Throughout the Vedas the subject of Rama has been represented. And the word ‘Rama’ has been explained. I had said before, ramante yoginati. There is another meaning: ra sabdo vishava vachano . . . Ra means “world” and ma means “lord or ruler”. Rama is the ruler of the entire world. There is no other ruler; everyone is ruled by Him. Everyone is controlled by Him. He is the ruler and controller. Rama does three things.
Brahma has said in the Valmiki Ramayana: karta sarvasya lokasya He has manifested infinite universes, and it is something no one else can do. He has not given this power even to His Saints, even though He has given them eternity, knowledge and bliss. (Chhandogya Upanishad 8.1.5. and 8.7.1). According to the Vedas, there are eight qualities of God and He gives them to His devotee, but retains the task of creation for Himself. jagada vyapara varjama. This is a Vedantic aphorism - God does the job of creation Himself. That is why the Vedas define Him as follows, "From whom the world emerges, by whom it is protected and in whom it merges." The person performing these three tasks is Brahm Rama. No one else does this. The Saints have divine bliss; divine love, but the job of creation is done by God alone: bhog matra samya lingacca (Brahma Sutra)
His personal bliss, the bliss of divine love, the ultimate bliss, divine bliss, indescribable bliss, infinite bliss, all this that is connected to Him is given to His Saints – the surrendered souls. But he does not give anyone the job of creation. That is why Brahma said, "Brahm Rama is He who was at the beginning of the world, during the middle and who will remain at the end; He and He alone." After the annihilation of infinite universes, only God remains; alone.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
18 August 1999
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