Now we come to the real crux of the problem. The Upanishad says:
andham tamah praviśnti ye’vidyām upāsate
tato bhūya iva te tamo ya u vidyāyāṁ ratāh – 9
There is vidya and there is avidya. Those who follow avidya, enter into darkness; but those who follow vidya go into greater darkness.
Again a startling statement – if we follow very wisely both vidya and avidya combined together, then we will attain to that great delight. If we follow only vidya there is a greater darkness and if it is avidya there is darkness; but if we know how to combine both together then only we will really enjoy immortality. This also gives us the description of what is enjoyment. In the first part it spoke of enjoyment, in the second part it says where there is moha, there is shoka (grief). It describes real enjoyment as enjoyment of immortality. Everything else, even though we might say ‘I enjoy it’, is really a kind of misnomer. The only thing that is really enjoyable by man is immortality.
Question: Has God made a big picture puzzle in which we are like pieces of the puzzle and he enjoys, by fixing us like pieces?
Answer: The secret of the whole thing is that each individual has to mirror the Reality fully with his own angle. His individuality should not be lost. Keeping that individuality, if the totality of the divine can be reflected fully then his work is done. So the whole secret is, the moment you approximate to it, you are reaching the fulfilment of God’s own work or God Himself is doing it. ‘You’ means God Himself is doing and He Himself is doing it on the mirror side as well.
Question: How does karma come into it? If your life is computerised by God, then why is there good and bad karma and why is your next birth determined by it?
Answer: When you say computerised it may give an idea as if ten thousand years ago God had decided that He will do this now. But God’s vision is not like that. God has eternal ‘now’. In His vision, it is not in the past that He decided that He will do this ‘now’. He decides now that He will do this now because for Him there is only eternal ‘now’.
There is a big question of time. What is time? To the child, one day feels like one year. To the mother one day is only one day. If a child has done something in the morning, at 12 o’clock he says, I ate long ago in the morning. Sometimes even if he has eaten two hours ago, he says I ate long ago. So it depends upon what is the position of your consciousness. The larger your vision of things, the shorter is the time duration. The smaller your vision, the longer is the duration of time. When we are in the company of those whom we like very much, time flies very fast; but if you hear something boring or see a movie which is very boring, it seems to take a long time. So what we call time is a very flexible thing.
When we say that God pre–planned a thousand years ago, in our Indian concept, that thousand years or thousand years multiplied by ten thousand multiplied by ten thousand is one day of Brahma. This is our Indian Puranic idea. It is only one day for Him. In fact, it is not even one day, there is no past, present or future at all; for Him it is always eternal ‘now’.
Question: Why does God make some people do bad karma and some good karma? The Upanishad says offer yourself, but if He is you, then to whom do we offer anything?
Answer: God has made you as an individual. This is the special effort that He made because He wants to make in the individual the totality of Himself. So in the individual He has put His own nature. You might say God offers to Himself but God offers to Himself as an individual – to the whole totality of Himself. This is the special quality of the consciousness. When you play with the small child, sometimes you play two or three roles at the same time. The child is watching you and you play out several roles before the child; the child goes on laughing because you speak as the house owner, as one who occupies the house, as the servant in the house and you make all the dialogues yourself. So you yourself work out in this fashion and this is the capacity of consciousness. You are not incapable of it. God is not incapable of individualising Himself. He is transcendental. He is universal but He is also capable of individualising Himself and when He individualises Himself then He can look at Himself from this angle and that is what we are doing actually. We are gods looking at God from the other side.
The question about good karma and bad karma is a very important question and we must be able to find an answer to it. If all this is God’s work, what is this good karma, bad karma and the consequences we have to suffer? What is all this? For that we have to know the scheme of the universe.