"God is in Our Land"

God is in our land

God is in our land:

 

After a few years, I saw the message again along with the name of the author of this phrase. Later I got the full rhyme from the web, as follows.

“And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love,

Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,

And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land.”

– Peter Scholtes

When Peter Scholtes invited his society to spread the news that ‘God is in our land’, he actually wanted to implant love and devotion among the people. He didn’t try to acknowledge the presence of any specific personality as God. He also tries to define an ideal Christian. The Christian is the one who is full of love in heart.

After having glanced the verses, the next day, I went to Sri Kabaaleeswarar temple in Chennai as per my mother’s order and heard this loud chanting (in Tamil) there. “Hail to the Lord of the South Land – Hail to the Lord of all lands”

Peter Scholtes said it in the 20th century. Here in the Indian peninsula, the Tamil Saivite seer Maanikka Vaasagar said something similar to that in the third century. He said authentically that God is in the land of south.

A very little about Maanikka Vaasagar (285 AD – 317 AD): His devotional hymns, collectively known as Thiruvasagam, are the reflection of the ultimate surrender. The way he had said ‘good bye’ to this world was a mystery. He disappeared in the temple of Chidhambaram. We have some other devotees in the history of India who dissolved their physical bodies this way – in the mystical way.

Back to the phrase. This has got a deeper meaning. The ordinary meaning is: Shiva, the Lord resides in the land of South. Lord Shiva stands as the center of devotion in the land of South. His miracles in the land of South have been explained in Thiruvilayadal Puranam. The Shiva temples here are countless and time immemorial with magnanimous sculptures and rituals strongly depicting the Grace, Supremacy and Majesty of God and stand till today. Those who come here with devotion feel the presence of Lord. Those who felt it said, ‘Hail to Lord Shiva of the land of south’. They also know that the Lord can not be destined to a particular locality and characteristic. They said next, ‘Hail to the Lord of all lands’. Those who are blessed with devotion on Lord see Him everywhere – in the south, north, east, west and all around. This is the usual meaning that everyone derives from the stanza.

There is another mystical meaning also. The Mooladhara chakra in the coccygeal center of the human astral body is said to be the south pole. The north pole being the Agna chakra, is in the forehead. The Mooladhara chakra is said to be the residing place of each one’s divine energy. By spiritual aspirations it rises up to the forehead chakra (known as ‘Third eye’) through Sushumna Naadi (the central astral nerve in spine with Eda and Pingala astral nerves to its either side) and is identified as Kundalini. Only the name differs across the astral centers (and of course across religions). The divine energy is the same. The starting place of everyone’s Godliness is the Mooladhar – ‘the land of South’. Still, the divinity is spread everywhere across one’s being. A very important clarification here: We don’t ‘contain’ this divinity. We are just ‘connected’ to this omnipresent divinity – this way. So it has been said as ‘Hail to the Lord of the South Land – Hail to the Lord of all lands’. The divine energy rests in the ‘south’ land of everyone equally– to the theists and atheists and to all classes of people. For many it remains dormant, for a few it is awake, for a very few it is on its way to the ‘north’. For everyone, despite all differences, the divine energy is present in the ‘south’ i.e Mooladhara. That’s why it has been said emphatically ‘Hail to the Lord of South Land’.

In Mooladhara, God is known as Pasu Pathy, meaning Lord of animals. In the Agnya (between eyebrows) as Siva Linga (as column of Light) and in Sahasrara (the crown of head) as Adianadhi – The Infinite. It is the same Energy that assumes various names and forms according to one’s conscious level as all are not same in the levels of realization. It is the same air that derives various names as tornado, hurricane and breeze based on its form and speed.

The message ‘God is in our land’ literally denotes the Godliness that resides in each one of us. The Maha mantra ‘Aham Brahmasmi – Self is the Infinite Reality’ (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad) validates this message. Those who feel God inside are the personifications of God Himself. Such beings always dwell in some part of this nation all through the times.