God is called ajanma, eternally unborn. But still He appeared on this Earth. What was the reason for this? The cause for an embodied soul’s rebirth is the consequence of his actions. But when God doesn’t perform actions at all, then how did He take birth? Why is He called Nandakumara (the Son of Nanda), Dasharath kumara (the Son of Dasharath), Vasudev kumara (the Son of Vasudev), and so on? Is He the father of the eternal soul or is the soul His father? The Vedas say that each and every individual soul, from an ant to creator Brahma are all His children. But God says, “No, Nanda was My father.” This is very odd!
God is satya sankalp. The Katha Upanishad (2.3.3) and the Taittiriya Upanishad (2.8) say that even death itself is scared of God. He is that great a destroyer. With one single thought, God causes uncountable worlds to merge into His being. He doesn’t have to do anything. He just thinks. So He is also called satya sankalp. Yet, on the other hand, when Shri Krishna was attacked by Jarasandha in Braja, He was so scared He ran from Braja and kept on running until He crossed India’s border and finally came to live on an island called Dvarika. These activities of God are very difficult to understand.
God is divinely content, but in Braja He asks the souls for love. For example He performed the pastime of rasa with the gopis. These characteristics are completely opposite to each other. How is it possible for God to exhibit both of them? God embodies several completely opposite characteristics. But in His original form He is always ever existing, all-knowing, and ever blissful (sachchidananda). His actions may be contrary to His original nature, but He remains always established in His original nature.
God and God-realised Saints are beyond the reach of maya. They have no relationship with mayic or material subjects. Saints attain such a state that even maya cannot enter. They don’t have any desire or any need to perform action after reaching that state. They become fully satisfied. With nothing left to do for themselves whatever Saints do is only for the spiritual welfare of others. What could they do? In this regard, they are completely helpless. They have crossed the limits of maya and attained divine happiness. Now they only grace the souls. Similarly, whatever God does is only to grace the souls.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
22 September 2009
© Radha Govind Samiti
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