It is well known that Hindus worship many Gods. At the same time, we also believe in one supreme being that is the final abode of the entire universe. In the modern world of overflowing information, we often miss the most basic and yet most essential knowledge, which could have otherwise changed the very perspective of our lives. A short reference from Bhagavat-Purana explains the supreme form of the most basic and the ultimate God. In a dialogue between Shuka Deva and Parikshit, Shree Shuka Deva ji explains how a person can attain Bhakti Yoga by meditating on the grandiose form of the supreme God.
Shree Shuka Deva Ji said, “A person should cut the bonds with his material body and the relations thereof by using the weapon of unattachment. He should get out of his house patiently, bathe in pious water and sit in a lonely place by the proper ritual. Then he should recite the three eternally pious syllables of ‘A, U and M’ in his mind. He should supress his mind by controlling breath and should not forget the chant at any moment. With the help of his will and by his mind he should remove the subject of thoughts; And by the virtue of thoughts, he should pacify the mind, made chaotic by the actions. He should do this by mediating on the gracious form of God. In a peaceful state of soul, he should meditate on one organ of the diverse God. Then, by meditating on all the organs, one by one, and free from the chaotic thoughts, a person should engage his mind in God so that none of the subjects come to mind. That is the supreme abode of God. Meditating on it fills a person with eternal bliss from the love of God. If while meditating, mind wanders off with Rajo-Gun or dulls with Tamo-Gun, one should not panic. With patience, one should control it with focussed belief; Because belief obliterates the faults created by the Gun. In a state of stabilized belief, a person sees his supreme abode (God), and he attains Bhakti-Yoga.”
Importance of Belief
Parikshit asked, “O Brahman! By which method, belief is achieved, and how can it be done, and what shall be the object? What is its form that removes the dirt from the minds of people?”
Shree Shuka Deva Ji said, “Parikshit! Being victorious over stature, breath, and the senses, one should with the help of his will, focus his mind on the basic form of God. This acting form of God constitutes everything that we can see – that was, is or will be, and is the most basic and grandiose body at the same time. Water, Fire, Air, Ether, Mahattatva, Ahankara and Prakriti are the seven embraces that make the universal God and he is the only one who is worthy of belief.
Grandiose Form of God
Knowers of elements describe his form in this way – Patala is the sole of that grandiose God, His heels and toes are Rasatala, ankles are Mahatala. His knees are Talatala and his legs are Sutala. His thighs are Atala and Vitala, and his waist is Bhutala; His lake-like navel is what we call sky. The chest of this ancient person is Swarga-Loka, neck is Mahar-Loka, face is Jan-Loka, and forehead is Tapo-Loka. The group of heads of the multiheaded God is what we call Satya-Loka.
Indra etc. gods are his arms, directions are ears and words are his sense of sound. Both the Ashwini-Kumara are his nostrils, and smell is his sense of smell. The engorging fire is his mouth. His eyes are the space, the ability to see is the Sun, both the eyelids are the night and the day, and his eyebrows are the Brahma-Loka. His palette is the water, and tongue is taste. Vedas are the fontanel of God, and time is his chin. All kinds of emotions of love are his teeth and his worldly and mesmerising mysticism is what we call his smile. The eternity of world actually is the ironical diversity of the same smile. Shame is his upper lip and greed is the lower lip. Dharm is his bosoms and Adharma is his back. Prajapati is his penis, Mitraavarun are his testicles, seas are his womb and the majestic mountains are his bones. King! The capillaries of this great person are the rivers. Trees are his body hairs. The supremely powerful air is his breath. Time is his gait and to run the wheel of Guna is his act.
Parikshit! Clouds are his hair. Evening is his clothes. Wise people have said that inexpression (basic nature) is his heart and the treasure of fallacies, his mind is the moon. Mahattatva is the supreme God’s soul and Rudra is his Ahankara. Horses, ponies, camels, and elephants are his nails. The deer and other wild animals reside in his loins. Various kinds of birds are examples of his unmatchable creational talent. Swayambhuva Manu is his will and the children of Manu, humans are his abode. Gandharva, Vidyadhara, Chaarana and Apsara are all his memories of the first note of music, shadaj. Demons are his semen. Brahman are his face, Kshatriya are arms, Vaishya are thighs and Shudra are the feet of the great and supreme being. The resourceful Yagya (proceedings) done in the name of different gods are his acts.
Parikshit! This is the basic form of that grandiose being and so I have told you now. In this form the eager people establish their mind with the help of will. Because nothing exists apart from this form. Just like a person in a dream sees only himself as different objects, similarly it is the same omnipotent God who observes everything with wisdom. We should pray to that true-form, blissful God and not be attached to any other thing. Because such attachment would be the cause of the demise of a human being.”