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The Realisation of the Absolute :4-1-23.

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Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 1-23.

1. BRAHMAN AS EXISTENCE OR BEING : 23.


Existence is what is invariably present in all the processes of knowing.

Everything is known to exist, though the existence of a thing may be qualified by the limiting factors which constitute the individuality of that thing.

There can be no idea or knowledge, no action and no value, not even life itself, without existence.

In the objective universe of names and forms there is the permanent principle of existence underlying all names and forms.

Even if everything dies and is lost, the existence which supported that condition which is no more, cannot die or be lost.

Since existence cannot change, there can be no death or birth for existence.

Existence is eternal.

The physical form of an external object is subject to transformation, and this transformation is called the process of birth and death.

There is birth and death of forms, states, conditions, modes, but not of existence.

Existence is what enables u…

The Realisation of the Absolute :4-1-22.

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Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 1-22.

1. BRAHMAN AS EXISTENCE OR BEING : 22.

Existence is what is invariably present in all the processes of knowing.

Everything is known to exist, though the existence of a thing may be qualified by the limiting factors which constitute the individuality of that thing.

There can be no idea or knowledge, no action and no value, not even life itself, without existence.

\In the objective universe of names and forms there is the permanent principle of existence underlying all names and forms.

Even if everything dies and is lost, the existence which supported that condition which is no more, cannot die or be lost.

Since existence cannot change, there can be no death or birth for existence.

Existence is eternal.

The physical form of an external object is subject to transformation, and this transformation is called the process of birth and death.

There is birth and death of forms, states, conditions, modes, but not of existence.

Swami Krishnananda
To be conti…

The Realisation of the Absolute :4-1-21.

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Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 1-21.

1. BRAHMAN AS EXISTENCE OR BEING : 21.



Becoming is not completeness of existence, whereas perfect Being implies Fullness.

The Absolute does not grow or evolve. It is not a process stretching beyond itself.

If it were so, the Absolute would be involved in space, time and causation, and would cease to be the Absolute.

The Absolute is perfect Oneness and not a system of plural beings co-existing as reals with action and reaction among themselves.

It is not a complex mass of relations.

If the Absolute is considered as a system, then its parts must be either identical with it or different from it.

If they are identical, their individualities are lost; if different, the relation between them becomes unintelligible.

The Absolute can only be Being free from all kinds of differences.

It must be Partless, Eternal, Homogeneous Existence, “One only without a second.”

Existence is the most universal concept which leaves nothing whatsoever outside it.


Swami Kri…

The Realisation of the Absolute :4-1-20.

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Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 1-20.

1. BRAHMAN AS EXISTENCE OR BEING : 20.


Thus, Being alone is the unavoidable basic experience, which is the fundamental concept in philosophy.

We can think away everything, but we cannot think away that we are.

Being is the very nature even of one who denies it.

All constituents of our thinking, all forms of existence, all modes of knowledge, presuppose being.

Being cannot lead us to non-being, for, the moment non-being is known, it becomes being itself. But being is not an object of our immediate empirical experience, for it is always a particular mode of being or, rather, becoming that is the object of our relative experience.

To us, individuals, there can be no such thing as experience of existence-in-general. But eternal being is general or absolute existence which cannot be confused or identified with becoming which is a process.

Brahman is not a process or a collection of many particulars, not a multitude of many finites.

No amount of acc…

The Realisation of the Absolute :4-1-19.

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Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 1-19.

1. BRAHMAN AS EXISTENCE OR BEING : 19.


“The Brahmanas and the Kshatriyas serve as its meal, and death itself is its condiment.”

“At the command of that Imperishable, the sun and the moon, the earth and the sky are held in their respective positions.

At the command of that Imperishable, the moments, the instants, the days, the nights, the fortnights, the months, the seasons, the years, stand differentiated in their own places.

At the command of that Imperishable, some rivers flow from the snowy mountains to the east, some to the west, in whatever direction each may flow. Whatever great actions one does in this world, even for thousands of years, without the knowledge of this Imperishable, is finite.

Whoever dies without the knowledge of this Imperishable, is miserable” (Brih. Up.).



“This Imperishable is satyam, True Being.”

“Sat is the immortal and ti is the mortal. Yam is that which holds the two together” (Chh. Up., VIII. 3. 5).

It rises abov…

The Realisation of the Absolute :4-1-18.

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Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 1-18.

1. BRAHMAN AS EXISTENCE OR BEING : 18.

“He becomes non-existent, who knows that Brahman is non-existent. Who knows that Brahman exists, is said to exist truly.” —Taitt. Up., II. 6.


Not to know the Whole is to be limited to the part-consciousness which is not truly existent, which is mortal, and hence, equal to non-being in the absolute sense.

To truly live is to be conscious of the Real Existence which is without the disease of transformation and death.

“All creatures have Existence as their root, Existence as their abode, Existence as their sole support.”

All forms are shadows of Pure Existence which alone endures in past, present and future, while the shadows perish like bubbles in the ocean.

In the Real, existence and content are identical. Hence, everything is mere existence, which alone is real.

“As birds resort to a tree for a resting place, even so it is to this Supreme Being that all here resort for their existence.”

“Not by speech, no…

The Realisation of the Absolute :4-1-17.

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Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 1-17.

1. BRAHMAN AS EXISTENCE OR BEING : 17.


There was neither death nor immortality, for both of these are correlates which have no valid recognition in Reality.

There was neither night nor day, but That One, the source of light existed without motion and change.

It existed as identical with its Power, there was no difference between temporality and eternity.

Other than it there was nothing.

Even the gods cannot say how this creation was caused, for even they were born after creation.

That Source from which the universe sprang, That alone can sustain it, none else.

That One alone knows the truth of its creation, or else, who can know it?

The Real alone knows the Real.

None else can know it.

To know the Real is to be the Real.

We cannot stand apart from it and at the same time know it.

The moment we undertake the task of seeking the Real, we simultaneously start digging the grave for our separate individual existence.

The glorious consciousness of t…