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Am I God?
God, by definition, is supremely independent and is never controlled; He is the supreme controller. In the Isopanisad, the word Tsa' is used to describe the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Tsa' means 'controller'. Do you think you are controlled or not? Is there any person anywhere within this universe who is not controlled? Can anyone say, "I am not controlled"? Nobody can say that. Why? None of us wants to grow old, get diseased and die yet its happening to us all the time and we have no control whatsoever over it. None of us wants to suffer, but sufferings are constantly coming in our lives and we have no control to stop them. Thus we are thoroughly controlled by the stringent laws of nature. So if you are controlled, then why do you declare, "I am not controlled, I am independent, I am God" ? Mayavadi impersonalists claim, "I am God, you are God, everyone is God." But when they get a toothache it controls them so much that they can do nothing about it except moan in pain. And when they get a call of nature, it so completely controls them that they have to helplessly run to respond. So if they are controlled, how can they be God? Does this make any sense? God is never controlled - He is the supreme controller. So if somebody is controlled, immediately we should know that he is not God.
Now, this is not to say that the living entities are not controllers to some extent. In the Bhagavad-gita (7.5) Lord Krishna says that the living entities are His superior energy. The living entities are superior because they are conscious, whereas material energy is not conscious. Therefore the living entities can control the material energy to some extent. For example, before the Europeans came to America, the land there was mostly vacant and unutilized. The people who lived there did not fully exploit it. But when the Europeans came, they developed it into a country with great industries and roads. Thus the superior spiritual energy can have some control over the inferior material energy. But we have forgotten that, although we are superior to matter, we are still subordinate to God. And so that superiority is being misused to exploit matter for sense gratification. That is conditioned life.
The following examples illustrate the relationship between matter and spirit and the difference between the infinitesimal living entity and the infinite Supersoul:
A big airplane can fly nicely in the sky. but if the spiritual energy -the pilot- is not there, it is useless. The jet plane may be in the airport for thousands of years; it cannot fly one inch in the sky unless the small particle of spiritual energy, the pilot, comes and touches it. Thus an ordinary living entity can control an airplane, but God being the supreme controller can control this gigantic manifestation of material energy, the entire cosmic manifestation.
A scientist, a tiny living entity, can put a satellite in orbit after years of research: but God can float millions of huge planets in orbit effortlessly.
• A human being, a tiny living entity, can create a 200-storied skyscraper building, but God can create millions of universes (ananta koti brahmanda nayak)
A human being can make a small swimming pool, but God can make a gigantic swimming pool, the vast ocean. This is the difference between the living entity and God. The Bhagavad-gita clearly states that we are not God. It also unambiguously declares we can never become God even after liberation.
dvav inum purusau loke ksaras caksaras eva ca
ksarah sarvani hhutani kutastho 'ksara ucyate
"There are two classes of beings, the fallible and the infallible. In the material world every entity is fallible, and in the spiritual world every entity is called infallible." (Bhagavad-gita 15.16).
We, who are unaware of our spiritual identity are fallible. Any living entity who has come in contact with matter, beginning from the first created being, Brahma, down to a small ant, is changing his body and is therefore fallible. But in the spiritual world the body is not made of matter; therefore there is no change. There is no old age, no birth, no death. All living entities who are one with the will of the Supreme Lord in the spiritual world are all called infallible:
uttamah purusas tv anyah paramatmety udahrtah
yo loka tray am avisya bibharty avyaya ishvarah
"Besides these two, there is the greatest living personality, the Lord Himself, who has entered into these worlds and is maintaining them." (Bhagavad-gita 15.17)
It is clearly stated here that, above the innumerable living entities, some of whom are conditioned and some of whom are liberated, there is the Supreme Personality who is also the Paramatma. Thus we can easily understand that the living being, in both the conditioned stage and the liberated stage is always subordinate to God.