In this verse 9.17 of Bhagwat Gita , God says the following:

It is I who am the Vedic ritual, I am the sacrifice, and I am the oblation offered to the ancestors. I am the medicinal herb, and I am the Vedic mantra. I am the clarified butter, I am the fire and the act of offering. Of this universe, I am the Father; I am also the Mother, the Sustainer, and the Grandsire. I am the purifier, the goal of knowledge, the sacred syllable Om. I am the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, and the Yajur Veda.

My question is: if Lord is the father and also the mother of this Universe ,which includes us, then why we look so different , speak so different , act so different?

  • Even 2 kids of same human parents also look different. :-) The crux here is that, the lord treats everyone as same despite all are different.
    – iammilind
    Oct 4, 2017 at 6:33
  • If your mother is same as you father is same as my father is same as my mother then wouldn't you and I look same ? Yes we will. Oct 4, 2017 at 6:51
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    Krishna is father to everyone by soul, not by body. Body may differ from person to person but soul remains same. Soul is part (ansha) of parbrahma(Krishna) that's why he is Father/Mother to all. In this universe many different bodies can be found like animals, birds, trees, insects and bacteria ect. But their soul remains same, only body is differ. Your body is part(ansha) of your parents that's why you looks like them But your soul is part of Parbrahma.
    – Vishvam
    Oct 4, 2017 at 7:23
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    To be more clear, by soul I mean aatma. May be I chosed wrong word for aatma.
    – Vishvam
    Oct 4, 2017 at 9:28
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    @Rishabh is extremely correct.He is not our Biological father that He would have a set of genes, and he would copy two sets of 23 chromosomes and create us. He is beyond this biological thing. He is called Mother and Father in the sense of relationship,not biology(for ex, a child may have some other Biological mother, but the child may see some other woman as being really her mother, as in adoption).So it is relation thing. And in fact, Vishnu does not even have any form. He is Supreme and has no form. He is not dark, nor white, nor red, nor sphere, neither big, neither small, nor any form.
    – user9392
    Oct 4, 2017 at 19:08

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To answer your question: because God is everything. For example, you have a soul, and it's covering is the body. Similarly, God is the white board on which everything happens; his covering is the rocks, trees, leaves, sky, etc. He is the slate on which all is happening. The matrix is happening on God, in other words, He is supporting all of it. He supports love, hate, peace, war, etc. because he is the slate on which it occurs and he is separate from it and does not interfere in the story He wrote; humans cannot comprehend this; if you try to, you will sink by the weight of the world. As far as father and mother, you can't have one without the other and nothing can be produced without the joining of two or more things; good and bad, man and woman, tall and short, the fire and the sacrifice, the sickness and the medicinal herb, etc. It all goes together.


Actually we are not so different! We ‘appear’different because we tend to identify with our body, our mind and our intelligence as the self! Further ‘endorsed’ by the ahamkara, the false ego, we are indeed but identifying with the proxy of our real self! Once we ‘take’ to the teachings of the Gita et al. and indeed ‘transform’ our rupa from samsara to ‘satchitananda’ we will resemble the Lord in many of His (or Her!) divine aspects, so said. Do not we speak of a ‘family resemblance’ or indeed the entourage or parivara of the Deva? Hence look within and see for your self, the Self , defined ad- infinitum in all scriptures extant as the eternal atman..the ever ananda! Om Tat Sat!

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