God in scriptures:
The poem we saw inside the temple premises was scripted by Thirumoolar, who is one of 18 Sidhars. Sidhars are those who had acquired Sidhis. The one who had conquered his body bound consciousness is said to have attained Sidhi. Such persons also have powers like walking on water, floating in the air, magnifying oneself to any size, reducing oneself to nothing. But they used their powers to awaken the people in divine consciousness. They were very simple and didn’t care about food, shelter, dress and even about their names! Sidhars are said to have the power to manifest themselves in any form anywhere. They rendered poems with deeper mystical meaning that hardly a few can understand. All these poems confirm that God is in every one of us.
They encourage us to feel Him inside, to work hard to find Him inside.
There is a story. A spiritual master was selecting a few of his students for advanced training on self realisation. Those days, students were selected by the masters in their own way and only the successful students were promoted to the next level. He called two students. He gave each one a mango and asked them to go and eat the mangos in some secret place without anyone’s knowledge. The first one came out of the ashram and found a ditch over a corner. He jumped down into it and looked around. After he was convinced that no one was seeing him, he finished the mango in a minute. Then he triumphantly climbed up and approached the master and said, “Guru Dev, I ate the mango in a place where no one could notice me.” The master smiled at him and said nothing. The other one came out of the ashram and looked for a solitude place. He couldn’t. He hurried to the inner jungle. He sat under a tree and tried to believe that no one was there. But he was not sure. The tree and the other creatures were watching him any way. He decided to go further. After sometime, he reached a place where there were no trees. He couldn’t find even a trace of any living being there. He took the mango near to his mouth. “Stop! Someone is watching you!,” told a voice inside. He looked up. The sky and the sun were smiling at him. He hid the mango and got into the most interior place of the forest. There he settled down in a cave. It was full of darkness; he couldn’t see even his own body. He took out the mango and prepared himself for the first bite. “Hey, I am here, can’t you listen to me?” He could no longer hope to find a place where no one was present. He ran back to his master and fell at his feet. “Master, I tried to find a place where no one could notice me. But I couldn’t. Where ever I go, I feel that I am constantly being followed by someone who is very close to me.” The master smiled at this student and said, “You are selected.” The one who has faith in God feels that he is constantly being watched by the Omnipresent. For him, He is everywhere.
The physical cosmos is made up of five basic elements. The Space, Fire, Air, Water and Earth. The human physical body is also made up of the same five elements: Space (emptiness), fire (the heat of the body), air (air in the body), water (blood and other glands) and earth (flesh and bones). These elements along with other subtle parts are governed by the thought force. All these are activated by the Spirit. It is this Spirit that operates these elements inside and outside. It is only because of this Spirit, we feel the body and the world. If it is not there, there is no body, no world either. The Spirit is said to be omnipresent, eternal, and constant, without a name and form. Vedas say that this Spirit is God. This Spirit is ever conscious in its blissful and peaceful state. Our ultimate goal is to feel this Spirit. Till we find this we are said to be in the hazardous birth and death cycle experiencing births and deaths based on our past performance. Since it is the same Spirit that governs you and me, I could feel the pain in you and could smile when you are happy. If it be the other way, it means I am building walls around myself, it means I am going away from God. In this way, the outside world and the inner world are linked. That’s why Upanishads say “The Hindu suffers when the lives around him suffer. (Himsaayam Thooyathe Yasa: Sa: Hindhuri Thyabitheeyathe)”
According to Advaitists, the Atma (Soul) and Paramatma (God) are one and the same. Atma assumes all the ‘features’ that Paramatma possesses. The process of realising this is the very purpose of human life. “The Atma is Effulgent, as the Sun is, by its very nature. People say that they ‘see’ the Atma or Its Effulgence. But, there is no seeing It. Since It has no second, nothing is outside It. It is neither seen nor can It see. It has no organs of sight or smell; nor has it any part, which when coordinated can perform any function”. This lesson is given in Brihadaaranyakopanishad.
We could see many people who are unaware of vedhic and other philosophical terms, but still love everyone with a clean open heart. According to scriptures, they are much closer to the Eternal Peace than those who know everything in the scriptures by lips and still lack humility and purity. Knowledge without humility builds the iron wall of ego – the worst enemy in the path to God.
We have the undisturbed peace within ourselves which is beyond any ups and downs. As the wars, pollution and violence disturb the peace of the universe, our materialistic ego, lust and envy kill the inner peace. The religious associations are working for both – for external peace and inner peace. Any social reform, any development that does not focus on both, will fail to serve it’s purpose in full. Man’s life is unstable. One cannot always be happy or sad. Upanishads say that Man’s ultimate goal is to escape from all dualities and to reach the state of eternal peace/joy. Till we find the temple of peace within ourselves – within our land, we have to keep going in the journey – life after life.