In this post we will try to underdstand something about the ‘Supreme Force’, the Eternal and only Reality of the Universe, which governs our lives on earth.
While living our lives on earth, somehow or the other, all of us find ourselves in dark alleys showing us neither any way nor any purposeof taking birth on earth.All of us find caught up in our own dilemmas and patterns of thinking.For a normal human being it is very difficult to understand eternal verities until he is able to free himself from pretensions. The normal human mind is teeming with the repulsive life of countless world delusions. Before such delusions even struggles of battlefields pale into insignificance. He finds it so difficult to fight his own inner enenmies of doubts, worries, fear, insecurity, negative thinking and so on. His own pretensions are so mighty, omnipresent and unresting that they persue him even in his sleep. He has to learn to free himself from all these soldiers of ignorant lusts and move ahead to develop love for His Creator and also for his fellow beings on earth.
Paramahansa Yogananda writes in his Autobiography of a Yogi:
” To love both the invisible God, Repository of All Virtues, and visible man, apparently possesed of none, is often bsaffling. But ingenuity is equal to the maze. Inner research soon exposes a unity of all human minds. In one sense atleast, the brotherhood of man stands revealed. An aghast humility follows this levelling discovery. It ripens into compassion for one’s fellows.”
Now we discuss something about the Supreme Force often known to common man as God.
The latest discoveries in physical science make mention of the following four forces of Nature:
1. The Strong nuclear force
2. The Electromagnetic force (EMF)
3. The Gravitational force
4. The Weak nuclear force
Strong nuclear force holds quarks and gluons together to form protons, neutrons and other particles. It is the strongest of four fundamental forces. Its typical field strength is 100 times the strength of the electromagnetic force, some 100000 times as great as that of the weak nuclear force and about 39 times 10 that of gravitation. It is also the force that binds through the principle of attraction protons and neutrons together. Here we can imagine the strength of this force by thinking how much energy is released when this bond of protons and neutrons is broken like that in the explosion of an Atom Bomb.
The EMF is a force that the electromagnetic field exerts on electrically charged particles. EMF holds electrons and protons together in atoms and also holds atoms together to form molecules.
Gravitational force is a natural phenomenon by which objects with mass attract one another. It is responsible for keeping the Earth and other planets in their orbits around the Sun, for keeping the Moon in its orbit around the Earth, for the formation of tides; for convection by which flow of fluids occurs under the influence of a temperature gradient and gravity; for heating the interiors of new forming stars and planets to very high temperatures, and for various other phenomenon observed on Earth.
Weak nuclear force is 10-11 of the strength of the electromagnetic force and 10-13 of the strong nuclear force. This causes certain forces of radioactive decay.
With all the above forces in action look at the vastness of the skies which is without any limits or boundaries. Far away from the city lights and on a clear, cool night when moon is also not shining, the sky is a marvelous thing to look at. What a majestic sea of stars, some shining more brightly than the others. Scientists also awe and wonder as to what is all this. To our unaided eyes the stars look like brilliant points of light, some a little brighter, others fainter, some colored with hues of red or blue. When we focus our telescope skyward we are aghast with the wondrous phenomenon occurring in the sky.
A natural question arises as to who is causing all this and how is this being done? From where have these forces originated? Who makes them to function continuously as such in their own spheres? Since such questions are vital to human understanding and science stops at answering these questions the mind turns to scriptures of various religions to find an answer.
We are now going to make an attempt to find an answer to this intrigue question or say, try to fathom deeper to see if we can find some pearls. Let us then make ourselves free of the background of all the cultures, of all patterns of thinking and feeling. Even the idea of being a man or a woman, or even human should be discarded. The ocean of life contains all and not only humans. Abandon all self identifications, stop thinking of yourself as such and such, so and so or this and that. A beautiful mind in which the Force that made you is itself shining will form the right ground for reflection of truth in you.
Imagine and go back to the times when there was no universe and the space was completely empty. Beyond the smallest of material particles there existed a self-aware, self-luminous, loving and intelligent light. Complete peace and bliss filled every nook of the void. Contained in the vast subtle body of light were all the noble attributes of trust, purity, steadfastness, fearlessness, renunciation, peace, forgiveness, patience, straightforwardness, almsgiving, compassion, self-restraint, modesty, radiance. Though everything was so wonderful and blissful yet there was none else to enjoy that peace and bliss except the One who possessed all these things within Himself. The all-loving heart of this Being (let us call Him Supreme) thought that let there may be a creation endowed with all my qualities to enjoy these wonderful feelings within Me. This thought of the Supreme prompted a sound to come out of His Being and filled whole of the cosmos with it. This sound first vibrated into cosmic light and then into cosmic intelligence filling all the space with these two primary forces.
The cosmic intelligence then working in conjunction with the love power or the power of attraction of the Supreme created innumerable stars and planets. He then peopled them with beings in His own image who, although they were actually a part of Him, could enjoy Him and His dream creation as separate individualities. The only way that He could give the created beings such a feeling of individuality was to cast over all the individuals an illusion of separateness, which came to be known in the world as Maya or cosmic delusion. The Supreme Himself became the ocean and the creation His waves. The waves remain as individual waves as long as the storms of delusion whip the ocean. If the storm of delusion was to cease, the waves would also sink back into the ocean. In order to make this drama of creation-making storm of delusion perpetually running, the Supreme gave it individuality also, and the power to go on independently creating and maintaining the universe.
Consider the case of an individual living on Earth, like any of us, who is highly prosperous, is very rich, and has excellent bungalow to live in and every other thing needed at his command. Unfortunately, this person has no children and whenever this thought occupies his mind he becomes sad and feels that he should have some children to enjoy his fortune. He then tries various methods at his command to have children and when even all such methods also fail he goes to adopt a child.
In spite of creating the illusion of Maya/delusion the Extremely Subtle Omnipresent Supreme sustains by its all pervading light issuing from the Cosmic Consciousness all the subtle forms of consciousness and all grosser manifestations of creation. This unseen beam of light from the Supreme gives reality to the animate and inanimate objects in the cosmic motion picture perceived by various instruments of human cognition—ego, feelings, intuition, mind and the senses. Solids, liquids, fire and light (energy), air (life force), and ether, as also mind and ego, are all relativities of one essence- The Supreme’s one light of cosmic consciousness. He shines in Suns, moons, stars and everything. Nothing can exist without Him whether it is His grosser manifestation or subtler.
The Supreme’s power of attraction responsible for forming stars, planets is operating as a law in the Cosmos. Everything in the Universe is revolving around this power of attraction. In our human bodies this law is working perfectly as it worked in the creation of the Universe. This is happening without even our noticing it.
Since everything has emanated from Him alone (The only Single Reality) He is the essence of all knowledge. He is the Source of all wisdom in the scriptures of various religions. He is the Omniscient Knower of all truth to be known and the Author of complete knowledge. He directs the process of all human cognition. He is the consciousness of all sentient beings, angels, deities, yogis, ordinary men, goblins, animals and all other forms of life.