A few days back, I read this article on the internet (http://www.indiaheritage.org/rendez/article1.htm). It explained, with the help of deep mathematical calculations, about the whole concept of yugas and mahayugas and manvantaras... in fact, the whole concept of TIME based on Hindu Scriptures, in particular the Srimad-Bhagavatam!
Now according to this article, there is apparently no beginning or end of time. The flow of time is eternal. The whole universe is nothing but an infinite cyclic chain of Creation and Dissolution. Creation: manifestation from the Absolute. Dissolution: merging back in the Absolute.
And, according to the Hindu Scriptures, Lord Brahma is supposed to be the Creator. [The Hindu "Trilogy" -- Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh -- equivalent to G.O.D. -- Generate, Operate, Destroy] So, according to this article, Lord Brahma is also apparently a manifestation of the Absolute, with a life span of 100 years, and (here's the best part!) one single day of Brahma is equal to 4.32 billion human years!
He apparently keeps creating throughout his day, like a painter busy adding colours on his canvas, and his day is divided into Manvantaras, sub-divided into mahayugas which are further sub-divided into yugas! (And we are presently in the kaliyuga of the 28th maha-yuga of the 7th manvantara of Brahma’s day!) At the end of each day when he goes to sleep, the "canvas" is apparently wiped clean and the next day he starts afresh! In other words, whatever he created during the day is merged back into the Absolute.
Now when I first read this article, I was so thoroughly shaken by it, right to the very core of my being, that I cannot even begin to explain what went on in my head! It felt like I was nothing but a mere fiction of Brahma's imagination. In fact, the whole world was nothing but a stage-play or a movie... with all of us having a certain role to play, a character assigned to us... and all we could do was play our part in the best way possible, for we did not have any control over the end! The entire "movie" was just a creation of Brahma's mind. He was the writer, director, producer, everything.
And we ignorant mortals, we actually believe that things are our doing! We get worked-up when people cheat us or hurt us. We nurse old grudges, bottle-up resentment inside us. We are consumed with guilt over the past and fear of the future. It seems like we are all racing against "time" itself... so as to create a space for ourselves in the world and mark it with a big "I". But in reality, there is no "I"! We simply don't exist! We are just playing a role assigned to us! Imagine if Julia Roberts started believing she really WAS the "Pretty Woman" or the "Runaway Bride"! What chaos!
Needless to say, I was just completely thrown off-balance that day. It suddenly dawned on me that we are apparently just living in a matrix and that this entire life really has no head or tail. It has no meaning, everything is just a thought out of Brahma's mind... and he keeps thinking, and thus manifesting, 'coz obviously, he needs to do something to pass his long day! I felt so empty and so... pointless!
Then couple of days ago, I found this other book, Creative Mind and Success by Ernest Shurtleff Holmes. This is the first book assigned to me in my new role as a freelance writer for a company called MOKA. Going through this book, I realized that since I am also made out of the same Absolute as Lord Brahma, I too have the same Divine Nature or powers as Brahma. Meaning, I DO indeed have the power to create my life the way I want to, but within certain set limits, 'coz obviously my creation cannot conflict with Brahma's creation, right?
I guess this concept can be understood more clearly with the help of this example. Now I talked about this huge blank canvas Brahma starts working upon each day. So perhaps what he does is that he creates the main outline of his "story" or "movie" on the canvas... the main plot, with all the characters and the main events like the wars, the earthquakes, the tsunamis and stuff... and then he assigns each one of us a certain predefined area on the canvas to fill in the details the way we wish to.
It's like those paintings we did in school, where the teacher handed us each a small part of a huge tapestry and each kid was allowed to fill in the colors in his section in whatever way he wanted to! Or those English compositions where we were given the outline of a story and were told to narrate a plot around it in say 2500 words. Or it can even be compared to the big agricultural lands which are divided into smaller plots and leased out to farmers, so that they can grow whatever they wish to on their plot, or can even choose to leave it totally uncultivated!
In other words, we all have been given a life span of say 80-90 years on lease, our own bit of canvas, our own plot of land. And Lord Brahma has put in the pillars and columns in place which can't be disturbed. However, we are free to create around those pillars in any way we choose to. We can fill in our space with prosperity or poverty, with love or hatred, success or failures, wealth or misery, health or disease! We can make it as colorful as we like, or as dull and boring as we like. We are free to choose the kind of relationships we want in our life, the experiences we want to have.
In fact, whatever we think is manifested on the canvas of our life, just as whatever Brahma thinks is manifested in the Universe. We create the world around us with our thoughts. We create our problems, we create their solutions. We create our sorrows, we create our joys. We create abundance, we create scarcity. Bottomline: We are not mere actors playing a role, we are "Co-creators" with Brahma, with God, with that which is the Absolute.
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