You will never get an answer that will satisfy the question:
"Why did God create the world?"
Only God know His real reason. Just like only you know why you are reading these words. People can only speculate. However each religion has tried to explain Creation, according to the way It has perceived it.
I like Guru Nanak's statement:
Which roughly translated means, that only the Lord knows His ways, And that we should surrender (with love and in awe)
Some of my Readers have shown great interest in the Shrimad Bhaagvad. One of them actually asked for my notes, since I am putting it into prose for the first time, as I write to you. Those of you who find it 'heavy' do please read it through, at least once and appreciate the depth of 'The Information' even if you do not understand it. The reality is, that NO ONE can really comprehend 'Creation' because our intellect, cannot possibly grasp its magnitude.
Allow me to narrate to you the story of Creation according to the Shrimad Bhaagvad.
First let me tell you, a very simple description of the 3 qualities that pervade all Creation.
The Lord felt the desire to become 'Anek' (Many) from 'Ek' (one). He also wished to become an integral part of 'Anek' (Creation). So the Lord assumed Appearance in the Form of Creation, though He has no attributes in His Pure Essence.
Since the Lord is Nirvikaar (Without any form) He accepted the services of Sat Raj and Tam qualities. It is under the veil of Sat Raj and Tam that the Lord hides. The Lord now accepted the Form of :
Time (Kaal), Action (Karam) and Nature (Svabhaav).
Action or Karam gave birth to 'MahaTatva' The Main or Primordial attribute. The quality of Raj (Rajogun) gave it strength. Gyaan (knowledge) and Dravya (the essence of affluence) joined in.
Thus was born 'Ahankaar' or the Ego.
The Ego or Ahankaar is of 3 kinds.
Kaaran (Reason for happening), and Taamas Ego gave birth to 'Aakaash' the Sky, Ether, Space. The quality of 'Aakaash' is 'Shabd' Primordial Sound or 'Word' (The Bible states that first was the 'Word' and the 'Word was with God..)
The Aakaash gave birth to the 'Vaayu' Wind. Its quality is 'Sparsh' Touch. The Wind is the cause of all senses, as it provides 'Jeevan Shakti' in the form of the 'Breath'
Kaal (Time/Death), Karma (Action) and Svabhaav (Nature) gave rise to 'Effulgence' (Tej).
Since the origin of 'Tej' is Aakaash (Ether) and Vaayu (Wind), it enjoys the attributes of 'Shabd' (Word) and 'Sparsh' (Touch). 'Tej' gave rise to 'Jal' (Water)
Water gave birth to 'Earth' Its attributes are fragrance (Gandh), Shabd (Word), Sparsh (Touch), Roop (Form) and Ras (Beauty).
The imbalance of Ether, Wind, Water, Fire and Earth would result in the end of the world 'Pralay' ie. The end of the world would come about by the waters crossing their boundaries, fires erupting etc.
We humans are also made of these 5 elements: An imbalance in the 5 elements in the body, e.g. too much 'fire' is fever, too much water is phlegm. would result in 'Death'..
The Aatman or Soul is imperishable, but that is another story.
Dal Sabzi for the Aatman
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