It was a pleasant morning and exciting day for the students in a Gurukulam. Their Guruji was going to teach them something very interesting that day. And all were eagerly looking forward to it. The Guruji called the students and gave them each a coconut. They were asked to hide the coconut anywhere in the woods so no one could ever find it or view it!
After a couple of hours, the students returned. All the students hid the coconut, except for one boy who brought it back! Guruji asked the boy – “My boy, why did you not hide the coconut? Were you afraid of the woods? Or could you not find any place to hide it?”
The boy replied “Guruji, I could not hide it because there was no place where God would not see! He is everywhere!”
This is what our Acharya always explains in all His discourses – That God is everywhere and He is ONE. Dear readers, come, join us in learning how our Swamiji elaborates this concept and more…
There are two important aspects of God.
- GOD is ONE
- GOD is OMNIPRESENT
But HE is perceived differently by the way people choose to
- pick an aspect of HIM
- name HIM
- identify HIM (with qualities)
- create a process to approach HIM
And, when we make such choices, we think GOD is different for each individual. But HE is not. HE is ONE and ALL-Pervasive. Since God is all-pervasive, Is HE present even in other things outside the Vigraham? What about the mouthpiece through which we deliver discourses ? [Swamiji is referring to the microphone He is speaking over]
The answer is:
It is difficult to attach such an emotion on material-things, because the object is already identified with a purpose, name and process of use. And so, it is hard to connect that object to a personality – God, despite HIS ubiquitous nature in every minutest particle of the creation.
But for a Vigraham, its sole purpose is God alone. A name is chosen for the Vigraham; A Bhagavad A:ra:dhana – activity is performed for its worship. Now, it is easy to believe God through the object of ‘Vigraham’
So in this age, the way to connect to God is through a Vigraham. And once we have established that link, then we are automatically connected to the Supreme Being Himself!
This is like –
Suppose, a high ranking individual, say the Prime Minister visits our house. And for having visited our house, instead of the Prime Ministerial Guest House/Parliament, has the person lost his official status? The person is the same in a Parliament or at home.
This is the quintessence of Andal’s Dhanurma:sam vratham & Thiruppa:vai.
So, Yes. God is the same in a Microphone and a Vigraham too. Lets meditate on Him and receive His grace.
-From the discourse of Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji