Manifest and Unmanifest

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

A part of the universe is finite. This is said in the Rig Veda. A part of the universe, cosmos or srishti is a part of what is created and is manifest. The whole universe is not manifest. This is the conclusion of the Vedas and this is going to be the conclusion of science, too. You will see.

One form of creation is a vyakta, gross in outlook, or active and the other aspect of creation is avyakta, or indirect. One part of the universe is manifest and the rest, I am not saying, other. I am using the word rest, the rest of the universe is unmanifest.

That particular part of the universe that is manifest is finite; it is not infinite. The visible universe, or the universe which has come into manifestation, which has come into light, is finite. It has a beginning, a centre, an end and it is limited by time and space, and is not beyond them. Beyond that the rest of the universe is invisible, unmanifest. It is shrouded in utter darkness. But who has known it?

That is the question in the Rig Veda. How do you know? As far as observing the finite universe is concerned, there are astrologers, astronomers, scientists, observers in the past and present doing it. There were scientists in Italy and Europe. In India we have great scientists and mathematicians like Aryabhatta and Varahmihir. They counted the stars for their whole lifetime and wanted to make a catalogue of heaven. But no one, as yet, has been able to map out the unmanifest dimension of the universe.

How is the law of karma understood by the higher consciousness?

Good acts reap good results and evil acts, or bad acts reap bad results. How does one know it? Do you have any proof? How do you know that good acts reap good fruits? How have you come to this conclusion? Once one does an act, the act enters into an invisible area, an invisible domain, and after some time one sees the result. How does one connect the act with the result? For that one needs a special mind to observe.

When one is able to awaken the kundalini, there is the emergence of another kind of consciousness and that consciousness is not barred by time and space. It can function in any dimension, the empirical dimension and also the transcendental dimension. That is called intuition. That is called prajna, jnana, enlightenment. That state has to be arrived at and that is not difficult. It can happen sometimes on its own. Many people develop this transcendental consciousness or this limitless consciousness without doing anything.

5 December 1985, Munger