Adhibhuta

adhibhūta - अधिभूत

The consciousness immanent in physical creatures and the physical cosmos. Adhibhuta is the physical world, both the universe as a whole and the individual parts and beings of it. (1)

“O Supreme among the Embodied (Arjuna)! Adhibhuta is the basis of physical existence; Adhidaiva is the basis of astral existence; and I (the Spirit manifested ideationally, both macro- and micro-cosmically) am Adhiyagya.” —The Bhagavad Gita 8:4, from The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Kriyananda.

Paramhansa Yogananda stated that, as Adhibhuta, God’s presence in the physical universe and in the physical body can only be inferred. As Adhidaiva, God’s presence is felt. As Adhiyagya, His presence in the causal world is known intuitively. (1)

References

  1. a b The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Swami Kriyananda. Chapter 20, “The Outer and Inner Universe.”