MIND : ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL : 16-6.



Chapter 16-Thought Creates The World-6.

6. The Why And How Of The Universe-a Transcendental Question

Mr. Narain, my friend who is standing before me, is my own mental creation. Even this world is my own mental creation.

Abhava or non-existence is said to be an object of perception, since non-existence of a thing means its existence somewhere else.

According to the idealistic theory, there is no world at all in reality. It is all mere mental imagination.

This is Vijnanavada of the Buddhists.


According to the realistic theory, the world is a solid reality.

Even the dualist shool of Madhva and Visishtadvaita school of Ramanuja and Raja Yogic school of Maharshi Patanjali hold that the world is real (Jagat Satyam).


Kant has demonstrated that space, time and causation are not objective realities, but only subjective forms of our intellect, and the unavoidable conclusion is that the world, so far as it is extended in space, is running on in time and ruled throughout by causality, is merely a representation of our mind and nothing beyond it.


A finite mind that is gross and conditioned by time, space and causation cannot comprehend the why and how of the universe, a question that is transcendental.

The question has never been answered by anybody, by any Sastra, by any sage or Acharya. Do not rack your mind on this point.

You can never get a solution for this problem.

It is Mauja of Brahman to create this universe.

It is His Lila-Vilasa.

It is His Maya.

It is His Svabhava.

Next : 7. Non-Existence Of The World-what It Means

Swami Sivananda
To be continued  ....

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