08 Jun The Creation of the World from the Self – June 9 2020
In the beginning this universe was the Self alone,
in the shape of a person.
He reflected and saw nothing else but His self.
He first said: “I am.”
Therefore He came to be known by the name I (Aham).
Hence, even now, when a person is addressed,
he first says: “It is I,” and then speaks whatever other name he may have.
The Upanishads form the main branch of Vedanta. The primary message of the Upanishads is that all is one. All is the Self.
He was afraid. Therefore people [still] are afraid when alone.
He thought: “Since there is nothing else but Myself, what am I afraid of?”
Thereupon His fears were gone;
for what was there to fear?
Assuredly, it is from a second that fear arises.
In order for fear to exist, there must be a sense of other. When we remember the primary truth of the Upanishads, that there is only oneness, fear cannot exist. Fear melts away like snow in springtime.
He knew, “I indeed am this creation,
for I produced all this.”
Therefore He became the creation.
He who knows this becomes a creator
in this creation of the Self.
The Brhadaranyaka Upanishad,
Chapter I, Fourth Brahmana,
translated by S. Radhakrishnan
When we know that Self is all there is, we know ourself as that Self, for the world cannot be one thing and we another. We know ourself as creator, for creator and creation are one, and we are that one. When we know ourself as creator, we assume the responsibility of making our world. The world is as we would have it. And if it appears to be other than what we would have it be, by knowing this we may begin to change it.
This is the message the Upanishad tells us. Thousands of years before any self-help book was written. We create our world.
The world we have today is the one we have created. If we want it to be different, as its creator, we have that power.
If what we have in our life has been chosen by us (consciously or unconsciously), then our job is, first, to own it. Then to accept it. Then to begin to love it. Then to find the happiness in it. As we insist on finding happiness in the here and now of today, exactly the we are in the world today, the facts of our life begin to shift in order to better reflect the happiness that we are.
Today I will choose to accept my life, exactly as it is. I will choose a perspective on my life that allows me to feel happiness. I will embrace my calling as creator. I will place myself fully in the stream of life and joyfully express a world that reflects the happiness that I Am.