Ajay S: Namaste Swamiji! Thank you very much for the revert….request you to revert me on second query regarding GOD also Sir! As per Sanskrit logic, “an attribute of a substratum is reflected in its action” by this logic, if GOD can see, hear, taste, smell then somewhere he has these qualities in him, then why is he not the object of our senses i.e, why is he not perceivable? Basically, I am unable to understand the concept that an entity can see and here etc when these are not its inherent qualities..these senses and its qualities are unique to matter, then does GOD use matter to see and hear? please let me know … maybe HE does not need to move around since HE is everywhere, smell and taste also are of no use for HIM maybe…but hearing two people speak or seeing people commit crime are required I feel if an entity is required to Judge others! So even if we ignore walking, smelling and touching, how does HE see and hear? Since these are not HIS qualities! Does he create eyes and hearing aids with matter instantly whenever he requires since HE pervades everything and able to control? Please clear my doubt. Regards, Ajay S.
Swami Ram Swarup: Namasteji. You are welcome, please. No doubt, you have the right to raise question for clearance of doubts etc. In between however, I would like to quote a story of Prashnopnishad regarding question – answer pertaining to Vedic philosophy, Brahma-vidya, Almighty God, Prakriti and souls, etc.
In four Vedas also, questions are put and answers given accordingly. In Upnishad also the said eternal tradition has been followed. For example- In Prashnopnishad Sukesha, Satyakaam, Sauryayanni, Ashwalayan, Bhargava and Kabandi went to Maharishi Piplad to put question before him to clarify their spiritual doubts. In return, Piplad Rishi told them that you are tapasvis and have already studied Vedas by maintaining Brahamcharya. Yet, you stay in my ashram observing Brahamcharya while doing Tapasya.
Thereafter only, you can put questions before me, as per your discretion.
The above quoted six aspirants obeyed Piplad Rishi’s instruction and stayed in his ashram for one year while observing brahamcharya and doing Tapasya (study of Vedas etc.) after completion of the period of one year, respectfully, they met Piplad Rishi and Piplad Rishi answered their questions. I mean to say, the aspirants/devotees should study Vedas-shastras, either by staying in their ashram or on their own, as their time permits. Then their question if answered by learned will be most beneficial to the aspirants and they would also be able to spread the Vedic knowledge to others without any doubt and in easy way.
The above quoted story concludes that Brahma-vidya and the divine qualities of Almighty God etc., require personal, long discussion and also requires listening of Vedas and control on senses, perceptions and mind and intellect. However, nowadays it cannot be made applicable. I mean to say the aspirant should put up the question, being their right and they should at least continue their question till the time, their doubt is clarified, keeping aside the time factor. Secondly, when the doubt is clarified then the aspirant must follow Vedic path.
Now I come to the query, yes, Yajurved mantra 40/8 states that God is “Asnaviram” i.e., without nervous system, “Akaya” i.e., bodiless (formless) etc. Rigved mantra 8/23/8 says that God and the yogi who knows God after attaining Samadhi, both are astonishing. However no comparison can be made between Yogi and formless, Almighty, Omnipresent God Who is above all and has not limited but unlimited divine qualities, divine deeds and divine knowledge etc. Here, I would like to mention that in present times, there are several saints but those who are against Vedas, they do not know ABC about God due to lack of Vedas’ knowledge and these only are the saints who declare themselves as God, which is I think, a heinous crime, based on Vedas’ knowledge.
ajurved mantra 40/8 also states that God is “Shukram” i.e., Almighty. Almighty means that He does not have limited powers but He has unlimited powers, knowledge etc. He is independent and not dependent. When we’ll talk about soul then Vedas tell that soul is dependent i.e., if soul requires to listen, he listens through ears, sees through eyes, smells through nose, tastes through tongue etc. You see, soul is dependent and is not Almighty and also he has limited powers. For example – A man can see in limitation, talk, listen, smell etc., in limitation but God being almighty has unlimited powers etc. Because God is formless and has no senses, perceptions and organs to listen, to do deeds etc., that is why He is called God otherwise He could also be an ordinary person. So “attribute of substratum is reflected in its action’ does not apply in the matter of Almighty, formless, omnipresent God, God being astonishing and according to Yajurved mantra 40/4 God is beyond imagination, calculation and beyond the reach of human-beings , senses , organs etc. As per chapter 7 and 11 of Yajurved and other ved mantras, only a yogi when attains Dharmamegh Samadhi, vide Yog shastra Sutra 4/29,30,31, makes his whole body senseless and even forgets himself and then he realizes God. That is why, Vedas tell that God is astonishing, beyond imagination and calculation etc., that is why, Yogeshwar Sri Krishna Maharaj who was philosopher of Vedas and Yogeshwar , says to Arjun in Bhagwad Geeta shloka 11/8 that Oh! Arjun, you cannot see me with corporal eyes. That is why, God has all powers, divine qualities to see, listen etc., without senses, organs etc. Similarly, a yogi when makes his whole body senseless including eyes, ears etc., as quoted above, then only he realizes God.
Supra: Thank you so much. Wish the same for you.
Swami Ram Swarup: My heartiest blessings to you, my daughter.