I’ve continued reading the Yog Vasistha (Vasishtha). Vasistha continues to talk about there being nothing but consciousness and that all creation is a causeless illusion. As I’ve mentioned before, I disagree with this emphasis on a causeless illusion, though he occasionally agrees with me as another perspective. Perhaps the emphasis is due to his talk being to Rama who is just awakening. In Self realization, the world does come to be seen as illusion.
I continue to find notable points though. In his emphasis on causeless creation being without intention, I went back and considered the mechanics more closely. From my perspective, everything expressed begins with intention as that is a mirror of fundamental reality. But what I realized was that “first” intention does not in itself contain all of the knowledge necessary to form the creation that arises.
It is simply an intention to express, to celebrate the recognition of one’s being. What structures the result is the profound intelligence in pure being. An analogy comes to mind. That urge to express is analogous to electricity. With a complete circuit, it simply flows. But the effects of the flow varies with the circuits it flows through. It may be a light bulb or a fridge or a computer. This is the value-added component or structure of intelligence. The intelligence that is embedded in the cosmic mind as a mesh of interconnections. Reminds me of the synaptic pathways of the brain.
One point of intelligence receiving an intention to express is enough to support an entire creation through all time plus the entirety of any and all souls therein.
We could say that awareness has no expectation of what the consequence of its expression will be. Only that it wishes to express. It switches on the nearest switch and whatever intelligence is there is lit up. That’s the creation that unfolds at that point. (by creation, I mean the structure that in turn gives rise to universes such as our own or whatever structure that creation has)
This points to an aspect of separating between pure awareness/God/Consciousness and the created. Creation arises in an unmanifest space of self-awareness. A gap, if you will, in the boundless Brahman. The expression is a side-effect of celebration rather than a direct intention of That. But it’s also all contained within the One. The creation is not actually separate.
We can say this is the Lila or play of God and we can see why it might be said to be unreal and causeless. We can also ask where this structure of intelligence came from. We can see it’s based on past experience, past creation. But in the context of eternity, what is the beginning?
Clearly, it is the origins of awareness itself for it is the dynamics of awareness being self-aware that give rise to all expression.
Yet the vastness of intelligence remains beyond comprehension. The intellect is simply not able to take it all in at once. As others have said, only God can be omniscient.