Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 1
1. BRAHMAN AS EXISTENCE OR BEING : 5.
These sentences give the best definition of the highest Reality.
Brahman is Consciousness—prajnanam brahma.
It is the ultimate Knower.
It is imperceptible, for no one can know the knower, no one can know That by which everything else is known.
“There is no seer but That, no hearer but That, no thinker but That, no knower but That.”
It is the eternal Subject of knowledge, no one knows it as the object of knowledge.
This limitless Self-Consciousness is the only Reality.
The content of this Consciousness is itself.
This is the fullness of perfection and infinitude.
“Brahman is Infinite, the universe is Infinite, from the Infinite proceeds the Infinite, and after deducting the Infinite from the Infinite, what remains is but the Infinite.”
This sentence of the Upanishad seems to pile up infinities over infinities and arrive at the bewildering conclusion that after subtracting the Whole from the Whole, the Whole alone remains.
The implied meaning here is the changeless and indivisible character of the Infinite Reality, in spite of forms appearing to be created within it.
The Infinite is non-dual and there can be no dealings with it.
To be continued .....