The Realisation of the Absolute :4- 2 -4.

Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 2 -4.

2. Brahman as Consciousness or Intelligence -4.

“In truth, O Gargi, this Imperishable One alone sees, but is not seen; hears, but not heard; thinks, but is not thought; understands, but is not understood.

There is no other Seer but That, no other Hearer but That, no other Thinker but That, no other Understander but That.

In this Imperishable One, O Gargi, space is woven, warp and woof” (Brih. Up., III. 8. 11).

It is further explained that as the ocean is the centre of all waters, the Atman as eye is the centre of all forms, as ear of all sounds, as nose of all smells, etc.

The one central operation of this Self-consciousness is manifoldly termed in relation to the cognitive differences as eye, ear, etc.

When the eye is directed on space, it is the Consciousness of the Real in the eye that shines, the eye is only a secondary insentient instrument. Similarly, it is so in the case of the other sense-functions.

Even thinking and understanding are mere names for the reflection of the Truth-Consciousness in the insentient psychological organs.

Speech and mind return baffled, unable to reach it.

It is the Atman that shines through the mind and perceives these joys and delights therein.

The intensity of the Consciousness is felt in proportion to the reflective capacity of the internal cognitive instruments.

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued  ...