I was reading the Kena Upanishad last night and I came across the passage translated:
“That which is not comprehended by the mind, but by which the mind comprehends – know this to be Brahman.”
So it got me thinking, first and foremost about all of the everyday events by which I may perceive that God is active even if I cannot fully comprehend the Lord’s Oneness. But it also got me thinking about the true eternal essence of God. If it is truly unfathomable by human minds then we could never understand to begin with that it is “that by which we comprehend.” And so I was thinking that Vishnu is a manifestation of that same essence, but by which God makes Godself knowable. We can know God, we can imagine God, we can think of the activities of God by meditating on the Avatars of Vishnu, whereas otherwise it would be an abstract concept.
Though it is possible to go back to the original quote from the Kena Upanishad and think “my mind comprehends, therefore God is at work”…”My fingertips feel, therefore God is at work”…my taste buds taste, therefore God is at work”…and my ears hear, therefore God is at work”…it is not that simple for everyone especially without other, prior knowledge. And so we have the activities and pastimes of Rama and Krishna to meditate upon. By the Lord’s Grace, Brahman was made manifest in form, knowable to the human perception.
Aum Vaishnave Namah!