Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 2 -7.
2. Brahmam as Consciousness or Intelligence -7.
In the Maitrayani Upanishad we have the statement that having pierced through darkness, one reaches
That which effulgent like a wheel of fire, the Brahman which is like the resplendent sun, almighty,
That which shines in the sun and the moon, in fire and lightning, and by seeing it, one becomes Immortal (VI. 24).
This Real is the absolute knowing Subject, and hence, “It cannot be an object of worship” (Kena Up., I. 4).
The internal mechanism of knowledge, together with the senses, is itself an inert object lighted up by the subject which is Brahman-Consciousness.
“Everything that this heart and mind are, consciousness, lordship, discrimination, intelligence, wisdom, perception, steadfastness, thought, control over thought, despondency, memory, will, determination, life, desire, attachment—all these are mere appellations of Pure Consciousness."
All this is guided by Consciousness, is grounded in Consciousness; the world has Consciousness as its guide.
Consciousness is the Basis.
Consciousness is Brahmam” (Ait. Up., III. 2., 3).
“Whoever knows ‘I am the Absolute’ becomes this All” (Brih. Up., I. 4. 10).
It is the infinitude of the intensest knowledge.
It knows itself as Self-Identical.
“There is none who knows it.
It is the Great Primeval Being” (Svet. Up., III. 19). It is supramental Awareness which constitutes the essence of Existence.
It is Consciousness without thought.
It is “param vijnanat,” “superior to relational knowledge”.
To be continued ...