The prayer :
"Asato Maa Sat-Gamaya, Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya, Mrityor Maa Amritam-Gamaya"
epitomises the purpose of the Lord’s Creation, the grand culmination of going back into that Transcendence out of which these countless names and forms have been evolved as a blissful act of play by the One without a second.
The plan of the Divine Will is that out of the One infinite, names and forms may flow out and for a time there may be a blissful play of this divine multiplicity and then once again, when the Divine Wills, there may be a going back into the pristine glorious source.
Multiplicity is the antithesis of eternal Truth which is ever One.
It is unreal.
It is in the nature of darkness.
This cycle of becoming and perishing, birth and death, is the characteristic of this world-play.
Thus, a going back into the original grandeur of Brahmam means an ascent from this unreality into that Supreme Reality, from this darkness of ignorance to the Light of Knowledge, from this cycle of birth and death into that state where there is Immortality.
This process is being worked out by all evolved beings.
Sri Swami Chidananda
To be continued ...