The Difference between Macrocosm and Microcosm

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The Difference between Macrocosm and Microcosm
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1978 September 28
Place Patna, India
Topic Spiritual practice removes the gap between a unit being and God
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2
Location in Sarkarverse
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The Difference between Macrocosm and Microcosm is a discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti on 1978 September 28 in Patna, India. This discourse is the twentieth chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2.[1]


If there is a man and a kingdom is attached to him – kingdom is something attributional – we will say that that man X is a king because that attribution of kingdom has been attached to him. He is a king. We will call another man who has got big clubs in his hand, a wrestler. He will be known as a wrestler because of the attribution of those clubs. But, if we take away that attribution of the kingdom from Mr. X and that attribution of clubs from Mr. Y, X will become Y. Similarly, if Para becomes something non-attributional, and jiiva also becomes non-attributional, they will become Parama Shiva, both will become Parama Shiva. What is spiritual practice? To wipe out these attributional bondages is sádhaná. This is spiritual practice.

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Anandamurti starts the discourse by explaining that the difference between a macrocosm and a microcosm is an attributional difference. A jiiva is tied to bondages of past lives, and Shiva is free of fetters. He then explains that these differences are not of permanent nature and can change according to one's desires. Anandamurti goes on explaining that if these ascriptions are taken away, a jiiva becomes Shiva and vice versa. Sadhana is the tool for removing these differences.[1]


  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2 
Preceded by
Keep Company with the Virtuous
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2
With: The Difference between Macrocosm and Microcosm
Succeeded by
The Role of the Cognitive Faculty