Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Essence of Divinity

Writing on his concept of God, Ashok Chopra, a columnist in Times of India says:

“I don’t look for Him and He doesn’t for me. I never found Him in any gurudwara, temple, church or mosque. But, I easily find him everyday in the music of a composer, in the voice of a singer, in the painting of a painter, in the writing of an author. He’s there in a monument, in a sculpture, in a piece of fashion garment, in a manuscript that lands on my desk for publication. I see Him in the innocent smile of that child standing half-naked with nose running in some far off village. I find Him in my friends who have taken me into their lives, their world, who are always there for me, who stand by me, who tolerate my various moods and eccentricities.
You can discover God by reconciling your different selves — the good, the bad and the ugly. Remember Graham Greene’s words: “...If there is a God who uses us and makes his saints out of such material as we are, the devil too may have his ambitions; he may dream of training even such a person as myself...” I guard and protect myself from being influenced by the teachings and preaching of any baba, any guru, any mata, any moral brigade on how to be pious. For me, God is there within; certainly not in the distance, but here and now. I don’t waste time in prayers or in meditation. The only prayer to me is my work. My meditation is not to hurt anyone. It helps me have a clear mind. It gives me a good night’s sleep. And I enjoy the fruits of work to the hilt.”

In a more profound way, the great Indian mystic Aurobindo, in his essays on “Divine and Human” says:

“Yoga is not a modern invention of the human mind, but our ancient and prehistoric possession. The Veda is our oldest extant human document and the Veda, from one point of view, is a great compilation of practical hints about Yoga. All religion is a flower of which Yoga is the root; all philosophy, poetry & the works of genius use it, consciously or unconsciously, as an instrument. We believe that God created the world by Yoga and by Yoga He will draw it into Himself again. Yoga is the birth and passing away of things (“Yogah prabhavapyayau”).
When Sri Krishna reveals to Arjuna the greatness of His creation and the manner in which He has built it out of His being by a reconciliation of logical opposites, he says “Behold my divine Yoga” (“Pasya me yogam aishwaram”). We usually attach a more limited sense to the word; when we use or hear it, we think of the details of Patanjali's system, of rhythmic breathing, of peculiar ways of sitting, of concentration of mind, of the trance of the adept. But these are merely details of particular systems. The systems are not the thing itself, any more than the water of an irrigation canal is the river Ganges. Yoga may be done without the least thought for the breathing, in any posture or no posture, without any insistence on concentration, in the full waking condition, while walking, working, eating, drinking, talking with others, in any occupation, in sleep, in dream, in states of unconsciousness, semiconsciousness, double-consciousness. It is no nostrum or system or fixed practice, but an eternal fact of process based on the very nature of the Universe.”

Yoga stands essentially on the fact that in this world we are everywhere one, yet divided; one yet divided in our being, one with yet divided from our fellow creatures of all kinds, one with yet divided from the infinite existence which we call God, Nature or Brahman.

Love to you all


  1. Somehow I feel this text on "The Essence of Divinity" is the Essence of what you have been referring to us all these days.
    When all our good actions bring us a good night's sleep, sometimes days of sleepless nights bring us close to the central principle of what is to be felt to feel our Being.
    This article means so much to me.

  2. Ram,
    Thank you for your feedback. I did miss your inputs but it has come on a very apprpriate topic.
    It is experiencing the divine at work rather than a mental exercise of deep philosophical probing. If all the knowledge we have can not lead us to a participative and inclusive action at the human level than I think we miserably fail in our lives.

  3. Dear TIB,

    I read your thought process on the seeking of 'God'. Nice collection of thoughts.

    It reminded me of what I wrote sometime back titled 'Radioactive Rants' in literary India and sulekha.

    Here are the links. Go thru and feedback.

    In the following link, I tried to extend it bit more.


  4. TBT,
    Thanks for the comment
    I read your article and your insight into linking Einstein's special theory of relativity to the spiritual concept of Paramatma & Jivatma is very apt. One input I would like to suggest is that the equation may be modified as below:

    Paramatma = -∞∫∞ Jeevatma * C↑2.
    (Integral over -∞ to +∞). This is because C↑2 is a limiting constant.

    But the important point you are making regarding the radiation decay, which in material manifestation is due to the weak nuclear force is very fitting.

    In the unified field theory of the spirit the only way to unite with the divine plenum is to radiate and decay into the everlasting energy field. This is beautifully captured in your article.

  5. Dear Tib,
    Thanks for your reply. While electricity is being used for many useful things, we cannot withstand the touch and feel of it with our direct perceptions.
    Same as feeling about God. We can not withstand through this physical body while coming in contact with HIM directly.
    Of course, like we feel the electricity through meters and gadgets, we also feel God in day to day life through the beings around us. But coming in direct contact with HIM is so powerful and could not withstand through this body.
    As you said in your reply, "If all the knowledge we have can not lead us to a participative and inclusive action at the human level than I think we miserably fail in our lives.", I feel even the participative work needs to be decided by Him. And nothing fails in HIS nature. I am daily experiencing that things happen only if it has to happen. All our planning through our intellects are only happening at his WILL. This trigger comes from the unmanifested if it has to be manifeted.

  6. I would like to add what TBT has mentioned in his thought process.
    When the mass becomes energy by the process of radiation, the energy transforms all the surrounding mass also to energy by the process of destroying it. eg.,the Hiroshima and Nagasaki incidents.
    Meaning, when we are even near to a radiating mass we starts radiating and becomes energy...the purpose of Satsung.

  7. Ram,
    Thanks for your valuable inputs.
    On the point that you make on the impossibility of human action wihout divine will, this is what is being told in the karma yoga of Bagavad Gita where the instruction is to do our work but focused on the divine. This really means we become, as St. Francis of Assisi calls, 'instruments in the hand of God'.
    The whole concept of Nishkamakarma is this detachment from the self when we are engaged in action.