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God and the Vedas (Excerpts from Satyarth Prakash- English Translations) (8)

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21. Does God incarnate or not?

A.- No; because it is said in the Yajur Veda. 'अज एकपात्', 'स पर्य्यगाच्छुक्रमकायम्' "He is unborn." Again "He overspreads all." He is pure, is never born and never takes on a human form." It is clear from these quotations that God is never born.

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Q. But Krishna says in the Gita,

"यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत |
अभ्युत्थानधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् ||"

"Whenever there is decay of virtue, I take birth to save the world from ruin." GITA 4: 7. What is your answer to this?

A.- Since the said claim of Krishna is against the spirit & letter of the Vedas, it cannot be held to be an authority. Though it is possible that Sh.Krishna, being very virtuous and being extremely anxious to further the cause of righteousness, might have wished that he would like to be born again and again at different times to protect the good and punish the wicked. if such was the case, there is no harm in it; because 'whatever the good and the great possess - their wealth, their bodies, their hearts - is at the service of humanity? In spite of all this Sh.Krishna could never be God.

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Q.If this be the case, why do people then believe in the twenty-four incarnations of God?

A.- People hold such wrong beliefs because they do not have enough intelligence to understand the true spirit of Vedas , from being led astray by the sectarians and being themselves uneducated, people are involved in ignorance and, therefore, no wonder, believe in and say such false things.

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Q. How could such wicked men as Raavana and Kansa be destroyed if God did not incarnate?

A- Firstly, whosoever is born, is sure to die. Secondly, what are Kansa and Raavana, when compared with the Almighty God, who without being incarnated has created this world, is sustaining it and can resolve it into its component elements? He being Omnipresent also pervaded the bodies of Kansa and Raavana and could at His will cut their vitals and instantaneously kill them. What shall we then call such a man but a fool who says that the Supreme Spirit possessed of Infinite Power, attributes and activity takes on a human form and becomes subject to births and deaths in order to kill an insignificant creature.
Were anyone to say that God incarnates for the salvation of his devotees, then too it could not be true, for, if the devotees conduct themselves according to the Will of God, He is powerful enough to save them. What! Is the destruction of a Kansa or a Raavana or the lifting of a mountain, such as Govardhan, even more difficult than the creation, sustenance and dissolution of the sun, the moon and the earth and other planets? Whosoever ponders over the great things that God has done in this universe, cannot but come to the conclusion that "There is no one like Him, nor shall ever be."
Nor can the incarnation of God be demonstrated by reason, just as as the saying of a man, that space entered a womb or was put in a closed hand, can never be true, for space being Infinite and Omnipresent can neither go in, nor come out; similarly, God, being Infinite and All-pervading, it can never be predicated of him that He can go in or come out. Coming and going can be possible only if it be believed that there are places where He is not. Then was not God already present in the womb and was not He already present outside that He is said to have gone into and come out of it? Who but men devoid of intelligence, can believe in and say such things about God? Therefore, it should be understood that Christ and other were also not incarnations of the Deity, fear and grief, births and deaths, they were all men.

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23. Does God forgive the sins of His devotees or not?

A.- No; for, He were to forgive their sins, His Law of Justice would be destroyed, and all men would become most sinful. Knowing that their sins will be forgiven, they will become fearless and will be greatly encourage to commit sins. For example, if the ruler of a country were to pardon the criminals, they would be encouraged to commit crimes greater still. For knowing well that the king will not punish them, they will be confident in their minds that they will get the king's pardon by folding their palms and doing other acts of humility. Even those who are not criminals, being no longer deterred by any fear of punishment, will begin to commit crimes. Therefore, it is but a must that God should give souls the just fruits of their deeds and not to forgive their sins.

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(Courtesy- "MAHARSHI DAYANAND's SATYARTH PRAKASH" (Saptam Samulas) translations by Sh Vande Matharam Ramachandra Rao & from Arya Samaj Jam Nagar)

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