This is a continuation of 2018-11-10 class
Mantra: Yajur Veda 36.3
Om BhuuH BhuvaH svaH tat saviturvarENyam bhargO dEvasya Dhiimahi |
DhiyO yO naH prachOdayaat ||
BhuurBhuvaH = BhuuH + BhuvaH
saviturvarENyam = savituH + varENyam
savitRu is the dEvatA for this mantra so it is actually Savitri Mantra. But he chandas (meter) for this mantra in the Gayathri family so it is well known as Gayathri Mantra.
God has no form and no gender
Many people have understood Gayathri as a goddess with a form. Such a thing is not there. God is formless. God is above gender.
The word Gayathri is feminine. The gender is for the word and not God.
The photographs that we see called Gayathri is human imagination. God called by any name is that one single God. Agni, Vayu, Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara are all names for that one single God sacchidaananda.
Om is used as the beginning of almost every Mantra.
Derived from root called ava
Root: ava (<there are 19 meanings of ava. Covered below>)
From ava, Om is derived.
Meanings of root called ava
To secure. To protect. To save.
The one who is the protector of the whole universe is that sacchidaananda.
How is this protection given/ We have to see it in the broad sense. In the narrow sense, we expect God to interfere in day to day affairs and protect us. That is not the case. So how is the protection given? A whole big system is given. For the whole universe. The whole system is running according to rules and regulations. Within that system we have some freedom (freedom = kartum akartum anyatA kartum shaktiH).
Example: Birth and Death Cycle is protection
The cycle of birth and death. How are we protected if there is death? Death and birth is also for our protection. That is the system. The cycle of birth and death is running continuously.
What is life between birth and death? It is when we the soul are given the shariira indriya manas as a tool. With this shariira indriya manas, we work, we function. Because the shariira indria manas is made up of inert things (sat), its nature is to become work and torn after some time. Anything made up of the pancha bhuutaas will not work forever.
Any tool will not work forever. On use it will become worn and torn. At one point it becomes unusable
Same way - the shariira indriya manas become dilapidated over time and unusable. Then, the real protection for us is to get rid of it because we cannot carry on with the unusable tool. Operator (the soul) is there but the apparatus (tool) is old. So we have to get rid of it. That act of getting rid of it itself is a protection for me (my soul). So that is death. What do I get after getting rid of it? A new body. A new mind. New senses. This is new. I get a new apparatus. This is for my protection. This is rakshaNa.
Example 2: The system itself is a protection.
If I work in accordance with the system, I can get bliss, be happy, etc. If I do not tune myself with the rules and regulations, I’ll be in trouble and be in chaos. What to select is my choice. But if my choice is right, I am very well protected and I am given strength and purity of the soul. It is assured. No one can prevent it. This is assured.
Example 3: Food, water, etc.
Everything is provided to nourish the apparatus (body)
Example 4: Knowledge
The knowledge to use the sharrira indria manas is given
Example 5: Ozone Layer
This whole earth, globe has a protective layer over it (ozone layer). So many radiations come from everywhere. If they reach the earth, life cannot exist. Those harmful radiations and filtered by the system called ozone layer. Such a wonderful work is done by the system - the science - called the ozone layer. However, we human beings are so foolish that we are harming the protective layer.
That sacchidaananda who is the ultimate protector of the whole universe is referred to in this Om. We should feel that sacchidaananda when we chant Om. We should feel protected and comfortable.
Freedom is ours. If we take the right decision, we will be rewarded. If we don’t take the right decision, we will be punished. That whole system is there. THis whole system is the protection. This whole system is a kaarya kshEtra. For me to work. What work? I have to work for the upliftment of the soul. To become spiritually strong and pure.
When I say Om, I should feel that protection - in every inch around me.
This whole universe from micro to macro level is moving and changing. Nothing is stagnant. Nothing is still. Either something moves, or something changes or does both.
What is this movement or change? It is the effect of time. Without movement I cannot assess or understand movement or change.
When we say gati, time also gets in.
When we say gati, space also gets in.
This is what is referred to as time space continuum.
Who handles the whole system of space and time? Om. sacchidaananda. He is responsible of this whole space / time / movement and change.
Omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. Under His control, the whole space time movement and change functions.
sacchidaananda is the cause of time. He is beyond time.
This Om or sacchidaananda, is the cause for all movement and changes. But it doesn’t undergo any change or movement.
