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God - The one Supreme among many subordinates


God: The Source of Everything


in this world, everything and everyone has some source. For example, you were born from a father: he had a father; and he also had a father. In this way, if one goes to the root of all exist­ence,  one will come to God. Thus, one can understand that God is the Supreme Father of every living entity. Somebody may ask, "Who created God?" But God was never created. Because we are  inside the time domain, our bodies are created and destroyed again and again. God exists outside the time domain; He has been existing eternally and will continue to exist eternally. In the search  for the source of one object after another. God is like the fullstop - the source of everything. In fact, the definition of God is janmady asya yatah "God is the one from whom everything emanates."  anadir adir govinda sarva karana  karanam... "Govinda, Lord Krishna, is the cause of all causes, hut He Himself has no other piukp " {Brahma Samhita 5.1) Now, if we can know God and see  Him, we can ask, "O God, why did You create this universe? How can I get out of all suffer" God is watching our movements exactly like a rich man is watching the movements of fishes in his  mini-aquarium; the fishes may not be aware of him, but he is aware of their movements.


God: The Supreme Controller


God is the controller of all controllers He is not controlled by anybody, tarn isvaranam paramam mahesvaram "The Supreme Lord is the controller of all other controllers" isvara parama krishna  sac aid ananda vigraha "Krishna is the supreme con­troller and He has a transcendental form of eternity, bliss and knowledge."


Isvara means controller. Even an ant may be the controller of a long queue of ants. A person may be the controller of a family, state or country. But our range of control is very limited like the  range of movement of a cow tied to a pole. We cannot even con­trol our own body and mind. The position of the householder, who is supposedly the lord of his house, is graphically described by  the statement: "I am the master of the house and I have my wife's permission to say so". All of us are controlled by some­body above us, but God is the controller of all controllers; He is not  under anybody.


Once a man, who had a desire to serve the greatest personal­ity in the world, went to the sarpanch, the head of the panchayat of his village and begged for service. He was appointed as the sarpanch's servant. But one day he observed the panchayat head going to the tahsildar, the head of the taluka, to submit reports of his activities. This man thought, "Why not serve a greater  per­sonality- the tahsildar?" He got appointed as the tahsildar's ser­vant. But again he observed that the tahsildar was subordinate to the collector, the head of the district. He therefore became  the collector's servant. But then he found that the collector had to report to the king of the country. This man then became the king's servant. But, to his great surprise, one day he found the king .  going to the temple of Radha and Krishna and bowing down before Their Lordships. The man exclaimed to the king, "I thought that you are the greatest personality and that there is no one above  you!" The king humbly admitted, "There is nobody ex­cept God who is not controlled by others. If you want to serve the greatest personality, you should serve God". The man went on to become  a great devotee of God. Thus his desire to serve the greatest person was fulfilled when he engaged in the devo­tional service of the Supreme Lord. Through this story, we can clearly understand  that God is the supreme controller of all controllers.


God: The Supreme Proprietor


The real proprietor of a place is one who owns the place for all time to come and no one else can usurp his proprietorship. We can easily see that everything we possess in this world is  tempo­rary; all our possessions remain with us for a brief period. Then how can we claim to be proprietors? Although an ant may imag­ine that it is the owner of a hole in the floor, its ownership  can be finished simply by throwing a bucket of water on the hole. What about us° Tenants are thrown out after 11 months of contract. Even if we own a house on paper, can we actually claim  propri­etorship of the house? No. A real life example explains this point. A few years ago, the government made an announcement in Belgaum, "We are making a ring road. All the houses lying on  the route of the ring road should be vacated." And these people were given replacement houses in some godforsaken place. Does that mean thMt the unvemmpnt is the proprietor'? No F.ven  crovern-ments keep changing, bor example, in the last tew centuries, the Indian government has changed from the Mughals to the Britishers lo Indians of various parties. Moreover our  proprietorship of anything is only in the mind; it has no actual connection with the thing we claim to possess. For example, two men may fight in the train for the same seat or two brothers may  fight for the same piece of land and kill one another; they come and go, but the seat and the land both remain there unaffected. Thus, it is clear that we are not the proprietor of anything.


Everything in this world belongs to the person who has origi­nally created it, viz., God. This is confirmed in the Ishopanishad (Mantra 1) isavasyam idam sarvam "Everything animate or in­animate  that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord." How the Lord is the proprietor of everything can be easily understood through an example. Take, for example, our dwelling, which  is made of earth, wood, stone, iron, cement and so many other material things. We must know that we cannot produce any of these building materials ourselves. We can sim­ply bring them  together and transform them into different shapes by our labor. A laborer cannot claim to be a proprietor of a thing just because he has worked hard to manufacture it. Similarly we cannot claim  proprietorship over anything just because we have used our labor, intelligence etc to make it: the raw materials for everything come from nature, which was cre­ated by God. Hence God alone is  the proprietor of everything that exists for all time - past, present and future.


God: The Supreme Enjoyer


The enjoyer of an activity is one who gets the ultimate benefit of that activity. The only true enjoyer is God as is confirmed in the Bhagavad gita (9.24): aham hi sarva yajnanam hhokta ca prabhur  eva ca "I am the only enjoyer and master of all sacri­fices." and also in Bhagavad-gita (5.29): hhoktaram yajna lapasam "I am the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and ai terities." For example,  the owner of a hotel is an independent enjoyer and his servants, the waiters, are dependent enjoyers; the profit goes to the owner and the waiters get a fixed salary and food thrice a day. In the  same way God is the supreme enjoyer; we are dependent on Him for our enjoyment.


Also a person can be truly considered to be an enjoyer only when he himself does not have to do any work. Even by this definition, God alone is the enjoyer as stated in the Shvetashvatara  Upanishad (6.8) : na tasya karyam karanam ca vidyate. "The Supreme Personality of Godhead has no work to do." Lord Krishna also says in the Bhagavad-gita (3.22): na me parthasti kartavyam  trishu lokeshu kincana. "O son of Pritha, there is no work pre­scribed for Me within all the three planetary systems." For ex­ample, the owner of the Tata steel company can simply relax and enjoy  in Switzerland, but his employees have to work. He, being the owner, may have nothing to do; he is, therefore, an indepen­dent enjoyer. But his employees are all dependent enjoyers. Thus God is the supreme enjoyer. Although we may try to enjoy, we derive only flickering pleasure from our so-called en­joyment. This is because we, living entities, are all parts of God.  Therefore, we are neither creators nor enjoyers, but we are sim-plv cooperators or servants. Our enjoyment comes by serving! our master, God. Thus, God is the independent enjoyer and ww  are dependent enjoyers. Just as the branches, leaves, fruits etc of. a tree get nourishment by watering its root; just as all the parts of the body like the hands, legs etc get nourishment by serving  the stomach, similarly we can achieve true happiness only by  serving God with love, understanding Him to be the ultimate enjoyer.