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68. The Superior Manifestations of the Lord:

There is an elaborate description of the various manifestations of God in the tenth chapter of the Gita. Only because God pervades each and every atom in this universe, various movements and modes become possible. Even if he is rooted in everything, there is a greater plenitude of His presence in some of them. God is more richly present in things which are more powerful, holier and more efficacious to the world. As the sound performance of a radio-set depends upon the strength of its components, similarly the intensity of the presence of God is greater in certain things, depending on the degree of difference among persons. Realising the special richness of God in excellent things itself is Vibhuti Darshan. There is a story in the Upanishad. Once the gods were looking for an image suitable for their worship of God. They were not looking for a stone image. They were looking for some divine cosmic spirit free from blemishes for their worship. A good image is seen only in a clean mirror; only in a pure and unblemished being the Supreme God could be fully present, and so they thought that such a being alone could be the proper image for God. However much they examined, they saw every person a home of blemishes and weakness. The demonic powers had somehow entered into the hearts of these persons and corrupted them. Finally they found that God Vayu alone had a heart which had no room for these evil forces. The demonic forces had tried their best to break the fortress of his heart and gain entrance but they had themselves been shattered like clods dashed against a wall of rock. They identified Lord Vayu as the only one who had smashed the proud citadels of devilish power with the invincible armour of pure virtue and chose him, as the one image with total abundance of the presence of God. The tenth chapter gives us the principle that wherever there is greater beauty and power, there is the special focus of divinity. After giving examples of excellence in each group and the specially divine presence in it, the chapter sums up by saying:
y*iÖ-UitmTsÅvm! ïImËijRtmev va,
tÄdevavgCD Tv< mm tejae<=zs<-vm!.
yad-yad-vibh¨timat-sattvam þrŸmad-¨rjitam-eva v˜
tat-tad-ev˜vagaccha tvaÕ mama tejoÕþa-sambhavam
-- X-41
(Know that the object which is the most excellent of its species, the most intensely rich or abundant, is invested with My splendour.)

69. The Teaching of the "Vibhuti Yoga":

We are to realise from the tenth chapter that we should endeavour to see that our heart becomes a seat of God's excellence. If God is to dance in our hearts we should decorate the place with our virtues. If we have good sweets and attractive toys with us, children will naturally be attracted to us. A dirty place breeds insects and bacteria. If our virtuous heart can be the playground for the child Krishna, the same place, if infested with vices, could become a horrible funeral ground for the macabre dance of the devils. Let us decorate our hearts with our good thoughts and good conduct to make it a place for the young Gopal to dance. Our good deeds themselves are the invaluable daily offering to God.
\t<ipbNtaE suk«tSy laeke
®tampibantau suk®tasya loke -- Katha 3-1
(He drinks the essentially good portion, dwelling in the cave of the heart, in the body earned by good deeds.)
zu-<ipbTsaE inTy< nazu-<shir> ipbet!,
þubhampibatsau nityaÕ n˜þubhaÕsahari× pibet -- Brahma Sutra Bhashya
(He always drinks the auspicious; He does not drink the inauspicious.)

The Almighty God who resides within us accepts only our good deeds and blesses us. He comes running to our hearts to accept our offerings of good deeds. We have been dispelling Him away from us by Our bad deeds. Parvati asks her husband Shiva why he did not get up to honour her father Daksha Prajapati who was an elderly person. The reply by Lord Shiva is significant. He says: "By standing up and bowing we honour not the mortal body but the God who is within. This should be understood both by the giver and the receiver of the salutations. The power-drunk Daksha Prajapati was not aware of this. His heart was full of pride and ego; I could not see Godhead within him however much I looked for it. Why should I bow down to an emaciated and soiled image which has lost the very presence of God?" By our untruth and unrighteousness, we are dismantling the sanctum sanctorum in our heart. We must keep away from engaging ourselves in such heinous crime which is going to ruin our whole life. Instead, we must welcome the opportunities of performing good deeds which manifest divinity and ennoble our life. This is the teaching of the tenth chapter of the Gita.

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