The Realisation of the Absolute :3-5-1

Chapter 3: The Need for Integral Knowledge -5


One must go beyond all that causes duality, even the intellect, and take resort in the transcendent silence.

"One should not play too much upon words, for it is mere weariness of speech."

"The Brahmana should, knowing Him, renounce learning, and stand childlike and

The intellect is the seat of egoism, and the highest learning is only apara vidya, not above the phenomena of nature.

The intellect has no light of its own, independent of the Self, any more than the moon has any light other than that of the sun. Consciousness gets diffused through the distractive intellect and creates the perception of multiplicity.

"Dismissing all other words, He alone is to be meditated upon and known, the bridge to Immortality."

Further, it is erroneous on the part of an individual to take seriously the many forms of perception.

These forms float in Truth even as bubbles in the ocean.

They cannot exist apart from the ocean of Truth.

There is a beautiful enunciation in the Chhandogya Upanishad as to how the desire of the perfected soul gives rise to whatever it wants.

"Whatever end he is desirous of attaining, whatever desire he desires, merely out of his will it arises. Possessed of it he glories" (VIII. 2. 10).

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued   .....


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