The concept of God – Krishna Consciousness or God consciousness
Achieving absolute fearlessness
Fear is a natural instinct and it is a state of mind. Physical and psychological dangers that people sense, cause fear in their minds. It is a natural instinct which even animals, reptiles, birds, etc have. Instinct has nothing to do with intelligence but training and controlling it, do.
Fearing something or someone is also a kind of negative auto-suggestion. Confusions and illusions augment fear and the lack of faith makes things even worse. Out of the 86400 seconds everyday, even 10 seconds spent fearing something is an absolute waste of time.
Some of the disadvantages of fearing :
i. Causes unpleasant feelings
ii. Is of no benefit
iii. Makes people look scared and unattractive
iv. Weakens intelligence, memory and the intellect
v. Causes anger and an unfriendly behaviour
vi. Plants negative seeds in the mind
vii. Is a total waste of time
Some of the advantages of thinking positive:
i. Causes happiness
ii. Greatly increases self-confidence
iii. Makes people look radiant and good-looking
iv. Strengthens the mind, stimulates memory and the intellect
v. Makes people think in a magnanimous way thereby making them appear confident and benevolent
vi. Plants positive seeds in the mind that will grow into large fruit bearing trees
vii. Makes the mind more healthy paving the way for a great future
The strong belief of being under the protection of the personified Supreme Power, makes people mentally very strong and it totally removes fear. When people fear, they visualise unpleasant situations which actually may not have been destined to happen at all. Instead, people who have total faith in the Supreme Power, are absolutely confident and certain that no harm would ever befall upon them. The easiest would be to personify the Supreme Power in such a way that people can relate to. People are free to attribute whatever qualities or powers to the Supreme God they have personified. In the 11th chapter of the Gita, which is also called the Vishwaroopa Darshana Yoga, Bhagavan Krishna has been described as follows:
किरीटिनं गदिनं चक्रहस्तमिच्छामि त्वां द्रष्टुमहं तथैव।
तेनैव रूपेण चतुर्भुजेनसहस्रबाहो भव विश्वमूर्ते॥
kiritinam gadinam chakra hastam
icchaami tvaam drashtum aham tathaiva
tenaiva rupena chatur bhujena
sahasra baaho bhava vishva murte
Oh universal Lord, I wish to see You in Your four-armed form, with helmeted head and with club, wheel, conch and lotus flower in Your hands. I long to see You in that form.
In modern times, it would make sense to visualise Bhagavan Krishna to be an omnipotent and an omnipresent muscular, handsome, powerful, extremely intelligent and a loving God who stays with us each and every single second of the day. Depending on people’s perception of him, He could be a friend, a guide, a teacher, a brother or can be loved in the way one would love his or her own father. Believing that He is always there for people for an instant boost of energy and courage makes people totally confident, courageous and at the same time virtuous or Dharma abiding.
An employee of a large organisation, who is very dear to the CEO, would never fear anyone or anything within the organisation because he or she has the direct support and protection of the CEO. The entire system in which we live is an extremely huge corporate organisation and the CEO is Bhagavan Krishna. When one is dear to him, has blind faith in Him and follows all His rules, even any traces of fear in the heart are wiped away giving way to abundant self-confidence and courageousness.
Understanding the God Concept
मत्तः परतरं नान्यत्किञ्चिदस्ति धनञ्जय ।
मयि सर्वमिदं प्रोतं सूत्रे मणिगणा इव ॥
mattaH parataraM naan yatkinchidasti dhananjayaa
mayi sarvamidaM protaM suutre maNigaNaa iva
Beyond Me, there is nothing superior. Everything is connected to me like pearls on a thread.
In order to achieve the above mentioned state of mind of fearlessness and in order to convince the mind of such a Supreme Power, it is most essential to understand the God Concept.
During times of trouble, the lack of clarity in the concept of God causes and also nourishes fear. Believing in nothing gives no hope because it is ultimately only hope that helps people progress in their lives. People with an impersonal conception of God are usually bewildered by God Himself.
Humans, since time immemorial, have been anthropomorphising or rather personifying their deities, planets, stars and even natural forces such as the wind, the rain, etc. This is because of the fact that humans can naturally and very easily comprehend abstract things that are personified. People find it almost impossible to perceive anything that is intangible and does not have a shape or a form. When we speak with a stranger on the phone, we tend to ‘put a face to the voice’ in our minds. But once we have seen the person or even his or her picture, it becomes much easier for us to communicate with and to relate to the person.
