18.10.14 (Published in Advaita Vision) Yes, V; that is the central issue: Has the world been created, or somehow emanated from the unmanifest dimension of Atman/Brahman, or has a world always existed along with Brahman as its manifestation? We can relate the first option to the doctrine of ‘aparent creation’, and the second to that of ‘no creation’. There would be a third option: ‘intermittent manifestation (mahapralaya)’, but this belongs to the world of mythology.
BECOMING, or BEING?
On a previous comment I quoted Shankara as saying that ‘what exists cannot cease to exist, and what exists not cannot come into existence’.
“How could being be produced from non-being?” (I queried in my last post), or, to put it the other way around, ‘How can non-being ‘become’ being?’ As we can see, this is not possible. Even considering that the world ‘comes’ ultimately from, or is caused by, God or…
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