We shall now try to understand who God or the Supreme Soul
is. The term ‘Supreme Soul’ means He is supreme among all
souls. It implies that, He is also ‘a soul’, though He is
the Highest of all. He is above birth and death. God is the
Supreme Father-Mother, Supreme teacher and Supreme Preceptor
to all the human beings and He himself has no father-mother,
teacher and preceptor.
God is a subtle, infinitesimal point of Light. He is not
visible to the naked eye but it is very much possible to
experience His presence and proximity in meditation. He is
incorporeal in the sense that he does not have a body of his
own. He is not a human being nor does He have a human form.
He is immune to pleasure and pain unlike human beings.
Names are a means of identification of human beings after
they are born. They do not speak of qualities and actions of
the person; they are simply proper nouns and are not
attributive names. But the name of the supreme soul or God
is based on His qualities and actions. His self-revealed
name is ‘Shiva’. ‘Shiva’ means doer of good or benefactor.
God does well to all and therefore He is called Shiva. All
souls ask for salvation and beatitude i.e. peace and
happiness from Him. People remember Him by many other
God is the Supreme Father of all. He is called the creator.
He is oceanic in his virtues – the ocean of peace, the ocean
of love, the ocean of bliss, the ocean of knowledge, the
ocean of happiness, the ocean of mercy, etc. He is the
truth. He is the Almighty and Authority. He is reputed to be
the preserver or sustainer of virtues and the destroyer of
all evils. He is also the liberator, the guide, and the
bestower of salvation, therefore the sadguru. He dispels
sorrow, bestows joy. God is perfect in all ways and
absolutely detached and loving. He is very benevolent and
helpful and so souls ask all things of him. When in sorrow
and losing all hope, souls turn to him intuitively and
Many are the religions and paths that souls take in their
quest for reaching God. Many wars have been waged in his
name. However, he does not exclusively belong to anyone. He
belongs to everyone equally.
The Supreme Father of all Souls
God is the father of all souls in this world. It is observed
that all religions have images, idols or memorials bearing
one name or another to represent the form of Light that God
is. All over India, the images of the form that Shiva has is
found installed; these images are without any human form, in
the form of linga, which is the symbol of an incorporeal
Being. At Mecca, in the holy place of Kaaba, a stone image
with oval form is called “Sang-e-Aswad”. The devotees who go
for Haj kiss this holy stone. Jesus Christ said, “God is
Light”. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism also sang the
praise of Him who is ‘All-Light’ (ek Omkar) and is
incorporeal. In olden days, the Jews held a stone of this
shape in their hands while taking a solemn oath and it is
believed that Moses had vision of this form of God when he
saw a flame behind the bush. The Zoroastrians worship God as
fire. The ancient Egyptians worshipped the sun as god. A
Buddhist sect in Japan focuses the mind on a small oval
shape. They call it Karni, the peace giver.
It seems therefore that human beings, without realizing,
have all been worshipping and trying to discover the same
God. There is only one God and His form is a point of light.
He is called by different names in different religions.
The Divine Abode of God
Where does God live? Is there somewhere one can go to see
Him, to be with Him? God is a subtle point of light, and He
does not pervade the physical universe. Nor does he live in
the heart of any human being or in any matter. Neither is He
omnipresent; nor is He having a human form. His home is the
incorporeal world, an infinite expanse of golden-red light,
which is beyond this physical world we live. It is the
original abode of all souls as well. The incorporeal world
is known as Paramdham or Brahmlok. Knowing where the Supreme
Father is, we can establish connection with Him through
thoughts during meditation.
The Divine Descent of God
God descends into this world when it is under the spell of
extreme darkness of ignorance, unrighteousness, moral
turpitude, spiritual lassitude and religious decrepitude.
This is described in scriptures as “Dharma Glani”. Looking
at the state of affairs today, it should not be difficult
for us to conclude that the time the world is undergoing at
present is indeed the Dharma Glani. This is the period of
darkness when sins and crimes of all kinds usually take
place; when man gropes around for want of clear vision. It
is at this time that God intervenes in the affairs of
mankind. The divine intervention takes place at the darkest
hour of human history when the human soul is groping in the
darkness of ignorance about the self, the creator and the
creation; when the souls are blinded by the vices of lust,
arrogance, anger, greed and attachment.
It is in this time that God descends in the body of an
ordinary man to reveal the Godly Knowledge, which paves way
to victory over vices and cultivate divine qualities in
life. This enables human beings to transform into divine