From a modern and a rational point of view, we could say that The Supreme God is a personification of the entire system. Some may object to this but this is not meant to belittle or demean any Dogma or Faith. This is because any kind of absolute Faith is powerful. It is the unflinching faith in God, in oneself, in another person or even in an inanimate object that makes people strong, helps them achieve their ambitions and gets them whatever they want. Faith also triggers the placebo effect in people and rids them of even severe illness and pain.
Intelligent and powerful conquerors and rulers used religion and the personification of the eternal and ultimate power to sway masses and to control and rule over them. Wars were fought and millions were killed in the name of God. Religion after violence has been the ultimate means to achieve power over people. Fear as well as greed, were created in the minds of the masses. Hell and heaven were intelligently used to nurture both fear and greed in the minds of the people. In order to be saved from hell and to be guaranteed eternity in heaven, people needed priests and the priests worked for the king. This ensured the king a feudalistic and an undisturbed chain of command.
In the Bhagavad Gita, the entire system that runs based on unwritten laws is called the ultimate consciousness. Wrong or unclear conceptions of God cause illusion. Minds of people under this illusion can be very easily manipulated by power mongers. Understanding the ultimate consciousness helps people in being a better part of the entire grand system, however small and innocuous they may be. When one follows the rules and regulations of the country that he or she lives in, living a safe and a comfortable life becomes quite easy. Similarly, following Sanaatana Dharma which comprises of the basic code of conduct through social responsibility, ensures happiness, good health and prosperity and also positive Karma which is carried forward into future births or Janmas.
Although people know that there is a natural system that governs everything in the universe, developing faith in the system requires personification of the Supreme System. Bhagavan Krishna tells Arjuna that only those people who perceive the Supreme Power to possess a form, a personality, qualities, powers, etc. are in a position to overcome this illusion in order to truly and deeply experience their oneness with the System or Power.
A quote from the Bible describing our oneness with God. Jesus Christ speaks to his disciple John:
John 14:20 On that day you will realise that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
The following verse from the Gita speaks about the importance of personifying The Supreme Lord in order to perceive Him better.
Gita: 12: 5
अव्यक्ता हि गतिर्दुःखं देहवद्भिरवाप्यते ॥
klesho ‘dhikataras teshaam
avyakta hi gatir duhkham
Those whose minds are attached to the formless or an impersonal feature of the Supreme Lord, find it difficult to perceive Him. People’s nature of identifying with the body makes perception of a formless God, difficult.
A few Biblical verses of God’s appearance:
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Ezekiel 1: 26-27
26. And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
27. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
Revelations 1: 14-16
14. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15. And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
The Bhagavad Gita says that the illusion of The Bhagavan’s external potency manifests itself as external energy in the demigoddess called ‘Maya’ and both are subservient to the Supreme Bhagavan Krishna. As per the Gita, in order to experience being a part of the System, it is of utmost importance to develop Ananya Bhakti or absolute and pure devotion. When people develop absolute or pure devotion, they follow Dharma, engage in good Karma and hence are good and useful citizens to whichever country that they live in and also to the world.
A simple but powerful verse on devotion from the Gita:
Uniting individual consciousness with the ultimate consciousness
अनन्याश्चिन्तयन्तो मां ये जनाः पर्युपासते ।
तेषां नित्याभियुक्तानां योगक्षेमं वहाम्यहम् ॥
ananyaas chintayanto mam
ye janaah paryupaasate
yoga kshemam vahaamyaham
Those who strive for eternal association with Me over everything and everyone else, meditate on me with extreme devotion. I assure such persons of uniting their individual consciousness with the ultimate consciousness forever.
The total faith that comes with being dear to the personified Supreme One, makes people mentally very strong and it totally removes fear. Fearlessness when once tasted, is highly addictive. Total Krishna Consciousness is the quickest and the surest way of attaining fearlessness. Feeling absolutely certain of being under His care and protection, gives people ultimate self-confidence and mental attitude. The total faith they have, works for them, saves them from the most hopeless situations, helps them realise even their most impossible dreams and frees them from all sorts of fear.
Freedom from fear is freedom from bondage.
Jai Shree Krishna