According to Vivekchudamani of Adi Shankara Ignorance is the seed of Samsara tree. From ignorance comes Ego (Ahamkara) [Identification with body]. From Ego comes desires. Hence Ego and Ignorance are seed of desires. As Ego comes from Ignorance, Ignorance is the cause and Ego is the seed of desire:
Ignorance is the seed of the tree of samsara, the ...
First verse of Pratyabhijna Hridayam states:
chiti swatantrA vishwasiddhi hetU: (pratyabhijna Hridayam 1.1)
The cause of manifestation of Universe is freedom (swAtantrya) of Universal Consciousness (chiti).
Thus the freedom of consciousness ie, swAtantrya of chiti/Shakti/Mahakundalini is the cause of the manifestation of all this. Thus the cause is ...
There is a very long discussion between Yudhisthira, Bhishma, Suka and Vyasa in Mahabharata Santi Parva involving many sections about emancipation. conduct, Brahman etc. There is a wonderful description of Desire by Vyasa in this discussion.
Vyasa’s view of Desire
Vyasa said, ‘There is a wonderful tree, called Desire, in the heart of
a man. It is born ...
Maya is not equal to Brahman.
We have Upanishad mantras which indicate the lower status of Maya.
Following the Sankhya system, the first category in the order of the evolution of the differentiated universe is called ‘Mahat’.
Katopanishad I.3.11 says,
“Superior to Mahat is Avyaktam (i.e. Maya). Superior to Avyaktam is ‘Purusha’ (i.e., the infinite, Brahman)....
In the Avatarnika tika to the Govinda Bhashya(Brahma Sutra Bhashya) of Srila Baladev Vidyabhushan, a Bhalvaveya Shruti is quoted regarding this context :--
भाल्ववेयश्रुति:– 'अथ ह वाव नित्यानि पुरुषः प्रकृतिरात्मा काल इति। अथ
यान्यनित्यानि प्राणः श्रद्धाभूतानि भौतिकानि इति। यानि ह वा उत्पत्तिमन्ति
तान्यनित्यानि। यानि ह वा अनुत्पत्तिमन्ति तानि नित्यानि। न ...
It is not possible to answer this question since it is not possible to describe Nirguna Brahman.
Moreover, the Vedas reveal this; likewise this is mentioned in the Smritis also.
Moreover, the Vedas reveal through a negation of other aspects that
Brahman has no distinguishing feature, as for instance in, “Now
therefore the description (of ...
There are two answers to this:
First - Using the clay and pot example. Clay alone exists among all pots. Pot cannot exist without the clay but clay can. Don’t matter big, small, ugly, well carved etc etc. same way Brahman alone is the world/universe appearing through Maya. All names forms gunas karma etc etc is part of the world/Maya.
Second - look at your ...
The question is:
what is the job of prakriti or shakti?
Sri Krishna says in BG as follows:
पिताऽहमस्य जगतो माता धाता पितामहः।
वेद्यं पवित्रमोंकार ऋक् साम यजुरेव च।।9.17।।
Of this world I am the father, mother, ordainer, (and the),
grand-father; I am the knowable, the sancitifier, the syllable Om as
also Rk, Sama and Yajus.
First there are an infinite number of jivas; infinite means infinite. Second, also remember that all jivas may not be alive at this instant; there are jivas that are going through a period of death now also. Third, an individual jiva takes birth that is necessary for its karma at that given point; so once having died, a new birth may be a hundreds or a ...