by purujit dasa
Let's start simple. I don't think you will have any objection if I say that you perceive this right now. It might be a dream, it might be a hallucination, but you perceive it. you're not experiencing one million other things at the same time. Your mind is focused on reading these words. It is within your experience. Similarly, there are things, which you have never experienced. For example, the next sentence, you don't know what it's going to be. The next sentence is beyond your experience. So, there are two aspects of what we could call a reality: things which are within your experience and things which are beyond your experience. The Complete Whole is something that is both everything within our experience and everything beyond our experience. And because there cannot be anything beyond that, the Complete Whole is the Absolute Truth and the Absolute Truth is for everyone.
The fundamental question to ask in all this is how come we’re discussing this? Complete Whole is complete and therefore we must also be the Complete Whole. if we're the Complete Whole though how come we're missing the knowledge about the Complete Whole? are we to assume that the Complete Whole can become ignorant? how is it then complete if it can be subjected to forgetfulness?
the answer to this question can be found in the invocation of the ancient Vedic scripture called Sri Isopanisad:
oḿ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaḿ
pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate
pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya
The Personality of Godhead is perfect and complete. And because He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped -as a complete whole. Whatever is produced of the complete whole is also complete by itself. And because He is the Complete Whole, even though so many complete units emanate from Him, He remains the complete balance.
Although seemingly simple, this is actually a very elaborate definition of the Complete Whole. Besides the understanding that the Complete Whole is everything within our experience and everything beyond our experience, the Complete Whole is also constantly emanating unlimited energies. And yet, it remains complete and undivided. It is not void, neither monogamous as that would be a limitation. Srila Prabhupada, the current link of the ancient disciplic succession of spiritual masters on the science of Krsna for the modern day comments on the verse:
The Supreme Personality of Godhead is sac-cid-ānanda-vigraha: impersonal Brahman realization is the realization of His sat, or eternity aspect, and Paramātman, Supersoul realization, is the realization of His sat and cit, eternity and knowledge aspects.
But realization of the Personality of Godhead is realization of all the transcendental features, sat, cit, and ānanda, bliss. In the Personal concept, this is realized in complete, form (vigraha). And so the Complete Whole is not formless. If He is formless, or if He is less than His creation in any other thing, He cannot be complete.
(Iso invocation purport)
In this material world, we see so many varieties of people, animals, plants, etc. If we can see so many varieties here, then the Complete Whole must contain varieties also. If the Complete Whole is variety less, the material world, which is a limited portion of the Complete Whole would be more than the Complete Whole Itself and that is impossible.
(...to be continued)