5. God (Purushottam, Parabrahma, Narayan, etc.)
4. God's Abode/Devotee (Mul Akshar Brahma)
(God's Devotee and God are: Sita-Rama, Radha-Krishna, Parvati-Shiva, Nara-Narayan, Lakshmi-Narayan, Swami-Narayan, etc.)
The purpose of life is to attain Akshardham. That is, to become a liberated entity of the 4th level, and offer loving devotion to God. Liberated entities are called akshara
By the desire of a kanishtha
who resides in Akshardham to liberate souls, the creation of brahmaandas
(worlds with 14 lokas
) is spurred. Because the entity is from the 4th level, but temporarily "comes down" or also exists at the 2nd level, the "4/2" designation is shown above.
The steps at the time of creation are described in Vachanamrut Gadhada First 12 and 41, amongst others Hindu scriptures.
The entity from Akshardham called AksharPurush as MahaPurush (or MulPurush), with MahaMaya (or MulPrakruti), created many PradhanPrakruti-PradhanPurush (or Pradhan-Purush) pairs. Pradhan-Purush, in turn creates many brahmaandas
is controlled by a "court" made up of 10 moortis
or powers - 6 saguna
, and 4 nirguna
. [Given in Swami Ni Vato 5/187, amongst others places.]
According to the Shrimad Bhagavat, Lord Vishnu is the principal deity from whom Brahma was born, and from Brahma, Shiva (or Mahesh) was born. (ViratNarayan or ViratPurush is the name given to the entity at the time of creation - e.g. per the Shrimad Bhagavat, ViratNarayan is the Vishnu entity) Brahma is involved with creation (thus involved in raajsika
activity), Vishnu with sustenance (thus involved in saattvika
activity), and Shiva with destruction (thus involved in taamsika
activity). Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, in turn pray to (or derive their energy from) Annirudh, Pradyumna, and Sankarshan, respectively. All 6, pray to the 4 nirguna
moortis, Nara-Narayan, Lakshmi-Narayan, VasudevNarayan, and KrishnaNarayan.
3. Maayaa is the illusionary envelope that keeps the first two levels in a perpetual cycle of birth and death. "Maayaa should be known to be composed of the three gunas
(modes of nature - sattva
). It is full of darkness (or ignorance) and is the power of God. It is that which makes the soul identify and attach with the body and its relations." - Shikshapatri verse 106
2. At the demigod stage, impurities still exist, and when the fruits of good deeds are expended, the soul falls back to the first level. The king of the demigods is Indradev. Scriptures describe over 330 million demigods. The prajapatis were created by Brahma as the progenitors of the demigods, humans, demons, and all living entities.
1. Humans, animals, plants, and even micro-organisms have a soul. "The soul, which resides in the heart, is minutely subtle. It is the pure spirit and the knower. And by its strength of knowing, it pervades the entire body from toe to head, and should be known to have qualities such as being indivisible, indestructible, non-aging, and eternal." - Shikshapatri verse 105