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There is nothing that is not God – Sri Mata Amritanandamayi

We can mold clay in the shape of a donkey, a horse, a mouse, or a lion. Even though they are different in name and form, they are in fact nothing but clay. We need the eye to see the clay that is the substratum of all those names and forms. So, the mode of perceiving the universe through different names and forms has to be abandoned. It is, in fact, the one Supreme Principle that has transformed itself into all those forms. So, in Hinduism everything is God. There is nothing that is not God. Hinduism teaches us to love and serve animals, birds, reptiles, trees, plants, mountains, rivers – everything, even a deadly, poisonous cobra.

When we reach the ultimate experience, we realize that this universe is not distinct from us, just as the different organs in our body are not separate from us.

Our awareness, which until now has been limited to our body, expands to encompass the entire universe. Nothing is excluded from this awareness. Those who know the Truth experience the suffering and sorrows of others as their own, just as we become aware of pain when our toe is pricked by a thorn. Compassion becomes their true nature, just as heat is the nature of fire, coolness the nature of water, and fragrance and beauty the nature of a flower. Giving solace to others becomes their innate nature.

If our finger happens to poke our eye, we forgive our finger and we caress and comfort the eye, because the finger and the eye are not separate from ourselves.
– Sri Mata Amritanandamayi