ब्रह्मन् is what the Arya know:
There is only one God, but Brahman (ब्रह्मन् – Sanskrit) or God (English) or Allah (Arabic) or Yahweh(Hebrew) has many names and infinite forms.
Brahman created not just all humanity, but all living beings and the magnificent and splendid wonder of Nature.
Brahman exists in each atom of Brahman’s creation.
In fact read all the Principal Upanishads if you can find the time.
If you dont have so much time, then at least read my page on the Sanathan Dharma.
Then you will understand the grand pronouncement of the Arya Dharma the way of life that existed in Bharat 6000 years ago before Buddha, Jesus and the Prophet Mohammed were even born and the Jews were still slaves in Egypt.
This fundamental saying has many variations:
To the so called “religious”, God “fearing” and “conservative” people who are ignorant of the true meaning of their religion and have “belief” instead of faith in God, this may sound like blasphemy.
The Yoga Vasistha says:
Consciousness is Brahman,
the world is Brahman,
all the elements are Brahman,
I am Brahman, my enemy is Brahman,
my friends and relatives are Brahman,
Brahman is the three periods of time,
for all these are rooted in Brahman.
“The Kingdom of God does not comes in such a way as to be seen. No one will say, “Look, here it is!’ or, “There it is’;
because the Kingdom of God is within you.”
It also says in the Bible:
“For all things were created by Him and all things exist through Him and for Him”.
“There is one God and Father of all Mankind, who is Lord of all, works though all, and is in all.
“Every scripture and every prophet from the first have said the same thing; that we are created by a wise and loving Creator, and the special purpose of our existence is to endeavour to work our way back to Him.
Our objective in life is to regain union with God.”
There is another famous Sufi saying:
Oh my God, Oh God, is hidden inside You.
Sankara was a master of the Vedanta.
Here is a beautiful song he wrote when he was only 8 years old.
Nirvana Shatakam (with lyrics Smitha Rao Bellur)
Shakti is the mother of all creation.
The Gods of the Vedas have their own powers.
Together they form ब्रह्मन् Brahman.
The Kena Upanishad says:
Brahman is the unknown (beyond comprehension) to a person of true knowledge and understanding,
it is known only to the ignorant.
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says:
There are three kinds of devotees: superior, mediocre, and inferior.
The inferior devotee says, ‘God is out there.’ According to him God is different from His creation.
The mediocre devotee says: ‘God is the Antaryami, the Inner Guide. God dwells in everyone’s heart.’ The mediocre devotee sees God in the heart.
But the superior devotee sees that God alone has become everything; He alone has become the twenty-four cosmic principles.
He finds that everything, above and below, is filled with God!
God never becomes man.
But man must work his way to become God.
Every person has the capability to do this.
But probably only one in two billion, born in a millennium, have not only the past accumulated good Karma, but also the faith, perseverance, and devotion to follow Dharma above all costs even in their present life.
That is why there are a only a handful of people who become Gods, and that too only after a millennium or two.
Do not understand the scriptures from middlemen.
Read and understand the scriptures yourself with an unconditioned mind, not distorted with words and thoughts put into your mind by middlemen.
Ultimately once you realise Brahman, you do not even need the scriptures.
The Gita says :
The Vedas have as much use as a pond in a flooded area to those who are enlightened and realise Brahman.
Explained below in simple terms:
Once the oceanic flood of the realisation of Brahman comes and sweeps you away, what need is there for the pond of the scriptures, when you have the whole oceanic flood of the presence of Brahman drench every pore of your being.
This applies not just to the Vedas, but to scriptures in all religions.
All scriptures are based on detailed rules for Identity and Morality.
These rules for Identity and Morality are just the shell of the coconut.
It is just to protect the fruit inside.
Without the shell, the fruit would never have ripened and would have rotted away.
However once you have the fruit of the coconut, the coconut shell should be discarded since it serves no purpose to you any more.
But the shell has served its purpose, it has protected the fruit for you.
And you have enjoyed the delightful taste of the coconut.
As Jiddu said:
The understanding of what you are, whatever it be – ugly or beautiful, wicked or mischievous – the understanding of what you are, without distortion, is the beginning of virtue.
Virtue is essential, for it gives freedom.
J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life
Just like you extract gold from mud, filter and drop away all the mud of the rituals, prayers, chants, pilgrimages, sacrifices and other such veils and masks.
What is the actual essence of only the GOLD extracted out of all scriptures of all religions?
Always abide by Dharma and constantly offer SEVA (selfless service), not just to Brahman, but all of Brahman’s creation.
Unless you find this GOLD and hold it most dear to you and use it in every breath of your life, all the mud you have gathered is just mud to be washed away and discarded if you cannot find the gold in it.
Finally it is the GOLD that is important and is a priceless store of value for generations and can be handed down for generations.
All religions finally have one underlying concept:
God exists in everything living and natural.
Everything exists only for God and will finally return to and unite only with God.
To bring out your true Godlike divine nature you should return to and become one with and unite with God.
You cannot bring out your Godlike nature by traveling round the world on pilgrimages, or by praying and chanting many times a day.
You can only bring out your divine nature which is Gods true presence in you by the sincere and sustained practice of ध्यान (Dhyan).
Only those who practice and follow ध्यान (Dhyan) will reach ब्रह्मन् (Brahman).
Every religion has ध्यान as the way to truly return to God.
What use does ब्रह्मन् really have for material riches and material offerings like gold coins, gold crowns, blood of poor innocent sentient animals and temples with marble floors and mosques with gold roofs?
ब्रह्मन् has much more use for the real gold.
Can you say you will only love and respect a person, but wont love or respect his home and family?
In fact, can you truly love and respect a person if you dont love and respect his home and family which he holds most dear to him, perhaps more than himself?
Then how can you say you will only worship Brahman, but not Brahman’s creation?
How can you only worship ब्रह्मन्, but ignore and even abuse ब्रह्मन् creation?
That is not really worship is it?
You cannot just worship Brahman, you have to worship Brahman’s creation also.
Worship of Brahman’s creation is true worship of Brahman.
True worship of ब्रह्मन्(Brahman) means SEVA to Nature and SEVA to Brahma Dana.
Even an atheist who is sincerely offering SEVA to Nature and the Brahma Dana is a much more dear and a true worshiper of Brahman, than so called “religious” and God “fearing” people who only chant “prayers” and perform “rituals” and “sacrifices”.
Helping hands are much more useful to ब्रह्मन्, than so called “Holy Thoughts”, fluttering lips and blood and death of innocent sentient beings.
In the Prasthanatrayi (The Upanishads , Bhagavad Gita and the Brahmasutra), and in the Yoga Vasistha and other scriptures of the Sanathan Dharma they try to arrive between the nature of ब्रह्मन् and Man.
Man removing Avidya (Ignorance) and removing Maya (Illusion of material comfort as happiness) is the pure Atma (Consciousness) which is the same as ब्रह्मन् which leads to the grand pronouncement of the Arya Dharma.
You are Brahman.
ब्रह्मन् (Brahman) is beyond comprehension.
ब्रह्मन् is beyond description.
But the amazing thing is that ब्रह्मन् can be felt, touched, heard and seen in everything you describe as living and natural.
One must not be overwhelmed or afraid of ब्रह्मन्, but one must appreciate and love ब्रह्मन्.
ब्रह्मन् (Brahman) is the only thing that is real.
ब्रह्मन् is constant and unchanging.
ब्रह्मन् (Brahman) is both the Supreme Being and the Non Being.
Everything else in the world is an illusion since it is forever changing and impermanent.
ब्रह्मन् is the Absolute Reality.
ब्रह्मन् (Brahman) has infinite power:
Chit (Consciousness) and Achit (Matter).
