Ocean and Ice

Just as long as we have water upon this earth we have potential for any amount of ice which is formed when the temperature goes below a certain level.By taking the form of the ice the water does not cancel its essential waterness. Both ice and water are essentially one. Swami Vivekananda compares the Impersonal Absolute to the mighty ocean and the Personal God of the devotee to the ice. He says, “Under the cooling, influence of Bhakti of the devotee, the ocean of Pure Existence which is the Impersonal Absolute—nameless,formless, endless infinite, eternal—takes a form of a personal God.”

Swami Chidananda


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