Pradhana - an essential subject
The world we live in has a material nature; it is temporary and was created, is maintained, and will be annihilated by a superior power - God. This material energy has various compositions as stated in the shaastras (Hindu scriptures). Māyā, the external energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is divided into two parts. Māyā is both the cause of this cosmic manifestation, and is the agent who supplies its ingredients. As the cause of the cosmic manifestation she is known as māyā, and as the agent supplying the ingredients of the cosmic manifestation she is known as pradhāna. Therefore the material energy is not the original cause of the material manifestation. Rather, the transcendental glance of Shri Mahā-Viṣṇu (an expansion of Lord Krishna) produces the cosmic manifestation.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Pradhana category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 8 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
|Māyā has two functions. One is called māyā, and the other is called pradhāna. Māyā refers to the efficient cause, and pradhāna refers to the ingredients that create the cosmic manifestation. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 20.271)|
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