‘Objectude’ is a display of Consciousness
April 12, 2012 Comments Off
It marks a significant turn in spiritual pursuit, when the seeker, by dint of his discrimination, comes to know that Consciousness alone is, and all the rest are but extension or display of Consciousness. In a mirror reflecting the objects in front, the reflector and the reflected are two distinct entities. But the inner Consciousness creates reflection, without any objects, distinct in content or appearance.
The whole process is like dream, in which the dreamer, the dreamt objects (both gross and subtle), the mind to reflect, are all felt, no doubt, but in reality are never there at all.
The Consciousness, drifting from sleep, so to say, suddenly brings about the differentiation to cause the dream. In the end, the entire manifoldness instantly vanishes, making the dreamer awake, to find nothing like dreamer-dreamt plurality at all.
In dream, so many gross things like buildings, roads, mountains, etc. are experienced. How can these be within the body? Thus dream is more an experience than reality.
In dream, everything is inward. But in wakefulness, externality comes in. That is all the difference. Externality and grossness again are, in fact, a creation of Consciousness. Consciousness itself is unphysical and it cannot produce anything gross within it. This point has to be reflected upon ceaselessly, in order to mitigate all the undue emphasis and belief in the gross wakeful objects, and finally to make them extinct.
- Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha
[This is an extract from Poojya Swamiji's series titled 'Science of Inner Redemption',
appearing currently in the monthly journal, Vicharasetu.]
© Narayanashrama Tapovanam, 2011