Jai: If Lord Krishna
said He will take care of us if we always
remember and adore Him, then I want
to know and love God. How do I do that,
The love of God is called devotion (Bhakti).
If you have devotion, God will give
you the knowledge and understanding
of the Self. (Gita 10.10) The more you
know and think about God’s glory,
power and greatness, the stronger your
love will grow. Thus the knowledge and
love of God go together.
Jai: God is so great,
and powerful, how can I really know
can fully know God. He is the cause
of cosmic energy and power, a cause
that will remain a big mystery. God
is unborn, without beginning or end.
Only God can really know God! (Gita
10.15) If anyone says, I know God, that
person does not know. Anyone who knows
the Truth says: I do not know God.
Jai: Then what can
we know about God, Grandma?
knows everything, but nobody can know
God. According to Sankara, the entire
creation is nothing but another form
of God. The creation has come out of
God’s energy called Maya. Everything
comes from Him and eventually goes back
to Him. God is One, but has become many.
He is everywhere and in everything.
(Gita 10.19-39) He is the Generator
or creator, Operator or maintainer,
and Destroyer of all beings. He creates
everything, including the sun, moon,
stars, wind, water, air, fire, and even
our thoughts, feelings, intellect, and
other qualities. We can see His glory
and greatness throughout creation. The
beautiful sky with earth and all the
planets you see is only a small part
of His glory. Seeing God everywhere
purifies our mind and makes us a better
Here is a story about
why we know very little about God. (Gita
13. The Four Blind
Four blind men went to see an elephant.
One touched the leg of the elephant
and said, “The elephant is like
The second touched the trunk and said,
“The elephant is like a thick
The third touched the belly and said,
“The elephant is like a big jar.”
The fourth touched the ear and said,
“The elephant is like a big hand
Thus they began to quarrel amongst
themselves as to the shape of the elephant.
A passer-by, seeing them thus quarreling,
said, “Why are you all quarreling?”
They told him the problem and asked
him to be the judge.
The man said: “None of you has
seen the elephant. The elephant is not
like a pole; its legs are like poles.
It is not like a thick club; its trunk
is like a thick club. It is not like
a big jar; its belly is like a big jar.
It is not like a fan; its ear is like
a fan. The elephant is all these ---
legs, trunk, belly, ears and much more.”
In the same way, those who argue about
the nature of God have known only a
small part of His Reality. That’s
why sages say God is “neither
this, nor that.”
Jai: What about people
who do not believe in God?
people are called atheists or disbelievers.
They do not believe in the existence
of a creator because they cannot comprehend
how such a cosmic person or power can
exist. So they question and doubt the
existence of God. Their doubts may be
erased someday when they find a real
spiritual master or guru by the grace
of God. Atheists are those whose journey
towards God has not yet begun. Doubts
arise even in the minds of believers;
therefore, just have faith, believe
in God, and do your duty.
Chapter 10 summary:
Nobody can know God, the Supreme Being,
because He or She is the origin of all
beings, the cause of all causes. Everything,
including our body, mind, thoughts,
and feelings, comes from God. He is
the creator, supporter, and destroyer
of all. He is infinite and has no beginning
or end. The entire universe is the expansion
of a tiny fraction of His energy. (Gita
10.41-42) All deities are just the names
of His various powers. Worshiping God
with faith, using any name, form, and
method gives us what we want and helps
us become good and peaceful.