Monday, March 11, 2013

God is present everywhere, provided God is taken to mean the formless witness***

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad: - As an eagle, weary after soaring in the sky, folds its wings and flies down to rest in its nest, so does the shining Self enter the state of dreamless sleep, where one is freed from all desires.

Yoga can yield only SEEN because everything that one can do or practice becomes a vanishing 'known.' It yields relative truth, i.e. true from a particular viewpoint, not ultimate truth.  All the objects which one sees are SEEN, passing away every moment, hence unreal.

All that Science has discovered only gives you an idea of something that is ever passing away; hence if scientists understand this and ask "Is there a Remnant, a Real?” they will come to Advaitic Truth through such rational inquiry. Everything in this world will go and vanish.

Hence one ought not to get attached to it. Not only one individual will change and die, but empires and mountains have been known to disappear.

One start with the matter and realize the matter is present in the form mind and analyze the  mind which is ever changing or passing  every moment to moment  one  gets at the Atman or the soul or    the spirit  or the consciousness or the Chaitanya.

When a man is able to make the distinction between witness and witnessed he will understand that every living creature, even animals possess the formless witness. In this sense only, he will come to understand that God is present everywhere, provided God is taken to mean the formless witness.

In all mental operations there are two factors--the knowing capacity and that which is known. The known things are all passing away and are therefore unreal. Without the knowing capacity   i.e. the knower in existence there could have been no such thing as knowing these things.

What is meant by word know? Knowing implies two factors, the knower or the knowing capacity, or that which becomes aware, and the known. Without these two factors one cannot use the word know. One finds the known always passes away. When one is distinguishing between knower and known, he uses the word Mind. When these disappear he uses the word soul just to show that there is something which has not disappeared, as thoughts and objects are seen to disappear. Nobody can see the soul appearing or disappearing. One can say only that it must have been there.

It is not body alone that constitutes man, but body plus the world. This one finds from his study of witness and witnessed analysis.

Everything that one has as ego, thought, feeling, and emotion in waking will pass away; it is only the "known"--as witness and witnessed analysis shows. Hence Sruti says "Neti, Neti", "not thing, not this" when examining the contents of mind and says these are passing phenomena and not the Atman—the witness. 

Either the formless soul the  innermost self, witnesses the waking or dream  or it does not see it at all.  It means the witness  is apart from the waking or dream. When the formless witness witnesses nothing, one calls it deep sleep. Thus, one has to become mentally aware of the existence of the formless witness of the three states, which is the formless soul, which is in the form of consciousness, to realize the fact that, there is no division. The whole experience of diversity (waking or dream) is a mere mirage created out of single stuff, which is consciousness. 

It is difficult to decide the truth on the waking entity, which is the false entity within the false experience. Therefore, it is necessary to rectify one’s observing base from form to formless to grasp the nondual truth. It takes time to make the faultless viewing and judging the worldview, but as one goes deeper reflecting on the formless witness (soul) as self, he reaches the faultless witnessing.  

Advaita only means negation of duality. The soul, which is present in the form of consciousness, is ultimate truth or Brahman. The consciousness is the cause of the origin, maintenance, and withdrawal of the universe is Advaita (i.e. non-dual), it means that the consciousness transcends all conceptions, positive and negative. Nothing positive can ever be imagined or said about it.

The consciousness is existence absolute, awareness absolute.  Existence absolute means that consciousness is not unreal or non-existent. And it is not unconsciousness.  Nothing positive can be stated about consciousness.

In one of the Upanishads the disciple says to the Master: "Lord, tell me the nature of Atman". The Teacher remains silent. Again the question is asked, and again the answer is silence. By his silence the Teacher indicated that the nature of Atman is in inexplicable, indescribable and unimaginable.

The soul, the innermost self is the One without a second. There is not the least shadow of multiplicity in the soul, which is present in the form of consciousness."