Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 2 -3.
2. Brahman as Consciousness or Intelligence -3.
“Brahman is Consciousness.” —Ait. Up., III. 3.
“This Purusha is Self-luminous.” —Brih. Up., IV. 3. 9, 14.
“The Self alone is its light.” —Brih. Up., IV. 3. 6.
“Through what can one be conscious of Him by whom alone one is conscious of this everything? Through what can one know the Knower?” —Brih. Up., II. 4.
Knowledge is not the attribute but the very stuff of Reality.
It is the Essence of Existence.
Hence, this Reality is unknowable as an object of knowledge.
It manifests itself as the first principle in all thought and action.
“He who breathes in with your prana, is the Self of yours, which is in all things. He who breathes out with your apana, breathes about with your vyana, breathes up with your udana, is the Self of yours, which is in all things.”
Yajnavalkya declares with the certainty of a seer of the Truth, “You cannot see the Seer of seeing. You cannot hear the Hearer of hearing. You cannot think the Thinker of thinking. You cannot understand the Understander of understanding. He is your Self, which is in all things.”
The knowing subject is the essence of the being of the Self, and hence, it is not an object of knowledge.
Consciousness cannot be conscious of Consciousness, even as one cannot climb on one’s own shoulders. Eternal consciousness is Being itself.
To be continued ...