The generation of awareness from God is also unimaginable

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The generation of awareness from God is also unimaginable

The awareness was generated by God and God got associated with it. You cannot apply the logic of cause and effect in the generation of awareness from God. The reason is that your logic is always limited to imaginable cause and its imaginable effect like mud and pot. Here, the absolute God is unimaginable and the generated awareness is imaginable. Therefore, you cannot apply the logic between two imaginable items to unimaginable God and imaginable awareness. Hence, the generation of awareness from God is also unimaginable. This generated awareness itself is again quite different from the ordinary awareness that exists in the world. The ordinary awareness is a work form of inert energy that exists in the nervous system.

That awareness generated from God is neither work form of inert energy (because the first creation itself was awareness) nor is it the special function of nervous system (since matter was not created, the nervous system did not exist). You cannot say that the divine awareness is unimaginable and hence itself is God. The background of that awareness is unimaginable and not the awareness itself. This divine awareness is as good as the ordinary awareness in essence. The only difference is that the background of this divine awareness is unimaginable due to the absence of its source (inert energy) and due to absence of the functioning nervous system.

This awareness was pervaded by God and becomes the first incarnation. This awareness supports the further created universe. You need not doubt that the first creation of the God was space or subtle inert energy (Atmana aakashaha..., Tat tejosrujata). The awareness created by God was essentially the inert energy itself. Therefore the Vedic statements are not contradictory. The conclusion of all this analysis is that neither you are God nor God is in you and you are also not in touch with God. You are only in touch with the mediated God and not with the absolute God. Therefore you are in need of the spiritual effort by which you can please God so that you will become a very close soul of His inner circle.

When a need comes to take human incarnation in the world, you have every chance to be selected by God for that purpose. In such case, you will be pervaded by God and you will be treated as the mediated God. During this time, you are becoming one with God for all practical purposes. If there is a need of your continuity as God forever as in the case of Lord Krishna, you will be one with God forever. Even after the destruction of your materialized body in this world, a similar energetic body may be created and God may continue in that energetic body forever as in the case of Lord Krishna in Goloka. Thus you have every chance of getting permanent monism (Advaita) with God.

But remember that you are God since you are treated as God as an electric wire is treated as electricity. This is only one angle of the view of the situation. In another angle, since electricity is always different from the wire, the concept of duality (Dvaita) is a simultaneous angle of perception of the same situation. A compromise between these two angles is Vishishtaadvaita, which says that though wire and electricity are two items; both can be treated as one since they are inseparable. Thus all these three concepts are the simultaneous views of the same reality.

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The unimaginable tends to be true. The imaginable turns out to be... imagination ;-).

Most folks live in a dream-world of their own making, in which they suffer their own self-created and self-imposed karmas and sufferings. A few would like to get out of that. For those few, awareness is their ticket.

Omkaradatta | Wed, 02/04/2009 - 03:39
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How can God be unimaginable?

If a student comes and asks the preacher “What is God?” and the preacher says, “God is Unimaginable”; then the student asks again “How God created this world?” and the preacher says, “The process of creation is unimaginable”; the student will think that the preacher does not know the answers for his questions and will leave the preacher. This is the practical problem in revealing the absolute truth. The preacher should say the answers in positive way and the answers should satisfy the logical faculty of the student. Now you should analyze the basis of such logical faculty of the student. The basis is the observation of this world containing all imaginable items only. Hence all his logic is based on the observation of the nature of imaginable items and the relationships between the imaginable items only. This means that the preacher should say that God is an imaginable item and the imaginable process of generation of the imaginable world from imaginable God is in imaginable way only. Every sentence of the preacher should be imaginable to the student and then only the student gets satisfied.

The introduction of the word “Unimaginable” by the preacher leads the student to think that the preacher is ignorant. Hence to satisfy the student and to solve this practical problem, the preacher has to make certain assumptions and should preach about God through hypothesis only and not through real theory.

The reality is that the unimaginable God created the world through unimaginable way.

But to satisfy the student the hypothesis introduced here is that God is pure awareness. Here the infinite ocean of pure awareness is an assumption created because there is no proof of such ocean of awareness anywhere because you can find only the infinite ocean of inert energy. The infinite ocean of awareness is created by the preacher and such ocean charged by God can be treated as God Himself like the live wire treated as current. Now the student is satisfied.

Similarly, the creation of world from God should be also done through the imaginable way answering all the objections through imaginable ways only. This makes again the creation of another assumption for the process of creating the world by God. The assumption here is that a second unimaginable item called as the power of God is created which is modified into the world. Since the power is negligible, the world is negligible and maintains the existence of single God or Brahman. It is like the dream of a person created by the modification of the mind and the mind is negligible compared to the materialistic person. In course of time to satisfy the logic of students, changes in the hypothesis are made by Ramanuja and Madhva who introduced the assumption of a separate material, which is modified as the world without any connection to God.

The hypothetical assumptions can be varied for the sake of preaching the truth to the students in order to satisfy their logic developed from the observation of the world containing only imaginable items. This does not mean that the theories are different.

There is only one real theory that both God and the link between God and world are unimaginable.

But the preaching requires complete elimination of the word unimaginable and the whole preaching should continue with the assumptions of imaginable items and imaginable relationships between those imaginable items only. In such case all the assumptions are not true at all in the absolute sense. In such case you need not misunderstand that the three Acharyas are differing from each other with different theories of truth. The same truth is explained in different ways with different created assumptions of hypothesis for the sake of understanding of various types of mentalities of the students which are always based on the constant observation of imaginable items only (Ekam Sat Viprah bahudha vadanti…..Veda).

The final truth is known to Anjaneya who did not like to preach the truth through assumptions and hence kept silent in preaching. He showed the essence of all the divine knowledge through action (Karma) only because Karma can only be real and fruitful. His recognition of contemporary human incarnation and practical service to Him is the essence of the message of Anjaneya. For those who cannot accept the human incarnation, Shankara preached the divine knowledge with several assumptions and the most powerful assumption is that the soul itself is God. Shankara preached atheists and this powerful assumption attracted them to come and at least here the subject. All the Acharayas followed this method of preaching by assumptions to various levels of students who are based on the logic of imaginable items only.

At Thy Lotus Feet His Holiness Sri Dattaswami

Anil Antony
Universal Spirituality for World Peace

dattaswami2 | Sat, 02/07/2009 - 12:13


unimaginable is not under control of human faculty of thinking as well as it may also be said beyond the mind.unimaginable is fully at the disposal of natural forces and under the mechanics of divinity.this is called MAYA.

NIDHI PARKASH | Tue, 08/11/2009 - 18:39