Belief in gods of the celestial world
(Bhagavad Gita 3.11-3.12)
by Swami Rama
The ignorant think that gods dwell in celestial worlds
and have power to control
human destiny. Such gods are merely projections of one's internal
the creation of gods in the external world is a projection of the
The belief in gods was created to help those who are not aware of their
resources and are in need of an objectification of supernatural powers.
need to believe in gods that will help them fulfill desires that they
inadequate to fulfill through their own means. It is said that those who
seen gods are fools, for they have seen something of their own self and
mistakenly believe that they have seen gods. Externalists have created
their own convenience, but in actuality those gods are symbols of
phenomena that occur within.
For those aspirants who cannot contemplate on the attributeless Eternal,
are recommended by spiritual teachers. In the path of meditation certain
are used to make the mind one-pointed. The student is then advised to go
the symbol to comprehend its meaning rather than remaining dependent on
symbol forever. Thus in meditation one leaves the symbol behind and goes
The ignorant worship the symbols without knowing and understanding that
lives behind and beyond the symbol. But if one is capable of exploring
which is being expressed by the symbol, he may eventually discover the
of the formless archetype that is clothed in the forms of the symbol.
further work he may attain direct experience of the archetypes, not as
but by becoming on with the archetypes themselves.
Swami Rama (Commentary on Bhagavad Gita 3.11-3.12)
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