This is part VII of the series ‘the supreme creation’.
We have dealt in the earlier parts the following subjects.
Part I: Internal tools or anthakkaranam comprising of mind, intellect, consciousness and ego.
Part II: soul
Part III: prakriti
Parts IV and V: the Brahman
Part VI: external tools or tatwas or principles.
In this part we are going to discuss about the coordinated efforts of all the above in bringing about Creation. Creation is an action of God that is executed in a scientific manner based on the principles discussed above. Though it is going to be a lengthy discussion to understand this in detail, let us make it as simple as possible.
The process of creation gets its initial impetus by the binding of internal and external tools. Let us call a person who enjoys through his senses as ‘enjoyer’. The enjoyer uses his cognitive perceptions (sound, touch, sight, taste and smell) to experience an object. His experience thus derived through an object could be pleasurable or painful. Whether such an experience is pleasure or pain is decided by the internal tools, mainly by the mind. Though it is the mind that plays a major role in determining the quality of the experience such as pleasure or pain, other factors intellect, consciousness and ego also have their own part to play. While consciousness concentrates on an object, in complicated matters, intellect determines the quality of the experience and ego experiences the experience.
The enjoyer, in the process of acquiring experience has to perform certain actions. Experience cannot be gained without action. Thus, the enjoyer does not remain as a mere enjoyer, but also becomes a ‘doer’ of actions or ‘karta’ of karma. This doer or karta has to perform actions through his organs of action (mouth, feet, hands, organs evacuation and organ of procreation). Organs of action function only if they receive command from the mind, a component of internal tools. Mind receives inputs from the organs of perception (cognitive perceptions). Thus, a man can function only if he assumes his dual role, one as the enjoyer and another as the doer. Thus, the interdependency of organs of perception and organs of action has been established. In reality though, they are not interdependent but their products viz. faculties of perception and action are interdependent.
The external tools comprising of faculties of perception and action which are known as ‘bahyakarana’ is the main source of information to anthakkaranam. Let us now find out how this operation of interdependency takes place. It is the mind that functions predominantly amongst the internal tools, receives the information through these ten faculties of senses (faculties of perception and faculties of action) belonging to external tools. This is a process where the outer experiences realised through the ten external sense faculties is processed by the mind for onward transmission to ego (the self). Ego always remains in a state of delusion, hence cannot take a concrete view on the experience. The ego now passes on the experience to the intellect to take a final decision. Intellect is the most seasoned among the four, though not as powerful as consciousness. Intellect is highly refined form of mind where in-depth analysis can take place based on the inputs received from the organs of perception and action. The decision of the intellect is implemented through organs of perception and action, the source from which the inputs were received. Thus, the interdependency of the internal and external tools is established.
(to be continued)