Invocation om purnam adah purnam idam
purnat purnam udacyate
purnasya purnam adaya
om-the Complete Whole; purnam-perfectly complete;
adah-that; purnam-perfectly complete;
idam-this phenomenal world; purnat-from the
all-perfect; purnam-complete unit; udacyate-is
produced; purnasya-of the Complete Whole;
purnam-completely, all; adaya-having been taken
away; purnam-the complete balance; eva-even;
The Personality of Godhead is perfect and complete, and because
He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this
phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as complete wholes.
Whatever is produced of the Complete Whole is also complete in
itself. Because He is the Complete Whole, even though so many
complete units emanate from Him, He remains the complete
The Complete Whole, or the Supreme Absolute Truth, is the
complete Personality of Godhead. Realization of impersonal
Brahman or of Paramatma, the Supersoul, is incomplete realization
of the Absolute Complete. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is
sac-cid-ananda-vigraha. Realization of impersonal
Brahman is realization of His sat feature, or His aspect
of eternity, and Paramatma realization is realization of His
sat and cit features, His aspects of eternity and
knowledge. But realization of the Personality of Godhead is
realization of all the transcendental features - sat, cit
and ananda, bliss. When one realizes the Supreme Person,
he realizes these aspects of the Absolute Truth in their
completeness. Vigraha means "form." Thus the Complete
Whole is not formless. If He were formless, or if He were less
than His creation in any other way, He could not be complete.
The Complete Whole must contain everything both within and
beyond our experience; otherwise He cannot be complete.
The Complete Whole, the Personality of Godhead, has immense
potencies, all of which are as He is. Thus this phenomenal
world is also complete in itself. The twenty-four elements of
which this material universe is a temporary manifestation are
arranged to produce everything necessary for the maintenance and
subsistence of this universe. No other unit in the universe
need make an extraneous effort to try to maintain the universe.
The universe functions on its own time scale, which is fixed by
the energy of the Complete Whole, and when that schedule is
completed, this temporary manifestation will be annihilated by
the complete arrangement of the Complete Whole.
All facilities are given to the small complete units (namely the
living beings) to enable them to realize the Complete Whole.
All forms of incompleteness are experienced due to incomplete
knowledge of the Complete Whole. The human form of life is a
complete manifestation of the consciousness of the living being,
and it is obtained after evolving through 8,400,000 species of
life in the cycle of birth and death. If in this human life of
full consciousness the living entity does not realize his
completeness in relation to the Complete Whole, he loses the
chance to realize his completeness and is again put into the
evolutionary cycle by the law of material nature.
Because we do not know that there is a complete arrangement in
nature for our maintenance, we make efforts to utilize the
resources of nature to create a so-called complete life of sense
enjoyment. Because the living entity cannot enjoy the life of
the senses without being dovetailed with the Complete Whole, the
misleading life of sense enjoyment is illusion. The hand of a
body is a complete body. When the hand is severed from the
body, it may appear like a hand, but it actually has none of the
potencies of a hand. Similarly, living beings are part and
parcel of the Complete Whole, and if they are severed from the
Complete Whole, the illusory representation of completeness
cannot fully satisfy them.
The completeness of human life can be realized only when one
engages in the service of the Complete Whole. All services in
this world - whether social, political, communal, international
or even interplanetary - will remain incomplete until they are
dovetailed with the Complete Whole. When everything is
dovetailed with the Complete Whole, the attached parts and
parcels also become complete in themselves.