The performer, catalyst and Creator

Hinduism/ Sanatan Dharma has very deep statements which cannot be understood but need to be experienced. My Guru would talk about things and we all used to listen. But it is only with practice that some of his statements are making more sense now.

There is only one origin called the ‘Nirvishesh Brahma’, the ‘intelligence where differentiation does not exist’ or Parabrahma, the ‘beyond intelligence’. This is the goal of each soul, your and my personal spiritual evolution leads here. This is the Ultimate Creator.

The first creation was duality, ie observer-performer energy was created. The Para creates infinite numbers of observer-performer pairs. The observer energy is called the Purush and the performer energy is called the Prakruti. Prakruti is said to be feminine as the energies are active, kinetic, capable of responding, changeable. Purush is said to be masculine as these energies are still and unchanging but are capable of eliciting a response. (The Purush and Prakruti are not a physical man and a woman, there is no sexism in the spiritual context.)

Only Advaita as discussed by Adi Shankaracharya is subtle and deep enough to pierce through all duality. It can take you upto the Real Creator, the Parabrahma. Advaita is referred to as ‘Non-duality’. It can be only expressed as a negation as what it really is cannot be described in the words of this creation, it needs to be experienced. This is the Reality which you and me actually desire to experience. Sankhya-shastra is a method analysing intelligence, energy, matter and the rest of it. This is a discriminative, rational, calculative and deliberate instrument directed to the understanding the Self. Sankhya is a prelude to the understanding of the Advaita.

The Prakruti is called Lalita, the one who plays the game. This game is of her devising, created out of her own energies, occurs within her and is not separate from her. The entire performance occurs within the energies of the performer. All creation theories or even modern science describe this Game that she plays, the secondary creation of the manifested Universes. These theories are limited to only Prakruti and the processes that go on with her body. These do not describe the Purush as they have not reached so deep within. And neither do they take you upto your reality, ie the Parabrahma.

Exalted and debilitated, Rahu, Ketu and Saturn

In my earlier posts, I have written about Prakruti and her active role in creating, maintaining, evolving and finally destroying the manifested. Whatever you see around you, your body, mind, environment, etc is all Prakruti. Now there is one twist here. Prakruti is described as being ‘Jada’ जड. She is without animation, insensate, still,  lifeless, paralysed, numb, dull, stunned, cold, apathetic as Jada means ‘matter without Intelligence’. She is capable of motion but incapable of initiating the motion herself. She does not have the intelligence or the consciousness. So why does the Prakruti start her performance?  What caused her to move, to start Playing?

The reason is the catalyst, the Purush.

The Purush has a very important role in all this Play. The Purush is called the ’Sakshi’ in Sanskrit. This word is usually translated to mean a witness or an observer. This is slightly incorrect as Devbhasha Samskrutam is a palimpsest, the deeper you go the more meanings you understand. Sakshi is a compound word ‘Akshasya sah’. Sakshi is the ‘intelligence which accompanies the Axis on which the individual soul exists’. Or the ‘self-awareness of the Pivot of the wheel of creation’.

Purush is Aware Intelligence.

The Purush is the catalyst. He, by his mere presence causes the Prakruti to start her performance. But the Purush does not interact with any other energy or get involved in any way. Purush is the ever-existing, steady, ever-pervading Intelligence. He doesn’t change and neither does he interfere. Manifested creation happens just because he exists. His existence is the reason why Prakruti goes about creating.

There are catalysts in every system, eg enzymes are catalysts in biology, they bring about all the cellular life processes but remain unchanged and unaffected. In chemistry, the neutrons are Sakshi, they do not participate but their presence makes things happen, eg electrons are captured by protons and chemical reactions take place. It is the same with the creation, Prakruti performs just because the Purush is there. Matter moves just because of the presence of the Purush.

In our usual life we all are actors, we perform. A very simplistic example, I interact with my son. I get cross and tell him to clean his room, he is irritated but cleans it. Both of us have changed. I was irritated, now I am satisfied. He was irritated, now he is tired. And a new reality has come to being, the room is clean. So two energies interacted and changed themselves and also changed the environment. This has happened within the realm of Prakruti. Emotions, physical realities which are capable of being changed are part of Prakruti and occur within her body.

