Bon Accueil, Mauritius
The Layer Cake of Creation
Every morning, I deliver a class from the teaching of Maitreya Muni, who disseminated the Bhagavat philosophy to his student, Vidura. The lessons, as of late, (speaking from Canto 3 of the Bhagavatam) primarily deal with the topic of creation and how the Divine Intelligence / Personality of Godhead, as Vishnu, presents Himself as both massive and tiny in size through various expansions. Basically, the evolving of the world begins with Karana Vishnu lying in tranquil slumber on a causal ocean. From there, two more layers of Vishnu unfold, and then a unique manifestation of Vishva-rupa, the cosmic form of nature’s elements, comes into being.
The description of God’s appearance as a mystical evolutionist is like that of a layer cake. Some kids in the class liked that analogy. One of them recently had a birthday and my host, expert at cake-making, baked a layered masterpiece with the theme of Spiderman for the icing.
The Vedic view of creation is a bit more sophisticated than what I've heard from other traditions, nevertheless, it’s a fascinating explanation and it fills the student with wonder and humility. At least that’s the effect I feel when reading the material.
Reading time is, however, a tough thing to obtain. Our guru, Srila Prabhupada, assigned us to have a class discussion every morning for our spiritual and intellectual cleansing, and thus, some reading is done.
My report about the evening’s drama “Mr. Puri,” played out by local Mauritian youth, is that it came across most successfully. A full house capacity of 800 plus enjoyed it.
May the Source be with you!