In Chit form, it comprises of three factors:
Knowledge (Jnana), Free Will (Iccha), and Action (Kriya).
In Achit form, it consists of the Pancha Boota (five elements):
Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether or Space.
The whole multiverse resides in ब्रह्मन्, but ब्रह्मन् is beyond the multiverse and does not exist for it.
However even though I said ब्रह्मन् (Brahman) is constant and unchanging, ब्रह्मन् (Brahman) is forever expanding.
ब्रह्मन् expands in two forms:
- Saguna, with attributes that can be seen in matter and in the universe and in the Personal God or Ishta Devata
- Nirguna, without attributes and cannot be seen, but only felt by enlightened perception and practice of ध्यान (Dhyan) to achieve unity of one’s Atman (Consciousness) with Brahman.
ब्रह्मन् is not just a He, but also a She.
Actually ब्रह्मन् is not just a he or she, but an omnipotent force and being.
ब्रह्मन् very hard for us to comprehend, so it is better that we understand ब्रह्मन् in its supreme form – beyond creation, beyond time, beyond gender, beyond human emotion, beyond human comprehension and description.
ब्रह्मन् always existed and was never born and will never die.
ब्रह्मन् is the conqueror of the multiverse and infinite universes, conqueror of life and death, conqueror of time, conqueror of demonic qualities.
ब्रह्मन् is compassionate, completely unselfish, calm and unbewildered.
ब्रह्मन् is the ultimate embodiment of समत्वम् (Samathvam).
Brahman does not love or hate. ब्रह्मन् does not seek revenge.
ब्रह्मन् is beyond definition, beyond comprehension.
Do not insult Brahman by attributing petty human emotions like hate, anger and revenge to ब्रह्मन्.
ब्रह्मन् is supremely trusting but constantly verifying, non judgmental, and the creator and enforcer of the supreme and absolutely perfect law of Rtam.
The Rtam created by Brahman is absolute, constant and unchanging.
The Rtam is binding even upon the highest of Gods.
Remember you are responsible for your Karma.
If you have bad Karma, you have to start all over again with that wrangled mess of clay.
Hence I say:
Destiny is what you make of it, but your Karma is your potter’s mould and Brahman dispassionately turns the wheel of the Rtam.
Like all great teachers, ब्रह्मन् is the creator of both virtue and vice to test us.
ब्रह्मन् has given us the scriptures to differentiate between virtue and vice.
Even if we dont know any scriptures, ब्रह्मन् still resides in us as our Atma.
Our Atma constantly guides us even when we are a two year old child.
ब्रह्मन् has given us the Rtam to test and judge us.
The path to ब्रह्मन् cannot be found by going to the temple, church or mosque every day or memorizing the scriptures.
The path to ब्रह्मन् can only be found by always going to the greatest temple where Brahman always resides even after you are forced to discard your body:
Your own Atma (consciousness).
ब्रह्मन् is not something to be understood by prayers and reciting scriptures, bowing before Idols, giving blood of innocent animals, and chanting mantras and going on Pilgrimages.
The ways to understand and realise ब्रह्मन्:
- Dhyana (Raja) Yoga – the highest of all yogas – to become a person balanced in all actions and thoughts.
One who has achieved समत्वम्ं Samathvam (equanimity).
- Bhakti Yoga (Way of Devotion) – a person whose whole life is dedicated to true worship of God by love and devotion and without any expectation of reward, or fear of retribution.
Bhakti must be succeeded by Jnana because devotion without knowledge is a waste of time.
- Jnana Yoga (Way of Knowledge) – a person who has forever seeking to find true knowledge of God.
Jnana must be preceded by Bhakti because there cannot be knowledge without devotion.
- Karma Yoga (Way of Action) – a person who performs all his actions and works in the service and dedication to God by SEVA (Selfless Service).
Ramakrisha Parmahansa said:
“There is God in all men, but all men are not God”.
There is nothing wrong with the Sanathan Dharma.
