The Supreme Creator, Maintainer and Destroyer Of the Universal Creation

The Purushottama is not simply some abstract concept separate from the life in the world that we experience. This Divine Person is the first cause, and the sustaining cause of everything that exists. There are those who argue that everything was created from Matter, somehow coming into existence through some sort of “big bang” event. They however do not reach far enough back! Where did the “big bang” come from and how did it take place? How is the universe endowed with intelligent form and relations between all the various beings, forces and forms, so that they work together as one unified existent universal action? The Gita indicates that the Purushottama, the Divine Person is the missing answer to this question!

Sri Aurobindo takes up this question: “The Supreme has manifested the world from his spiritual essence and in his own infinite existence and manifested himself too variously in the world. All things are his powers and figures and to the powers and figures of him there is no end, because he himself is infinite.”

“This pure and equal Self does not act, but supports impartially all the action of things. And yet it is the Supreme, but as the cosmic Spirit and the Time Spirit, who wills and conducts and determines the action of the world through his multitudinous power-to-be, that power of the Spirit which we call Nature. He creates, sustains and destroys his creations. He is seated too in the heart of every living creature and from there as a secret Power in the individual, no less than from his universal presence in the cosmos, he originates by force of Nature, manifests some line of his mystery in quality of nature and in executive energy of nature, shapes each thing and being separately according to its kind and initiates and upholds all action. It is this transcendent first origination from the Supreme and this constant universal and individual manifestation of Him in things and beings which makes the complex character of the cosmos.”

Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, Second Series, Part II, Chapter 24, The Message of the Gita, pp. 559-560

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