Aditya, Tuesday, March 7, 2017 2:53 am

Evolution of the Physical World

The subtle world and your subtle body are created from the 5 elements. And the 5 elements are created from Maya. And Maya is nothing but Brahman (http://advaita-academy.org/blogs/creation-of-the-body-from-5-elements/). This is summarised in the below table:

       

From Sattva Part of Elements

From Rajas Part of Elements

Brahman + Maya

 

Subtle Element

Unique Quality

Organ of Knowledge

Ability

Deity

(Devata)

Inner Instrument

Organ of Action

Ability

Deity

(Devata)

Pranas

1

Space

Sound

Ears

Hearing

Dik

4 parts of antahkarana:

Intellect, Emotional Mind, I Sense, Memory

Tongue

Speech

Agni

5 Pranas (physiological systems):

Prana, Apana, Samana, Vyana, Udana

2

Air

Touch

Skin

Feeling

Vayu

Hands

Grasping

Indra

3

Fire

Form

Eyes

Seeing

Surya

Legs

Movement

Vishnu

4

Water

Taste

Tongue

Tasting

Varuna

Genitals

Procreation

Prajapati

5

Earth

Smell

Nose

Smelling

Ashvini Kumaara

Anus

Excretion

Yama

 

Ok that explains the birth of the subtle Universe, but it does not account for where this gross universe (Sthula Prapancha) and my gross body (Sthula Sharira) came from? The great Vedanta teacher, Adi Shankara, answers this question in a text called ‘grossification’ (panchikaranam) – describing the detailed mathematical process of how the gross universe evolved from the subtle universe. From Sukshma to Sthula. This process is briefly described in another text, tattva-bodha: In a nut shell – the subtle 5 elements, evolve into the gross 5 elements via a process of each subtle element (only tamas part) dividing itself and joining together with other elements. So each gross element is just a combination of subtle elements. For example, Gross Fire (which you see) = 50% Subtle Fire + 12.5% Subtle Space + 12.5% Subtle Air + 12.5% Subtle Water + 12.5% Subtle Earth. This is summarised here:

Gross Element

Tamas part of subtle elements

Space

50% Space

12.5% Air

12.5% Fire

12.5% Water

12.5% Earth

Air

50% Air

12.5% Space

12.5% Fire

12.5% Water

12.5% Earth

Fire

50% Fire

12.5% Space

12.5% Air

12.5% Water

12.5% Earth

Water

50% Water

12.5% Space

12.5% Air

12.5% Fire

12.5% Earth

Earth

50% Earth

12.5% Space

12.5% Air

12.5% Fire

12.5% Water

From these physical/gross elements, the gross Universe and your gross body were born – this is what you see right now with your eyes. So what? From this we can see 2 very important facts:

1.      Your body (gross and subtle) = 5 elements

2.      Physical Universe (gross and subtle)  = 5 elements

So what’s the difference between 1 and 2? Nothing really. They are one and the same. There is oneness of the individual body and the entire Universe (pinda-brahmandayoh aikyam). In the sense that both are made of the same 5 elements.

Om

Aditya

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