Yes, as above so below. The words “external” and “creating” imply duality. It is fine to contemplate duality as the one reality but at some point existentialist questions, like the ones you asked, arise. From the point of view of Brahman, there is no bondage, no ssmskaras, no life or death. These are the terms that the mind assigns to phenomena arising out of the infinite sea of Awareness. By “mind” here I mean the limited awareness of someone’s existence in space-time. Of course the (small letter) mind is the same essence as (capital letter) Mind. Atman is Brahman. In Its true essence, Atman Is Brahman. This is the deep meaning of You Are the Universe.