10B: Theory of Creation

10B: Theory of Creation

 

6. Theory of Creation

The root material is active; it has the rajas guna, which has the mobile characteristics. But the root material is unconscious. On the other hand the root cause, the soul is inactive, but it has the consciousness. Thus when two are joined together they complement each other and become a conscious product, i.e., a physical object with consciousness. The root cause and the root material span the entire universe. So they are always together and in contact with each other. There is no need to bring them together.

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sense organs are capable of sensing both subtle and gross elements. But the ordinary people can only sense gross elements. Intelligence presents the experiences to the soul. It is the intelligence that can distinguish between the root material (prakriti) and the root cause (soul).

Every feeling is created by a combination of the three gunas, characteristics, or properties. When a person is feeling very happy he has Sattava in very high percentage and other two are in low proportions. Same is true for all other various types of feelings. These three gunas are always in a dynamic state.

Intelligence

It is the first internal organ that is created during the creation process.

[SK, 23]
Intelligence is ascertainment or will. Virtue, knowledge, dispassion, and power are its manifestations when sattva attribute abounds. And the reverse of these, when tamas attribute abounds.

I-Principle

The I-Principle or Ahamkara in Sanskrit is created by the intelligence. The synonyms for the I-Principle are ego, self-consciousness etc.

[SK, 24]
Ahamkara is self-assertion; from that proceeds a two-fold evolution only, viz, the set of eleven and the five-fold primary elements.

Self-assertion: are like ‘I am entitled’, ‘I am competent to do this’, ‘all these objects are for me’ etc.

Mind

Mind is the third organ created in the process after Intelligenec and I-Principle.

[SK,27]
Of these (sense organs), the Mind possesses the nature of both (the sensory and motor organs). It is the deliberating principle, and is also called a sense organ since it possesses properties common to the sense organs. Its multifariousness and also its external diversities are owing to special modifications of the Attributes.

Mind has a deliberating capacity. This means when mind sees a rope and vaguely thinks it may be a snake, then mind analyzes past knowledge, other information, and concludes that it is not a snake but a rope instead.

In Samkhya Karika the mind is defined as an organ. It is both a sense organ as well as an action organ; because it has similarities with these organs. Mind cooperates with these organs to make them work. There are 11 organs, 5 sense organs, 5 action organs and 1 mind. All 11 organs are created by the I-Principle and all of them have abundance of Sattava properties. The main function of the mind is observational.

The soul makes all the organs, including the mind, to work. No other motive can operate the organs. Mind is like the CEO, it works with all sense organs. All sense organs send information to mind for decision making. It is also like an operating system executive, which plays the same role of CEO.