obtain jnāna (supreme knowledge) if
one has the least trace of worldliness
and the slightest attachment to
‘woman and gold’.
This is not the path for the Kaliyuga.
Tags: God, mind, Knowledge