posted on Sep, 18 2018 @ 01:35 PM
From Yoga Vasistha
DO YOU KNOW WHO GOD IS?
Do you know who 'God' is? God is not Visnu (a deity) or Siva (energy) or Brahma (creator), not the wind, the sun nor the moon; not I or you; not
Laksmi, or the mind (intellect).
God is without form and undivided (not in the objects); that splendor (devanam) which is not made and which has neither beginning nor end is known as
god (deva) which is pure consciousness (awareness).
That alone is fit to be worshipped; that alone is all.
If one is unable to worship this consciousness, then he is encouraged to worship the form.
The latter yields finite results, but the former (consciousness) bestows infinite bliss. He who ignores the Infinite and is devoted to the finite
abandons a pleasure garden, and seeks the thorny bush.
However, sages sometimes worship a form playfully.
Now for the articles used in worship: wisdom, self-control and the perception of the Self in all beings are the foremost among those articles. The
Self alone is consciousness, which is fit to be worshipped at all times with the flowers of wisdom.
Indeed only infinite consciousness (cid-akasa) which alone exists even after the cosmic dissolution, exists even now, utterly devoid of objectivity.
All these mountains, the whole world, the firmament, the Self, the jiva (individual) and all the elements of which the world is constituted - all
these are nothing but pure consciousness.
Before the so-called creation, when only this pure consciousness existed, where were all these (heaven, etc)?
Space (akasa), supreme or infinite space (paramakasam), absolute space (brahmakasam), creation, consciousness - are mere words and they indicate the
same truth, even as synonyms do.
Even as the duality experienced in a dream is illusory, the duality implied in the creation of the world is illusory. Even as the dream objects seem
to exist and function in the inner world of consciousness in a dream, objects seem to exist and function in the outer world of consciousness during
the wakeful state.
Nothing really happens in both these states. Even as consciousness alone is the reality in the dream state, consciousness alone is the substance in
the wakeful state too.
That is the Lord, this is the supreme truth, that you are, that am I, that is all.
The worship of that Lord (consciousness) is true worship, and by that worship one attains everything. Consciousness is undivided and indivisible,
non-dual and neither fashioned nor created by activity; it is not attained by external efforts. Its adoration is the fountain source of joy.
The external worship of a form (deity, holy personage) is prescribed for those whose intelligence has not be awakened, and who are immature like
little boys. When one does not have self-control, he uses flowers in worship; such worship is futile, even as adoring the Self in an external form is
futile. However these immature devotees derive satisfaction by worshipping an object created by themselves, they may even earn worthless reward from
I shall now describe to you the mode of worship appropriate to enlightened people. The Lord fit to be worshipped is the one who upholds the entire
creation, who is beyond thoughts and description, who is beyond the concepts of even the 'all' and the 'collective totality.'
He alone is referred to as 'God' who is undivided and indivisible by space and time, who's light illumines all the objects, who is pure and absolute
consciousness. He is that intelligence which is beyond all its parts, which is hidden in all that is, which is the being in all that is and which robs
all that is of their being (i.e. which veils the truth of their Self). This God is in the middle of being and non-being (as awareness). It is God, and
the truth that is indicated by 'Om'. It (awareness) exists everywhere, like the essence in a plant.
The pure consciousness which is in you, in me and in all the gods and goddesses alone is God. Holy one, eve the other gods endowed with form are
indeed nothing but that pure consciousness. That is God, that is 'all' I am; everything is attained from and through him.
That God is not distant from anyone, nor is he difficult to attain: since he is forever seated in the body and he is everywhere like