TOP =======UNDERSTANDING HINDUISM=========
Brahma said: From the unmanifest first
sprang Mahat (the Great Soul), endued with great intelligence, the source of all
qualities.That is said to be the first creation. The Great Soul is signified by these
synonymous words -- the Great Soul, Intelligence, Vishnu, Jishnu, Sambhu of great
valour, the Understanding, the means of acquiring knowledge, the means of perception, as
also fame, courage and memory. It stands, pervading everything in the universe. Of great
power, that Being is stationed in the heart of all. Minuteness, Lightness and Affluence,
are his. He is the Lord of all, and identical with effulgence, and knows not decay.
E G O I S M
Brahma said, That Mahat, who was first produced is called Egoism. When it sprang up as I, it came to be called the second creation. That Egoism is said to be the source of all creatures, for these have sprung from its modifications. It is pure effulgence and is the supporter of consciousness. It is Prajapati. It is deity, the creator of deities, and of mind.It is that which creates the three worlds. It is said to be that which feels - I AM ALL THIS.- That is the eternal world existing for those sages who are contented with knowledge relating to the soul, who have meditated on the soul, and who have won success by Vedic study and sacrifices. By consciousness of soul one enjoys the qualities. That source of all creatures, creates (all creatures) even in this way. It is that which causes all changes. It is that which causes all beings to move. By its own light it illuminates the universe likewise.
From Egoism were verily born the five great
elements. They are earth, air, space(akasha), water and light. In these five great
elements, in the matter of sound, touch, colour, taste, and smell, all creatures become
deluded. When at the close of the destruction of the great elements, the dissolution of
the universe approaches, a great fear comes upon all living creatures.
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