What we belittle as matter is nothing but a varying form of energy. To maintain the inertness of matter, the existence of energy as well as its application is undeniable. And this concentration of energy, being crude, expresses crude waves which are black. So the energy which causes inertness in objects is an expression of the static force of prakriti on purusha.
The influence of the sentient principle is the exact opposite, for it is effulgent and expressive. It is characterised by its excellence of expansion and subtlety. The characteristic of the static principle is to bind whatever is subtle within the limitations of forms and lines, thus bringing it within the periphery of sense perception, and within the scope of human conception. Thus, due to the static influence of prakriti, the abstract is brought into the initial stage of matter (ether). Its nature is to give a concrete form to the absolute idea. When there is the unfoldment of mutative and sentient principles, they cannot give expression to their limited ideas in the absence of a proper object, though they have the potentiality of expressing themselves.
Due to the bondage of the static principle, the expansiveness of the sentient and mutative principles, bound by the limitations of forms, appears as a material object.
But since the characteristics of the sentient and mutative principles are unlimited, the static principle actually creates not a limited number of finite entities but an unlimited number of infinite entities. The characteristic of the static principle to bring the subtle within the periphery of finitude is the actual cause behind the manifestations of both actions and objects. These finite expressions of the practical world are the limiting actional expression of the static principle. Names, forms and other symbolisations have been ascribed to them by the doer – ‘I’.
The difference between objects is caused by varying degrees of bondage of the static principle. The indriyas, human sense organs, and their controller, the mind, accept the collectivity of these objects, bound by the limitations of forms, as the expressed universe. Where there is no staticity, there is no awareness of creation. Because there are no limiting bondages ,the very expression of the creation remains indistinct. That is, in the absence of the static inertness, nothing can be brought within the field of perception. Take the case of the precious metal gold. Whenever you say ‘gold’ you refer to gold in general, the gold of universe. To be of some practical use, the gold will have to be brought within the limitation of a certain form, such as a gold necklace, bangle or tiara. Women may get a certain pleasure by wearing these ornaments, but the goldsmith has no practical use for them as ornaments. He is only concerned about one thing – gold.
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