After the dissolution, the universe has to be created again. How does that happen? Who does what during this process? Who are the players? Read on to know…
Kala or Time (which is also considered as a form of Vishnu) communicates to the Lord that it is time to start the creation process.
The Supreme Being manifests himself as Moola Prakriti or Chief Principle and creates Mahat or Maha Tattva or Intellect or Great Principle. This is the germinating place for the rest of the creation.
From Mahat arises Ahankara or False-ego.
From Ahankara, the 3 elemental qualities or Gunas are born – Sattva Guna(Goodness), Rajo Guna(Passion) and Tamo Guna(Ignorance,Inertia).
From Sattva Guna, the five organs of senses and five organs of action are born. At the end, Mind is created to control all the above 10 organs.
From Tamo Guna, the five gross elements or Pancha Bhootas and the five Tanmatras or Subtle elements are born in the below fashion.
Each Gross element is associated with one subtle element. The subtle element is created first which is followed by the corresponding gross element. I’m reproducing the Vishnu Purana here so that I don’t mess with the content.
“Elementary Egotism then becoming productive, as the rudiment of sound, produced from it Ether, of which sound is the characteristic, investing it with its rudiment of sound. Ether becoming productive, engendered the rudiment of touch; whence originated strong wind, the property of which is touch; and Ether, with the rudiment of sound, enveloped the rudiment of touch. Then wind becoming productive, produced the rudiment of form (colour); whence light (or fire) proceeded, of which, form (colour) is the attribute; and the rudiment of touch enveloped the wind with the rudiment of colour. Light becoming productive, produced the rudiment of taste; whence all juices in which flavour proceed resides; and the rudiment of colour invested the juices with the rudiment of taste. The waters becoming productive engendered the rudiment of smell; whence an aggregate (earth) originates, of which smell is the property.”
In simple terms, starting with Sound the Gross and Subtle elements are produced in a logical order. At the end of this exercise, the Supreme Being completes the creation of all the Pancha Bhootas and Tanmatras and 24 basic elements come into existence. 5 Sense organs, 5 action organs, 1 Mind to control, 5 Gross elements, 5 Subtle elements, Ahankara, Mahat and Moola Prakriti. Also, Brahma has not yet been created. From nothing, we have the most basic elements that are required for the actual creation to begin. But one step remains.
If you notice, you will realize that the Tanmatras are just associated with their own Pancha Bhootas. For example Wind is just associated with touch after the creation. But in actuality we can also “hear”wind. Right? So what does the Lord do to bring about that basic elemental change? We will see in the next post.