Vidya, Avidya, Para, Apara

vidya: introversive principle; divine attraction; centripetal or introversial force; force of attraction to the Nucleus Consciousness; aspect of the Cosmic Operative Principle which guides movements from the crude to the subtle

avidya: extroversive principle; ignorance; centrifugal or extroversial force; force of repulsion from the Nucleus Consciousness; aspect of the Cosmic Operative Principle which guides movements from the subtle to the crude.

para-vidya: knowledge of the supramundane world

apara-vidya: knowledge of the mundane world

Centrifugal and Centripetal Force

Centrifugal force is the force of extroversion. Centrifugal force is about multiplicity. It is about the analytic process. It is about ‘inside’ and ‘outside.’ Centrifugal force is about boundaries.

Centripetal force is the divine attraction. Without the attractive force of the Divine Center the Cosmos would dissipate into nothingness. Without the divine attraction souls would be lost in the wilderness of insentient lifetimes. Because of the infinite love emanating from the Divine Center the Cosmos is evolving to facilitate the liberation of Consciousness from bondage.

The centrifugal force is a characteristic of the divine transformation. The centrifugal force is not our enemy but it is a force of nature. The opposing forces of divine transformation and divine attraction create the drama of life. Without the centrifugal force we would not be here. Now that we are here we are supposed to liberate ourselves from a material existence and establish ourselves in a spiritual existence. This is the drama. We have no choice but to act in this drama. We have no choice but to participate and improve life on Earth.

“(Vidyá is a Cognitive force, and Avidyá is an activating force devoid of cognition). Cognition and action should be balanced in the life of a Sádhaka, or else it will be difficult to move towards Brahma.”

– Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, “The Intuitional Science of the Vedas -1″ 1955

“The Supreme Controller of Vidyá and Avidyá shakti is Puruśottama. He is the Supreme Cognition, above Vidyá and Avidyá; above Para (controlling the Supramundane world) and Apara (controlling the mundane world). To become established in the stance of Puruśottama (or Saguńa Brahma), a spiritual aspirant will have to initially seek the help of Vidyá Shakti. Even to attain the non-attributional stance (Nirguńa), the assistance of Vidyá Shakti is indispensable. After attaining the attributional stance both Vidyá and Avidyá have a certain controlling authority to some extent, but after attaining the nonattributional stance they cease to exist.”

– Shrii Shrii Anandamurti , “Form and Formless” 1957


About Suresh Emre

I have worked as a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory. I am a volunteer for the Renaissance Universal movement. My main goal is to inspire the reader to engage in Self-discovery and expansion of consciousness.
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