The unfolding of the ParaBrahman stage could be said to be a progression of embodiment.
I’ve touched a little on the 7-layer structure of Divinity. The trick is – the “structure” of Divinity reflects the form that is being used to know it. Divinity doesn’t have a “structure” but is known through a structure.
And yet, the structure of the form comes from Divinity and is not separate from it.
We can say the body reflects the cosmic which reflects the Divine. Or we could say the body mirrors the “structure” of the Divine. Or that the body is a way to embody the Divine so it can be known from a local perspective.
The last point is somewhat like consciousness. From a consciousness perspective, creation arises as a way for consciousness to know all the details of itself. Pure Divinity already knows Itself fully. From that perspective, embodiment is a way to live Itself in Itself. (it doesn’t get much more abstract)
It also becomes clear that the “meta-qualities” of Brahman that lead to consciousness are actually qualities of Divinity. Alertness and liveliness are related to the structure of the Divine.
It further becomes clear that the pancha-devata or 5 primary forms of God, combined with the qualities that give rise to consciousness above, are a reflection of the 7 layers of knowing.
These 7 qualities indicate that the structure used to know Divinity is a product of Divinity. That again suggests a virtual structure of Divinity which gains expression in form.
Here it is in chart form:
(this is top down – it’s known in the reverse order)
|Quality||Expressed, Creation/ Cosmic
|6||Alertness||> recognition, knowing|
|4||Love||flow, Love, Divine Intellect, Krishna||air|
|3||Power||Power, Divine Mind||fire|
|2||Action||Shakti, Divine Energy||water|
I wouldn’t take any of this as fixed. We’ll see how it evolves in time.
Update: I tweaked the top of the table. I later recognized the third quality of consciousness, intelligence. As these are qualities of Divinity, I replaced Intention with the purer value, then realized the top 3 were not in the right places…
Update 2: Added Divine Qualities to the table.