The Realisation of the Absolute :4-3-6.




Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 3.6

3. Brahman as Bliss or Happiness-6.


That the Self is of the nature of absolute Bliss is proved from the fact of its being the eternal Consciousness which is self-luminous in nature.

There can be no imperfection in Consciousness.

It is clear that it is free from all wants, because it is absolute and includes everything in itself.

Pain is the effect of not having what is wanted or having what is not wanted.

Both these cannot be the case with the Absolute Consciousness, as it is second-less.

Therefore, pain is impossible in the Absolute.

As there can be neither heat, cold, hunger, thirst, grief, delusion, ignorance, passion, disease, decay nor death in the Absolute, no pain can be conceived of in it.

The absence of relations with objective existence, the characters of asangata and kevalata, show that the Absolute is completely free from pain and grief.


The psychological, the physical and the heavenly troubles cannot find a place in the Absolute because of the want of differentiation, external or internal. Pain is the condition of a particular experience of an object or a state by an individual under certain given circumstances.

The Absolute, however, is neither one among the conditions, nor one among many planes, nor any individual.

The Absolute does not experience circumstances or environments.

Its Experience is non-relational.

There is no such thing as a non-relational pain, as pain is an objective experience and hence relational.

Contact is the mother of pain.

The Absolute can have no contacts, and therefore no pain.

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued  ...


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