Its worst abusers are the ones who say they believe in only “their” God, call themselves God fearing, religious, conservative “Hindus” and insist their way is the only way to ब्रह्मन्.
There is nothing wrong with Islam.
Its worst abusers are those who say they believe in only “their” God, call themselves God fearing, religious, conservative “Muslims” and insist their way is the only way to ब्रह्मन्.
There is nothing wrong with Christianity.
Its worst abusers are those who say they believe in only “their” God, call themselves God fearing, religious, conservative “Christians” and insist that their way is the only way to ब्रह्मन्.
The truly enlightened realise that ब्रह्मन् exists in all things living and natural.
The sun shines for all the people of the earth, not just the “Hindus” or “Muslims” or “Christians”.
The rivers and lakes and oceans provide water to all the people of the earth, not just to a particular religious group.
One cannot have “belief” in only their God (Brahman (ब्रह्मन् ).
The path to ब्रह्मन् is like the flight of a bird.
Every follower has to make their own flight path, they should not blindly follow what someone tells them to do.
In fact the truly enlightened know there is no external path to ब्रह्मन्.
ब्रह्मन् has already found the way to their Atma.
It is for them to clear the path to their Atma so that they can merge with Brahman.
One must have FAITH in All, which is true FAITH in ब्रह्मन्.
Here are the definitions of Belief and Faith according to Alan Watts:
BELIEF – Acceptance of the truth only if it happens as you wish.
FAITH – Acceptance of the truth even if it does not happen according to your wishes.
Swami Vivekanand said:
“The Vedanta teaches men to have faith in themselves first. As certain religions of the world say that a man who does not believe in a Personal God outside of himself is an atheist, so the Vedanta says, a man who does not believe in himself is an atheist.
Not believing in the glory of our own soul is what the Vedanta calls atheism.
He is an atheist who does not believe in himself.
The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself. But it is not selfish faith, because the Vedanta, again, is the doctrine of Oneness.
It means faith in all, because you are all.”
I do not believe in a God or religion which cannot wipe the widow’s tears or bring a piece of bread to the orphan’s mouth.
However sublime be the theories, however well – spun may be the philosophy – I do not call it religion so long as it is confined to books and dogmas.
The eye is in the forehead and not in the back.
Move onward and carry into practice that which you are very proud to call your religion, and God bless you!
One must be always be God loving, never God fearing.
Those who fear God are the biggest slaves and sinners.
They are Anarya.
We must learn to love always love ब्रह्मन् , not fear ब्रह्मन् (Brahman).
When we do things out of fear, we will stop doing those things once we get over our fear.
But when we do things out of love, we will always do those things because we cannot stop loving, especially loving God.
Those who do things out of fear of God’s punishment are the biggest slaves.
Those who thank Allah(God/Brahman) for what they have been given and ask for nothing more are the best worshippers.
We must only love ब्रह्मन्.
The religious are those who have “belief” that there is only one way to “their” God.
It is better to be spiritual than “religious”.
The “religious” always try to “follow” morals, the spiritual are always moral.
There is no “following” of morals, you are either moral or not.
Light does not follow anything, it just dispels darkness all around it.
If light tried to follow something, then there would only be darkness.
The spiritual realise that the paths to Brahman are like the flow of rivers into the ocean.
The waters from this ocean then merge and evaporate and give us rain all over the world.
Waters from the rivers in Bharat may end up raining in Arabia and waters from the oceans in Arabia may end up raining in Bharat.
The “religious” are people who fear going to hell and only wish to go to heaven.
They foolishly believe that an afterlife that they have no control over and have never seen, is better than the life they are currently live and see and have full control over.
The spiritual are the people who have faith in God and realised there is no need for heaven or of looking for God in heaven or outside when God is right within them.
The “religious” are people who look for God everywhere except for looking within themselves.
The spiritual are people who realise the best way to worship God is to bring God into them by always practicing the Dharma in every action of theirs.
