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Shri Datta Swami

Jnana Saraswati – Parabrahma Sutras

 

    

83. The absolute and relative planes do not coexist


मनुष्योपाधौवपि न दशाद्वयविरोधः।८३।
manuṣyopādhauvapi na daśādvayavirodhaḥ|83|

Even in the case of the Human Incarnation of God, the two planes do not co-exist to contradict each other.

Explanation:

When God enters the medium of a human form, such a Human Incarnation is an ordinary human being externally but is God internally. If you cannot recognize Him internally, you will speak only in the relative plane regarding the world in His view. If you recognize Him as God internally, you will speak in the absolute plane regarding the world in His view. Once the absolute plane is mentioned, the relative plane does not exist. If you do not recognize Him as God, even though He is in the absolute plane, you will misunderstand Him to be in the relative plane alone. Hence, even in His case, the two planes do not co-exist and contradict each other. If you have realized Him as God, there is no relative plane in His view since the relative plane cannot co-exist with the absolute plane [1]. Even if you have not realized Him as God due to your ignorance caused by ego and jealousy, the absolute plane alone exists in His view and not the relative plane. In your ignorant view also, His view of the world is only the relative plane [2]. Thus here also, there are no two planes co-existing.

Note:

Once you mention about the absolute plane, the relative plane disappears. The absolute plane is the absolute truth. When the absolute plane is realized, the relative plane disappears. For example, you see a rope, but you mistake it to be a serpent. The rope is the absolute plane and the absolute truth. The serpent, which is an illusion, is a relative truth. Once the absolute truth is realized, the relative plane disappears. Once you realize the rope, the serpent disappears. As long as you see the serpent, the rope is not realized. So only one plane exists at any given time; both planes cannot co-exist.

In the Human Incarnation, God is there in the human medium. The human being is in the relative plane and is a part of the world. God is in the absolute plane. When the absolute plane is realized, the relative plane should disappear. So, when we mention about the absolute plane, the human medium—the relative plane—does not exist. For the Human Incarnation, the world is also imaginary. The Human Incarnation talks about God alone. When you talk about God, the relative plane does not exist. Thus for the Human Incarnation, only one plane exists.

One cannot understand God, but for God, the world is in the relative plane, that can be understood. The nature of God is not realized. Once you recognize God, the entire world becomes the relative plane and does not exist, in His view. We are imagining His view. For us, the world continues to exist, but in His view, the world does not exist. This does not mean that we have reached His view. I gave an example also, adi mahashivat.

[As discussed with Swamiji] God in the Human Incarnation is in the absolute plane. He cannot get the experience of the relative plane. But the soul that He resides in, is in the relative plane. God lives in the soul and extracts the experience of the relative plane from the soul. So it is a symbiotic relationship.


[1] In other words, you know that for Him, the world including the primordial energy is experienced as an illusion.

[2] You think that He is not God. So you think that for Him too, the Mula Maya and Maha Maya cannot be experienced as illusions. Thus you feel that His view of the world is of the relative plane.

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