Why was the world created?

For you to ask this question! If it was not created, how would you even ask this question?
We are all thinking about the creation of the world. Is a mirage created? When was it created?
Do you know what a mirage is? On a hot summer day, in the dessert, you see (the illusion of) what appears to be water, but is not. That is a mirage.

If someone says, ‘When was this water created?’ You say, ‘It was never created, it only appears.’
Similarly, this world was never created, it appears.

This is a higher knowledge, it is knowledge from Yoga Vashishtha. If it goes above the head, never mind! We can discuss that sometime later. The truth is this world was never created, it only appears.
I can’t tell you more about this, it is a highly-guarded secret.

Note – It is an excerpt of Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji’s discourse at Art of Living.

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