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Veda says that God is not in the statue

 

Amnaayaat na pratimaa bhutejyaagaanat cha.

 

(Veda says that God is not in the statue. Gita also says that those who worship the inert five elements will be born as inert elements).

 

Veda says that God does not exist in the statue (Natasya Pratimaa). The statue is only the representative model of God and God does not exist in the inert statue. Similarly, the inert energy like light etc. Gita also says that those who worship the inert matter and energy (inert five elements) are born as inert objects in the world (Bhutejya yaanti…). Hence, the medium into which God enters is not inert but is a living being which is mainly characterized by awareness. The body of the living being is inert but a living being is mainly characterized by life, mind etc., which is awareness.

The purpose of the mediated God is preaching the spiritual knowledge

 

Jnanopadeshaat maanushopaadhi giyate.

(The purpose of the mediated God is preaching the spiritual knowledge to the human beings. Hence, the medium is human being and this is said in Gita).

 

The main purpose of the entry of God into a medium is to preach the spiritual knowledge to human beings and hence the medium must be a living being and especially must be a human being. This is clearly said in Gita that God enters the human being (Maanusheem tanumaashritam).

 

All the Vedic statements are trying to give the detection of the medium in which God enters

 

Upaadhisamjnaa panchakoshadehaanaamapi .

(All the Vedic statements are trying to give the detection of the medium in which God enters and do not speak about God. Even the Vedic statements about five sheaths of three bodies also speak about medium of God only).

 

The medium of God is human being, which consists of the five sheaths (Panchakosha). Veda says that the five sheaths like food, oxygen, mind, intelligence and bliss are recognized as God (Annam Brahmeti…etc.,). This means that the statements mean the medium of God and not God directly. These five sheaths constitute the three bodies of the human being, which are Gross, subtle and causal states. The food (Annam) and oxygen (Pranah) constitute the gross body. The mind (manah), intelligence (Buddhih) and bliss (Anandah) constitute the subtle body. The material of the subtle body (Jiva) is awareness which is the causal body (Atman).

The causal body is always mentioned if the subtle body is mentioned. The water is mentioned if the water-wave is mentioned. The gold is mentioned if the golden chain is mentioned. A bundle of golden jewels is called as gold directly. Hence, when Jiva is mentioned, naturally Atman is mentioned through Jiva and a separate mention of Atman is not necessary. Ananda is intensive and continuous happiness (Sukham) only and thus it is a quality. Jiva is a bundle of various qualities. Mind is a bundle of wishes. Wish is a quality. Intelligence is a bundle of confirmed wishes and thus it is also a bundle of qualities. Hence, Jiva is a group of qualities, which are like waves of water. Awareness is the water in these waves or qualities.

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