Purusha and Prakriti – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 8

Bhagavad Gita, chapter 9, verse 8:
“Relying on My own Prakṛti, I spontaneously send forth this entire multitude of beings again and again, according to Her wish.”

From Krishna and Radhana, Purusha and Prakriti, Creation is Spontaneously Brought Forth
From Krishna and Radhana, Purusha and Prakriti, Creation is Spontaneously Brought Forth

Creation is not done by Krishna—He has already identified Himself as actionless and Absolute—but comes about because of Him … and His Prakṛiti.

Purusha and Prakriti

  • Puruṣha – Masculine. The divine individual with a view-point.
  • Prakṛiti – Feminine. Another divine individual when viewed by Purusha. (When viewed, this other divine individual appears as nature, so the word prakṛiti is often used to mean ‘nature’.)

Prakriti is the Divine Mother, the Creator and Divine Other-Than-You. She is Shakti, the impeller of action, and Divine Energy, the sustainer of life in your body also known as Prana. She is Kundalini, the accelerated and intensified evolutionary force in your body. She is the mother, the nurturer, and the destroyer of obstacles to your liberation, fulfillment and eternal happiness. She is the Divine Goddess. You wouldn’t be here without Her.

  • Relying on Prakṛiti  leaning, resting or depending on Prakṛiti
  • According to Her wish – spontaneously and not against the will, wish or pleasure of Prakṛiti

As a divine individual in the Absolute, Krishna’s original state, the first Other known to Him is His Prakṛiti. 

This original knowledge of Otherness is the cause, or source, of Creation. In this way, Krishna is the source of all beings but does not create them by his will. It is because of His Prakṛiti that creation occurs spontaneously. 

There is Krishna and Prakṛiti; there is You and Other-than-You. Creation relies on Self and Other than Self, and because there are two, Creation is of a dualistic nature. Consider Noah saving all those pairs in his ark in order to preserve Life.

Krishna has previously identified Himself as Absolute, so His state, or condition, is actually Highest Purusha. He has taken the whole journey and is fully conscious and accepting of all others, of all that is. But He is still Prakriti to Arjuna (and to us) until we have reached this same state. So he is reminding Arjuna of what he (and we) can achieve through yoga practice because of its consistency with the Truth of the way things really are.

Purusha and Prakriti, Adam and Eve, masculine and feminine, the one who sees and the one who is who is seen, You and Other-than-you.

So now we have put the pieces together, and it all comes down to Purusha (the Real You with a viewpoint) and Prakriti (Divine Otherness which you ‘view’). But Lord Krishna has told us this before. Is He repeating it so we might finally get the message this time? Or is He repeating it to present something new?

We must not lose track of the fact that this entire chapter is about this mysterious Highest Secret, and remember that a secret can easily be something we already know but do not realize for what it is. So we can think on this with the help of the previous post, The Secret of Yoga.

Until next time…

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma

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