Tat yEjati (He is responsible for all movement and change but does not undergo any change or movement).
God is also known as praNava = that which is fresh always. pra + Nava (new)
kaalaatiita = kaala + atiita = He who is beyond time.
So, I cannot measure sacchidaananda in terms of space or time. He occupies the entire universe, so we cannot measure it in the term of space.
When I chant Om, I remember that He is the cause of all space, time, movement and change.
Light. Brightness. Physical as well as spiritual.
In the physical space, he is the cause of all light in the universe. Closes light is the Sun. It is not the only source of light. There are countless stars, galaxies. There is so much light in this system.
Spiritual Light = In the form of knowledge.
Knowledge throws light on reality. It makes us realize truth. Not through eyes but through our understanding.
Om = one who is the cause of all physical light and knowledge is kaanti
When we chant Om, we can never be in the dark. We have to feel the physical and spiritual light all around us. We cannot feel in dark. The light is always there. Everything is crystal clear.
To see anything in its right way, we need light. In darkness we cannot see things clearly. When there is light (knowledge), we are not in dilemma or confusion.
Sun is light. One who gives light to the sun is Om (sacchidaananda). The sun shines because of the light given to it by sacchidaananda. He is the light of lights.
To love and be loved.
Starting from the shariira indria manas to everything we have is a gift of that Sacchidaananda.
The very purpose of this creation is for the sake of satchit. So sacchidaananda deserves our love.
Purpose of human life is to achieve that aananda. To achieve that we need a lot of tools, the place of work, etc. All that is the gift of sacchidaananda. If that is not given, there is no one to question why He has not given it. Also, sacchidaananda has nothing to gain. He is already in aananda. So it is the most selfless priiti that sacchidaananda has gien us.
Priiti is that which deserves our love, and gratitude and that which loves us.
That entity is sacchidaananda. That entity is Om.
The relationship between us and sacchidaananda is permanent. This is the ultimate relationship. badhuH. Thus, we don’t find anything better than sacchidananda for our love.
All other relationships (between satchits) is temporary.
Where all our wants ceases. The one who is the cause for contentment is Om.
We have so many wants. Physical. Mental. Spiritual. Once we reach our wants, all wants ceases. Sacchidaananda is that highest place. After reaching there, there is nothing else to want. All our needs end with the realization of sacchidaananda. Why? Because that sacchidaananda is peace and bliss. Once we reach that peace and bliss, there is nothing left for us to search for or gain. What we have to gain, we have gained (peace and bliss). We reach trupti.
Everyone of us is searching for that state. It is called mOksha, mukhti, salvation. We won’t get this easily. We have to work for it. We have to increase the purity and strength of the soul. Once we increase it we will feel that ananada. Who grants this bliss? Om.
Until we get the peace and bliss, no matter what we get, we will not be satisfied. We will feel that our search is still on. Millions of dollars will not satisfy us. Possessions, luxury will not satisfy us. Why? Because our ultimate search os that peace and bliss.
Once we experience the peace and bliss, everything else becomes minor and we will know that we have reached our goal.
Trupti = The feeling we get when we achieve that peace and bliss. We may reach it in this life or another life. But once we get there we will be completely in trupti.
We can realize this only by experiencing sacchidaananda = sat + chit + aananda. The source of the aananda we are searching for is that Om.
Realization of truth. Knowing things as they are. As it is. gnAna = avagama. The whole source of knowledge is that Om. There is no other source who is equivalent to it.
Vedas is the source of right knowledge for all people, at all places and at all times. Some people who have not properly learnt the vedas may say that it is not for everyone. It is not for certain castes, etc. They are talking in blindness. Knowledge is for all. No one is prohibited from getting it. We have seen so many verses of Vedas. It holds for all times, for all people and at all places. It is free. It is abundant. It is pure knowledge.
Is this to be believed? No. verify. Check. Investigate. Discover. If you are convinced, then take it. There is no question for forcing this on anyone. It is open for investigation and verification.
All the inputs and knowledge to make this world the better place is given to us by that Om. No terms and conditions. The knowledge is open for all. But the choice is ours. How to take the right decisions? That is also available. That is also knowledge. Freely given. If we want to know the real truth, take the course to Om (sacchidaananda). Take rescoucerse to the teachings of that sacchidaananda. Full clarity will be there. That is the real knowledge.
sacchidaananda has 2 main qualities. One is He is enormous. Everything is in it. The whole universe is entered in it. It compasses the whole universe. Two - it is also the subtlest. I.e. it enters everything and is in everything.