Now if you look around you, there are also catalysts/ sakshi everywhere. These Sakshi do not engage with anyone else nor do they change, but events occur around them because of their mere presence. A very simplistic example again, I am at home just sitting and reading, my son comes home and because I am sitting there, carefully removes his shoes and puts them on the rack. I didn’t even look at him. But my mere presence, the catalyst, made him ‘perform’.

My Guru would say that I must bring in the ’Sakshi-bhaav’ into myself, ie bring into myself the reality of the Sakshi. He was telling me to be the unchanging center around which the whirl of creation unfolds. To change my perception from the ‘matter’ component to the ‘intelligence’ component. But how do I bring in this ‘consciousness’ within me? How can I stop being involved in ‘matter’. All my senses, my organs of action are oriented towards matter. I smell, taste, touch, move.. matter. I perceive only matter whirling around me.

The solution is to do Dhyan, when you sit still and focus only at your Ajnya chakra you are focussing on your personal consciousness. The Ajnya chakra is the seat of the individual consciousness. Once you identify with the fragment of the Ultimate consciousness within you rather than the matter swirling around you, your evolution gets easier.

Route from the Ajnya chakra to the Sahasrara and the Bindu within the Sahasrara gets easier. This is real evolution.

But when you are just starting your spiritual practice you cannot experience or imagine or visualise or even think of such subtle energies. So you start the ‘observe yourself’ thingie again by observing whatever is visible at your third eye during Dhyan. Dispassionately, you close your eyes and focus at your third eye. In the physical body, you, the individual consciousness, reside at the third eye Ajnya chakra. You start your practice of observing yourself from this chakra. Initially you see just darkness here. As your practice deepens you will observe yourself in all your increasing higher energy levels.

You have to traverse a distance of ’10 fingers’ from the third eye chakra to the top of the head. All this practice for this seemingly tiny thing!

The Sakshi is the pivot, the axis around which change occurs. The Sakshi is essential for evolution. Matter by itself cannot move. Intelligence makes it move, evolve. Consciousness is steady, it does not change, it remains constant, it is. This principle is applicable everywhere, from biology, chemistry to spiritual evolution. When you become your own catalyst, you further your own spiritual evolution.

 

More on Eclipses and their astrological results

Binding and Release of the Soul

The origin is a Singular Eternal Reality.

No one can really can describe this Eternal Reality in the words of this manifested reality /’Maya’.

Maya is taken to mean illusion, which is incorrect. Maya is a Sanskrit word which means ‘not this’. Thus the ‘manifested reality’ called Maya cannot be conclusively proved to be real nor can it be conclusively proved to be un-real. Thus you, your body and the Universe around you is neither illusion nor reality.

The Singular Reality /Parabrahma first gives rise to duality. The first step is the creation of ‘still unmoving energy’ called Purush and the ‘energy in movement’ called Prakruti. Simply put, still energies are called ‘masculine’ and moving energies are called ‘feminine’ (they do not have a gender, there is nothing sexist about all this).

Binding and Release of the Soul

Why does the Singularity differentiate?

What is this first impulse? The first impulse or the origin of this first impulse also cannot be completely described in the words of this Maya. The Nasadiya Sukta (10th mandala 129th sukta of the Rg Ved) gives a background to what this Singularity is like (the first 2 verses) and why did it differentiate (verse 3). There is concept from Sankhya which states that everything that manifests, first exists in seed form before it can be manifested. (e.g. A human does not have horns because he does not have the potential to form horns. But he has the potential to form a hand thus hands are formed. However the human is much more than just the hand. Similarly the One). The Sukta in this first three shloks says that the One has the potential to form several things, and that its Entirety cannot be fathomed.

And the Sukta frames these concepts as questions. It does not want you to blindly follow whatever it says. You are expected to think over it and come to your own conclusions. You may agree or disagree or have no opinion, it is upto you. You are prime. Follow whatever you feel convinced about, remember your Conscience is your only guide. This is the characteristic of only Sanatan Dharm/Hinduism. It is not a religion, you are not expected to follow something because it is written somewhere. Questions are to be asked in the true spirit and answers sought. This is Dharma, the foundation.

