By now, it’s common knowledge that there are many sub-sects in Sanatana Dharma. The top three of those based on popularity are:

  • Shakta: Devi’s followers
  • Shaiva: Shiva’s followers
  • Vaishnava: Vishnu’s followers

Each of those has its creation theory. This part of Sanatana Dharma is confusing for pretty much everyone. Now, what if I told you there’s only one primary creation theory in this faith? Don’t believe me? Then wait until I prove it to you in this post.

The Creation Theory

First, I’ll present a creation theory devoid of names or forms. For clarity, let me go step-by-step here. Please pause and absorb this section because the rest of the post depends on this. The steps of creation:

  1. There was a Singular Entity. 
  2. That divided into two Energies.
  3. Those two energies created all the forms. 

Creation Theory in Shakta

The Shakta tradition is a feminist view. Here is their creation theory:

  1. There was a Singular Entity – Para Shakti.
  2. She divided into two Energies –
    • Para Shakti or Mahamaya
    • Parama Shiva
  3. Those two energies created all the forms.

Creation Theory in Shaiva

The Shaiva tradition is almost identical to Shakta. Their creation theory:

  1. There was a Singular Entity – Parama Shiva.
  2. He divided into two Energies –
    • Parama Shiva
    • Para Shakti or Mahamaya
  3. Those two energies created all the forms.

Creation Theory in Vaishnava

The Vaishnava tradition seemed a lot more creative! Their creation theory:

  1. There was a Singular Entity – Maha Vishnu.
  2. He divided into two Energies (or Forms) –
    • Vishnu, who was in Yogic Sleep
    • Vishnumaya, The Energy of Vishnu
  3. Vishnu and Vishnumaya caused Brahma to appear from Vishnu’s navel, which started the creation.

Creation Theory in Science

Now, let’s see what the Big Bang theory says. Here:

  1. There was a Singular Entity – Void
  2. That divided into two energies –
    • The Light Energy
    • The Sound Energy
  3. Those two energies created all the forms.

Conclusion

The ancient Shaiva and Shakta sub-sects almost matched the observations of science. Here, Parama Shiva represents Om, The Sound Energy. And Para Shakti is Devi, The Light Energy.

The Shakta tradition went one up and even matched the order of energy creation. Science says Light Energy emerged before Sound Energy. As per the Shakta tradition, Para Shakti emerged before Parama Shiva.

So, the next time someone tells you that Sanatana Dharma’s creation theory is nonsense, ask them if the same applies to the Big Bang theory! 

Love,
Devi

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