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Creation Theories Are Just Creation Theories
Ash: Dear Danielji, this is definitely an issue for a mechanic... similar to the age-old “‘what is that noise under my bonnet?” question. ☺ So I apologise in advance. I think this is a Level-One question.
If the self is pure awareness, with no other qualities, how could Isvara, including the action of the gunas, its brilliance, intelligence and complexity, emerge? Is this not a case of something coming from nothing?
Thank you for listening.
~ Kindness and best wishes for your health, Ash
Daniel: Ha! What if there wasn’t even a real noise to begin with? ☺
Om, dearest Ash, your question is totally justified, one that comes with a super complex answer based on a Creation theory.
But remember, Creation theories are just Creation theories.
It may offer a bit of satisfaction, but more than attempting to explain the unexplainable (i.e. maya), Creation theories serve more value by demonstrating the order of mithya: the relationship between jiva and Isvara. This is so the jiva can align its actions in accordance with the Field and respond appropriately (dharmically) in a karma yoga spirit.
But without further ado, let’s briefly roll this Creation theory out!
It’s more of a case of an apparent something apparently coming from you, awareness. This is the unexplainable power of maya. One definition of maya is “that which makes the impossible seem possible.”
Maya is a power (shakti) that occurs in you, quality-less awareness. Once maya is operating, awareness “assumes” the role of Creator and apparently identifies with maya. Awareness in association with maya (ignorance) is then referred to as Isvara/God, the creator, preserver and destroyer of the objects in the dharma field.
Isvara, or maya, causes awareness (you) to appear as the limited world. It includes all the gross and subtle objects in existence, the objective empirical world and the subjective psychological world.
Ignorance is the cause of the causual body. It has no beginning. The causal body determines the nature of the individual’s experiences and the quality of those experiences – hence the word “causal.” All objects (thoughts, dreams, ideas, desire, emotions, memories, etc.) appearing in the subtle body are sprouted from a causal seed.
I hope this offers a little flesh.
Easy day, Ashji.
PS: But here’s the real flesh to contemplate: maya/mithya/Isvara/gunas – the projector of qualities (i.e. world) – is an object known to you, awareness. You are the knower of all Creation, and though these qualities depend on you, you simultaneously remain free from all your self-projected qualities.
Ash: Hari Om!
That is a very effective answer. It feels like a jolt.
I will contemplate, in depth, what you have said.
Thank you for the teaching, Danielji.
~ Love, Ash
Daniel: Thanks to Vedanta and salutations to Ramji and all the great teachers of our lineage.
~ Hari Om Tat Sat!