Pure Consciousness – static or dynamic?


The intellectual separation of the world from Pure Consciousness reduces the former to a mere nothing. Subject and object being correlates are equally real and are eternal concomitants. They are dissolved into undiferentiated unity in Pure Consciousness, from which they originate, into which they are absorbed every day in [deep] sleep. Thus all is Pure Consciousness, all is Reality.

Are we then to look upon Pure Consciousness as static? No. All the error in European speculation is due to the idea that if the prime Reality is not dynamic, it can only be static in its nature. But our conception of a static thing is that it persists unchanged in time, and the term static or dynamic is void of signification when it is applied to what transcends time. For it is only within the limits of time that the terms can be legitimately employed. Further, Pure Consciousness cannot be conceived as an object, though in referring to it our understanding treats it as such. We feel it as our Self, but it is essentially beyond the ego and the non-sgo and it is the substratum of both. It creats without forfeiting any part of its power or substance, and while it is in itself the material of its own creation, it stands apart as the ever-present Witness of its own doings. Its power to create new forms is infinite.

from ‘VEDANTA or The Science of Reality’, by K.A. Krishnaswamy Iyer

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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