A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-2-6.


Chapter-2. The Process of Creation-6.

The process starts in a similar pattern as it was in the earlier creation.

The pattern is the same, but the details are different.

The mould is cast forever, but the souls inhabiting these moulds vary according to the various stages of evolution in which they find themselves.

That is to say, everyone has to pass through every species of creation.

One has to be a mosquito, a frog, a snake, a boar, a lion, an elephant, a cow, a bull, and every blessed thing.

They are moulds, or patterns of individualities, into which the mental construct—or the souls, we may say—are cast, so that the moulds permanently stay as they are, but the contents inside, the rulers there, differ at different stages of evolution, just as a particular house can be occupied by different people.

The house is the same; it does not change, but today someone occupies it, and tomorrow another person occupies it. In the same way is the yatha purvam akalpayat (R.V. 10.190.3), says the Veda : -

As before, so creation starts once again.

The reason why there is such a degree in the process of evolution is that every species is given a chance to assert itself.

No one can be considered as superior or inferior in this process; everybody is good enough.

A tree is as good as a lion for its own purpose.

 We cannot say that a lion is superior to a tree; that comparison is not allowed anywhere in the scheme of creation.

Even an insect has its own soul, and the ant’s insistence on the right to survive is as important as the elephant’s insistence on the right to survive.

We cannot say an elephant is better than an ant.

No such comparison can be made.

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued  .....