Another Yajur Veda Mantra: tat anatarasya sarvasya tadu sarvasyaasya bhAhyataH
Everything is in it and it is in everything.
I.e. sacchidaananda is omnipresent. He is pravEsha. He has entered everything and everything is in it. Nothing is left out.
Om is that pravEsha
When I chant Om, I should get the feeling that I am in it and it is in me.
Thus, there is no need for searching for God in specific places like temples and holy places. We need not go in search of it. In many religion they talk about pilgrimages (trying to realize god in specific places). This is not required. The closest place where we can realize God is within ourselves. Going in search of God is not useful. We can travel for different purposes, but to travel to search for God is not needed.
To listen. TO hear.
We as satchit have some limitations. Without an apparatus we cannot function. We cannot see without eyes. We cannot hear without ears.
sacchidaananda can listen to anything, anywhere. It is omnipresent. It is not dependent on any tool. This is the omnipotence (doing anything without the need for aides. Without the intervention of any tools, it is capable of doing anything.
I need not even whisper. If I just think about it, it can listen.
God does not need loudspeakers. He is so sensitive he can hear our innermost thoughts.
Another Complimentary Mantra: Rig 4.16.2
dvou sannishadhya yanmantrayEtE
rAjA tadvEda varuNastritIyaH
Even if two people discuss something in absolute secrecy, the third person (sacchidaananda) already knows it
Om is that entity that can see, hear, understand when it is even an innermost thought. Even if we whisper. We don’t have to say it out aloud.
Master is one whose command / guidance cannot be overruled. We are bound by it.
sacchidaananda is the master of the whole universe.
This master has established so many rules and regulations - macro to micro - which are unsurpassable. Within the boundary we have some freedom, but the framework is so fixed that we cannot surpass it. The whole world runs on this system.
A Master who is a human being - we can request and get exceptions from man-made rules for what we have done wrong.
The true Master (sacchidaananda) is so just that He will not free us from the effect of our deeds. Good action begets reward. Bad action begets punishment. He is impartial. No excuses. No exceptions. Inevitable.
Subject = We are subject to His rules and regulations. This is the true meaning of calling ourselves Subjects of God. We are subject to His rules and regulations.
Recourse for all my needs
artha = what I need
yaachana = to seek
We have so many needs. I need so many tools for my functioning. The first is shariira indriya manas and related tools, without which I cannot do any work. For those needs of mine, I have to pray and seek. The only recourse I can take is to sacchidaananda.
I can ask other humans also for serving my needs, but these satchits who are also capable of giving have their limitations and capacity. But the capacity of sacchidananda is unbound. He is limitless. What satchit cannot give, sacchidaananda can give.
But we must deserve it.
Example: I want peace and bliss. Only sacchidaananda has it. Our prayer is only with Him. But I cannot get it until I deserve it.
So arthayaachana also refers to deserving what we seek.
Om is that entity we can seek anything.
shrishTi, stiti, laya
The action of sacchidaananda is unique. Nothing in the universe can do it. This is the ultimate responsibility of creation, maintenance and destruction lies with sacchidananda. No one else can do it. sat cannot do it because it is inert. satchit cannot do it because it has limitations. Only sachidananda can do it because He is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent.
We can also do kriya. Our kriya is purely limited. It is not omni or infinite.
Wish, determination, sankalpa
This is also common between satchit and sacchidaananda. But one major difference is there. When we wish for something, it is because we don’t have it. Our wish is for what we don’t have and it is selfish in nature. The iccha of sacchidaananda is not for itself. It has everything and it has no scarcity. So what does it wish for? It is only for the welfare for satchit. This is the difference between the iccha of satchit and iccha of sacchidaananda.
When we wish for something, we have to deserve it. Whatever we do, we are responsible for the karma phala. But the wishes and actions of sacchidaananda is free of karma phala. It wishes. It does. The result does not affect that entity sacchidaananda.
aparaamRushTaH = A word that is used in Yoga darshaNna. Go is not touched by the result of its actions.
Why does God do anything then? It is for the welfare of satchit. Not for Himself because He is everything already. His wish is selfless.
There are many words that are derived from ava. Not all words consider all 19 meanings. But All 19 meanings fit Om. That is the speciality of Om.