Sat Chit Ananda: Being, Awareness, Bliss and What These Vedic Terms Mean for Us Humans
Sat Chit Ananda (from the Sanskrit) describes God’s nature. Per the Vedic philosophy, God is one but man calls Him by many names. For our purposes here in this essay, we call God by the name of Krishna (as He is named in the Bhagavad Gita and the Maha Mantra).
Lord Krishna is the source of all being. He underlies and permeates His creation, not just the material universe but also the spiritual universe. He is the eternal, self-existent being.
Krishna is also all-knowing. He has complete, total, all-encompassing awareness and total, comprehensive, complete knowledge. He has the supreme, highest consciousness. There is nothing that can be known that He does not already know! God’s omniscience is beyond anything that man can even begin to imagine. (A humbling thought for many.)
The name, Krishna, is sometimes translated to mean “reservoir of pleasure”. God is the source of all bliss.
For us humans, our spiritual natures are like unto God’s spiritual nature. As noted in the earlier essay, The nature of God, Immanent and with Supremely Transcendant Personality, Vedic Philosophy, our human souls are qualitatively like God’s supreme soul, albeit infinitesimal in a quantitative sense. As such, we share some of the same attributes and capacities that God has. Being: we do not want to die. We desire eternal life, to keep on living and being conscious. Awareness: we want to know the purpose of our existence, and what are spiritual destiny is. We do not want to remain in ignorance (nescience, or darkness). Bliss: our souls are constitutionally geared to desiring happiness and joy. Krishna is the enjoyer and the individual souls are enjoyed by Him, and yet that gives pleasure to the individual souls. (We are talking about spiritual bliss here. Beware the paltry counterfeit of mere bodily, sensual pleasure which cannot be ultimately fulfilling to our souls which crave spiritual bliss.)
This world is full of illusion (maya) that very often trips man up and deludes him in his sojourn on this earth. This world is material, temporary, and illusory (in the sense that it is not the ultimate plane of existence and is just temporary). Our ultimate goal is to attain to the spiritual abode of the Lord, our true home, which is spiritual, permanent (eternal) and real (not illusory). The material universe is Lila (a play, playing, or perhaps a game), but a divine play overseen by God.
We credit and thank Srila Prabhupada (1896 – 1977) for conveying these points to us in his lucid writings and accurate translations of the Vedic scriptures.
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These ideas are really not so incompatible with Christianity. The Vedic philosophy is more profound in what it reveals to us of God’s nature and of our natures as well.
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