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Chapter 5: One Becomes Three

By skillful means one Maya has given birth to three disciples:
Brahma, the Creator; Vishnu, the sustainer; and Shiva, the destroyer.
God directs them by His will and His order.
He watches them but they cannot see him;
That is the wonder of wonders.
If you must bow, bow to Him.
He is the primal being, pure without beginning or end.
He is the unstruck sound.
He is immutable through all time.

All the worlds are His abode, and all worlds His storehouse.
He has them filled for all time with all worth attaining.
The creator creates, and oversees it all.
Says Nanak, He is the true reality and all His works are true.
If you must bow, bow to Him.
He is the primal being, pure without beginning or end.
He is the unstruck sound.
He is immutable through all time.

In the quest for God we have to travel along the same path by which God descended into the world. As God has become the creation, so we, his creation, have to work our way in the reverse direction and become God. The path is the same; only the direction changes.

You have come here from your house; while returning you will cover the same route. The road will be the same, you will be the same, your legs will be the same, the energy to walk is the same; only the direction will be different. When you arrived here, you had your back towards home; while returning you will be facing home.

You have to return to God along the same path as God descended into creation. While coming you had your back towards him; while going you will be facing in his direction. Therefore, indifference is the way to enter into the world and eagerness towards God is the way to approach him. The ladder is the same, the path is the same; only the direction changes.

In this sutra Nanak tells us how God became creation. Whoever has sought him and found him followed just the way that Nanak describes here. Not only religious seekers but also scientific researchers agree on this.

Religion looks at the creator; science looks at creations. Religion seeks from one end, science from another. Science conducts its search where man stands; religion conducts its search where man came from and returns to. Religion seeks your beginning and your end, whereas science probes into the middle.

One of the most valuable discoveries of science is that there is just one force, one energy, that is holding together the whole universe. All the world can be broken down into smaller and smaller bits and pieces, into atoms. The chair, the trees, the stones, the flowers are all made up of the same basic elements; and these atoms have a relationship to one another. Either they come together by attraction, what Nanak called unions, or they push apart, repulse one another; Nanak called it separations. What is pushing apart or pulling together is energy, and all is caused by electric charges, the same electricity that makes the lamp to burn, that makes everything move in our cities. The same energy is the force that holds the world together. Science calls it energy or electricity. Religion refers to it as God.

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