God’s Power

Virtually all scriptures state that God is omnipresent; present in all things including each one of us humans. Thus everything is an expression or a manifestation of God in His different forms. Also within the various scriptural texts we see God express His might in many ways; through miracles, through unique and supernatural phenomena, and so on.

We not only learn of God’s power and might through the scriptures, but also in our day to day lives. In the book titled “autobiography of a yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda he shares with the reader a host of saints, yogis who are able to tap into God’s power and perform miraculous deeds and wonders, including being at two places at the same time. We witness the same spectacular feats in the bible both in the Old and the New Testament. In the Old Testament there is the narrative of Moses and the Egyptian Pharaoh who refuses to let the Israelites go. Moses tries to persuade the Pharaoh that He has been sent by God to tell him to let the Israelites go but Pharaoh won’t listen. We then see God express His power through Moses when He sends the 10 devastating plagues to Egypt which compels Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. Thereafter we witness more of God’s power when He parts the Red Sea to get the Israelites away from the Egyptians-providing a way where initially there was none. There are several other such narratives in the Old Testament where God expresses His power through miracles, through prophetic revelations, through angelic interventions and so on. In the New Testament we again see God express His power through Jesus in the mighty deeds and miracles that He (Jesus) performs in the name of God.

In the Baghavad Gita 11, Arjuna requests Lord Krishna to reveal His Divine form to Him. Lord Krishna goes ahead and opens Arjuna’s divine eyes and what Arjuna sees is astounding; He sees the Lord in all His glory. From verse 15-20 Arjuna proclaims to Lord Krishna, “My Dear Lord Krishna, I see assembled in Your body all the demigods and various other living entities. O Lord of the Universe I see in Your body , many many arms, bellies, mouths and eyes, expanded everywhere without limit. I see in You no end, no middle, and no beginning. Your form is difficult to see because of its glaring effulgence, spreading on all sides, like blazing fire or the immeasurable radiance of the sun. Yet I see this glowing form everywhere, adorned with various crowns, clubs, and discs. You are the supreme primal objective. You are inexhaustible. Although You are one, You spread throughout the sky and the planets and all space between. O great One, seeing this wondrous and terrible form, all the planetary system is perturbed.”

In verse 21-25 of the same chapter (11th) of the Baghavad Gita, Arjuna continues to proclaim to Lord Krishna, “All the hosts of demigods are surrendering before You and entering into You. Some of them, very much afraid, are offering prayers with folded hands. Hosts of great sages and perfected beings, crying “All peace!” are praying to you by singing Vedic hymns. All the various manifestations of Lord Siva, the Adityas, the Vasus, the Sadhyas, the Visvedevas, the two Asvis, the Maruts, the forefathers, the Gandharvas, the Yaksas, the Asuras, and the perfected demigods are holding You in wonder. O-all pervading Visnu, seeing You with Your many radiant colors touching the sky, Your gaping mouths, and Your great glowing eyes, my mind is perturbed by fear. I can no longer maintain my steadiness or equilibrium of mind.”

Many times when I am faced with challenges, and I call on God to intervene, sometimes I get a feeling like He is taking too long to answer me. And I get tempted to doubt Him or doubt whether He can have a solution to my predicament. But then I remember how far He has brought me through all the challenges I have faced in my lifetime, I remember His universal form, I look around and remember everything is a manifestation of Him; from the tiniest insects to the biggest mountains, from the stars in the skies and the fishes in the sea. The sun, the moon, the oceans, the rivers, and the lakes, all belong to Him and are a source of His creation. He is the source and the cause of the rippling earthquakes and the radiant rainbows; He is the brain behind the biggest brains, and the talent behind the greatest talents, what is your small problem to Him, what is my small problem to Him?

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