WHAT ARE THE TEN TYPES OF CREATIONS
PREFACE TO CHAPTER 10 VOLUME 3 - SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM
This chapter is in continuation of the discourse between Maitreya Maharshi and Vidhura. In response to the questions put forward by Vidhura to Maitreya Maharshi regarding his queries about the creation, Maitreya Maharshi had already described in detail through the previous chapters the origin of Lord Brahma and his self introspection about his own self.
Going forward further, he explains to Vidhura what happened after Shriman Narayan disappeared from the vision of Lord Brahma and how Lord Brahma started his creation work.
The main discourse is going on, as one must remember, between Shri Sutha and the Saunakas. Within this discourse the concepts are presented as discussions between Shri Sukha Brahma Rishi and King Pareekshit. The discussions between Vidhura and Maitreya Maharshi are part of the contents within these discourses. This is just being mentioned so that we keep the thread alive.
This chapter essentially deals with the different kinds of creations and known as "Dasa Vidha Srishti Varnanam" - the description of the ten kinds of creation. Before disappearing from Lord Brahma's vision, Sriman Narayan advises Lord Brahma to focus his mind upon Him and do penance, by which Lord Brahma will be able to see all the worlds getting unfolded in his mind. This process will enable Lord Brahma to carry out the desired creation work as envisioned in him by Sriman Narayan. There is absolute unity in each and everything originating from the Very Source and going forward all through, which is also the Very Source, though manifesting in and through various forms of creation.
How Lord Brahma goes about with the process of creation work and the classification of various of kinds of creation have been explained in detail. The effect of the flow of time factor known as the "Kaala" also has been described through these stanzas.
The origin of creation and subsequent classification of all beings into various categories including that of humans, divine beings, demons etc. have been described in this chapter very eloquently. The origins from the Prakritik (the original energy materials) and Vaikritik (the derivative energy materials) have been classified in detail.
Having explained little bit of the background about this chapter, let us go straight to the stanza-wise interpretations. These can be had by visiting the website -- Website: http://srimadbhagavatham.weebly.com in which these have been presented along with all other interpretations for Volume 1, Volume 2, and till Chapter 10 of Volume 3, apart from the six chapters of Mahatmyam.