What do you see in this photograph? Do you not see a happy family – mother and two lovely children. Does it ever occur to you.
that there is something missing here ? Well, to many so-called educated people this is exactly how they see the world around them. They see mother nature and they are in awe about her capacity to produce everything in such variety. People also see humans, animals, reptiles, plants, birds and an almost endless array of creatures. These are the ‘children’ of ‘mother’ nature. It is mentioned in the Vedas that this mother provides bodies for her children in four ways – eggs, seeds, perspiration and embryos. Birds are born from eggs, trees and plants are born from seeds, some species like bugs are born from perspiration and humans are born from embryos. In this way eighty four lakh varieties of material bodies are available for the living entity.
How does one get a material body? It’s simple. Material thoughts generate material bodies. And confined in a material body it is just assumed that one will be forced to think in material terms and thus the process goes on and on. There is simply no escape. No, wait! There is still one face missing in our photograph. The father. How can a mother give birth to a child without the seed provided by the father. But some scientist can claim that I am not able to see the father, therefore I am presuming that either nature is producing on her own or that the father is dead.
Even in the most modern industrial plants using state-of-the-art equipment we have never come across a case of a machine deciding to produce something without being given a command. Similarly it is logical to assume that material nature also being a machine has to start production only when ordered by her operator. The reason that the operator is not visible is a poor excuse to banish him away from our thoughts. Why is the father not visible?
Finding the ‘father’ is actually the goal of the whole Vedic system. The Vedas, especially the Bhagavad Gita, clearly spell out who the father is and why he seems to be missing. Lord Krishna states in the Gita (Chapter 14 text 4) “It should be understood that all species of life, O son of Kunti, are made possible by birth in this material nature, and that I am the seed-giving father.” It is interesting to note that Krishna claims to provide the seed for the birth of ALL species. Just like in the material world a child is born when the father gives the seed and mother develops the body. This is how all of us in the human society have got our bodies and therefore we have got very natural affinity with the mother. A child may forget his father but cannot forget his mother because mother’s relationship is very intimate. Similarly because of accepting a material body from the material energy we are so much materialistic in our life. We are constantly thinking of our country, family, friends and so on. But as the Vedas teach us that we are not our bodies but spirit soul then we are sons of the Supreme. Only on this spiritual platform can we have Universal Brotherhood.
Take a look at the photograph now. Now the picture is complete.