Basic Creation Model
“When no goblin nebulae breathed and glided in the space body, when no fire-eyed baby planets opened their eyes in the cradle of space, when no star-rivers ran across the tracts of infinite space, when the ocean of space was unpeopled, uninhabited by floating island universes, when the sun and moon and planetary families did not swim in space, when a little ball of earth with its dollhouses and diminutive human beings did not exist, when no object of any kind had come into being - Spirit existed. This Unmanifested Absolute cannot be described except that It was the Knower, the Knowing, and the Known existing as One. In It the being, Its cosmic consciousness, and Its omnipotence, all were without differentiation: ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever newly joyous Spirit.
The universe and our role in it have already been largely covered in the two proceeding sections, i.e. the Introduction and The Supreme Being.
The above quotations by Yogananda provide stunning images of creation to complement this material.
Before we move on to look at modern science's view of the universe, perhaps it is useful to briefly summarize the key points as espoused by the mystics;
The mechanism by which Spirit manifests creation and the gods within it involves several steps;
This sub-section serves a dual purpose. Firstly, it sets out our true nature as gods and indicates who we are, why we are here and our ultimate destination. As we shall see, the return to our ultimate destination has become a more involved process, but the final result is the same.
Secondly, this sub-section introduces how the countless universes were formed and the illusory nature of these dream creations. But this is not consistent with our personal experience of the universe. The Newtonian view of the solid universe and our “normal” human experience of this “solid” world would seem to belie all of the above. However, the view of modern science, as outlined next, is now agreeing that what appears to be a “solid” universe is not so. It is indeed nothing but frozen light.
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one” ~ Albert Einstein