Children, the Creator and the creation are not two, but one—thus says Sanatana Dharma. What is the reason for this? Because nothing is separate from the Creator, and so the Creator and the Creation are the same.
There are many examples stated in the scriptures showing the relationship between the Creator and the creation. Even though gold ornaments come in different shapes and sizes, they are all really only gold. No matter how many waves are in the sea, none of them are separate from the ocean. Similarly, God and the universe are not separate but one.
The dance comes from the dancer. Before the dance, during the dance, as well as after the dance, there is only the dancer. Similarly, before creation, during creation, as well as after the creation resolves, there is only God. Everything is God. There is only God. Sanatana Dharma teaches us that there is nothing but God.
A king requested all the artists in his kingdom to make paintings that would express the true beauty of the Himalayas. Numerous artists participated. Each of them painted exquisitely beautiful images. The king and his minister set out to select the best one. It seemed each painting was better than the previous one they saw. Finally, they came to the last. The artist opened his canvas. It was the most beautiful Himalayan Mountain. The feeling was like standing next to the real Himalayas. Then—amazingly—the artist started to climb the mountain in his painting. As the king and his entourage watched, the artist ascended to the highest peak. Then the painter disappeared into the painting.
God is like the artist in this story. In his creation of the universe, God is all-pervasive. At the same time, he seems to be invisible. Because we cannot perceive God through our five senses or minds, He remains hidden from us. Even so, because God is our own True Self, we can experience God. Thus, when we realise God within ourselves, we can experience the truth that God and the universe are one.
God is not an individual sitting on a golden throne beyond the skies. God is the all-pervading divinity in all things. If our own finger accidentally pokes our eye, we forgive the finger and soothe the eye. We do this because the finger as well as the eye are not separate from us. Similarly, our dharma is to love and serve even the smallest life form with the awareness that God resides in everything. This is the greatest worship of God.
Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi