God is both personal and impersonal. In His personal form He is Krishna, and in His impersonal form He is Pure Consciousness that pervades everything. God is Love and His Love is freely available to everyone who sincerely desires it.
God is gentle as a fragrant breeze that cools but never disturbs. He is a constant and steady friend that never fails. He is unconditionally loving and accepting of all. He is all powerful but never uses His power to control.
In the minds of most people God is a vague and misunderstood concept. Many worship God out of fear of his wrath, vengence or eternal hell. Many believe God is responsible for misery and pain. They blame him for disasters and insurance companies will often exclude paying for damages caused by "acts of God." Many people simply are agnostic - they do not really know or care if God exists or not. Some are even atheistic - they do not believe that God even exists!
This sad state of affairs has arisen out of misinformation and need not be the case. God can be both understood and effectively communicated with. However, it is necessary to delve deeply into what and who is God. We will take an unemotional, non-religious perspective based on the mechanics of existence and soon will properly understand the true nature of God.
Be aware that there is an influence that always arises whenever anyone begins to study the true nature of God, and that influence trys to arrest the study. For centuries, anyone who would speak of God in terms other than what are dictated by this or that religion, would be persecuted or even killed as a heretic. Even the recent jiva avatar Jesus, was killed by religious leaders for making statements about the true nature of God. Wars have been fought to "convert" others to this or that religion. People have been executed because they voiced opinions against this or that religion. It is common that you might feel somehow threatened by the notion to "study" God.
If you are feeling these reservations about the study of the true nature of God, it is because of the true nature of the impersonal aspect of God, which you will soon discover, so do not be concerned.
God is at once both personal and impersonal. What many people understand as God is the impersonal aspect so let us begin with that.
The impersonal aspect of God can be viewed from two perspectives:
- Omnipotent and omnipresent God - the pure consciousness aspect of God. The pure consciousness aspect of God pervades everything and is the source, course and goal of all existence. It is like the water in the ocean in which all the fish swim. The pure consciousness aspect of God is the foundation for the other impersonal aspect of God and the personal aspect of God. See the article on consciousness for more information about this aspect of God.
- Almighty Father - the God that one might pray to. This aspect of God mechanically arises whenever two or more people come together for any common objective. This is called an indra and is a deva that arises out of the phenomenon of collective consciousness. There is no functional difference between the God of a religion, the God of a country, the God of a business, or the God of a family - all are indras that have arisen out of the common objective of two or more individuals.
Whenever two or more individuals work together for a common objective an indra forms on a subtle plane to assist them in their endeavor. There are six planes of existence for human beings and we have a body that functions on each plane. These planes and the corresponding body are:
- physical - anamaya kosha
- etheric - pranamaya kosha
- astral - this is the emotional plane that is divided into two subplanes. On the grosser subplane the pranamaya kosha functions and on the more subtle subplane the manomaya kosha functions
- mental - manomaya kosha
- intellectual - vjñanamaya kosha
- causal - ânandamaya kosha
The indras that emerge from the collective consciousness of two or more human beings take up residence on the upper astral and lower mental planes, depending on the objective of the group. If the objective is fundamentally emotional the indra will reside on the upper astral plane. If the objective is fundamentally mental the indra will reside on the lower mental plane.
In the realm of nature, every physical human body has an indra formed from the collective consciousness of all the cells and organs of the body. This indra resides on the etheric plane as does the indra of a dog or an ant hill, a bee hive, or a tree.
A close relationship between an average human being and one in Brahman Consciousness will form an indra on the upper mental plane where the suras reside. This indra will set in the court of the king of the suras, Indra, and from there engender support from that level for the objective of the master and disciple, which is to raise the disciple to the level of Brahman Consciousness.
When the object for a group of two or more human beings is to worship God, a religious god is formed. Every religion has an indra that answers the prayers of the members. The indra of a religion gains its power to answer prayers by the devotion of its members. When an individual joins a religion a two-way connection on the higher astral plane is made between the person's manomaya kosha and the indra of the religion. See the article on religious gods for more information.
Whenever a group forms an indra emerges. The objective of the group can be anything from a criminal act, to starting a family, a business, a nation, or a church. The longer the group is in existence and the larger the membership and the more devoted the members to the group objective, the greater the power of the indra. The energy that a member deposits remains after the member drops the physical body so the energy of the indra may accumulate over many generations. The one who is the leader of the group has the greatest ability to direct the power of the indra to accomplish the objective of the group, whatever it is.
In general, people think of God as the head of a religion. However, it is common for a person to have a connection with several gods, only one of which may be a religious god. For example, people generally have a connection with the god of their nation, the god of their church, the god of their employer, the god of their family, the god of their bowling team, and so on. When a person prays to God, his or her gods will hear the prayer and respond according to the amount of psychic energy contribution the person has made to each god, and according to the relevancy of the prayer to the each god's realm of operation.
Gods are living beings and as such naturally cling to their lives. They are the collective pool of their worshiper's thoughs, dreams, aspirations, fears, good qualities and vices. As such each god has a distinct pseudo-personality and may be perceived by the worshipers as vengeful, kind, generous, angry, or any number of qualities that dominate the collective consciousness of the members. Every god is jealous because jealousy is a fundamental quality of almost every human being.
Thus, the gods guard their energy and membership. Because of the psychic connection between the gods and their members, the gods can influence the members to think and act in certain ways to protect themselves and their god. Wars are often the result of rivalry between the gods of two different collective consciousnesses in the form of nations.
The astral and celestial realms are populated with vast numbers of these indras who perform a most valuable service to mankind. They serve to provide a buffer between the individual and his or her karma. They even out the roughness caused by billions of individuals acting individually and out of harmony with each other and with nature.
Because you are still reading this article, you probably have an interest in God and desire to establish a meaningful relationship with a divine father figure that can guide and help you through life. You may feel somewhat disillusioned about God, at least about the impersonal aspect of God which is either pure consciousness or an indra of limited intelligence and ability.
However, God is also very personal and a very real being that is totally different from the impersonal aspect but completely dependent on it. In order for God to manifest this personal aspect He must work through a human being. When a human being achieves Brahman Consciousness, that person is the personal aspect of God. Every human being in Brahman Consciousness is the same personal aspect of God, but in a different package.
Light of The Grace
The Light of Thy Grace shines upon me.
The love of Thy Being fills my heart.
Thy Grace vibrates around me.
In Thee I rest
In Thee I dwell.
In Thee I am.
Thou art the Whole of my being.
Thou art the very Soul of my Being.
In Thee all beings dwell.
Thou art the being of all.
I am Thine instrument
I know I am Thine instrument.
I am glad to feel that I am
And I am glad to say:
"Thou usest me".
I need not say:
Mine whole is Thine.
Thou continue to use me
From Love and God by
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
S'rî Vyuha offers the knowledge and experience to enter the path to Brahman Consciousness for all who will avail themselves of it.