My friend and I had been debating over who is to be known-Is the creator or his creation?
All through the discussion, I felt the creator is best understood through his creation. And everything that we experience is nothing but his creation. The Creator is in the creation, isn’t it. Every fabric of his creation has the creator in it. Say, if the creation is a cake. Then, why would I ask for a piece of it when I have the whole cake for myself. So, if we appreciate his creation then we understand him, was my argument 🙂
Understand the Prakruti to understand the Purusha.
The knowledge gained of the Purusha would be incomplete without his Prakruti[B.G.13.3]. You can never worship the creator until you know his creation.
Why can’t we know the creator without interpreting his creation?
All sensory and mental faculties that we are endowed with can only apprehend the external world. The creator can never be comprehended through the faculties[B.G.2.18 APRAMEYASYA].
Then you may ask, why do we go looking for the Creator/Purusha?
We look for him because we fail to read his creation the way he created. You read a poem and say you like it. Can you tell me without a doubt that you understood precisely what the poet wanted to convey? If that was the case, the great epic poems like ‘Ramayana’ would not have multiple interpretations, isn’t it?
Then, how should we understand his Prakruti?
While we eat the cake, we experience the taste of it in every bite. Likewise, we have to love every bit of his creation without shunning it if we were to experience the Purusha.
Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Shl 27 and 35
Yavat sanjayate kincit sattvam sthavara-jangamam
Ksetra-ksetrajna-samyogat tad viddhi bharatarsabha //
O chief of the Bhāratas, whatever you see in existence, both moving and unmoving, is only the combination of the Field of Activities(Body or Prakriti) and the Knower of the Field(SOUL or Purusha).
Ksetra-ksetrajnayor evam antaram jnana-caksusa
Bhuta-prakrti-moksam ca ye vidur yanti te param //
They who, through the eye of knowledge, perceive the distinction between the Field (Prakriti) and its Knower(SOUL), and also the liberation from the Nature of being, they go to the Supreme.