The Realisation of the Absolute :4-4.3.



Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 4.3

4. Space, Time and Causation-3.

In the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (IV. 4. 20) the Absolute is described as “the Great Oneness, unborn, unchanging, eternal, immeasurable, unblemished, exalted above space.” Uddalaka says that all modification is only a name, a mere matter of words, not true.


It is depicted as different from coming into being and different from not coming into being, beyond death and deathlessness.

It is the One which the wise speak of diversely, and hence it excludes all plurality, and therefore all relations in space, succession in time, becoming cause of an effect or effect of a cause, and all opposition of subject and object.


The objective world of space, time and cause represents merely a condition of experience.

Space, time and causation are interdependent and none of them seems to have the character of reality.

Without the one the other cannot be explained, and the argument leads to a vicious circle.

Since reason itself is bound by these concepts, they cannot be reasoned about.


They constitute the way of thinking itself, the very stuff of all methods of knowing, and therefore human knowledge is only another name for the conscious manifestation of these relations. Objectively nothing is known except these relations.

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued  ...


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