They dont put any importance to open displays of worship.
The “religious” say that God is their witness and they are doing things in Gods name.
The spiritual say that they are the witness and God is doing everything through their name.
They can only be witnesses, God does everything through them by coming into them and becoming their Godlike nature.
The spiritual are those who value Dharma and Brahman for its own intrinsic value and continuously search for the meaning of life and Truth (Brahman).
The “religious” are people who “believe” in Brahman only for what it will gain them and for their petty self interest.
The “religious” are only interested in asking Brahman for things they do not necessarily deserve or are not willing to work for.
The spiritual are those that realise that their relation to Brahman is not that of a servant and a master.
Their relation to Brahman is like that of a two year old child to its parents.
Like two year old children, the spiritual blissfully go about playing the game of life in the firm faith that Brahman will pick them up when they fall.
As Sadhguru said:
Religions exist only because people don’t experience the Creator within them. Otherwise, who would believe God is sitting in heaven?
Being on the spiritual path does not mean trying to get closer to the Divine – you are seeking to become one with the Divine.
There is also this joke about the “religious” and the spiritual that someone had written in the Indian express:
The religious are like the baby monkeys who cling onto their mother constantly and in constant fear that they will lose their lives if they let go.
The spiritual are like the new born kittens. They are fearless and play around because they know their mother will pick them up by the neck and take them to safety in case of any danger.
As Seneca said:
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
The “religious” are those who gather in large groups at “places of worship” and chant Gods name loudly and openly take pride in “worshiping” what they think is ब्रह्मन् and bribing तत् with rituals, money and precious offerings and “sacrifices” purely for self interest that some of their personal wishes be granted.
They dont really care about following the Dharma, as long as they perform open displays of worship they think they are worshiping God.
A traditional saying of the Sanathan Dharma goes:
“Beware of those who wear a sacred leaf in their ear”.
In the Sanathan Dharma, one who wears a sacred leaf in his ear, is similar to a Christian wearing a cross in his chest or a Muslim wearing a beard and skull cap.
They are a display of open symbols of “worship” of God to show the world that they are “religious”.
They may not be really “religious” in their thoughts, words and actions but they want to fool themselves and others by showing open displays of “worship” to God.
These sort of “religious”, God “fearing” and “believing” and “worshiping” people are the biggest blasphemers of ब्रह्मन्.
In the Gita it says:
Any attempt to realise ब्रह्मन् must be done alone and with a consistently calm and devoted mind.
In the Quran it says:
“Invoke the name of God ब्रह्मन् in secret and with all humility. God hates aggressors.”
“But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when your have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret, and your Father ब्रह्मन् which sees in secret shall reward you openly”.
Reading the scriptures alone and memorizing them will never make a person realise ब्रह्मन् .
Unless you practice योग Yoga and ध्यान Dhyan to change your nature to become an Arya, mastery of all the scriptures in the world and all the mud of the rituals, sacrifices, prayers, chants and pilgrimages are useless.
Do not ever lose faith in ब्रह्मन् who wise, all knowing and compassionate.
Do not lose faith even in the worst of times, since whatever happens to you is because of the grace of ब्रह्मन् who always has your best interests in mind.
ब्रह्मन् will not give you your wishes when you want them, but ब्रह्मन् will surely give you your wishes when you really need them.
Sometimes ब्रह्मन् may not even grant you your wishes because you do not really need them or deserve them.
Do not only depend on ब्रह्मन् to fulfill your wishes, because ब्रह्मन् is also depending on you doing your part to fulfill your wishes.
This whole concept of Christ washing away our sins if we accept him as our lord and saviour is completely untrue.
It says in the Bible:
“As we sow, so shall we reap.”
We are all not born sinners.
In addition to the Sanathan Dharma, true Christianity and true Islam and all other religions all have one underlying and common foundation:
What is Dharma?
You do not need to learn any scripture or memorize any shlokas or perform any prayers and rituals.
