Creation and Dissolution

RAMA: Venerable teacher, I am a little confused. You said that Dissolution had taken place. You also said that the earth turned slushy and muddy. You told that the nether worlds, earth, and the two parts of the galaxy (Brahmanda) were visible. But at the same time you say that rivers, mountains, trees, etc., were the organs of the dark night. Spades, axes, and crowbars had become wreaths around her neck. Where from had these come?

VASISHTA: Your question is quite valid from the point of view of logic. Neither was Rudra a male figure nor was the dark night a lady. In fact, they were not even human forms. It was not an actual dance either! Strangely, though, the dance appears only when viewed from an illusory perspective.

Rama, can gold exist without a form? Can peppers be without their hot taste? Similarly, an objective form is unavoidable for Consciousness as long as ignorance continues. Until you are able to realize Consciousness, Consciousness continues to be associated with ignorance. So Consciousness appears as objects under ignorance. Therefore, it is quite possible sometimes for objects to reappear even after they were destroyed. For that reason some people worship the forms of Shiva, Vishnu, or Brahma, the very thing I described as Consciousness-space, Supreme Brahma or Lord Ishwar from the absolute point of view. (here ends Sarga 82). YOGA VASISHTA – Part VI, Liberation.Universal dissolution


About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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