Back to Creation. The Light Source emits the Ray. Both are connected, one cannot exist without the other. Though both are the same light, there is a subtle difference between these two. Similarly are the Purush and the Prakruti, these two are in eternal conjunction, same, yet subtly different.

The Purush is the Witness. He observes what is being done by the Prakruti. He is ‘being’, the Still Intelligence. He is the subject. The Purush is not attached to anything nor does he change. Neither does he get involved in or entangled in or moved by whatever is being performed by the Prakruti, he is completely indifferent. He witnesses just because there is ‘something’ to be witnessed. He is not compelled to observe it.

The Prakruti is the object, Spontaneous Motion (she is ‘Sahaj’, ‘Sahaj’ is a very important  concept, might write a full post on this later.) She called the ‘Devi‘/ ray of light. She is ‘becoming’ and goes about ‘becoming’ further creation. She plays the Game, Lila, she is called ‘Lalita’, the ‘one who plays’. She does all this out of spontaneity, no other reason. And as she is the Light of the Purush, so, she plays and the Purush observes. There is no requirement for her to perform for the Purush. It just Is. He IS and She IS, because duality exists, no other reason. He is Stillness, She is Spontaneity. This just Is.

Binding and Release of the Soul

She does not observe, she experiences and evolves. She plays with her energy in whichever way possible. There is no judgement, no reason, only energy, actions and further linked actions, all sorts of permutations and combinations. She spontaneously creates the entire experience. There is a fire burning, you see the sparks moving from it spontaneously, ‘playing’. In the micro and the macro levels, i.e. the following are all her energy,

  • The body which will experience – the physical body composed of the Sapta-dhatu, the Panch-pran, the panch-kosh etc.
  • the organs which will be used to experience – (these are 11, the 5 organs of senses, the five organs of actions and the Aham-kaar, the sense of ‘I’ individuality.)
  • The objects of experience (also the subtle seeds of the experience- tanmatra)
  • Bhava, the ‘essences’, ‘feelings’ which are necessary to add value to the experience
  • And finally the Discriminating Knowledge – this is the one who puts a stop to the experience. The limit of experience. This is spontaneously manifested in Her then she is done ‘playing’.

Thus she creates the individual body and the individual Universe, maintains it and then dissolves it. (Your body and Universe is different from my body and Universe. Every individual soul is linked to an individual Purush-Prakruti combo. The Singularity creates every soul separately.)

Prakruti is not Intelligence. There is only one objective in all her actions, i.e. to spontaneously create the experience which because of their link, the Purush will witness. The Purush is not compelled to witness it. She does just this, nothing else. The Prakruti binds her energies with herself. She is bound in her own manifested creation by the seven forms (Roop) of virtue, vice, dispassion, passion, power, weakness and ignorance. These seven forms are also created by herself.

(These leads to the creation of Karma. She modifies herself and creates new experiences to resolve this karma and then creates even more karma, in a cycle. The karma is then the framework for ‘play’.)

She performs the entire dance of creation, preservation and dissolution. She stops when the Knowledge of Singularity (Ek-Roop) is manifested within herself. She manifests this too. Under the influence of this Knowledge, her outgoing/kinetic energy stops. Now the seven forms of her own bindings over her vanish as if they have never existed. The Purush has witnessed and her performance has ceased. She, the artist, stands still on the stage as He, the spectator, stands unmoving in the viewing gallery. They are still duality, now there is no motive for creation, as there is the Knowledge of Singularity in her.

Now, the perfect Knowledge has been attained, the perfect performance delivered and the witness has experienced it perfectly. The reason why duality was manifested in the first place has been satisfied. But the body and the Universe incarnated by her remains manifested. It is just like a fan, when you switch it off, it still moves for a few minutes before stopping completely. This stage of existence is called Jivan-Mukt. The individual soul remains in the manifested body/Universe but the binding of karma does not exist.

 

Binding and Release of the Soul

(These are very deep philosophies which are actual experiences. All of us will go through this. I will continue on the same theme in my next post.)