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, not by mind, not by sight can it be grasped. How can it be known except by admitting that it simply ‘is’?” (Katha Up., VI. 12).
It is the hard Reality,
“the great Terror, the raised-up Thunderbolt, through fear of which the fire burns, the sun gives heat, the wind blows, Indra showers, Death does its duty!”
To be continued .....