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The Holy Science
Swami Sri Yukteswar
Transliteration of Sanskrit sloka
Tadeva Jagatkaranam maya eswarasya, tasya
The cause of creation is Anu or the
Atoms. En masse they are called Maya or the Lord's illusory power; each individual Anu is called Avidya,
Atoms the throne of Spirit the
Creator. These Atoms, which represent within and without the
four ideas mentioned above, are the throne of Spirit, the Creator, which shining on them creates this universe.
They are called en masse Maya, the Darkness, as they keep the Spiritual Light out of comprehension; and each of
them separately is called Avidya, the Ignorance, as it makes man ignorant even of his own Self. Hence the aforesaid
four ideas which give rise to all those confusions are mentioned in the Bible as so many beasts. Man, so long as he
identifies himself with his gross material body, holds a position far inferior to that of the primal fourfold Atom
and necessarily fails to comprehend the same. But when he raises himself to the level thereof, he not only
comprehends this Atom, both inside and outside, but also the whole creation, both unmanifested and manifested
(i.e., "before and behind"). See Revelation 4:6.
"And in the midst of the throne, and round about the
throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind."
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