Gita Acharan |English

Krishna explains about 'The Creation' at different places and indicates that the entire existence is the coherence of ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™–๐™ ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž (nature) and ๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ช๐™จ๐™ (spirit). HIS womb is the ๐™ข๐™–๐™๐™–๐™ฉ-๐™—๐™ง๐™–๐™๐™ข๐™– (great ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™–๐™ ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž ) into which HE places the seed (๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ช๐™จ๐™) which is the cause of the birth of all beings (14.3). ๐™‚๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™–๐™จ (qualities) and ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ ๐™–๐™ง (evolution or change) are born of ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™–๐™ ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž (13.20) and ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™–๐™ ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž is also responsible for cause and effect; ๐™‹๐™ช๐™ง๐™ช๐™จ๐™ is responsible for experiencing the polarities of ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ ๐™ (pleasure) and ๐™™๐™ช๐™ ๐™ (pain) (13.21).


Krishna further elaborates and says, "There are two kinds of beings (๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ช๐™จ๐™๐™–๐™จ) in creation, the ๐™ ๐™จ๐™๐™–๐™ง (perishable) and the ๐™–๐™ ๐™จ๐™๐™–๐™ง (imperishable). The perishable are all beings in the material realm. The imperishable is called ๐™ ๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™๐™– (soul) (15.16). But there exists another eternal Highest Being called ๐™‹๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™– (Supreme Soul). Permeating the three worlds, HE sustains them (15.17). Essentially, it is eternal ๐™‹๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™– , imperishable ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™– and the perishable material world (๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™–๐™ ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž) .


Current scientific understanding is that it was pure energy at the beginning and some of the energy got converted into matter in due course of time. This matter is perishable and obeys certain physical laws which Krishna mentioned as cause and effect. This matter forms physical bodies of life forms and these life forms need energy to sustain. In a nutshell, everything we see around us is the interplay of energy and matter.


This current understanding is in tune with the above verses where Krishna said that he places seed (which is referred to as imperishable ๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ช๐™จ๐™ here) in HIS womb (which is referred to as perishable ๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ช๐™จ๐™ or ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™–๐™ ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž here) and life starts.


Krishna adds another dimension when he says that he is beyond both ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™–๐™ ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž and ๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ช๐™จ๐™ yet supports them both. This clarity will enable us to realise ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™– as well as ๐™‹๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™–.

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