Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 13 Apr 2024


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How can we correlate Avidya, Avarana, Vikshepa, Mala and Adhyasa to understand oneness of God?

[Smt. Sudha Rani asked: Regarding current spiritual disputes, how can we correlate Avidya, Avarana, vikshepa, mala, adhyasa in the context of misunderstanding one God as a source present in all God forms of different religions? Thank You my Lord! Padanamaskaram Swami.]

Swami replied:- Let us take different forms of the same one unimaginable God (Parabrahman). Such Parabrahman is the true rope. The obscure twilight is this Kali age. The true rope (unimaginable God) is not realised by anybody. One sees the rope as serpent and other sees it as a stick. The ignorance that makes both of them not to receive the reality is avidya, which covers the truth and such covering process is called aavarana. Vikshepa is the appearance of a new item like serpent, stick, etc. Mala is the influence of this illusion for a long time resulting in strong belief of the existence of the new item. Superimposition (Adhyasa) is the act of overlapping the new item on the true item. All this perfect technical aspect brings misunderstanding of the true item into the brains of both the above said receivers. Due to the difference in the illusions, both will quarrel with each other and this is the fight among the religions. Unless the true item that is existing as the substratum of the two illusions is realised, the quarrel will not pacify.