Mind and Consciousness or Peace – Mente y Consciencia o Paz

When the mind comes to rest upon the object of desire, we find peace. Now when the mind is at rest, there can be no thought of the object. So it is not the object that gives us happiness but the absence of thought… When the mind is at rest, consciousness remains over… peace and happiness remain with it. From this it can easily be understood that consciousness and happiness or peace are one and the same thing. Beyond the mind there are no distinctions. We call the changeless background of man consciousness in relation with his mind, and peace or happiness in relation to his heart or feelings. And we know already that existence is the name we give to this changeless principle in relation to life. They are all one and, properly speaking, beyond all relativity.
      (from ‘Immediate Knowledge and Happiness’ – The Vedantic Doctrine of Non-Duality, by John Levi, 1970)
Cuando la mente reposa sobre el objeto deseado, sentimos paz. Ahora ben, una vez que la mente está en reposo, no puede haber un pensamiento del objeto. De manera que no es el objeto lo que nos da la felicidad, sino la ausencia de pensamiento… Cuando la mente está quieta, la consciencia está presente… la paz y la felicidad permanecen con ella. De aquí puede entenderse fácilmente que la consciencia y la felicidad o paz son la misma cosa. Más allá de la mente no hay distinciones. Al fondo [background] inmutable del hombre lo llamamos consciencia en relación con su mente, y paz o felicidad en relación con su corazón o sentimiento. Y sabemos ya que existencia es el nombre que damos a este principio inmutable en relación con la vida. Todos ellos son uno y, hablando propiamente, están más allá de toda relatividad.
      (ver referencia arriba)

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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