hari ne banaya jaga govinda radhe,
kintu jaga guna hari rahita bata de
The world was not created by any soul. There are two kinds of souls: those who are mayadheen, under the control of maya and those who are mayateet, beyond maya or God-realised Saints.
When souls under maya do not even have complete understanding of the science of the world’s creation, how could they have the knowledge to create it? According to the Brahma Sutra, Saints are also not involved in the work of creation. Thus, the world was not created by the souls or Saints. The only entity that remains is God, and so only God created the world.
Someone might think that maya created this world. But how could maya create? It is just a lifeless power. That which is lifeless cannot perform any kind of action. For example, if someone said, “This pillow created that horse,” then people would think, “Impossible!” Similarly, maya did not create this material world, nor is it capable of creating it. It is therefore proven that only God created this world.
Vedanta explains up to this extent that God Himself took the form of this world. After mahapralaya (universal dissolution) ended, God took the form of a woman and a man. Then, He awakened all the souls who were in a subtle form within Him during mahapralaya. He called His para shakti to start the work of creation. He did not give this instruction to maya. Para shakti then made maya do the work of creation according to her instructions. Finally the entire universe was created and the souls entered into it.
Now a question arises: if God was the original inspiration of this world, why doesn’t it have God’s divine qualities? God is sat-chit-ananda. Sat means with life, but the world is lifeless. Chit means the form of knowledge, but the world is the form of ignorance. Ananda is eternal divine bliss, but the world only delivers pain and suffering. We therefore need to reflect deeply on why this is so.
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
10 August 2009
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
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