God incarnates in the human form for the sake of humanity

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God incarnates in the human form for the sake of humanity

God incarnates in the human form for the sake of humanity (Manushim tanu maashritam… Gita). To catch God existing in that specific human form is the essence of all the spiritual effort (sadhana). Since the absolute God is unimaginable, the only way to catch such God is catching that specific human form in which the unimaginable God is existing. There is no other alternative way than this. Running after the energetic form of God is also meaningless since such form is irrelevant and such form is also not the actual God. It is as good as the human form of God. Since God pervades all over the specific human form, that specific human being can be treated as God for all practical purposes. Since you receive the shock by touching any spot of the electrified wire, you can treat the entire wire internally as well as externally as the current itself.

Similarly God pervades all over the human form (present human incarnation) internally and externally, the entire human form is treated as God. The word Atman indicates the pervasion of God all over the human form to impress you that you need not hesitate to treat such human form as God in total sense. You can treat not only the soul but also the body of such human form as God. Gopikas treated Krishna in this way since they were sages, who were the scholars of the word Atman.

Atmajanam the right preaching-God is the current human incarnation

Shankara preached Atmajnanam to His disciples in the sense that they should identify Him as the human form of the God. The word Atman means an individual human being. But, the disciples took the word Atman in the sense of themselves and thought that they were the human forms of the God. Thus, they thought that Atmajnanam means the analysis of themselves. When Shankara told “I am God” (Aham Brahmaasmi), the disciples took the word ‘I’ applying to each individual self and thought that each one of them was God. When Shankara told “you are God” (tat tvam asi), it means that every disciple is expected to become God shortly. Here, the verb in the present tense does not mean the actual present time but means immediate future as per Sanskrit grammar. But, the disciple took the verb in the present tense only and thought that he is already God. Shankara told “this human being is God” (Ayam Atmaa Brahma). Shankara means that a specific human being like Himself or Krishna is God. But, the disciple took this to mean that every human being is God.

Human incarnation alone is God not all

Shankara told “awareness is God” (Prajnanam Brahma). It means that God always incarnates as a living human being and never as an inert object. This means that awareness is always associated with the incarnation of God. In such case, you can call the bearer by the possessed item, as you call the bearer of the apples by the word ‘apples’. But, the disciples took this as the possessed item itself to be the bearer. In such case, the bearer of the apple is the apple itself and therefore, God is awareness itself. Even if you take the word prajnanam to mean only simple general awareness, your interpretation is not fitting here.

Infact, the word prajnanam does not mean general awareness even in the normal usage. It means only the special divine knowledge that is associated with God in human form only. Therefore, the disciple misunderstood here also and took himself as God since he is associated with normal awareness just like any other living being. Hence, the disciples took that each one of themselves is God like Shankara.

One day Shankara swallowed the wine. The desciples also swallowed the wine thinking themselves as God like Shankara. Next day, Shankara swallowed the molten lead. But, the disciples went back to swallow that. Then Shankara preached them that He alone is God (Shivaha kevaloham). The word ‘kevala’ denotes that Shankara alone is God and not everybody. Then, the disciples realized the true knowledge and surrendered to Him by falling on His feet (Bhava Shankara deshika me sharanam). Every advaita philosopher should realize this truth from the practical incident performed by Shankara. One should know that practical knowledge is more valid than theoretical knowledge, which can be easily misunderstood. The misunderstood theory is always rectified by practical demonstration.

robert's picture

Aren't you tired of

Aren't you tired of generating these pseudo-religious endless texts?

You are completely out of tune. God has no special value for humanity more than for the community of ants upon earth.

robert | Sun, 04/03/2011 - 07:50
dattaswami2's picture

God comes in human form to grant fortunes of seeing Him

God comes in human form to grant fortunes of seeing Him

The real form of God is unimaginable as said in the Vedas and there is no question of seeing or talking or touching the God. The Gita also says that nobody can know God (Maamtu Veda Na Kashchana). Such unimaginable God cannot be said to have a form and cannot even be said to be formless. The Creator is beyond the creation, which is a four-dimensional network of space and time made up of with matter and energy. The creation contains both formless items like space, energy and air and also items with form like water, earth etc.

If you say that God has form or that He is formless, then God becomes a part of the creation and not beyond the creation. The Veda says that no item in the creation including the pure awareness or life energy is God (Neti Neti…). But there are real devotees who have real love towards God and want to see, touch, talk with and live with God for no selfish advantage, either in this world or in the upper world. God, who has infinite kindness and infinite love, cannot reject such real love.
God is omnipotent and can satisfy the desire of such real devotees and the real devotees are crying for the fortune of His vision, touch, conversation and living with God. God is capable and the devotees deserve. Nobody can put his finger between these two. To satisfy the real devotees, God comes in human form and all these four fortunes are blessed upon the real devotees.

If God comes in the form of space or energy, which is formless or He comes in the form of statues, He cannot grant these fortunes. He can talk, touch and live with the devotees only when He comes in the human form. Only the human body can do such things as per the laws of nature. Nature is His creation and the laws of nature are the rules of His own administration. He will not violate these rules except in the case of inevitable emergency. Why should He use His special power (Maya) and talk, touch, or live with you in the form of space, energy or statues? When the purpose is served through the normal routine [following the laws of nature], why are you so rigid in insisting on an abnormal way?
At Thy Lotus Feet His Holiness Sri Dattaswami

Anil Antony
Universal Spirituality for World Peace

dattaswami2 | Sun, 04/03/2011 - 16:21