The first question which is asked by one of the disciples to the Guru is about the world of objects. Through his question the disciple tries to seek the cause of all the happenings in the pluralistic world. In this section the student tries to seek the source of all Creation and he also enquires upon the pluralistic multiplicity of this world. This chapter has explained the process of creation.
In this chapter Rishi Pippalda has said that all Wheels of Creation and Destruction have a place of fixation, and only those who are careful and not ignorant can realise this theory. The Guru had said that the Lord of Creation or Prajapati had decided to perform penance and in order to carry out his penance he had created a pair of Matter and Energy.
In this section pf Prashnopanisad the ego observes the world and as the ego observes the world it must necessarily seek to know how the world has been created. He has said that the Total Creation exists because of the projection created by the Total Mind. The Total Mind in turn not only includes the world of human beings but it also encompasses the entire world of creation. The Total Mind concept is indicated by the term Hiranyagarbha or Prajapati. Subjectively, it is nothing other than the 'creative potential,' that is present within the minds of human beings.
According to the Guru, desire is the most potent force which instills the urge of creation. He has said that in order to go on with the process of creation the Creator or the Total Mind at first is shot with the desire to beget out of himself. Finally when the desire is felt the Total Mind starts thinking, planning and remembering it and all these together are known as Tapas.
As the Guru in this section of the Upanishad goes on answering the questions of his disciples he has said that the there is no definite time as to when the process of Creation began. The process of Creation is beginning less or anadi. According to the Master the Creator carries on the process of creation after every pralaya or destruction in such a manner so that all the ego-centres can play out their mental and intellectual impressions. This section of Prashnopanisad has said that all individual have the same potentials of creations but the expression of creation takes place according to the impressions of mind of an individual. With regard to Matter and Energy, the Guru has said that matter is the mass or girth in beings or things while energy is the dynamism which makes the world vibrate with activity.
The Guru further states that matter and energy are closely related to each other. These two can multiply into many in association with each other. He has also said that even all our thoughts and ideas are incorporated within the realm of matter.
This chapter in the Prashnopanisad explicitly explains the sequence of creation. It has said that in the very beginning, rise of desires takes place into the mind. These desires in turn generate thought processes. When thoughts are pursued for long they feed into memories and blaze up into self-projection. Finally it all ends into creation of the necessary 'field of experiencing' called the loka, or the world. The tragedy of creation does not end there, the individual mind starts lingering on the fruits of his creation. Gradually, step by step the quietness, the tranquility and the repose of the mind is lost due to the overwhelming influence of thoughts, activity and ego-centrism. With the help of various examples, especially with the mention of the sun and the moon, the Rishi in this section of the Prashnopanisad has said that the Creator himself is the matter and the energy. He has said that it is the Prajapati who is the sun and the moon and the essence of all Creation.
Thus, ultimately as the Master answers the first query of the disciple he has tried to imbibe into the minds of the disciple that all pervading Creator expresses himself through all forms of Creation. Towards the end he has said that individuals should have a perfect scheme of living which would guarantee spiritual progress. The perfect scheme incorporates regular meditation, intelligent self-control, a spirit of truthfulness and avoidance of crookedness, falsehood and hypocrisy. All these are sure to take an individual to the zenith of spiritual perfection.
This section of the Prashnopanisad states that the Bliss of Perfection is attained by only a few and is not the reward of a hypocrite. Moreover there can be no scope of compromise with attainment of Truth.
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