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Consider Paramatman as Infinite Knowledge. As He is latently conscious, it follows that He neither knows Himself, nor, before the creation manifested itself, did He know the creation. This implies that knowledge is ignorant, i.e., ignorance is in knowledge. When the creation manifested itself, He became conscious of it but not of Himself. That is to say Knowledge knows that it does not know. Now, where does this knowing of "not knowing" come from? From Knowledge, of course. And this goes to pave that "knowing" as well as "not knowing" (ignorance) is latent in Knowledge.

 

Just as there are "knowing" and "not knowing" in Knowledge, so there are movement and emptiness, prana and akasha, in the Ocean of Paramatman. And just as knowing brings the most finite ignorance out of the Infinite Knowledge, so the movement brings out the most finite emptiness out of the Infinite Ocean, and so the prana and akasha, when the latently conscious Paramatman becomes conscious of the creation. To put the matter in a table of terms:

 

Movement = Universal Energy = Prana = Knowing = Everything

 

is opposite to

 

Emptiness = Latent Universe = Akasha = Ignorance = Nothing

 

When the still Ocean begins rolling, movement and emptiness (between two waves) both of which always exist in It, are manifested simultaneously out of the Ocean Itself. When Knowledge knows, "knowing" and "not knowing" come out; and when Paramatman becomes conscious of the creation, prana and akasha manifest themselves. But side by side with the manifestation of these three pairs of opposites, which were one when they were latent in the one Paramatman, a clash between the opposites of each pair takes place; and the outcome of the clash is the manifestation of the universe. The clash denotes several happenings at one and the same time, including the following:

 

(1)   The states of Energy = Prana, and Emptiness = Akasha, are manifested.

 

(2)  The Akasha state remains one whole, but the Prana state becomes divided into seven        parts which are formed at one and the same time.

 

(3)  Out of the Prana state, the subtle world comes into being, and out of the Akasha state,         the  gross worlds (wave-bubbles) become manifested.

 

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