Sagun Nirgun

14: Only One Govinda

In one of his prayers, Shree Dnyaneshwar Maharaj says, “O Lord, how do I describe you? You are formless and with form, you are without attributes and with attributes, you cannot be seen but can also be seen. Even the Vedas become silent when they try to describe you.”

The truth is Brahman is beyond description. Ocean water is salty because the salt has become one with the ocean water. The moment the salt touches water, it perishes. Salt no longer remains a separate entity. It becomes the ocean. Similarly, Jivatma is Brahman. It is a part of Brahman. Contemplation on Brahma transforms Jivatma into Brahman. Just as a child missing his mother will cling to his mother as soon as he sees her, similarly Jivatma will become Brahman eventually.

Vedas become silent when trying to describe the indescribable Brahman. For example, when princess Usha dreamt about the handsome prince Aniruddha, she had her heart set on marrying him. Her friend, Chitralekha, was an excellent artist. She drew pictures of many princes but when Usha saw each one, she replied, “Not him, not him.” Eventually when Chitralekha drew a picture of prince Aniruddha, Usha was stunned and kept quiet. This was the confirmation that the one princess Usha saw in her dreams was indeed prince Aniruddha. Similarly, our vocabulary is limited in describing the unlimited.

Hence, Sant Nivrittinath beautifully describes the oneness he desires with the Lord. He says, “O Lord, we do not desire separation from you. We want to be one with you.”


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