The Spiritual Path of This Age
Brahman is indefinable, incomprehensible, formless and without attributes (form and qualities), so say the Vedas and Upanishads. So it is termed as Nirguna Brahman, the Formless God. Nirguna Brahman is like a blank screen because it is beyond all sense perceptions. Brahman is Consciousness (Pragyanam Brahm). Praying to Nirguna Brahman or Formless God is like praying to a blank screen so a great Mahatma like Sri Krishna says that such a path is difficult and almost a futile exercise. The Nirguna Brahman manifests as Saguna Brahman (God with Attributes) in the form of Adi Guru or the Manu, who initiates the process of creation, i.e. the solar system, in association with the Saptarshis, the seven planetary spirits. So Manu is the First Born of God, the Father in Heaven or the Allah. He is the Prajapati, the Purusha or Hiranyagarbha of the Vedas. The Upanishads call Him as Brahman or Atman. So who is the God of our world (the solar system)? It is the Manu, the Adi Guru or the Adam (in Christian theology) who is the manifest Brahman. But neither the Hindus nor the Christians realize who is the Manu or the Adam. The word Adam has come from the Sanskrit root Adi (the beginning), says the Russian mystic Blavatsky, the founder of Theosophical Society. Fourteen such Manus appear in an episode of creation called Kalpas. That means that many solar systems are created during a Kalpa. The scientists are discovering more and more solar systems,beyond ours. The Indian rishis have discovered this perfect cosmic science long long ago. They have mentioned that this is the age of the seventh Manu in this Kalpa. The cosmic time of a Manu consists of billions of years. After seven more such Manu ages, the universe will meet with a Pralaya, dissolution. Again another episode of creation begins. In this process of spiritual evolution, the spiritual medium is only the enlightened spiritual masters, who appear from time to time. Mankind has to follow such spiritual masters for spiritual guidance in this Kaliyuga, the age of highest spiritual enlightenment. This is the true nature of Sanatana Dharma, which differs from the concept of popular Trimurti system or ritualistic Hinduism. In ritualistic Hinduism, everything is tied to the trimurtis and devi-devas, the celestial powers in the heavenly abode,in order to nurture the temple system and the supremacy of the priest class. In Kali yuga people have to follow the enlightened spiritual masters and the ashram way of life for mukthi or liberation. The Vaidikas termed Kaliyuga as a ruinous age, because in Kali Yuga, the devi-deva and angel worship will lose its relevance and instead of priests and padiris and mullahs the spiritual guidance will be through a most enlightened Spiritual Master of this age. And remember, every spiritual master has a limited spiritual duration in the long course of cosmic ages, so the concept of a final prophet or of a religion as the only way towards God is irrational and against Sanatana Dharma, the eternal spiritual order.