One thing I’ve not much related to is the term “Purusha.” In the philosophy of Samkhya, Purusha and Prakriti (nature) are seen as the fundamental dual reality from which all arises. This is like a subject-object polarity.
Purusha and prakriti are not really separate. More like 2 sides of a coin.
Some equate the word Purusha with consciousness, but its use has changed over time. Cosmic being, Vishnu, and spirit are other definitions.
Recently, a bit of shadow cleared and some insight resulted.
The central purusha is the cosmic body which can indeed be equated with Vishnu, the sustainer. I’d use the term “maha purusha” there, the great purusha.
Each of us also has our own purusha or existence prior to form.
We can describe purusha as a diffuse, subtle body that is a template or framework that holds our specific emphasis of laws of nature (our prakriti) and some of our deeper shadows. This then drives our thoughts, emotions, and desires.
Our local purusha would reside at the base of the Vijnanamaya kosha where form is structured. This is just above the bliss body.
This is why I didn’t relate to purusha as equivalent to consciousness, which is deeper. Even the maha purusha is in the field of creation, a step more expressed than consciousness itself.
The higher laws of nature or beings of light work mainly in the collective, supporting us through their connections to and emphasis in our purusha.
The more problematic ones use shadow, a hiding value, to obscure the light and favour qualities they prefer. They work more locally and specifically, perhaps favouring anger, fear, or anxiety. They work to encourage the energy (emotional) environment that suits them.
This doesn’t mean we’re victims. It means if we choose to favour the light, light can support us. If we invest in the heavier emotions, there are other laws that will do their best to support that too.
We want to allow all emotions that arise and encourage healthy expression. But what do we favour and invest in? Do we go into our story of suffering or look above the challenges?
When we clear enough shadow, the higher values can express more smoothly. First, we can embody sattva, bringing out a cleaner value of our purusha, our laws of nature. Then we can flow the cosmic body, a shared maha purusha. We may come to know the maha deva form or purusha of key laws of nature. Finally, we can embody the Divine.
How clean do you keep your purusha? 🙂