Friday, 22 April 2016

Atma, the Consciousness Principle

HARIH  OM 

Drg drsya  viveka .part  3 
Atma  , the  Consciousness  Principle.

                      The  title  of  the  book  is  Drg  drsya  viveka  . Clear  knowledge  is  called  viveka. . The  text  deals  with  the  discrimination  between  Drg  ,the  observer  , the  experiencer  , the  subject  , the  Seer  , the  illuminator   and  drsyam  refers  to  the  observed,  the  experienced  ,  the  object,  the  seen  ,  the  illumined   There  is  a  mix  up  between  the  subject  and  the  object  ,  between  the  Seer  and  the  seen  ,hence  leads  to  confusion  ,  moha  or  delusion  or  adhyasa  .  This  text  helps   us to  resolve  this  confusion  .. The  Tattva  Bodha  talks  about  the  three  sariras   , the  pancha  koshas  ,while  the  text  under  study  focuses  on  jiva  vichara  . It  talks  about  the  body,  senses  ,mind  and  intellect   and  the  Atma. . The  first  four  are  made  up  of  the  five  elements   and  all  of  them  are  inert   in  nature  .  But  these  four  behave  as  though  they  are  sentient  . This  means  that  if  they  behave  as  though  sentient  in  nature  ,  they  are  borrowing  sentiency  from  somewhere else. , They  must  be  blessed  by  some  sentient  principle  .

              It  will  be  interesting  to  note  here  that  in  the  Kenopanishad  , a  student  asks  his  Guru  "  Willed  by  whom  does  the  mind  fall  on  objects  ,as  though  it  is  forced  ?Directed  by  whom  does  the  pranas  function  ?Willed  by  whom  does  a  person  speak  ? Which  effulgent  principle  directs  the  eyes  to  see  , the  ears  to  hear  ?"  The  Guru  answers  by  describing  the  Reality  'as  the  Ear  of  the  ear  , the  Eye  of  the  eye  ,  the  Speech  of  the  speech  ,  the  Mind  of  the  mind. '.When  the  attention  is  shifted  from  the  equipment  of  body,  senses,  mind  and  intellect    to  the  Self  within  , we  come  to  understand  that  the  equipment  are  all  insentient   and  inert and  they  derive  their  sentiency  ,  vitality  fro m  the  Self  within  ,  the  fifth  factor  ,  the  Consciousness  Principle  . This  invisible  lending  principle  is  called  Atma,  the  Consciousness  Principle  . 

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