16. MANVANTARAS AND PRALAYAS
Gnosis has an answer to the question of whether creation is eternal or will one day disappear: everything that has been created will have to disappear. The demiurge creates universes and then after a while destroys them. Rabbis say: "The Lord, blessed as he is, creates worlds and destroys them". In the teachings of the Shankara we find: "Like bubbles in water, the world arise from, exist in, and dissolve into the supreme Lord". (Atmabodha, 8). Hindus call this "breathing of Brahma". Brahma is the Hindu creator god. It is another name for the demiurge.
The creator god begins a new creation with every Big Bang. This is exhalation, his breath, being exhaled to the outside. This creation expands until he decides to put an end to it, taking it back to the beginning, reabsorbing it. This is inhalation, the absorption of his breath. When creation comes to its end and is destroyed, involution starts; time starts to go backwards until it disappears and there is a long period in which the demiurge does not create anything. In India this phase is called "the night of Brahma". Each period of creation is followed by a period of cosmic silence in which everything created is taken back, contracting until it disappears. After everything is destroyed and reduced to nothing, another Big Bang starts a new creation and so on and so forth. Each attempt by the demiurge is followed by another, constantly pursuing the perfection that he will never attain.
In India, the cycles of creation are called manvantaras and those of destruction pralayas.
There is a very common song in Israel called "Adon Olam" ("Master of the World"), in which there is a paragraph that makes us think of the creator's period of rest after he destroys his work. It goes like this: "And after all is gone, He, the Awesome One, will reign alone". It is referring to the creator's period of silence, when nothing created remains.
When all creation falls apart, the uncreated continues to exist as always because it is eternal; it has no beginning or end. It belongs to the unknowable plane of eternity. Only that which has been created disappears into the pralaya. Only that which has been created can be destroyed.
When the demiurge decides to destroy everything he created, that is to say, when a manvantara has ended, only then are the uncreated Spirits, which remained imprisoned in matter, freed. All matter, every body and every soul will be destroyed. Only the Uncreated, the Non-created, will not be touched by this destruction, returning to the unknowable world from which It came.
Gnostics do not want to wait thousands of millions of years. They want to liberate themselves now, as soon as possible. And not only liberate themselves. They also want to put an end to this whole satanic system, the breathing of the demiurge and his insane plans, the torment of the imprisoned Spirits, the successive creations and destructions, death and reincarnation, everything created, everything that is impure and the demiurge as well.
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