“They, who have taken refuge in Me, strive for final liberation to know Me as the Brahman, the infinite. They alone understand my manifold manifest and non-manifest nature and forms: Adhibhuta (related to matter-material form), Adhidaiva (related to incarnations and divine forms), Adhiyajna (non-manifest ultimate Reality -the Brahman).”
- The Bhagvad Gita, Chapter VII.
Chapter VII of the Bhagavad Gita explains the concepts of manifest (sagun) and non-manifest (nirguna) Brahman. Manifest Brahman is apparent in the five elements of earth, fire, water, air and ether, and also in the mind, intellect and ego. Non-manifest Brahman is the Absolute Consciousness, that is the basis of the manifested world.
'Like the continuous thread of consciousness I run through the garland of these eightfold attributes.'
Brahman is the indestructible cosmic force, the creator and the propagator of life, the macrocosm or the Universal Soul that exists in the microcosm of all individual souls.
“My real nature is Infinite Bliss-Knowledge-Consciousness. I embody Myself as Final Truth for you all. Veiled by Maya Shakti, I am not known to all and do not manifest my true nature to all. Hence ignorant do not recognize Me as 'the unborn and imperishable Supreme Spirit.”