Shaivism - Concepts and symbols - Creator
Type of Spiritual Experience
The description here could apply to a number of concepts and is thus not entirely satisfactory, but it is worth including. The key part may be that ‘it’ is beyond creation, possibly meaning that it is therefore the Creator, but the Creator is simply an aspect or role of the Ultimate Intelligence thus this is really about that part of the Ultimate Intelligence that creates.
Alain Danielou indicates that in Shaivism this aspect or role is called “Parama-Shiva (beyond the created). It is not part of the Tattva(s), the definable. It is outside what has been created. It cannot be represented by any symbol, verbal or visual.”
A description of the experience
Vishnu Purana, 1.2, 10-I3
Absolute being is beyond Prakriti (nature), substance, and creation; is without form, colour, name, evolution, or effect; does not suffer deterioration; is indestructible and unchanging. All that can be said of it is that it is and that the universe rests on it.