Indic Visions 3: The Divine Within Oneself

tat tvam asi

The doctrines of most religions say that God created Man, even as a potter creates the pot. This makes human beings distinct from God, a creature versus the Creator. But the vision of some Hindu thinkers is quite different. Here, God created humans somewhat as a parent creates a progeny. He is no doubt responsible for what has been created, but His imprint is there in the product. Thus, God is implicitly present in all human beings.

We know, of course, that there is a little of the parents’ gene in every progeny. Likewise, in the Hindu view, there is a little of the Divine in each of us. So when it says in the Upanishads, aham brahmâsmi: I am Brahman, what is meant is that each of us has a spark of that Cosmic Fire whence we all emerged. 

This may be a profound revelation, a deep insight, or simply an interesting perspective. No matter how we take it, if we reflect on and internalize this idea our attitude towards others can change significantly. We will think twice before hurting, harming, abusing or otherwise ill-treating a fellow human, given that the other person has a spark of the Divine within.

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Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.

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