The Brahma Experience

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

God is not desireless: Ekoham bahusyaam – “I am one, let me be many.” The only god who is desireless is nirakara, the unmanifest god. Manifestation of some idea, energy or thought always indicates desire.

God is not a static energy. God is an evolving energy, known in Sanskrit by the word ‘Brahma’. It is translated as creator, but the root, brhinna means ‘the evolving, expanding nature’. Brahma here does not mean god, it is the expanding, evolving nature.

This is an indication that god is never a static experience rather it is a continuous, progressive and evolving experience. If there is an evolving experience there must be conditions that have to be transcended. If the conditions cannot be transcended, it cannot be an evolving experience. It becomes a static experience and god is not static.

In the process of development and evolution, the change that you feel is what you perceive as pain and suffering. You are conditioned to a state of comfort and control, however change breaks down that level of comfort and control. If there is too much comfort and control at one stage then it is static.

In this process of change when control and comfort are being transcended, you are struggling with your pain and you are developing a new thought, a new idea to achieve something.

You are working at two levels: negation of what you had and cultivation of what you do not have. That whole experience is known as the ‘god-experience’, the changing experience, or the Brahman experience.

—27 July 2015, Paduka Darshan, Munger