“Everything is God”, what is the method of realizing it ?

Question:  “Everything is God”, what is the method of realizing it ?

Swamiji:  Srimad Bhagavatam has addressed the method of realizing “All is God” (Srimad Bhag 11:29:16)

Whatever be the race, stage, sect, caste or religion of a person, he/she is God only (manifestation of only God). In this there are four points –

1) God is within all beings

2) All beings are in God

3) All beings belong to God

4) All beings are God and only God.

Of these four, whatever appears to be easy for you, simply accept it. He belongs to God, is the easiest of the four. Therefore believe that they belong to God, they are dear to God, hence prostrate to them. God tells us the result of performing this deed.

“When the devotee holds that all beings are God’s manifestation i.e. when he beholds Me in them, then very quickly he becomes totally free from evils such as jealousy, fault-finding, carping spirit, hatred and other defects including egoism.”

Therefore a spiritual aspirant should have the feeling of presence of God in all being. If for some reason he is unable to have this feeling, then he should make a mental apology for this omission. There is no need to tell or openly express to others. Rather with the body, mind and speech regarding the world as the cosmic form of God. Therefore only with the body, mind and speech that belong to God, we have to serve only God, then “All is God” will be realized.

God existed from time immemorial. For this there is no need of extensive studies, no need of money, no need of power, no need of austerities etc. Every brother and sister can accept this.

Saints have said – “Haath Kaam, Mukh Ram hai; hrdey saachi preet, Dariya grhasti saadh ki, yahin uttam reet.”

While working with hands, chant God’s name repeatedly and pray to God, “O Lord! Let me never forget you.” Do not regard anyone as evil. If by mistake we consider a person as bad, then we should consider that our vow has been broken.

Therefore, we should request Him to excuse us, or tender mental apology. Then we should pray to God, “O my Lord! I must not forget – All is God. Let it be realized by Your grace. This is realized only by His grace, not by our intellect and effort. By putting effort, a sense of doer-ship arises which is an obstacle in its realization. Of the exalted souls that have attained salvation or Self Realization or Love of God, all have attained the same only by His grace and not by their own effort. Therefore a spiritual aspirant, instead of depending on his effort, should depend on God’s grace. He should make effort in proper use of body and senses, but when it comes to God, God cannot be realized by effort, but only by His grace.

From “Discover of Truth and Immortality” in English pg 190 by Shradhey Swamiji Shree Ramsukhdasji Maharaj