(from the book of key Vedanta teachings by Hari Prasad Shastri)
The world, nay, the whole cosmos, is a partial manifestation of God. What the rays of the sun are to the sun, the world is to God. God, being consciousness absolute, His nature is not exhausted by the cosmos. This periodically comes out of Him and then goes back to Him. It is not real, but has only an appearance. The colours of a rainbow are not real, but the sun which creates them is real; so the beauties of the world, as well as the imperfections, are not real, but God behind them is real. The only purpose of our ego, the seat of the ‘I’, is to realise its identity with God. It is in this school of the world to learn this one lesson: to forget its limitations and actively to realise its oneness with all.
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