Sometimes spiritualists imagine that since a material form is a limitation, therefore God cannot possibly have a form.
In some religious tradition, the form of God is not at all described.
Some imagine some form of God according to their own concoctions.
It is not that God does not have a form or that His form is imaginary. But it is that one needs to approach the form of God properly.
God’s form is called “saccidananda vigraha”, or that which is composed of sat (eternality), chit(purely conscious knowledge), and ananda(unmitigated bliss). This form of God is unlimited, not constrained by space or time, neither does God’s form deteriorate like material forms.
In a beautiful section of the Srimad Bhagavatam, Lord Kapila, an incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, describes the process of devotional service.
Here is one beautiful text, an example for you to relish.
ज्योत्स्नाभिराहतमहद्धृदयान्धकारम् ॥ २१ ॥
sañcintayed bhagavataś caraṇāravindaṁ
The devotee should first concentrate his mind on the Lord’s lotus feet, which are adorned with the marks of a thunderbolt, a goad, a banner and a lotus. The splendor of their beautiful ruby nails resembles the orb of the moon and dispels the thick gloom of one’s heart.https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/3/28/21/
God has feet, which defeat the splendour of a lotus in full bloom. The soles of His lotus feet are adorned with specific marks.
Each and every mark has specific significance. Just the lustre of His beautiful red toenail can be compared to a full moon.
Meditating on the lotus feet of God dispels all gloom.
Why can we not meditate on the lotus feet of the Lord?
I spend most of my time meditating on all sorts of things. I pray that all these useless meditations may be replaced by unbroken meditation on the lotus feet of Sri Radha Krishna.
9 thoughts on “The Form of God”
जयतां सुरतौ पंगोर् मम मंद-मतेर् गती
मत्सर्वस्व पदांभोजौ राधा-मदन-मोहनौ
“jayatam suratau pangor mama manda-mater gati
mat-sarvasva-padambhojau radha-madan mohanau.”
“Glory to the all-merciful, Radha and Madanmohana! I am lame and ill advised, yet they are my directors, and Their lotus feet are everything to me.”
– prayer by Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami
Mahabhagavat Das SDA, you are a great writer. It is not easy to write so many articles. Since you also know Sanscrp, you can become a guru in the future. Maybe you can also become a spiritual master in the future.
Thank you David. It is the mercy of my Guru Maharaja, Sripad Sankarshan Das Adhikari. I am otherwise completely useless. By the Guru’s mercy even the fool appears wise! Hare Krishna.
I worry that I cannot escape from reincarnation.
By pursuing Krishna Consciousness, you will eliminate all traces of reactions that cause us to reincarnate in material forms. You may still choose to reincarnate, such as my spiritual master Sankarshan Das Adhikari wants to, just to uplift other souls and send them back home back to Godhead.
Does Krishna’s universal form have an ugly appearance?
Not ugly, but terrifying and overwhelming as you can see from Arjuna’s reaction, https://vedabase.io/en/library/bg/11/
Is it correct to say “everything comes from nothing?”
There is no such thing as “nothing”. There is always something, and that original something is God.