(Krishna.org) – This God, as I understand it, is a term that Einstein made popular in his discussions with other physicists. I heard that when Einstein said, Der lieber Gott nicht werfelt, (God doesn’t shoot craps with the universe), Niels Bohr finally told Einstein, Stop telling God what to do. More to the point, is this God’s first attempt at creating a universe, or is God experienced at this? (Robert Roosen)
Firstly the concept of God, a supreme person who is the ultimate controller of the universe, certainly was not the creation of Einstein. Finding the beginning of the idea of God would be very difficult for, unlike anything we have experienced here He is eternal. He has no beginning or end. We also have this same eternal nature but we are covered by our material bodies made from earth, water, fire, air and ether. Underneath this material covering we exist as an eternal spiritual being, a tiny part and parcel of the Supreme Being. We have the same qualities as Him, however He has them in unlimited qunatities and we have them in minute quantities.
As far as this creation being God’s first, He has a somewhat different perspective to us.
“O son of Kunti, at the end of the millennium all material manifestations enter into My nature, and at the beginning of another millennium, by My potency, I create them again.” (Bhagavad-gita 9.7)
The creation and annihilation of the material world is cyclic. Although this creation has a beginning and an end the cycle is eternal. It’s just like the seasons, every year we get summer, autumn, winter and spring. So this universe is created, it exists for some time and is ultimately destroyed. But then another creation takes place. This is a great science, this is the real science.
So for God there is no question of this, or for that matter, any of His universes, being His first attempt. Since He is eternal and the cycle of creation and annihilation is also eternal there was no “first time”. This is somewhat inconceivable to us only because we have no experience of anything eternal.
God (Krishna, “The all-attractive person”) is not only expert at creating universes, He is expert at everything and He has always been so. He didn’t have to learn how to be God from somebody else–He is always God, eternally.
In this material world everyone, even Lord Brahma, the first and most powerful person in this universe, has to undergo the problems of birth, old-age, disease and ultimately death. So although a birth in the heavenly planets (like Brahmaloka) may be very nice in that we get a very long life, a beautiful body and lots of facility for sense gratification, still ultimately we have to get old and die.
But do we die? Certainly the body gets old and dies. But am I the body? If we scientifically analyze the body can we find ourselves? Am I my arm? Am I my head? Am I my brain? No. I am the person within the body. The body is a machine like a motor car and I am it’s driver.
dehino ‘smin yatha dehe
kaumaram yauvanam jara
dhiras tatra na muhyati
“As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.”
So we are not the body, we are the tiny spiritual particle controlling and directing the body.
Currently, in the material world, we are in an uncomfortable and unnatural position. We are spiritual beings imprisoned within material bodies which are not at all comfortable. My spiritual nature is to be full of pleasure, to be eternally youthful, and to to full of knowledge but because I have taken on this body and I am identifying with it. I consider myself this body which is mortal, full of anxiety and full of ignorance. Just the opposite of my real spiritual nature.
So “Who created Brahma?” A good question. This material world is only one fourth of the creation of Krishna (Visnu). Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and he has His own abode, Goloka Vrndavana in the spiritual world far, far away from this miserable material world. There the nature is completely spiritual, everything is full of knowledge, eternally youthful and full of pleasure. In the spiritual world everyone is serving Krishna. There are varieties of activities but the goal is one only, to please Krishna.
mamaivamso jiva-loke jiva-bhutah sanatanah
manah sasthanindriyani prakrti-sthani karsati
“The living entities in this conditioned worls are My eternal, fragmental parts. Due to conditioned life, they are struggling very hard with the six senses which include the mind.”
Hear Krishna says the living entities, of whom Lord Brahma is one, are “eternal fragmental parts” so it can not be said that anyone created Brahma, or Krishna or you or me. We are all of the same eternal spiritual quality however Krishna is great and we are small. The example is given of the blazing fire and the small sparks. The small sparks are qualitatively the same as the blazing fire but they are very small compared to the fire. As soon as the sparks leave the fire they loose their shining power. Similarily Lord Brahma, and we ourselves, are tiny spiritual particles qualitatively the same but quantitatively different form Krishna. We have come to the material world and as sparks loose their shining power outside the fire we have also lost our spiritual nature by separating ourselves from Krishna.
To regain our original spiritual nature in this age of Kali there is only one recommended method the chanting of the maha-mantra: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, an incarnation of Krishna appearing five hundered years ago in West Bengal described this process as “ceto darpanam marjanam..” or cleaning the mirror of the heart. All our sinful activities produce seeds which are stored in our heart and which cover our clear consciousness and this chanting of the Hare Krishna maha mantra clears away all the contamination in the heart, purifying it so we can see ourselves and our original position as servants of Krishna.
And “Who is in charge to make sure…” Krishna is in charge of everything to make sure everything goes on alright. Sometimes there are problems which even Lord Brahma and the other demigods can’t solve so at such times they go to the beach of the milk ocean within this universe and pray to Visnu (Who lives on an island in the milk ocean in His form as Ksirodakasayi Visnu) asking Him to appear as an incarnation to solve the problem.
In another posting I have quoted Srila Jayadeva Goswami’s Dasavatara-strotra which gives a very nice description of ten of the incarnations of Vishnu who appeared in this universe at various times to perform various activities.
Actually Krishna doesn’t have to appear within this universe to kill demons or to do anything else. The whole material energy is completely under His control (although He is independent and undisturbed by it). So He can kill millions of demons by one earthquake. Why does He come here personally? He wants to protect His devotees, and He wants to perform pastimes here so His devotees will be able to glorify and talk about His pastimes (He enjoys it also). Devotees get great pleasure by hearing and describing Krishna’s pastimes, but if Krishna didn’t personally come here and display His pastimes what would we talk about?
Thank you. Hare Krishna.