What or Who is God?

Krishna Opens His Mouth to reveal Universal Form

What is this concept of God? Is God an impersonal force? Is God a person? Reminds me of  Shakespeare’s “to be or not to be”. We know there are many myths about God.

My spiritual master writes…

Just as a goldless gold mine cannot produce gold, an impersonal existential mine cannot produce persons. Therefore since we exist as persons our original source must necessarily also possess personality. Some people have called that person God. There are many other names for that person as well. In Sanskrit He is also called Adi, which means the source.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari, 11th March 2014

In the Vedic tradition, a great sage named Parashara Muni, the father of the great Veda Vyasa, carefully analyzed this, and reached this conclusion…

Bhaga means opulence, and when the Sanskrit affix is there, vat-pratyaya, one who possesses opulence, he’s called bhagavān. So it is described by Parāśara Muni that

aiśvaryasya samagrasya
vīryasya yaśasaḥ śriyaḥ
jñāna-vairāgyayoś caiva
ṣaṇṇāṁ bhagam itīṅganā
(Viṣṇu Purāṇa 6.5.47)


“Bhagavān means who possesses these six opulences in full: all riches, all strength, all influence, all wisdom, all beauty, all renunciation.”

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, BG 4.5 lecture, Bombay Mar 25, 1974

In other words, this existential gold mine we call Gd is necessarily personal and must be full of the above six opulences. Anyone who claims to be God must demonstrate those opulences. Anyone who wants to find God must not stop until they find that Person who is full in all these six opulences.

Anything that is impersonal, such as time, or effulgence, must then necessarily be features of that personal source of all existence.

In this world, we can already see how people are mad after wealth, after strength, after influence, wisdom, beauty and especially among the spiritually advanced, the quality of being unattached is also greatly valued.

It stands to reason that the source of all existence, has, at minimum, all these in full.

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Author: Mahabhagavat Das SDA

I am a formally initiated disciple of His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari. My spiritual master was initiated by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1971. He is the author of the famous Ultimate Self Realization Course. Check it out at www.joincourse.com.

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