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Panchadasi - (74)
« on: August 23, 2008, 02:35:03 PM »
The Chapter IV continues....

Verse 6:-  The Chandogya Upanishad says that before creation,
Brahman or the Self alone existed, and that His nature was
Pure Existence.  He desired to become manifold and created
all things including the fire, water, food and beings born of eggs,
and so forth.

(Chandogya Up. uses the word 'aikasta' meaning Brahman
saw - that is, Brhaman merely saw to it, so that all these are

Verse 7:-  The Mundaka Upanishad says that just as sparks
emanate from a blazing fire, so from the immutable Brahman,
arose different animate and inanimate beings.

(Mundaka Up. 2.1.1;  The Mundaka Up. conception is still
better, Brahman's sparks produced the world, no creating
not even 'seeing'.

Verse 8:-  It is also said that before its manifestation the world
existed in Brahman in a potential form; then assuming name
and form it came into being as Virat.

(Brahadaranyaka Up. 1.4.7.   Here, the imagery is like, as
Supernova brings forth stars, the world and beings came
from Brahman, as potential to names and forms).

Verse 9:-  From Virat, came into being the law givers, human
beings, cattle, asses, horses, goats and so on and so forth, both
male and female, down to the ants.  Thus says the Brahadaranyaka

(Brahadaranyaka Up. 1.4.4.  Here again, it is like the Bible.  The
law givers like Manu are the celestial beings, from them, the
other beings evolved.  See also Srimad Bhagavatam).

Verse 10:-  According to these Srutis, Brahman or Atman Himself,
assuming manifold forms as the Jivas entered into these bodies.
A Jiva is so called because it upholds vitality (the Pranas, the
breath) in a body. 

Verse 11:-  The substratum or the Pure Consciousness, the
subtle body and the reflection of Pure Consciousness on the
subtle body --  these three together consitute the Jiva.

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.