Parvati was one such case. Even though her husband, Shankara Ji had offered his salutations to Shri Rama, she did not come to her senses. She said, “How can this be God? Let me test Him.” Look! She is going to test the powerhouse. Infinite Brahmas, Vishnus and Shankaras and their consorts are His servants, and she went to test Him and in the process herself got tested.
This word Vishnu occurs everywhere. In places it is said Rama is an incarnation of Vishnu. It occurs in the Adhyatma Ramayana too: tvam vishnujarnaki lakshmi, "You are Vishnu and Janaki Ji is Lakshmi." Again, jaya rama ramapati. This is said in various places. But this Vishnu is not the Vishnu of each universe. Each universe has one Brahma, one Vishnu and one Shankara. Since there are infinite universes, there are infinite Brahmas, Vishnus and Shankaras. Above them, is Mahavishnu and He is a partial manifestation of Rama: vishnurmahana sa iha . . . (Brahma Samhita) That is why when the colossal universal form was seen: bhina bhina pratiloka . . . Infinite distinct Brahmas, Vishnus, Shankaras and Manus belonging to the infinite universes were seen. When Rama was seen by the Vishnu of one universe, rama sameta rama pati mohe, He became enchanted. Lakshmi and her husband Vishnu were both enchanted.
Thus, the Vishnu of one universe is subordinate to Rama. He is Rama’s gunavatar. He, who is the Lord of infinite universes and the Master of Vaikuntha, that Mahavishnu is non-different from Rama. He is Rama's majestic form and He is four- armed. Brahma uses the word chatubhurja or four-armed to describe Him. bhavannarayano deva, “You are Narayana." This word Narayana can be misleading, because it is used for Vishnu, Mahavishnu and for Rama and Krishna. These words can be snares, which theoretical scholars cannot deal with. It is the Saints and great souls who know their true meaning.
Therefore, according to the Vedas, Rama is the absolute supreme personality, who is both Brahm and Bhagavan. He is God and His second form is Paramatma and His third is Brahm. All these three - Brahm, Paramatma and Bhagvan are one. These three have been divided into two in the Vedas: dve vava brahmano rupe murtam chaiva murtam cha. There is a God with form and qualities and one without form and qualities. There are just these two in the Vedas.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
18 August 1999
© Radha Govind Samiti
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