Individualised god presence: A Sikh perspective!
The chart above shows three figures: (1) the upper figure (2) the middle figure and (3) the lower figure. The upper figure is called Paramatma or Guru or Waheguru. It is also called the I AM Presence or the omni-presence of god in everyone. This presence of god is individualised in each one of us. What it means is that every person has a potential to master and out-picture the divine qualities of Paramatma that have been placed inside of us. Since God is both masculine and feminine, we also feel Paramatman in divine polarity as Father-Mother God. (as the fifth guru of Sikhs wrote in Guru Granth Sahib, “Tu Mera Pita, Tu Hai Mera Maata….”. Meaning: O God, you are my father and you are my mother).
The chart shows a white cord of light connecting the three figures. The upper one has the Sikh holy symbol of Ek-Onkaar placed in the centre. One interpretation of Ek-Onkaar is as a joint affirmation of paramatma, atma and soul, saying, “We are one!” The rings of colours shown around the upper figure represent the fiery bands of positive energy, also known as treasures of good karma of the Soul in this and previous lives.
The middle figure represents energy of your Higher Mind or Higher Self which is permanent and immortal. The Higher Self can also be visualised as the personified consciousness of any deity or ascended master guru. In this chart, it is depicted as Guru Nanak Consciousness (first Sikh Guru). At an impersonal level, this energy band of Higher Consciousness is also called Atma, Naam or Sat-Naam. Your Atma consists of masculine polarity and has a very close and intimate relationship with your soul (jeev-atma) who has a feminine polarity. Actually, the soul is a small part of Atman that descended in time and space a long time ago to master the energies of matter plane. In the process, she got farther and farther away from her first love, atman. The soul has a free will and until she chooses to reunite with Atman, she is mortal. As a friend and elder brother of the soul, atma mentors the soul and teaches her how to raise her vibration and transform her negative energy into positive energy. In Guru Granth Sahib, the fifth guru of Sikhs called atma as a relative and brother of the soul. “Tu Mera Bhandhap, Tu Mera Bhrahatha…” meaning: O atma, you are my relative and you are my brother.
The presence of paramatma imbibes in your heart as a tripartite flame called the threefold flame or jyot (light). The three colours of the flame are pink, yellow and blue representing god as love, wisdom and power respectively. Your soul is considered mortal until it purifies itself and reunites first with Atman and then with paramatma in the ritual of Moksha or freedom from the non-realities of this world. The lower figure is you, the soul, surrounded by the protective white light of purity and the magnificent light of the violet agni. The violet agni transforms negative karmic energy into positive one when invoked. Thus, the Soul fulfils her fiery destiny to become god once again to claim with the fifth guru of Sikhs, “Tu Mera Rakha Sabni Thai, Ta Bho Keha Kara Jiyo”. Meaning: Because of this oneness of soul, atma and paramatma, I am always protected and without any fear.
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