THE ETERNAL BRAHMA
Jai: I don’t
have a big spiritual vocabulary, Grandma,
so I don’t understand many words
that I hear at the temple. Can you explain
some of them in a simple way?
will explain some of the Sanskrit words,
so listen very carefully. You may not
completely understand these terms at
The Spirit that is inside
all living beings is called Brahma in
Sanskrit. Brahma not only supports living
beings but also supports the whole universe.
This is the formless nature of God,
the Absolute. Brahma is beginningless,
endless (or everlasting) and changeless;
therefore, it is also called Eternal
Brahma. The word Brahma often gets confused
with the word Brahma, the creative force
or creator of this universe. The word
Brahma is also spelled as Brahm or Brahman.
The word Brahman often gets mixed up
with another term, Brahmana, also spelled
as Brahmin, which refers to the upper
caste or intellectual class of people
in India. I will explain this term later
ParaBrahma, Paramatma, Father,
Mother is the Supreme Being, Who is
the origin of everything, including
Brahma (Spirit or Atma).
The word Karma has several meanings.
Generally, it means to do or work. It
also means the stored up fruits of one’s
work over past lives.
Various powers of Brahma are called
Daiva (or Deva, Devi, Devata). We worship
these powers to get our worldly desires
Ishvara is the power of God that stays
in the bodies of all living beings to
guide and control us.
Bhagavan simply means powerful. This
term is used for God. We call ShriKrishna
also Bhagavan Krishna.
Jiva or Jivatma means living
beings that take birth, have a limited
life span, and die or change form.
Jai: How often should
I remember and worship God to make sure
that I remember God when I die?
should form the habit of remembering
God before taking our food, before going
to bed, after getting up in the morning,
and before starting any work or study.
Jai: Are we always
reborn as human beings?
Human beings can take any one of the
8.4 million life-forms on earth. Hindus
believe in life after death. Lord Krishna
said: “Whatever object one remembers
at the time of death, that object one
gets after death. During death, one
remembers whatever thought existed during
most of one’s lifetime.”
(Gita 8.06) Therefore, one should always
remember God and do one’s duty.
Here is a story
to illustrate the theory of transmigration
9. The Story of King
When Sage Vishvamitra was busy creating
his own universe; Indra, the King of
heaven could not tolerate that. So he
sent a beautiful heavenly dancer,