The Absolute Consciousness or the divine form of the Divine Player
is the real entity behind the manifestation, sustenance and
transformation of this phenomenal world. Whether we consider the
created world to be the reflection of God’s unlimited intellectual
brilliance and enlightenment or simply Divine Play, it is based on
this Divine Consciousness, which manifests itself at different
levels and in vivid forms. Everything that exists in this world,
whether inanimate object or animate, object or not object (Vastu and
Avastu) - all the species, existent or nonexistent, are amalgamated
or embedded within the divine Super Consciousness.
times India’s seers gave prominence to concentrating or meditating
on “Tat Twam Asi” or “Thou Art That” or “You Are That.” The
evolution of civilization may also be termed as the evolution of
consciousness. The pre-supposition of the creation of the entire
phenomenal cosmos is borne of that ‘Aham’ or ‘I’ of that Divine One.
However, this ‘Aham’ or ‘I’ is not the same as commonly understood,
but it is the fundamental power which is the root of the process of
creation. ‘I am in everyone, everyone is Mine, and therefore,
everything is within Me’, this is what Lord Krishna preached Arjuna.
The human being is a very tiny particle of that Super
Consciousness or the ‘Absolute One’. Generally, his life is based on
a very narrow thought process and he remains caught within the
extremely limited boundaries of his self-centred role in life –
himself, his family, his desires, his achievements, and that is all.
Growth of God Consciousness occurs in the human being only when he
expands his horizons beyond this limited boundary of his own and his
family’s needs and desires. Once this happens, his concern and
sensitivity extend beyond himself and his family and include other
human beings and creatures. Then the awareness of divine existence
and power are awakened in him. This awareness enabled this small
particle of the vast universe to become a part of the world creative
process, the galaxies and even travel into and walk in space.
As soon as human concern and sensitivity, based on the power of
love and power of desire, arises to work for the whole of God’s
creation, all conflicts come to an end and the jiva attains pure
divine consciousness. This stage marks the end of the cycle of
creation, sustenance and dissolution along the time continuum.
After transcending the concrete phenomenal world, the human being
enters the world of Vijñayan or knowledge and then transcends the
world of ‘knowledge’, he finally enters the world of ‘Bliss’. Then,
the individual ‘self’ exalts itself to a state of cosmic
consciousness, which is the state of Paramahansa, Brahmastha,
Jeevana-mukta, Tureeyaateeta, and Trigunateeta (the self emancipated
from the bondage of the body despite being in the body) and attains
the state of
Sachchidananda, i.e. the ‘Real’, the ‘Consciousness’ and the
‘Bliss’. Once this happens, the dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna
in the Gita becomes meaningful, ‘I am in all, and all are Mine’.
This is the real form of Sai Baba of Shirdi. Let us meditate upon
Him all the time.