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"The Creation of the Universe" - The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

Swami Kriyananda
October 26, 2009

Part 20 - Chapter 1, Stanza 14. The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda as remembered by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda. This book shares the profound insights of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi, as remembered by one of his few remaining direct disciples, Swami Kriyananda.
Modern physics tells us that the atoms, from which all things are made, are in a state of constant vibration. Vibration differs from simple movement in its repeated reference to a central point: like the tines of a tuning fork, which move left and right from a point of rest in the center; or like the ocean waves, which rise and fall without changing the over-all level of the water.

A part of Gods consciousness, similarly, vibrated from its center of absolute peace, and produced the appearance of a manifested universe, even as an ocean seems at the surface to be an infinity of heaving waves, instead of a vast, unchanging body of water.

In the beginning, we read in Genesis 1:2, The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. God, the Father, existed as pure Spirit: ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new Bliss. When the Lord decided to create, so we read again in Genesis, The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The movement of Gods spirit upon the face of the waters is the infinite creative vibration: the Amen of the Book of Revelation; the Aum of Hindu yogis; the Ahunavar of the ancient Zoroastrians. It is Gods own consciousness in vibratory movement. Therefore the Word not only proceeds from God: It is God. All things were made by it; nor, without it (as the Bible says), was any thing made that was made.
From Rays of the Same Light, by Swami Kriyananda
This revelation of India's best-loved scripture approaches it from an entirely fresh perspective, showing its deep allegorical meaning and also its down-to-earth practicality. The themes presented are universal: how to achieve victory in life in union with the divine; how to prepare for life's "final exam," death, and what happens afterward; how to triumph over all pain and suffering.

Swami Kriyananda worked with Paramhansa Yogananda in 1950 while the Master completed his commentary of the Bhagavad Gita. At that time Yogananda commissioned him to disseminate his teachings world-wide. Kriyananda has in his lifetime lectured, taught, and written over one hundred books based on Yogananda's teachings.

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita is available from Crystal Clarity Publishers.