20. Is God in Form or Formless
Question: Is God in form or formless? Is the meaning of “Avyakt” formless?
Answer: God is in form. He is in man-form, that is, He has an appearance like that of man. The meaning of Avyakt is not formless; it means ‘in form’. For example, like the clouds cover the sun. At that time, the sun is Avyakt (Invisible).
Even though the sun is not visible to us, but it is Avyakt; it is in form. Those gods who are not visible to us by ordinary way of worship, they are said to be Avyakt.
Like, in Gita Chapter 24-25, the speaker of Gita has called himself Avyakt because he was speaking by entering into Shri Krishna. When he became Vyakt (visible), he showed the Viraat form. This is the first Avyakt God (unmanifested God) who is called Kshar Purush, He is also called Kaal. From Gita Chapter 8 Verse 17 to 19, the second Avyakt is Akshar Purush. In Gita Chapter 8 Verse 20, it is said that – other than this Avyakt i.e. Akshar Purush is another Eternal Avyakt Supreme God i.e. Param Akshar Purush. Thus, these three are gods in form (man- like form). The meaning of Avyakt is not formless. Kshar Purush has pledged that – ‘I will never appear before anyone in my original form’.
Evidence: In Gita Chapter 11 Verse 47- 48, it is said that – Oh Arjun! This Viraat form of mine that you saw, no one before you had seen this form of mine. I have shown this to you by my grace.
In Gita Chapter 11 Verse 48, he has said that this form of mine can neither be seen by the method mentioned in the Vedas, nor by Jap (chanting mantra), nor Tap (penance), nor Yagya (religious ritual) etc. This proves that none of the sages-great sages and worshippers saw Kshar Purush (the speaker of knowledge of Gita). Due to which, they considered him to be formless. It is stated in Sukshm Ved (Tatvgyan / complete spiritual knowledge) that: - “Khojat-Khojat thaakiya, ant mein kaha bechoon (nirakaar) | na guru poora na sadhna, satya ho rahe joonam-joon (janm-maran) ||
Now in Gita Chapter 7 Verse 24-25, the speaker of Gita has clarified that I remain hidden by my Yog-maya. I do not appear before anyone. I am (Avyakt) invisible. If he is hidden, then he is in form. Even Akshar Purush is (Avyakt) invisible. This has been proved above. This god (Akshar Purush) has no role here. He is limited to his 7 sankh (700 quadrillion) brahmands. Therefore, nobody could see him.
Param Akshar Purush: - This God has a role in all the brahmands (universes). He lives in Satyalok which is 16 sankh kos (1 kos is approximately 3 k.m.; 1 sankh is 100 quadrillion; so, 16 sankh kos = 4800 quadrillion k.m.) away from earth. The way of worship for attaining Him is not mentioned in the Vedas (Four Vedas). Due to which, nobody could see this God. When this (Param Akshar Purush) God appears on earth in His body, nobody is able to recognise Him. God even says that: -
“Hum hi alakh Allah hain, kutub-gos aur peer |
Garibdas Khalik Dhani, Humra naam Kabir ||”
I am Complete God. I only am Peer, that is, the Satguru (true teacher) who imparts true knowledge. I only am the creator of the entire nature. My name is Kabir. But all the worshippers, sages-great sages have only consolidated this knowledge that God is formless. He cannot be seen. How can this weaver (Dhanak) Kabir, a poet, roaming on earth be Param Akshar Brahm?
Its solution is as follows:
No wise, God-desiring man in the world considers the four Vedas (Rigved, Yajurved, Samved and Atharvaved) to be wrong. Presently, the founder of Arya Samaj, Maharishi Dayanand, has been considered to be the complete scholar of the Vedas. He also says that “God is formless”. Arya Samaj and Maharishi Dayanand consider Vedas to be true. They have themselves translated the Vedas into Hindi, in which it is clearly written that – God lives in the upper Lok (world).
He walks from there and comes to earth (in His body). He meets good souls. He narrates the knowledge of true way of worship to them. God utters the (Tatvgyan) true spiritual knowledge from His lotus-mouth in the form of proverbs, verses, hymns, couplets and quatrains through Padas (verses of devotional poetry). Due to which, He also attains the title of a famous poet. Behaving like poets, he keeps wandering on earth. Inventing the secret mantras of bhakti, He tells them to the worshippers. He inspires them to do bhakti.
See evidence – Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 86 Mantra 26-27, Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 82 Mantra 1-2, Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 96 Mantra 16-20, Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 94 Mantra 1, Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 95 Mantra 2, Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 54 Mantra 3, Rigved Mandal 9 Sukt 20 Mantra 1and in many other Ved mantras, the aforesaid evidence is present that God is in human-form like man. There is also evidence in Shrimad Bhagavat Gita Chapter 4 Verse 32 and 34. The speaker of Gita has said that Oh Arjun! Param Akshar Brahm utters true spiritual knowledge (Tatvgyan) from His lotus-mouth. The information about Yagyas, that is, religious rituals has been delivered in detail in that Sachidanand Ghan Brahm’s (True-happiness- giving God) speech. Knowing that, you will become free from all sins. Then in Gita Chapter 4 Verse 34, it is said that – You may understand that knowledge by going to Tatvdarshi saints. By prostrating before them and submissively asking question, those Tatvdarshi saints will impart (Tatvgyan) true spiritual knowledge to you.
We have given you these evidence, and the main thing is that Gita is the summary of the four Vedas. There is more of coded knowledge in it. This has also been proved that (Tatvgyan) the true spiritual knowledge is even different to the knowledge of Gita. Only Tatvdarshi saints (complete saints), whom Param Akshar Brahm meets by Himself coming on earth, know it.