Pure Consciousness and the world of phenomena (the ocean and the wave)


Yesterday it was considered how Pure Consciousness appears as split into subject and object, ego and non-ego, and at the same time how, being in fact the common ground of both of them (Consciousness and the world), it appears to have two aspects, the changing and the changeless. Taking it from there, the following is an extended quotation, where Krishnaswamy makes an important point concerning our truncated view of reality, and how it occurs:

The Pure Consciousness of sleep is the waveless ocean into which we merge, in which we are merged eternally, with which we are identical as Life in its widest sense. Being familiar only with that aspect of life manifested in the movemento of the wave, with our interests circumscribed by it and extending not beyond, we are apt to imagine that a particular manifestation is the entire Life and to look upon the basic ocean as non-existent, as pure negation. For that which manifest itself is the very condition of our knowledge of the manifestation and hence it escapes our notice.   (to be concluded tomorrow)

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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