16. Should One only Worship the Supreme God (Param Akshar Brahm)
Question: - In answer to another question, you have said that to attain complete salvation, one has to do sadhna (religious practice) of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiv, Ganesh, Goddess, and Kshar Brahm and Akshar Brahm. On the other hand, you are saying that Brahma, Vishnu, Shiv are "other gods", and even Kshar Brahm is not worthy of being worshipped. One should only worship (pooja) Param Akshar Brahm?
Answer: - I am not saying; our Holy Books are saying. First, let us clarify what is the difference between Pooja and Sadhna?
A desire to obtain an object is called Pooja (worship), and the effort to obtain it is called Sadhna (religious practice).
Example: - Like, if we have to obtain water, then water is our attainable object. We have the desire to obtain water. We would have to install a hand-pump to get water. To install a hand-pump whatever equipment would be used, a boring machine would be installed; this is effort. Similarly, to attain that supreme state of the Supreme God is our desire. Having gone where, a worshipper never returns to the world. Our attainable object is Supreme God and His eternal supreme abode. To attain Him, the recitation of mantra, hawan-yagya etc. is sadhna (religious practice). By that sadhna (religious practice), the venerable object, God, is attained. The clarification given in the answer to the question 13 is an accurate example. For that complete salvation, initiation has to be completed in three stages.
1. First initiation: - The sadhna (religious practice) of the mantras of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiv, Ganesh, and Goddess is given.
2. In the second stage, two-word mantra of Kshar Brahm and Akshar Brahm is given. Saints have called it “Sat Naam”. In Gita Chapter 17 Verse 23, there are three mantras, “Om-Tat- Sat”. In this Satnaam, there are two words; one is “Om” and the other is “Tat”. (This is a coded, that is, a secret mantra which is only told to the disciple at the time of the initiation.)
3. In the third stage, initiation of Saarnaam is given – the mantra which has been mentioned as “Sat” in Gita Chapter 17 Verse 23. This is also coded. It is told to the person taking initiation at the time of the initiation. In this way, complete salvation is attained.