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4 Creations

The Vishnu Purana describes 4 creations: 1. Fivefold (immovable) world, without intellect or reflection, void of perception or sensation, incapable of feeling, and destitute of motion. 2. animal creation was manifested: Tiryaksrotas is applied, from their nutriment following a winding course. These were called beasts, etc, and their characteristic was the quality of darkness, they being destitute of knowledge, uncontrolled in their conduct, and mistaking error for wisdom; being formed of egotism and self-esteem, labouring under the twenty-eight kinds of imperfection, manifesting inward sensations, and associating with each other (according to their kinds). 3. Abounding with the quality of goodness, termed �rddhasrotas. The beings thus produced in the �rddhasrotas creation were endowed with pleasure and enjoyment, unencumbered internally or externally, and luminous within and without. This, termed the creation of immortals 4. the creation termed Arvaksrotas, from indiscrete nature. The products of this are termed Arvaksrotas, from the downward current (of their nutriment). They abound with the light of knowledge, but the qualities of darkness and of foulness predominate. Hence they are afflicted by evil, and are repeatedly impelled to action. They have knowledge both externally and internally, and are the instruments (of accomplishing the object of creation, the liberation of soul). These creatures were mankind.
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