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The Power of Cosmic Delusion

Published: 29th November 2014 10:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th November 2014 11:04 AM   |  A+A-

The knowledge of the supreme truth can happen anywhere. It was given to Arjuna by Lord Krishna at the battlefield of Kurukshethra. Here one of the nine Yogis, Hari is imparting that knowledge to King Nimi in the Bhagavatham. Describing the qualities of a devotee of the Lord he says, even for an exchange of all the three worlds of the earth, the heavens and ancestors, the devotee of the Lord will not take his attention away even for the time taken to bat an eyelid.

Chanting the name of the Lord erases all the disturbances from the mind. People these days want to know the best way to keep the mind peaceful. There may be many ways, but the easiest and long standing way is to take up a favourite chant of a holy name and keep repeating it. The vibrations of the sounds can erase the other vibrations of the disturbed mind.

To the third of the nine Yogis, Antariksha, King Nimi asks about the nature of Maya, the deluding power of the supreme self. Trapped in the world which is a constant movement and change from birth to death, the King wishes to know the way to transcend this Maya too.

The supreme self which is aware and motionless, brought out of its own self this whole world of moving and still objects. This creation was brought out for the purpose of realisation of the supreme self by the creatures themselves. The supreme being not only created this splendid creation, but entered and dwells in it all the time.

Describing the process of creation, Yogi Antariksha says that the supreme being divides himself with his own power as the mind and all the sense organs and organs of action. Having done that, the creator itself expresses through its creation and moves around as if there are many individuals. This being that has now manifested as the individual does actions, obtains results out of those actions which is pleasing and otherwise and keeps revolving in the circle of action, results and further actions–as if endlessly.

In this manner an individual being enters into the manifest world, does actions, reaps results good and bad and dissolves back into the unmanifest world, only to return again as the desires never get exhausted. The verses that continue talk of the time of final dissolution of creation when there are no rains for over a 100 years and the heat of the sun gets so intense and then it rains continuously for one hundred years just after thick flames of fire engulf the whole earth from its roots up to its heights. These are all the results of the three qualities of Satwa – existence, Rajas – dynamism and Tamas – dissolution which are the three qualities of Maya.

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