The cause is that which pervades the effect
By Swami Swaroopananda
What is the cause of the world; who is the Creator and what is our relationship with the Creator? If there is an effect, there must be a cause. Likewise, what are you doing in Physics, Chemistry or Biology? Are you not trying to find the cause behind matter and energy, or the cause of all elements, or the very origin of life itself?
Causation-hunting is the preoccupation of the intellect. Whenever you see an effect there will be a cause, too. Even when an accident occurs, do you think it is just random? You investigate into the cause and once you know it, the accident becomes an incident. Cosmology, astrology, astronomy, perhaps even feng shui – all examine the cause.
Cause and effect
So, what is the cause of this universe? Science is searching for it. Philosophers are speculating on it. But the one major mistake we make is in our pattern of thinking; we are trying to find the cause of the world as a part of the world. Today, in spite of the advancement in science and technology, we are still actively involved in the material sciences and their utility. We are searching for a particle for the cause of this world and erroneously concluding that a change in a particle or many such particles put together caused the world. This is the perspective of material science.
A particle of the world cannot be the ultimate cause of the world. A part of the world is not the cause of the world because the part itself is an effect. Let us look towards spiritual science. In the Bhagwad Gita, chapter 9 verse 4, Krishna says: “It is I who pervade all the names and forms of this entire universe that is experienced by anyone.”
It is everywhere
The Cause is that which pervades the effect. When we say that gold is the cause of all gold ornaments, it indicates that it is present in all of them. Just as water is present in all waves, God pervades everything. Consider this, the cause of all mud pots is mud. All the different shapes have their existence because of mud; they exist in mud. Does the mud depend on the name or form of the pot for its existence? The mud can exist without the pot, but the mudpot cannot exist without the mud. The effect is dependent upon the cause; the cause is not dependent upon the effect. Therefore, Krishna states: “They are in me, I am not in them.”
He then adds: “They are not in Me; neither am I in them.” Let’s take the profound example of the dream. Knowingly or unknowingly, you created the dream world. Is it not? From what did you create the dream world? You only created it out of yourself, is it not? When you wake up, neither were you in the dream nor was the dream in you.
That cause, which pervades everything and everyone, is the ultimate cause of this universe. It is not a tiny particle. It is that which permeates the entire cosmos. It is that from which everything gets its existence. It is that ‘one Truth’ that the wise call by many names. Swami Swaroopananda is global head, Chinmaya Mission.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.