Saturday, September 1, 2012

Knower surpasses the known, at the time of ability to acquire knowledge of the known.

 The unknowable can be known. It is neither unknowable nor remains unknown at any moment. A Gnani can guide the seeker to something which always remains unknown. If a Gnani  can guide, it means that he knows about it. This transcendental state is quite easy or may be well-nigh impossible, it depends entirely on seekers receptiveness and intense urge to know the truth of his true existence. It is very difficult for the people whose has materialistic outlook and stuck with their own idea of truth. It cannot be grasped if it always remains unknown.

"Whatever one experiences becomes known by the formless knower. The seeker carefully has to analyze the underlying substance which, though abstract and apart from known, yet illumines them all the same. Know it to be the truth.
What is not self-luminous can only fall within the orbit of knower and cannot be knower itself. The knower is that by which objects are known; it cannot be what it is if it becomes the object of knowledge. 

What is known must always be different from knower itself, or else it could not be made known by it. Intelligence in the abstract cannot admit of parts, which is the characteristic of known. Therefore known comes into existence. The seeker has to carefully observe the knower after eliminating all the known from it.
"Just as a mirror takes on the hues of the images, so also the formless knower assumes the waking/dream objects by virtue of its holding them within itself.

"Formless knower can thus be made manifest by eliminating from it all that can be known. It cannot be known as such and such, for it is the formless substance witness of the known.

This, being the Self of the seeker, is not cognizable.  The seeker has to investigate his true Self in the aforesaid manner. There is no other agent to neither know the Self nor light by which to know it.

"Self the formless knower is not the body, but the knower of the waking or dream which contains the body and the world, which are all transient. Waking/dream is known, so how can knower be the known?

Knower surpasses the known, at the time of ability to acquire knowledge of the known.

The Self illuminates the ‘I’ or waking or dream. The waking or dream does not. The 'self ' is within and also beyond the waking or dream. The self has to exist prior to the appearance of waking or dream. Without self the waking or dream is non-existent. The waking or dream exists when ‘I’ or mind, exists. When ‘I’ or mind disappears the waking and dream disappears. Thus ‘I’ is not the self, the knower of the ‘I’ is the true self.

"Moreover everyone feels 'I see the objects' but it is not so, the self which sees the’ I’. The ‘I’ is present as mind.  Mind is in the form of universe. Universe appears as waking and dream (duality) and disappears as deep sleep (non-duality). If it were not for the innermost self which is the formless soul consciousness, the appearance and disappearance of the three states is impossible. The formless soul or consciousness is the innermost self is knower of the coming and going of the three states.

It is because of identifying the self as body the sense of ‘I’ which is ego rises. The ego will dominate as self, until the seeker realizes the ‘I’ also is not the self. 

The ego, body and the  world exists together, and dissolves together. Thus it is erroneous to treat the ‘I’ as self.