Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 3.3
3. Brahman as Bliss or Happiness-3.
It is said that the Self, when in fast embrace with the Being whose essence is Knowledge, knows nothing, either external or internal, for that is the True One in which all desires are quenched, in which the Self alone is the desire, in which all wants and sorrows are dissolved.
This is the zenith of Bliss and Wisdom, by a small fraction of which the whole universe is sustained.
“One who is conscious of the Bliss of Brahman fears not from anything.”
“When one finds his rest in That which is invisible, incorporeal, inexpressible, unfathomable, then he has attained to Fearlessness.”
For, this Atman is Silence and Peace, “shantoyamatma”.
The apparently triple nature of Reality is asserted to be one in Truth.
“That which is Joy is the same as Being which is Life” (Chh. Up., IV. 10. 5).
Non-existence is the existence of the absence of existence.
Existence is the substratum of all positive and negative entities.
Existence is a value which is always judged by a conscious being.
Though existence in itself is not a value, it is so in its “perceived” objective phases.
The absence of consciousness nullifies all value, including existence.
Perception and the other ways of knowing are possible because of the Intelligence underlying the apparatus of ordinary consciousness.
Intelligence or Consciousness is non-objective, and objectivity is a self-limitation of it through a mode.
Hence Consciousness must be limitless or infinite.
“The Infinite is Delight.” All beings are “delighted”, because they “know” that they “exist”.
To be continued ...