Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 2 -2.
2. Brahman as Consciousness or Intelligence -2.
This Universal Consciousness is not to be confused with the individual’s ego-consciousness.
Rather, it is Pure Awareness.
Ego-consciousness necessitates a modification in a certain fashion, and hence it is only a mode of becoming and not being in its fullness.
Consciousness in the sense of Reality does not imply that outside it something must exist as its object.
It is only in empirical cognition that consciousness needs an object.
In the highest condition, the existence and the content of consciousness are one and the same.
The Absolute knows itself without any process of knowing.
Consciousness is absolute Intelligence, unlimited Self-luminosity.
Even in all the states of waking, dreaming, deep sleep, swooning, etc., the Self ever remains as the indispensable and indisputable immediacy of Consciousness, a witness of all states.
Unaffected and unaltered, it remains in its purity, as the eternal principle in all states of experience.
Ultimate Existence is identical with Infinite Consciousness and not individual consciousness.
The Real is Impersonal, and the individual is personal.
To be continued ....