1: King Parikshit’s Question to Suka Maharishi -5.
The supreme good, therefore, is the Supreme Brahman, the Ultimate Reality which is intimately, vitally, inextricably connected with svabhavah, which is called the Atman.
The internal, essential nature of the human individual, known as the Atman or the Self, is the true nature of a person.
That is why it is called svabhava, the true disposition of an individual.
Our selfhood is what we are; and how we behave, how we act, and how we think and feel depend upon the true nature which is our own self displayed through the various categories constituting this psychophysical individuality.
This is svabhava.
Action, in the real sense of the term, is the force that ejects this cosmos right from the topmost level of creation – the atomic bindu of creation, prior to the bursting of this total potentiality into the two halves of positive and negative forces.
Everything, all action – any impulse whatsoever, down to the movement of an ant – is controlled by this great event that took place at the beginning of creation. The origin of action is the Action of the Cosmos.
This concept of Total Action is again portrayed in the Purusha Sukta of the Veda, which compares the whole creation to a cosmic sacrifice performed by God Himself, as it were.
The self-alienation of the Supreme Being, Mahapurusha, into this visible cosmos is a surrender of His own true nature of universality into the externality of creation, in which act He has sacrificed Himself, as it were.
The greatest yajna is the Purusha Yajna, which is not to be translated as human sacrifice, as Western scholars sometimes translate this great hymn of the Rigveda.
To be continued ..