Learning the Dharma starts first at home, then in school and then in the village or town that you live in especially your immediate neighbourhood and among your family and friends.
There is absolutely no one in this world who would not always like to be treated with love.
You dont need to know any scripture or religion to know this.
If all you know and practice is the concept of Be Good and Do Good, then you are an embodiment of ब्रह्मन् .
It is very easy to realize ब्रह्मन् if you can get past the charms of Maya (illusion).
Just like योग Yoga, the Gita cannot be understood at all just by reading it.
The Gita can be read in less than 4 hours.
You may be able to read the Gita in less than 4 hours, but to understand it and practice it will take many lifetimes and even that is not enough.
The Sufis too have good descriptions of ब्रह्मन्.
There is no one single version of Hadith.
Every version of Islam has it own version of the Hadith.
Only a person who has experienced another person’s experience truly understands what that person has felt and understood.
This does not just apply to religion, this applies to any field.
You can never understand a person’s feeling and experience through his words and saying and practices.
You can only understand his feeling and experience by experiencing what he feels and understands.
Your eyes, ears, nose and tongue are your windows to the illusory external material world.
But your consciousness (Atma) is the only door to the real world within.
In fact if you follow the teachings of all Sufi saints, especially the Sufi saints of Bharat you will find a lot in common with the Arya Dharma:
Complete surrender to God, renunciation of material desires, respect, love and care for God’s creation as much as that for God.
All this talk of heaven and hell and paradise is false.
There is not going to be a judgement day in heaven.
Judgement Day will be on this Earth.
It will again be heaven if we realise who Brahman truly is, and perform true worship by worshiping Brahman’s creation as much as we worship Brahman.
Otherwise it will continue to destroyed it till it becomes a living hell.
Heaven and hell is for ignorant losers and slackers who prefer to hope for an unknown, unseen and illusory future that we have absolutely no control over and want to live a life of happiness without working towards it.
We cannot control what happened in the past nor can we control what will happen in the future.
Now is the only time that is real.
Now is the only time that is under our control.
Now is the only time that we have to put on our sincere and devoted efforts to make this world heaven.
You say you have God’s words in your mind.
But do you really know ब्रह्मन् (God), forget about God’s words?
Swami Vivekanand said:
Look upon every man, woman, and every one as God. You cannot help anyone, you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege.
If the Lord grants that you can help any one of his children, blessed you are; do not think too much of yourselves. Blessed you are that that privilege was given to you when others had it not.
Do it only as a worship.
I should see God in the poor, and it is for my salvation that I go and worship them. The poor and the miserable are for our salvation, so that we may serve the Lord, coming in the shape of the diseased, coming in the shape of the lunatic, the leper, and the sinner!
Johnny Cash also has this to describe who ब्रह्मन् really is:
So he went to his room and he knelt down to pray
And he said “Dear Lord, why did You delay?
What kept You from comin’ to call on me?
For I wanted so much Your Face to see”;
When softly in the silence, a voice he heard
“Lift up your head, for I kept my word
Three times my shadow crossed your floor
And three times I came to your lonely door
I was the beggar with bruised, cold feet
And I was the woman you gave somethin’ to eat
I was the child on the homeless street.
Three times I knocked and three times I came in
And each time I found the warmth of a friend
Of all the gifts love is the best
And I was honored to be your Christmas guest”
Hai tuj me sab,
Sab me hai tu,
Mere Sason me, rung rung me tu.
All is in you,
You are in all,
In my breath, in my veins, is your glowing brilliance.
ब्रह्मन् Brahman is also known as Para Brahma.
ब्रह्मन् Brahman is pronounced as (Brahmma).
ब्रह्मन् Brahman was kept hidden from the world during the age of the Kaliyuga.
Only people who were truly enlightened knew about ब्रह्मन् Brahman and worshiped ब्रह्मन् Brahman.
One cannot exist without the other.