After the 3 types of Dissolutions, It is time for us to look at the most elemental of them all – The Prakrita Dissolution.
The Prakrita Pralayam occurs at the end of the life of each Brahma (You can recollect that the life span of a Brahma is 100 divine years) after He completes two parârdhas. At the end of the Hundredth year, the seven basic elements – Mahat or Mahan, Ahankara and the 5 Tanmatras are subject to destruction.(We will see more about these elements in the next post). Thus this dissolution is called elemental annihilation, since it is elemental in nature. Then all calamities will occur one by one starting with extreme drought resulting in a great famine, followed by the fire of destruction. Then a terrible wind will blow for 100 years which will be followed by the last, but not the least, heavy rains for the next 100 years. At the end of this rain, the universal egg will be one big form of water.
Let us see now, how the Pancha Bhoota or gross elements are destroyed one after the other. Each element is associated with one very basic elemental character. Earth is associated with Smell, Water with Taste, Fire with Form, Wind with touch or feeling and Ether with Sound. Each element will be destroyed when this character is robbed off it. Let us see how.
The excessive water drives away the quality of fragrance of the Earth. Earth dissolves.
The great fire will take away the most basic character of water-Taste. Water dissolves.
The terrible Wind takes away the quality of Form from fire. Fire dissolves.
The Ether robs Wind of its basic character-touch or feeling. Wind dissolves.
The elemental nature takes Sound off from Ether. Ether dissolves into nature or Ahankara.
Ahankara dissolves into Mahaan and Mahaan dissolves into the Pradhana or the Root.
According to Srimad Bhagavatam – “This is the prâkritika pralaya or elemental dissolution wherein all the material elements of nature and energies of the unseen Original Person are completely dismantled by Time and helplessly merge.”
It is clear now from where we come and to where we all go and how helpless we are in the grand scheme of things. Yet we don’t realize all this and behave as if we are the greatest in this universe. How Silly, eh?
Enough of all the negative posts about Dissolution. In the next few posts we will see how creation happens and what happened at the very beginning.