CONCEPT OF GOD AND RELATION WITH MAN
People generally believe that God is someone who has a unique form in terms of size, shape, colour and resides somewhere in the sky. Others believe that God is formless (Nirakar) as accepted by Nirankaris and Aryasamajis. But in truth God is both with and without form. God resides everywhere. There is no place in the universe where God is not. He is everything, living or non-living of the universe. It is like gold ornaments, which have different names depending on their shape and size, but in reality they are ONLY gold. In the same way all the objects of the universe in reality are only God. Since God is in everyone, obviously God is also the doer of everything. God is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent hence, nothing is impossible for God. God in essence is pure consciousness and all pervading. His trio attributes are infinite power, infinite knowledge and infinite bliss. God is Parmatma (Oversoul). Man is Jeevatma (soul) bound in three sheaths of mental, subtle and gross bodies. These three bodies, under illusion of false self (ego, individuality) identifies itself as separate entity from the Paramatma (Oversoul), although it always remains within and one with Parmatma (Oversoul).
Relationship between God and man can be better understood by the help of similes because God is beyond comprehension by the limited mind. Therefore, an attempt is made to explain this relationship through following similes.
Simile no. 1
A man knows that this is my body. My body has two legs and two hands. They are working at my commands and doing functions like sitting, walking and running by legs and eating, drinking and doing other works by hands. Now if my hands and legs develop illusory false self (i, ego), they will think that they have their separate existence and they are the doer of all actions, not knowing that Real doer is myself and they are simply working under my commands. In this simile man refers to God; his body to Universal body of God (whole creation) and hands and legs to human beings. All animals and human beings are parts/organs of the Universal body of God and their minds are within the Universal mind of God. And all are working unknowingly as per will of God. However, human beings have false selves(i, ego) and consider themselves to have separate existence and think that they are the doer.
Simile no. 2
World is like a stage of God’s drama where God has sent us as actors for playing a specific role by each of us. First God transformed Himself as human beings. Then He hypnotizes each of us for a specific role to be played by us. Thus we forget our Real self (Godhood) and are conscious of only the character being played by us in the drama because of being hypnotized. This drama is unique in the sense that God Himself is all in one i.e. director, actors and the audience.
Simile no. 3
World is like dream of God. God is conscious of His dream state and knows that all the things of the dream viz. non-living and living things are His own creation and He Himself is all the objects of His dream. Since all the things of God’s dream are God Himself, it means we also are God. However, although God is aware of His Godhood in us, we are not aware of our true self (i.e. Godhood) because of our false identification with the limited body and mind (false self-ego). Since our existence (false self) is illusion and not real, we cannot be the doer, although we falsely consider ourselves as the doer of everything.
Simile no. 4
God is like an infinite shoreless ocean and all the worldly things living and non-living are like waves in the ocean. Though we are one with ocean (God) all the time from beginning till end of our existence, we identify ourselves separate from the ocean and other waves, because of our false self (ego) in form of waves. However, God knows that He Himself is the waves in the ocean.
Simile no. 5
God is like the infinite endless space (aakash) of the universe. We human beings are like pitchers having different size, shape and color. The space (aakash) inside all the pitchers is one and the same as the space (aakash) outside. However, different size, shape and colour of our pitchers develops false self (ego), we falsely identify ourselves different from each other. Thus in truth we are God but because of our false identification (ego) we think that we are different from our fellow beings and different from God. The moment the pitcher comprising gross, subtle and mental bodies are broken, we realize our true self (Godhood) and unity with our fellow beings (mankind).
Major differences between God and man
- God has Universal body and Universal mind- but man has individual body and mind
- God is infinite- but man is finite
- God has Real Self-but man has false self
- God is the Real Doer- but man is non-doer
- God has infinite consciousness-man has finite consciousness limited to his body only
- God has infinite, power, knowledge and bliss-but man has finite power and knowledge
- God is everywhere and everything-but man is not
- God is reality/truth-but man is false/illusion
- God knows that He is God-but man does not know that he is God