The Realisation of the Absolute :4-1-9.


Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 1


Brahmam cannot even be conceived of as light, for it has nothing to shine upon.

Not even is it consciousness, for it is conscious of nothing.

Consciousness or light in the absolute condition cannot be called as consciousness or light, for such conceptions are dualistic categories.

Being as it is in itself is nothing to the individual.

It is not an object of knowledge.

Truth is independent, unrelated, self-existent; but there is no such thing as an independent, unrelated, self-existent quality.

The only recourse to be taken is to admit the failure of the intellect in determining the nature of Reality and resort to negative propositions.

“The Atman is not this, not this.” —Brih Up., IV. 5. 15.

“The Atman is not that which is inwardly conscious, not outwardly conscious, not bothwise conscious, not a consciousness-mass, not conscious, not unconscious; it is unseen, unrelated, ungraspable, indefinable, unthinkable, indeterminable, the essence of the consciousness of the One Self, the negation of the universe, peaceful, blissful, non-dual.” —Mand. Up., 7.

“It is unknown to those who know it. It is known to those who do not know it.” —Kena Up., II. 3.

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued   .....