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Atman Brahman Major Difference Maya Veil of Illusion

Query: What is the difference between atman and brahman. How are we under influence of Maya (veil of Illusion), when we are the brahman itself?

Vijay Kumar:
You get it all wrong... it is our soul atman that is of the same essence as God Almighty.... not the bodily form... the human being! If a grain of sand is an individual soul atman... the whole mound God Almighty. Every soul atman manifests a total of 8.4 million bodies before it reaches the last leg of cosmic life when it finally liberates from the cycle of birth and death. No further manifestations... the liberated soul atman finally regain its original pure pristine form.

The definition of God Almighty as detailed in the Sacred Bhagavad Gita... cluster of all purified souls atmans in the Cosmos at a given point of time is what we know as God Almighty! At the time of dissolution of the Cosmos... the entire size of the Cosmos reduces to half a thumb. And what is this half a thumb? Devoid of all impurities within... every soul atman reaches the 8.4 millionth manifestation and the volume of all purified souls atmans is half the size of a thumb!

The entire mass of all purified souls atmans in the Cosmos is the size of half a thumb. This prime energy... the cluster of all purified souls atmans in the Cosmos we know as God Almighty... unable to retain itself for long in its prime pure state again explodes with a big bang... giving rise to a new cosmos... a new journey of life! The relationship between individual souls' atmans and God Almighty is clear. We simply need to understand the cosmic crux of life!

Life in the cosmic domain is not to be understood literally. One need dive deep into the bottomless pit of cosmic Wisdom to gather the pearls of wisdom contained therein. Bhagavad Gita... the most sacred Scripture of Hinduism existing on Mother Earth contains everything knowable. The knower of Bhagavad Gita finally becomes the knower of all... one gains enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and salvation (moksha) at the end of the journey!

In the human form alone we have 1.1 million manifestations before human beings gain enlightenment and salvation. God Almighty never desired Human beings to gain enlightenment and salvation early. The journey of 1.1 million manifestations in the human form is covered in approximately 12.1 million earthly years... a long journey indeed! To keep the puny human being performing karma on its behalf... the doctrine of Maya was created by God Almighty!

For human beings to think it is the Creator of all that is visible to the senses is a misnomer. The fact is the Cosmos seems to be without a boundary. Even if we presume the Cosmos has a boundary... then what beyond? In the absence of the boundary of the Cosmos... the whole Cosmos itself must exist in the imagination of God in the similar fashion as things exist in a dream!

This ignorance of human beings is termed as Maya in Hinduism... the veil of ignorance when removed makes one reach the stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha). Truthfully whatever exists in the system of God seems to be merely a thought of God Almighty. Broken down to the basic building block of the whole Cosmos... the entire Cosmos is nothing but gaseous formation.

When viewed from the senses... everything appears solid. Truthfully... the whole Cosmos is nothing but absolute gaseous formation formed by cluster of atoms and molecules. God Almighty is the only truth of life... rest all being the impurities contained therein! By negating the presence of God... we're negating the existence of Cosmos itself. Furthermore, human beings can never reach the status of Brahman. We are what we are!

Having regained our prime pristine original form... every soul atman gains a seat into the kingdom of God (aka Vaikuntha in Hinduism). The kingdom of God is a point of no return. Every liberated soul atman once having entered the abode of God cannot leave the precincts of the kingdom of God until the dissolution of the Cosmos occurs.

We also need to understand that God Almighty, the Karta... the Creator of the Cosmos always acts has a Dhrista (onlooker) and never interferes with the creation of his. The complete functioning of the cosmic system is preordained and destined like a massive supercomputer. As is our invocation of the mantra and the prayers... so shall be the result! As we sow so shall we get... nothing less or more... so says the doctrine of karma!

Everything in the cosmic system is governed by the law of karma and not God Almighty. The moment a new cosmos gets created with a big bang... the doctrine of karma takes over. Every human being nay every living being is directly governed by the doctrine of karma. Whatever be the cause... none can escape the clutches of karma until one reaches the last leg of cosmic life... the 8.4 millionth manifestation and finally gains enlightenment and salvation.

Our soul atman is the master and governor of the body and not vice versa. It is not within the capability of the body to manifest a soul atman. Every soul atman manifests bodies to work out its karma... remove the impurities... dross within! Similar as the metal within an ore cannot separate itself on its own and requires requisite mining machinery... our soul atman also requires a chain of bodies to work out its karma... remove the dross within!

The liberated soul atman that regains its original pure pristine form finally joins the bigger whole... God Almighty himself! The moment one reaches the stage of enlightenment... the complete crux of life... the secrecy of the cosmic system becomes absolutely clear to the individual... the enlightened one! Never before gaining enlightenment does the crux of the cosmic system become clear to one!

The moment sun shines in its glory... night is nowhere to be seen! Similarly moment the Wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita enfolds before us... the veil of Maya... the veil of ignorance vanishes forever! The doctrine of Bhagavad Gita given to mankind by Lord Krishna does not have a parallel! The prime reason why Lord Krishna is always termed as an Avatar (God manifest in human form) and not a man god like Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ or Prophet Mohammed!

Life in the cosmic system is primarily governed by spirituality... not religion. Only serious seekers of spirituality tread the much dreaded path of spirituality... the unknown domain always different for all beings... goal always remaining the same... only paths vary! As many human beings... as many paths to God Almighty can there be. Following the path of Bhagavad Gita is the sure shot method for reaching God at the earliest!

Lord Vishnu is one of the facets of the Indian trinity of Gods. In Hinduism the Indian trinity of God consists of Shiva aka Mahesh (the destroyer), Vishnu (the maintainer) and Brahma (the Creator). There has never been any person or God like Shiva or Mahesh, Vishnu and Brahma! We simply have three aspects of God in Hinduism. The Creator of the Cosmos is termed as Brahma. The maintainer of the cosmic system termed as Lord Vishnu. The destroyer and the ultimate maintainer of the cosmic system is Shiva... one who also controls death of all beings!

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Essay by: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani" ... The Man who Realized God in 1993! Send your query!

A to Z of Atman Brahman Major Difference explained in words everyone can easily understand and fathom. More on maya veil of illusion can be found at Higher Self ... Vijay Kumar - 13 June 2010.

 Full text of query: You say that there is basically no difference between us and brahman.and maya is the illusory power of brahman,and brahman controls it. then how come we are under maya,when we are the brahman itself,and what is your opinion on srimad bhagvat which categorically states the supremacy of Vishnu/Krishna?

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