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 accumulation of relatives, however vast that may be, can make up the Absolute.
An aggregate of finites can give us a huge mass of finites, but not the Infinite—spatial immensity or vastness is not infinitude.
The Absolute transcends all finites, but includes everyone of them.
It does not become.
To be continued .....