His Creation is very complex, and it is only possible to capture limited things that various Saints have already described. He alone knows the absolute truth about the creation. The knowledge of His creation is not the pre-requisite for a Spiritual path. So, you can skip this article because it is meant for curious readers who like to read the technicalities.
Everything is the creation of God. He is within HIS creation, and creation is within HIM. There is no place where HE is not present; HE is omnipresent. The creation and destruction of this universe are by HIS thought. He created the universe by uttering a Shabad/word (sound is the creation). That sound is still going on in universes, and our universe is expanding continuously. Apart from our universe, there are millions of other galaxies created by HIM. It is through Shabad that everything came into manifestation - Ishwar (God as the sustainer of the world), Jiva (individual soul), Maya (the subtle and gross material), Brahmand (the physical, astral, and causal planes) - all were brought into being by its motion.
Three Main Forces
All matter, emotions, mind substance, and energies move by the three modalities of 0 (neuter), + (positive), - (negative) polarity. This is the cosmic picture of energy modality, demonstrated by the orbits of planets around a central sun. Everything in this universe is bipolar because the atom is bipolar in its function. Every atom has a neutron (neutral charge), proton (positive charge), and electron (negative charge). Positive and Negative charges dance around a nucleus or neutron charge, like a central shaft.
It may sound funny, but 'Time' is also part of the illusion. Have you ever noticed that time seems to pass quickly when we are happy? The concept of time and space is the notion that the external world is a product of the creative play of Maya (illusion) and Mind. This universe is changing every second. From subtle microscopic changes to cosmic changes within the universe, all are governed by time. Lord of Time is Mind/Kal-Niranjan. Only God/Soul is timeless. Otherwise, everything is bound to change, and every change requires time.
There is cosmic time in the macrocosm, called yugas, and in the microcosm, called prana.
He has placed himself inside of all his creation, but he is hidden underneath five curtains. These five sheaths are Physical/Annamaya, Energetic/Pranamaya, Mental/Manamaya, Wisdom/Vijnanamaya, and Bliss/Anandamaya koshas. All these koshas are covered in the previous article.
Three Grand Divisions of Creation
The creation is divided into three primary levels.
The 3 main divisions are further divided into: 7 lower planes and 7 higher planes. Name of the 7 higher planes (as compared to Earth) are: Satya-loka, Tapa-loka, Jana-loka, Mahar-loka, Svar-loka, Bhuvar-loka, Bhur-loka (Earth - Middle). The names of 7 lower planes are: Atala-loka, Vitala-loka, Sutala-loka, Talatala-loka, Mahatala-loka, Rasatala-loka, and Patala-loka. The lower planes are also called Hells.
What is World
This whole world is just a play of 5 things: Naam (Name), Roop (Form), Sat (Truth/God), Chit (Pure Consciousness), and Anand (Supreme Bliss). These five things are famously known as the 'world.' Out of these, Name and Form are destructible and bound to go through transformations. Truth-Consciousness-Bliss neither dies nor transforms. This peace is called by names like God/Supreme-Consciousness etc.
'Name' and 'Form' are composed of five essential elements - Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. These five elements are tangible (matter), and everything in the 2nd and 3rd divisions comprises various combinations of these five essential elements. At the same time, Truth-Consciousness/Bliss is the true self of everyone. Truth-Consciousness-Bliss is not three different things. It is different dimensions of 1 item. Immortal, eternal, and unchanging. The body has been given to this self for a limited time, upon which it will be taken away (known as death).
Macrocosm exists in the microcosm of the human body
The human body is the veritable temple of God, and this microcosm works on the lines of the universe. The three divisions mentioned above also exist in man on a miniature scale. To know about the cosmos, you must first understand the microcosm.
e.g. [ It is like Hologram. Every part of a hologram contains the image of the whole object. So, if you cut a hologram of, say, a vase of flowers in two, each half of the hologram will show a vase of flowers, not a half-vase of flowers or a vase in one hologram and flowers in the other. And if you cut those hologram pieces in two again, you'll have four holographic pictures, each depicting an entire vase of flowers. The only difference between the original hologram and all its pieces is that they will show the vase of flowers from fewer directions so that the image will have less detail. In the same way, He is within creation, and creation is within Him. ]
There are seven chakras (although there are seven lower chakras) in the body, corresponding to the centers in the Cosmos. These, in turn, are reflections of those in the purely spiritual region.
Relationship between 3 divisions in terms of Soul, Mind, and Body
The body remains in the mother's womb, birth, childhood, youth, old age, etc., and finally dies. But Soul, being formless, is witness to all these stages of life. It watches this play and leaves the body on death like a snake that sheds its old skin and never looks back. Peace and disturbance are stages of the mind, and Soul is their witness. If we have two drawings on a piece of paper, one of a still horse while the other of a running horse, paper is the witness to both. Similarly, the Soul is forever stationary.
We are not the body (3rd division) or the mind (2nd division). We are Soul (1st division) that never dies. The body is subjected to the "Law of Change," but Soul is not. Our soul is the son of God because it is a part of Him. He is a prince that has lost his identity due to ignorance. We are part of the totality, which is God.
e.g. [ Water is part of a wave, is part of the ocean. The wave needs to understand this because it feels like a separate part. You are the water, and water is everywhere. All water makes up the ocean. A wave is born out of the ocean, is sustained by the ocean, disintegrates, and goes back into the ocean. This tiny wave of consciousness (the small I) is part of the totality. In other words, the water of the ocean is present as one. The winds cause ripples, tides, bubbles, and foam, but they are all nothing but another form of the same water. There is nothing else but water. The seemingly separate waves are water too. Similarly, the ocean of Truth-Consciousness-Bliss Formless is also gushing. Our consciousness acts like wind, creating the waves (world) and bubbles (body) that appear but are nothing more than forms of the same joyous ocean of God. Only that one ocean of joy is gushing; it is the final form, and the entire nature is God's form. ]
e.g. [ Once, in a village, there was an illiterate man and his wife. The man planned to visit Mela (Fair), but he was scared that he might be lost in the fair. He shared his feeling with his wife. His wife suggested that she will tie a rope around his neck. He should check his rope; if the rope is not there, he should know that he is lost; otherwise, if the rope is still in his neck, he is not lost. He agreed and wore a rope around his neck at the fair. He spent all day at the fair, and at night, someone asked him why he was wearing a rope around his neck, and he told them the reason. When the man went to sleep, those persons removed the rope from his neck and tied it to another man's neck. Now, when the illiterate man wake-up in the morning and checked the rope in his neck but could not find it. Instead, he found it in another person's neck. He started saying that "I am you, I am you." Everyone was laughing at this illiterate man. In the same way, we are Soul, but due to Illusion, we think we are the body. ]
Division of creation according to types of Species (84 Lakh/8.4 million)
God has also created 84 Lakh (8.4 million) (the figure includes several astral or non-physical entities in the 2nd and 3rd division) species.
Division of creation according to the method of birth (Born out of ___)
Division of creation according to Type
Humans are the only specie that can meditate, have free will, and achieve God; any other species cannot meditate on God.
Division of creation according to the koshas:
All beings, from gods to man, as well as the other forms of life, including plants, are classified into five categories in relation to the preponderance of one or the other of the faculties: