What is creation?
What are all the different ways of looking at creation? What are the possibilities in the question and in response to it?
"God in His highest aspect is static and dynamic. In His oneness with the dynamic and static consciousness, we see God's true unity. God's journey started with unity, but when He entered into the world, His unity became multiplicity. In the highest, in the world of Silence, it is all unity. Here on earth, in the world of sound, it is all multiplicity. But unity and multiplicity go together.
The creation started with Existence Consciousness, Bliss— Satchidananda . This triple consciousness, where God is all Unity, is responsible for the entire creation. Below this triple consciousness is what is called the Supermind. The power of the Supermind is not a vital power like the power of Nietzsche's Superman. The Supermind is all luminosity.
From here the creation actually started. The Supermind is the highest rung of the ladder of evolution. Here also there is unity. Truth can be seen in the form of unity; Power can be seen in the form of unity; everything can be seen in the garb of unity. The next descending rung is the overmind. Here multiplicity actually starts. In the overmind, unity is scattered.
Then we come down to the intuitive plane or intuition proper. Here we see the unity of Truth, the unity of Light, the unity of Power in a limited measure. Although we use our third eye in the intuitive plane and see everything as a whole, we do not see unity here the way we see unity in Existence-Consciousness-Bliss or in the Supermind.
Then below intuition, below the intuitive plane, is the mind. This mind can be called the calm or quiet mind, the vacant mind, because everything is calm, quiet and vacant. But here real unity is lacking. Truth is there, divinity is there, joy is there, beauty is there; but real unity is missing. Multiplicity reigns.
Then when we come to the vital, there is no unity at all. The vital quite often has aggressive forms of multiplicity.
In the physical we cannot even think of unity. But a day will come when we will have to bring down the highest unity consciously into the gross physical.
There is much truth in the maxim "United we stand, divided we fall." The soul, heart, body, mind and vital must go together. Otherwise, the soul by itself can do nothing, the mind by itself can do nothing, the body by itself can do nothing. All these must go together in order for us to realise God fully and integrally. It is only in their united effort that God the Creator and God the Creation can be realised, revealed and manifested."
copyrighted. Sri Chinmoy
You write from a space and in a language that is unexplored territory for me. I like it, as I like you, and see your expression as uniquely you. Your path is not fully my path so we can share our unique experiences and expressions with each other....
Very very cute and sweet answer. I like you too, I feel you. Still, this last answer is my Teacher's. I am not yet worthy to touch His feet. Still, I am His loving child and chela.
Creation creates new creation. You have succeeded in your mission by creating the question on creation. Now I am going to create something new
Genesis 1:1-31 (NIV)
The Beginning [ ] 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
And that is merely the first day. I view life from a Christian lens, and thus everything that I see is God's creation. I am God's creation and child. Everything that hasn't been distorted, defiled, and corrupted is God's creation. Allow me to clarify. A forest that has been transformed into a residential area, is still God's creation. He created this Earth for us. He conferred us as its property managers. We are meant to alter, transform, enhance and ameliorate that which has given us. We have creative license, in a sense, as long as what we do is not an aberration of what is righteous and honorable. That same forest becomes an abomination when you place a nuclear facility that injects poison into the ground and atmosphere for the sake of science. That is not a creation of God but of the subconscious evil intent of man to glorify himself rather than the One who created him. Same with sex. Sex was created for man to enjoy with his spouse, however, when you alter it and remove it from the context of marriage, it becomes an aberration. It breaches Divine decorum. Especially, in the case of pornography, when sex is completely detached from what is sacred, you no longer behold a creation of God. Yes, we can alter and morphe what God has created. But, not to the detriment of our souls, human kind, and our relationship to God. We were created to love Him with every fiber of our being. He instructs us to do all things for His glory. So, I say again. Creation surrounds us, but you have to discern what is of God and what is of the Devil. The Creator, His Holy Spirit, dwells within those who accept Christ. We have the authority to create and transform what has already been created. But, create with caution and awareness of what is pleasing to God.
Unabridged, I appreciate your honesty and fervor. I cannot comment fully as adequate space is not given, and anyway a dialog back and forth would be more satisfying. I understand where you are coming from, it brings back memories of my earlier views.
I got an error message saying my answer was too long and that I should create a Hub instead, so I'll do that and link back to here. It will be awhile, however, before I write any more hubs.
You asked such an open ended question. It is very interesting. The possibilities in the question catches my eye. The question can be interpreted, as has been done in some of the answers so far, to mean God's original creation, which of course is a valid topic which has been thoroughly discussed on HP. The question could also refer to the act of creating without regard to whom the creator is; what is the act of creating? What is the end result of any act of creating?
Of course no one can literally create something from nothing, unless there is a god who has done so, which may very well be the case. If so, then that could be an interesting study, to look at the original act of creation and at the created, not as scientific or theological matters, but as artistic efforts and expressions. In that sense, the original creation would be a grand lesson in art.
On the human level, the most pure form of creation, in my opinion, is oral story telling. The pen is the persons creative ability and the paper, the mind and memory. The book is the voice of the creator, and the medium is the mind of the hearers. This is a unique type of art where all tools and materials are contained within the original creator.
A beautiful response, well-crafted. Yes, sometimes I like to ask open-ended questions for the stimulation of .... creativity. It is pure enjoyment to read such interesting and diverse answers. I would read your hub on creation if you write it, Chris.
All true, Cam 8510, but then by your reasoning, Something influences or causes all this, no?
manatita44, It would be much easier to account for creativity in humans if there was a cause, such as God. I don't disagree with that, and I am open to the likelihood of that as well.
Awesome answer and insight! Your answer is similar to my own, which I have written but not published yet, yet totally different. I love your phrases, "the original creation would be a grand lesson in art" and "the medium is the mind of the hearers."
I think creation is anything one person makes to better themselves. Whether it be real, online, video games, or even imaginative... Anything to make the person feel less alone with their own unique mind. I also believe with this, creations and inventions are different.
WORLD WITH ITS THINGS IN IT IS CREATION-WORLDS-4-ARE AND HAVE CREATION IN THEM-BUT-UNIVERSES-4-HAVE NO THINGS-NO CREATION-IN THEM-THEY HAVE ONLY GOD LIKE BEINGS IN THEM-LIKE-SHINING STARS-THEY LIVE IN GOD AS STARS LIVE IN SKY
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