Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sage Sri, Goudpada says:~ Whatever is seen, whether external or internal, whether by the ordinary persons or yogis, is unreal***

Sage Sri, Goudpada was the first historic teacher known to us to give a rational exposition of Advaita. He says that whatever is seen, whether external or internal, whether by the ordinary persons or yogis, is unreal.  

Non-causality is of the highest importance; that is why Goudpada puts it at the end of his book and devotes 100 slokas to it whereas the other subjects get less than 50 slokas.  

The misinterpretation is because of Buddha himself. Most of the questions were answered only by silence leaving many to interpret as per their understanding. The enlightenment of Buddha and which again was indirectly accepted by Sage Sri,  Goudapada.

 The experience of birth, life, death and the world is a reality within the waking experience. The innermost   Self is nothing to do with the experience of birth, life death because it is birthless. The one, which is born, lives and dies in the world is the waking entity. Waking entity is not the self.  The self is that, which witnesses the coming and going of the three states without the physical apparatus.   The experience of birth, life, death and the world (waking) is an object to the formless subject (soul, the innermost self).  Thus, the object (mind or universe or waking) is mere illusion on the standpoint of the formless subject (soul)

.Sage Sri, Goudpada said: ~ The merciful Veda teaches karma and Upasana to people of lower and middling intellect, while Jnana is taught to those of higher intellect. Thus, Sage Sri Goudpada suggests that, the religious paths and worship of the guru and conceptual god are lower and middling intellect.  But in this modern world people are sharp enough to understand and assimilate the ultimate truth or Brahman or God. Thus, the  people who want higher truth then it is high time to discard the lower knowledge and move ahead to realize the ultimate truth, which is Brahman or God.

Man has a firm conviction that he is an individual separate from the world and world existed prior to him and he is born in it afterwards.  This conviction makes him remain in ignorance. And ignorance makes him accept the illusion as reality.  Thus, he is caught up in the web of illusion experiencing the birth, life, death and the world as reality.   

 Sage Sri, Goudpada quotes from the Upanishads: ~"There's no plurality here"; "The Soul through its powers appears to be many"; "those who are attached to creation or production or origination go to utter darkness"; "the unborn is never reborn, for what can produce it?”  

What is this universe (samsara), what is this illusion to the formless soul or the  consciousness, the innermost self? The  consciousness and the universe both are one in essence ultimately.   Only people who are stuck to the reality of the universe think the body as body, ego as ego and the world as the world.  It never strikes to them the waking experience in which they exist along with their world also as unreal as a dream.   

The dream becomes unreal when the  waking takes place and the waking becomes unreal when waking entity realizes it is not the self, but the self is the formless witness (soul) of the three states.  The consciousness is within the three states as their formless substance,  and it is apart from the three states as their formless witness.  It is apart because it is not and entity or identity within the three states. 

The person, who stamped their foot on the ground to refute to show the world, is real, ignore that in a dream he would do exactly the same, stamp his dream foot on the ground and assert it to be real. 

When the  wisdom dawns, the soul, the innermost self, wakes up in its formless nondual true nature in the midst of duality (waking). For a Gnani the body, ego and the universe are mere mirage created out of the  consciousness. 

 When the  universe (mind) is considered not different from the  soul or the consciousness (soul), which is the innermost self, then there is the division of form, time and space.  When form, time and space are one in essence than where is the universe (mind).   

The universe (waking) is both real and unreal. It is real,  because it is a manifestation of  the consciousness, but is unreal, in the sense, that it is not absolute and eternal like the  consciousness itself.

Many thinkers approach is more practical, and they are stuck with the reality of the universe (waking), they take it as real. Thus, they are stuck to the reality of the illusory experience of the birth, life, death and the world as reality.  Thus, it is necessary to realize the man and the world confront him are one in essence in order to realize the form, time and space are one in essence.