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God alone can preach about Himself
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2/23/2016 5:51:12 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
Excerpt from message of Shri Datta Swami)
The Veda says that the Lord alone knows about Himself (Brahmavit Brahmaiva). The Gita says that nobody other than the Lord can know the Lord. Some people misinterpret this Vedic statement as "He who knows Brahman becomes Brahman". But this interpretation contradicts the Gita because the Gita says that nobody other than the Brahman can know Brahman. The conclusion of this is that the Lord alone can preach about the Lord or Himself. Therefore from this point of view also the Lord has to come down in human form to preach about Himself. When the Lord preaches, He preaches the concept very clearly. Based on this knowledge, you will naturally conclude that the Preacher is the Lord Himself. This is inevitable with any human incarnation.
Now you cannot tolerate this because you misunderstand Him thinking that in His preaching He deliberately conluded that He is the Lord. You will think that He is the biggest cheater. You will be the happiest person if His divine knowledge concludes that you are the Lord in human form. Then you will praise such knowledge. The Advaita scholar solves this problem of your egoism and jealousy by saying that both he and you are the Lord. It is a compromise in the spiritual business. Unfortunately Lord Krishna did not know such norms of business. Throughout the Gita He repeatedly emphasized that He alone is the Lord in human form and He preached very clearly about the Lord. He did not say even once that Arjuna was Brahman like the present-day Advaita scholar. He asked Arjuna to salute to Him, to meditate upon Him and to serve Him (Manmanabhava"Gita). If Arjuna were Brahman, Brahman cannot salute to Brahman.
If you have any doubt about the preacher being the Lord, you can analyse His knowledge. First you must see whether He is quoting the scriptures as a support while introducing the concepts. Then you must apply the faculty of your analysis and see whether His interpretations are logical. When you are satisfied with His divine knowledge in all angles and if such knowledge indicates Him as the Lord you must accept Him. If you are unable to do this, you are covered by jealousy and egoism. Shankara says that the knowledge to identify Brahman (Brahma Jnana) should be heard only after purifying your mind from egoism and jealousy. Arjuna surrendered to Krishna by falling at His feet without any trace of egoism and jealousy.
Therefore Arjuna, the receiving medium, was very congenial for Krishna to say that He was the Lord. Except on this one occasion, Krishna never told anybody that He was the Lord. Throughout His life He behaved only as a human being and acted according to the role. This is the state of Advaita of Shankara in which the human being in the human incarnation identifies with the Lord. It is like the wire identifying with the electric current passing through it. Wherever you touch a live wire, you get a shock because the current and the wire are inseparable. When the Lord enters the human body, which is a composite of the three bodies, since all the three bodies are integrated, they are identified with the Lord. When the current is flowing in a wire, which is an alloy of three metals, each metal is charged and identified with the current. Similarly when the Lord enters the human being consisting of the Atman (causal body), the Jiva (subtle body) and Deha (external gross body)"all the three are identified with the Lord. Therefore the Jiva says that he is Ishwara (Lord).
When a deserving devotee like Arjuna was seen, Jesus also declared that He and His Father were one and the same. When Jesus saw a devotee who was slightly affected by jealousy and egoism, Jesus came down by one step saying that He was the Son of God. The word "Son" indicates that He is different from the God but the same spirit is present in both like the same blood in the father and the son. This means that He is different and smaller than God but at the same time has the same essence. It is like the relationship between the mighty ocean and the tiny water-drop. The father is the major component and the son is the minor component. They resemble each other qualitatively but differ quantitatively. This is the Vishishtha Advaita of Ramanuja. When Jesus met a devotee who was fully bacterialised [plagued] by jealousy and egoism, Jesus told him that He was a humble messenger of God. This is the Dvaita of Madhva. Therefore the human incarnation will declare its level based on the level of the receiver. Mohammad told His disciples that He is the messenger of the Lord. Thus there is a gradual degradation of spiritual obedience and the gradual growth of jealousy and egoism. Jesus stands as a transition bridge between the Advaita of Krishna and the Dvaita of Mohammad.
posted by: surya (disciple of swamiji)