Prema Rasa Siddhanta, 11

Some people question the concept of a personified descension of God because they believe that God is only an impersonal entity. But the scriptures clearly proclaim that God possesses contradictory qualities. The Vedas state, ajayamano bahudha vijayate, “He, the Supreme Being, is without a body, yet He has a form: He is unborn, yet He takes innumerable births.”

God has two aspects, Impersonal and Personal. Now the question is, if God possesses a form, how can He possibly pervade subtle things? Besides this, if He did have a form, He would have been seen in the world at one time or another. Actually, the soul is formless.

balagrashatabhagasya . . . kalpate (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 5.9)

chinmatram shri harer . . . vyayam (Vedas)

Just as a soul assumes a body, God assumes a form. The difference is that the individual soul being under the control of maya, assumes a material body and the body he acquires is in accordance with his past actions. On the other hand, God takes on a divinely blissful form according to His own free will through His power yogamaya, in order to shower divine bliss on individual souls. To raise the objection that if God had a form, He would surely have been visible to us sometime is naïve, because God’s form is divine whereas our vision is material. A divine form can never be perceived with material vision. It is only when an individual attains eligibility through the practice of devotion that he attains divine vision through God’s grace, whereupon he sees the divine form of God everywhere. The experience of Saints provides evidence of this truth . . .

 

An extract from:

Prema Rasa Siddhanta – Philosophy of Divine Love

Chapter Eleven – Impersonal, Personal God and The Secret of Descension, p. 281-2

Originally written in Hindi by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

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