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Date: Thu Nov 04 1999 - 15:10:51 PST
Respected Bhagavatas, Please accept my humble namaskarams.After reading the wonderful articles on Pralayam in the bhakti list I was inspired to humbly put forth some doubts regarding the creation as expounded in the scriptures.The question is as follows.Please forgive me for a lengthy question. As per the Advaita view, the creation is an illusory appearance of Brahman. One of the arguments they advance to favour this view is that the order of creation given in the upanishads is different in different upanishads.So the creation is an illusion at the paramaartika level.For eg., the chandogya says that creation started from tejas and Taittriya says that creation started from ether.Sri Ramanuja refutes this claim of the advaitis by saying that the Taittriya explains the creation of the amurta dravyas(ether) and chandogya contains the continuation of the creation process from tejas(the murta dravya).This I'm able to understand.When I read thro' the Prasnopanishad, there the creation process was explained in an apparently different pattern. It says that prajapati created prana and rayi (these terms I don't understand) and they started creation.I'm not able to reconcile the creation process given in this upanishad as compared to the above two upanishads.I humbly request the Bhagavatas to enlighten me in this regard. Trying to be the insignificant servant of the Bhagavatas, L.Harikumar.