“The Supreme Lord said, The indestructible, transcendental living entity is called Brahman, and his eternal nature is called the self. Action pertaining to the development of these material bodies is called karma, or fruitive activities.” (Bhagavad-gita, 8.3)
अक्षरं ब्रह्म परमं
स्वभावो ऽध्यात्मम् उच्यते
akṣaraṁ brahma paramaṁ
svabhāvo ‘dhyātmam ucyate
“You run into this every now and then, especially in the realm of spirituality rooted in the Vedas, the ancient scriptural tradition emanating from the place today demarcated as India. I understand that real dharma cannot be restricted to a specific location. It is not the sole property of people of certain bodily characteristics.
“Dharma is the same for man, woman and child. It applies to the animal kingdom, as well, though they lack the potential to identify it. I can give a discourse on the distinctions between pious and impious behavior to a dog, but the words will not make an impact. Whether young or mature, the dog will not be able to comprehend the concepts, let alone decipher the language.
“The distinction between body and spirit is the starting point, the entryway, if you will. I understand that many of the popular faiths never even reach this level. They say to believe in a specific savior and that he will take care of everything. Moreover, if you fail to profess allegiance, you are doomed. Forever. No second chances. You missed out and you will suffer eternal damnation.
“It is easy for the Vedic tradition to stand out. You run into issues after the truth about identity as spirit soul, aham brahmasmi. There are some schools of thought which say that the individual is God. All are one. This is why every religion is the same. Just different ways to become one with Divinity.
“The teachers say to meditate, accept the renounced order of life, chant a specific mantra, or just think it to be true. Then you will become God. The leaders try to prove the truth by displays of miracles.
“I can see why people would be fooled by this. How do you get them to properly understand? How do you convince them to follow the acharyas like Ramanuja, Madhva and Chaitanya, who teach of the simultaneous duality and non-duality?”
There is a simple question to ask the person who claims to be God. For starters, it is not impossible to see the Divine Himself in human form. He could appear within the animal community, as well. The concept of an avatara is real. The root meaning is “one who descends.”
The Supreme Lord does not accept material elements. He is not maya, or illusion, as the Mayavadi will claim. Their ultimate conclusion is that everything is illusion. Only Brahman is truth, and since every person is a spark of Brahman, every person is God.
The reality is that the superior entity is Parabrahman, but the cheaters within the Vedic tradition fail to recognize this. They are after becoming supreme themselves; thus they stop at the platform of equivalence. They try to get others to become God through spiritual practices, but they know this will not happen, as God is a singular post.
If I see someone before me proclaiming to have become God, the question to ask is, “Why weren’t you God yesterday?” This is simple and straightforward enough. When we speak of the greatest of all-time in a particular sport, there is a major flaw to the discussion. “All-time” refers to both forwards and backwards, including the present. If a certain athlete is no longer capable of arriving on the playing field, they are not the greatest today; hence invalidating the “all-time” qualification.
God is in the superior position for every time period and every location. We see that as the Supersoul, He is responsible for outcomes small and large. He remembers my past lives, while I cannot.
The real God is always available for consultation and He never falls into illusion. The phone line to the spiritual world is never busy and there is never a hold-time with respect to connecting through prayers. Therefore, devotional practices such as chanting the holy names are applicable to every person and time of day: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
Available any time of day,
Phone line never busy to say.
To consult and for rescuing so,
Real God everywhere should know.
Not that one day I can become,
Or that others proclaiming done.
If God now then why not before?
From this faith in Krishna restore.