Is There a Universal Creator?
How did it all begin?
We have a distortion in our perception that creates an illusion.
Realising this illusion is the path to enlightened wisdom.
Most of us don’t bother with the question, “Is there a creator?”: we just continue in the illusion that we are making our own choices, unaware that we are governed by desires, judgements and indifference (‘indifference’ is another word for ignorance; we ignore our true nature of pure consciousness that doesn’t need, judge or ignore).
Many believe in God the creator to make sense of life, while being unaware that their minds are also governed by desires, judgements and indifference.
The minds of those who say that there is no creator are still governed by the same desires, judgements and indifference.
To prove what governs us, just walk into a room full of people and note to whom you are attracted, whom you avoid and whom you do not notice. These principles govern us – and the infinite universe – at every moment.
What does Buddhism say to this question of a creator?
Buddhists do not believe in God the creator … but there is a creator.
That creator is an ‘I’; a self image. If something is created, then it stands to reason that there would first have to be a desire to create. We desire, and so we create. In order to create, there has to be a plan. We are the creators of that plan which was produced from our desires, judgements and indifference: these three are thus the creators of the universe.
“How can we be the creator, and have a plan? I didn’t form a plan! I didn’t draw up any proposal!”
Plan: a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.
Actually we all have a plan.
Desires, judgements and indifference are the creators of the universe: these three are attraction, repulsion and inertia. These principles arose when we created a self, forgetting that our absolute reality is above and beyond desires, judgements and indifference. Before these principles are activated, there has to be pure consciousness present.
Our desires created a plan, and for our plan to manifest, the natural principles of the universe bring about the necessary conditions through attraction, repulsion and inertia.
The plan was created by our desires (attraction) and, as we’re picky, the plan acquired judgements (repulsion). Because we are unaware of what we are doing, indifference arises and we ignore the effects of the plan (inertia). In other words, karma! Our karma wrote our plan.
So how does it all work?
As this is an alternative view between God the creatorandnatural selection, it is just something to consider. There are infinite beings (beings are anything that has a mind) in an infinite universe that transmigrate from form to form due to an individual, karmic plan.
The principle of the universe creates solar systems and planets whose suns run down, causing ‘big bangs’; the energy from those implosions brings energy for a new system. It’s infinite. At a certain time and place, a planet evolves with conditions for single cell life: from this, more complex forms evolve and attract ‘LIFE’. Transmigrating beings enter these cells and, gradually, intelligent life develops and appears as us. We have come a long way.
We can easily see that the life we lead is our creation, born of adapting to the collective. We, as a type, are attracted to certain areas on earth – like attracts like. Governed by desires, judgements and indifference, we suffer in chaos and confusion, constantly going up and down in this vicious cycle of existence.
We – and the universe – are one huge cycle of existence … until we decide to get off. We do this by we realising that the illusion never existed, and enlightenment is our reality.
It’s important to remember there is a difference between absolute reality and conventional, relative reality. We have to know the difference between the relative and absolute reality of the three principles: desire, judgement and indifference are relative terms, whereas, in absolute terms, these same principles are empty essence, cognisant nature and compassionate activity.
When an enlightened mind recognises the three negative principles, it remembers its true nature spontaneously. It is said, therefore, that the relative and absolute truths are, in fact, inseparable.
Is There a Universal Creator?
Funnily enough, there is.