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You the Brahman

india Updated: Jul 11, 2012 23:50 IST
Ravindra Kumar
Ravindra Kumar
Hindustan Times
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In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; everything made was made by the Word. There is nothing that was not made by the Word.

This is how Judaism/Christianity views the world.

The Vedas too says the same — everything is Brahman. This has been nicely explained in The Secret Doctrine by Madame H. P. Blavatsky, founder of Theosophical Society.

Water present everywhere in invisible atomic form is attribute-less Brahman, water converted in the form of steam is Brahman with attributes, steam converted into cloud is Brahma the creator, water present as drops in the cloud are individual souls, water pouring as rain is Karma that creates the universe, and water deposited as ice is solid material of the world.

Although it is a crude simile but it hints at the fact that everything is Brahman, including ourselves. Each one of us under special conditioning is Brahman reduced to an individual soul or jiva. All kinds of yoga and meditation techniques are designed to remove the conditioning and thereby bring the jiva back to original Brahman. And when this happens one says blissfully, “I’m Brahman,” “anal-haq,” or “I and my father are one.”

In Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, we find that Mahavatar Babaji, guru of Lahiri Mahasaya, materialised a golden palace studded with all real jewels instantaneously. This was to satisfy a hidden desire in the heart of Lahiri Mahasaya who wanted to experience the life in a rich palace. Lahiri was initiated in the palace and with this his hidden desire was also satisfied and all his karma being burnt in this way his chain of repeated birth and death was broken once for all.

The palace was also dematerialised instantaneously with its purpose being served. Babaji told his disciples that all material things have temporary existence like the palace they saw and hence they should detach from them.