How to see Him?
According to Vedhantha, there are two ‘eyes’ through which one can see God. The eye of love (Premachakshu) and the eye of wisdom (Jnanachakshu). The eye of love shows the wisdom of the Self. The eye of wisdom glows with the natural love. Love towards God and Experience of Self – these eyes are needed to see God. So, Brahmanubava Upanishad says, ‘The eye of wisdom or the eye of love is needed to see Him.’
Loving God implies loving all beings, as God indwells in all beings. Experience of Self means the experience of the truth that the same Atman or Self dwells impartially in all beings.
The path of wisdom and the path of love – both are internal. If God is within ourselves, then why should we go to temples, churches, mosques, gurudwars, dharmasalas and all other religious and spiritual centers? If something goes wrong inside, the soul nature of peace and bliss gets fogged in the mist of worries and fears which are caused by our own mistakes. At such times, we have no other go except to seek peace and purity through external means like visiting Sacred Places and Beings. These places have the power to clean our inner selves if we just could respond and open our heart to their effulgent fragrant shower of wisdom and love. We may not perceive the effect in the manner we expect, since the effect happens often behind the screen.
The external help is possible only to those who are awake internally. This is a stanza from Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam: “Antharmuka samaaraathya: bahirmuka sudhurlaba” meaning ‘God is sought through internal means; the external means scarcely help’. This seems to bear a conflicting view – ‘The external means render help scarcely’. For those who are spiritually blind, the external means are of no use. They wouldn’t see anything externally as they don’t have ‘the light’ inside. The Enlightened do not need the external help. Those who are illumined inside, see the same light everywhere; those who are not, do not see anything even if God stands right in front of them. That’s why, we see different types of experiences and opinions with regard to the external means of worship. The ‘blind’ don’t see anything; those who have smaller light, see accordingly; those who are illumined like the sun, see the whole thing. That’s why Gandhiji said, “One sees God according to one’s own light.” So, we should try to develop our inner vision by all means. External worship render the ‘means’ to think over ‘It’ internally. If the aspirant doesn’t transform the experience of external means of worship to inner faculties, there is no use in external worship.
“The body itself is said to be the temple of God. The indwelling Jeeva (soul) itself is the Incomparable Shiva (God). Drive away the Nirmalya (useless ignorance) and pray with Soham (I am Thee)” – Mithreyi Upanishad
God is in our land – this message emphasises the inborn Godliness of everyone. To get into this land of Godliness, one ought to have a pure mind on the basis of which the eyes of wisdom and love evolve.
Now, I could see how closely these often misinterpreted terms – Love, Wisdom, Religion and God – are related to a layman’s strength and existence.
The web site (putli.org) is designed to spread the news that ‘God is in our land’. To spread the truth that humans are divine in nature. In this world of prejudices, I hope these pages would remind the viewers of their unresolved inner quest of the Self. The news that God is very much inside every one of us will be spread gently like aroma. The news has to be conveyed externally so that those who are receptive may try to hear it internally. I pray to the Almighty to effect the dissemination in both the ways.