Much has been written and contemplated about the nature of God and soul. One of the popular beliefs is that God and soul are the same–atma so paramatma. But, who can reveal the true nature of God and soul except God Himself, who is knowledgeful and often referred to as the Truth? It is God who gives us true spiritual knowledge of Himself and the Creation.
The knowledge revealed by Supreme Soul God Shiva through the human medium of Prajapita Brahma has thrown clear light on the true nature of soul and God.
Souls come in the cycle of birth and death. Human souls take birth with a human body to play their role in the world drama. God never comes in the cycle of birth and death. Souls cannot enter and leave a body at will. God incarnates in a human medium for performing divine tasks of imparting spiritual wisdom in order to the vices in the human mind and creating a new world.
With each new birth, the name, place, occupation and relationships of souls change. Their physical identity keeps changing. God’s identity remains constant and unchanging. His name, address, occupation and relationship remain constant.
Human souls live in the bondage of matter, time and space. They experience birth, growth, decay, death and rebirth. God is above the bondage of these factors. He lives in Paramdham–the Supreme Abode–which is timeless and eternal. Humans are always caught up in the dualities of past and future–dualities of physical nature such as old and new, here and there, were and will be and so on.
Souls are bound by the cycle of karma. They take rebirth according to the karma of previous lives. Humans experience the fruit of their karma through life experiences. They experience pleasure, joy or suffering through physical senses, relationships and real life situations. Humans have desires, dreams and expectations. They sow seeds of actions, experience the result and react to those results thus creating more karma.
God is free from the bondage of karma. He is abhokta–one who does not experience sensual pleasures. God is nishkaam–He is free from desires and He does not experience fruit of karma. Only God can be said to perform selfless actions because He does not enjoy the fruits of His actions. Even though humans may perform actions with selfless motives they are rewarded for such actions in their present or future life.
The nature and attributes of souls keep changing in the span of their journey in the human world. They enter the world in a pure, viceless form but gradually become vicious. They go through sato, rajo and tamo stages that denote levels of declining purity. God is ever pure. He is never influenced by vices. He is the Purifier–patit pavan–one who makes impure souls pure through spiritual enlightenment and empowerment. Souls experience a fall from perfection– from pujya to pujari, from deity to human, from enlightened to ignorant. God is beyond such dual experiences and comparisons.
God is always a Bestower–one who gives all spiritual powers, divine virtues and wisdom to human souls. He gives equally to all without discrimination or bias, depending on their spiritual effort.
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