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The stimulus for creation!
Saibaba in Nandhi Hills!
Creation as per ancient Hindu scriptures!
Hope and despair drive man to actions. Human psychology is dependent on his success as well as his failures. Every man exults when he meets success in his endeavors and he become sullen when things do not turn unto his expectations. One thing which is certain in every body’s life is ‘alternating fortunes in succession’. None has enjoyed happiness here for ever. None has suffered continuously for ever. Of course, those who suffer may not be able to distinguish the period of normalcy amid stress. At least, the intensity of suffering will come down during certain time period. The world has been created in a dual mode only. Otherwise, creation is not possible. The scriptures talk about Prakrithi(nature) and Brahman(the immutable supreme). By their intermingling creation happens.
I would like to clarify certain pertinent points here. From ancient days, it is believed that the Supreme Brahman has no desires at all. It is always full. The Vedas talk about the Brahman as “Sat Chit Ananda” meaning “ever existing, all knowing and full of bliss! Now the readers may question, “Why Brahman which is full and desire less interacted with nature? Here I would like to present one example.
There was one lame man and a blind man. The lame man can not move and the blind one can not see but they wanted to roam around. How is it possible? The blind man carried the lame man on his shoulder. The lame man could see and hence he was giving directions to the blind man. The blind man could walk well and thus both of them achieved their aim. The case of Brahman and nature too is similar. Some times, they remained afar; some times they mingled with each other. This is the story of creation. In a way we can say that Brahman enjoyed the company of nature sometimes. At times, it remained aloof! None can dwell on the reasons for the same. If you watch a python, it remains motionless for most of the time, but when it notices a prey, it moves slowly to catch it. Likewise, Brahman remains motionless for sometime. After sometime, it interacts with nature and creation starts. Here I would like to co-relate certain theories mentioned in the Veda.
Time is the essence in creation. Time, place and causation are a must for every action or every happening. Hence the ancient sages found that the world cycle follows a fixed pattern. Different Yugas (eras) are classified as Sathya, Dwapara, Treta and Kali. The time frame for each yuga comprise, 17,28,000 years, 12,96,000 years, 8,64,000 years and 4,32,000 years respectively. This includes contact periods of 2, 88,000 years, 2, 16,000 years, 1, 44,000 years and 72,000 years. During this contact periods, there will be no activity and this is called ‘yuga pralaya’. The creation is absolved and absorbed in Brahman. After the contact period, creation once again starts