Friday, August 20, 2010

“Remaining in the fold of ignorance and thinking “we are extremely wise and learned,” the fools with boastful nature ramble about like the blind led by the blind alone.”

The soul,which is present in the form of consciousness is the innermost self.  the nature of the soul is formless and  non-dual.  To capture the essence of non-dualistic  one has to indulge in deeper self-search.  In the realm of reality the witness and the witnessed are identical.  it is only the soul( consciousness)  that by which its very nature is self-revealing and self-knowing.

True nature of the self is “without the three states. . It is the absence three states and presence of fullness of consciousness in its true form which allows for the clear recognition of the soul, the  innermost  self.

the soul,which is present in the form of consciousness is the true self and it is the Knower and the Known, the Seer and the Seen, without any duality.  the soul, the innermost self, being one without a second, is always self-knowing. There is no “other” for it to know. That is why it is refer to the self as the natural. The reference to natural implies the non-dual nature of the soul, the innermost  self.

While deep sleep is a state of complete unconsciousness.  The true state of the soul  is the state of full and complete consciousness. Deep sleep is still the state of ignorance. And a true state of consciousness is the state of self-awareness. In a very real and true sense the true state of the consciousness is the state of “deep awake”. The self is fully asleep to the world of perceptions and fully awake in its true nature, which is non-dual awareness.

The true nature   of the soul( consciousness)  cannot be understood without the  self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana. without indulging in deeper self-search,   it is not impossible to understand, assimilate and realize  the ultimate truth or Brahman.

People who speak about true nature of the self without investigating the three state. The deeper self -search reveals the fact that,   the  self is neither the waking entity nor the self is dream entity but the self is formless soul. 

People  can only speculate about its nature on the base of waking entity(ego), which is the false self within the false experience. Such people are confused about nature of the self, their statements create confusion for others. they hold 'I' without the body as self. 

The  Self is not 'I '. 'I ' is bound by form, time and space. Without the form, time and space 'I' cease to exist. Holding 'I’ as Self one remains in clutches of duality. When there is duality than there is ignorance. Ignorance is cause of experiencing the duality (illusion) as reality. The one who identifies the Self as 'I', will not be able to cross the threshold of duality. There is no point in saying 'I ' this or 'I AM THAT' because the 'self' is that which witnesses the 'I ' and the world together without the physical apparatus.

The Upanishads declare:-  

Mundaka Upanishad 1:2:8:- “Remaining in the fold of ignorance and thinking “we are extremely wise and learned,” the fools with boastful nature ramble about like the blind led by the blind alone.” 

The three states can continue to exist and function after acquiring self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana.  But for Gnani all the three states are unrelated, because he has become one with the witnessing consciousness.

After Self-Realization, the duality is seen as existing but not separate from the Self. The Self knows itself even though the duality still exists.  The duality exists as a condition that rises from the Self and then is absorbed back into it. It is due to the presence of the duality, (till it disappears by death), that Knowledge of the Self can be passed on by the Realized beings to others who seek such knowledge.