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Quran (XXXVI. 82), Meister Eckhart, Hermes and Manava-dharma-sastra (I. 12, 13): On Simultaneity of the Divine Act

Quran (XXXVI. 82), Meister Eckhart, Hermes and Manava-dharma-sastra (I. 12, 13): On  Simultaneity of the Divine Act
Photo: A Hindu Sadhu in front of his cell at Bhubaneshwar, 1928.
​Verily His command, when He intendeth a thing, is that He saith unto it: Be! and it is.

(Quran, XXXVI. 82)

Do not fondly imagine that God, when he created the heavens and the earth and all creatures, made one thing one day and another the next. Moses describes it thus it is true, nevertheless he knew better: he did so merely on account of those who are incapable of understanding or conceiving otherwise. All God did was: he willed and they were.

(Meister Eckhart)

The force with which God works is his will; and his very being consists in willing the existence of all things....For God wills things to be, and, in that way, these things also have existence.


That Lord having dwelt in that egg (Brahmânda) for a year, spontaneously, by his own meditation, split that egg in two. And with those two shares he formed the heaven and the earth, in the middle the sky and the eight regions, and the perpetual place of waters.

(Mânava-dharma-śâstra, I. 12, 13)
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