For the purposes of an empirical understanding of the manifestative process, defined from the religious point of view "creation", I share with you a reflection on stanza 6 of Arunachala Ashtaka, by Ramana Maharshi (Talks).
In this stanza the small point = ego is analyzed.
The small point composed of darkness = the ego consisting of latent tendencies; the observer or subject or ego that rises expands itself in the form of what is seen, the object and the internal organ of perception.The reflected light operating in the mind must be suffused for this ego to arise. In the middle of the day a rope can not be mistaken for a snake. The rope itself can not even be seen if there is a thick darkness so that there is no possibility of exchanging it for a snake. Only in a weak or soft light can the mistake of exchanging a rope for a snake happen.The same thing happens for the Pure and Radiant Being that emerges as an ego, this is possible only in a light surrounded by darkness.
This darkness is otherwise known as Primitive Ignorance (or Original Sin). The light that shines through this ignorance is called "Reflected Light". This Reflected Light is known as Ishwara or God. It is well known that the manifestation of Ishwara occurs through Maya (his power of Illusion).
The other name in which this Power is called is "Pure Mind", or Satva quality, this implies that there is also an "impure mind" and this is represented by the ego, which is a next step in the reflection of the Light of Supreme
Consciousness through the Rajas, or active quality of the mind. Finally, the external or material aspect of the manifestation arises, through the quality Tamas, or inertia, which manifests itself in the form of the internal organs of perception and their external objects (the perceived world). From the physiological point of view it can be said that this process of outsourcing proceeds through the brain.
The different states of waking, dream and deep sleep therefore originate from that original ignorance, with the mind that turns outside (through the projective process of the inner apparatus) experiencing the condition of waking and dreaming and retreating into deep sleep in latency status. All these of course are only "phenomena" that appear through the Reflected Light on the Substrate of Existence and Absolute Awareness of the self-luminous Self.
So the world can not be "independent" of its Source, and that is how the One Being becomes many. The Power that manifests this Play of Existence is really great! And the realization of one's original Nature is the joyful purpose of life.