Almighty Lord's nature is existence-consciousness-bliss or Sat-Chit-Ananda
Consciousness exists in all creatures. This consciousness is their very own and is called ‘I’. It is also called ego, self and soul. This state is found in all without exception i.e. in saints, sinners, great men, criminals.
The units of our world’s very existence are 1.God 2.Living being or Jiva 3.Mother Nature or Prakriti. God has 3 qualities viz. Sat-Chit-Ananda or Existence-Consciousness-Bliss. ‘Sat’ means existence. Meaning that which existed in the past, which exists in the present and which will remain in future too. ‘Chit’ means consciousness. Meaning that, which can think, make decisions and express various emotions. ‘Ananda’ means bliss and infinite joy. Thus Almighty God exists at all times, is consciousness in nature and oozes with infinite, eternal bliss. Hence in Indian Philosophy God is called Sat-Chit-Ananda.
Life has 2 predominant aspects viz. 1.Sat and 2.Chit. Life exists at all times. It has no doubt manifested from God yet it has its independent existence like wave manifesting in the ocean. Life exists in such a way that its existence cannot be destroyed that easily. Even after attaining salvation its individual existence persists. In the states of Nirvikalpa (seedless) and Savikalpa (with seed) Samadhi (trance) states too a living being experiences the bliss of 4 types of salvation or Mukti called Saaroopya, Saayujya, Saalokya and Saameepya as mentioned in Bhakti oriented scriptures of ancient India. No doubt during Pralaya (world annihilation) everything becomes one and yet in a very subtle way each living being maintains a subtle existence in seed form. Even when one becomes unconscious, during sleep, during dream and trance state a living being i.e. Jiva has a separate identity. Even after death this independent identity persists. Thus the Sat state (existence) of all living beings, persist eternally.
The second quality of a living being is called Chit. Consciousness exists in all creatures. This consciousness is their very own called ‘I’. It is also called ego, self and soul experience. This state is found in all without exception i.e. in saints, sinners, great men, criminals etc. The Lord is an ocean of infinite eternal bliss. A living being is constantly in search of this bliss and makes various efforts to attain it. All the time man perseveres in various ways, be it ethically or otherwise so as to attain this elusive bliss.
Mother Nature or Prakriti has only one quality i.e. Sat or eternal existence. It exists at all times and is seen as atoms/molecules, visible/invisible activities etc. The activity of both God and His creatures is strongly associated with Mother Nature. During Mahapralaya or Great Annihilation of the cosmos Nature becomes subtle wherein its 5 elements (earth, water, air, fire, space) become a single principled entity. Thus during annihilation Nature will merge into the Sat aspect of God. All creatures will merge into the Chit aspect of God and God’s 3rd quality i.e. bliss will continue to exist independently.
The process of beginning of world creation too is as mentioned above. According to great spiritual seers a vibration-like yearning manifests in cosmic consciousness called God by us all. This yearning is: Let Me become many from One. God starts manifesting various ‘parts’ which are nothing but the individual existences of various creatures/living beings. After this preliminary vibration like desire (Sphuranaa) more such yearnings manifest which are called Icchaa or desires. In order to give a name and form to the otherwise formless bliss of God, material objects are required. The result of desire is nothing but need, invention and manifestation. (Modern science says ‘Necessity is the mother of all inventions’). This is why Mother Nature has manifested. After creation of living beings via yearnings and Nature via desires, God or cosmic consciousness or Brahman pervades the entire cosmos as a Saakshee or Witness (also called Drishtaa or Seer). After designing the self controlled activities of the entire cosmos, God exults in the bliss of His own activities and ‘doer-ship’.
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AUTHOR: Shriram Sharma Acharya founder of the International Gayatri Family was a great Yogi seer and incarnation of God who wrote volumes of scientific literature mainly on spiritual subjects for world welfare and peace. For more scientific e-books visit: http://www.shriramsharma.com/ and http://www.akhandjyoti.org/