The powers of the Absolute are
Among them that power becomes manifest through which it shines forth.
What are those different powers?
Sentience in sentient beings;
movement in air, solidity in earth,
fluidity in water, heat in fire,
void in space,
decaying tendency in the perishable,
These qualities remained un-manifest
and later manifested themselves.
They must have been latent in the non-dual Absolute Being,
like the glorious
colors of peacock feathers,
in the yolk of its egg
or the spread out banyan
tree in the tiny seed.
If all powers lay latent in the Single
Absolute Being (Brahman),
why did they not manifest simultaneously?
Look how the seeds of trees, plants,
are all contained in the earth
but only some of them
according to the soil, climate and season.
So also the nature and extent of powers
for manifestation are determined by
At the time the Absolute Being (Brahman)
(the substratum of all the powers of
joins the power of thinking,
this power manifests as mind.
Thus illusion (Maya), so long dormant, suddenly starts forth
as mind from the
Supreme Absolute Being (Brahman),
the common source of all.
Then this mind fashions all the universe.