Ordinary consciousness


What you take for granted, the immediacy of your ordinary consciousness, is God peeping at you as yourself through a veil.  You can call it Maya, Karma, conditional mind, or give it any name that satisfies you. The Vedas declare,

“Aham Brahamasmi – I Am Brahman”. It means that I Myself Am the Infinite!

The difficulty is that we are not convinced. The statement appears outrageous! We run from this because deep down we feel that we are just ordinary, fragile, confused, and needy people.

Perhaps you have read Rumi’s poem, “I Was Ready To Tell”. Everyone can identify with it. See for yourself. Here are the first few lines

“I was ready to tell the story of my life but the ripple of tears and the agony of my heart wouldn’t let me

I began to stutter saying a word here and there and all along i felt as tender as a crystal ready to be shattered

in this stormy sea we call life all the big ships come apart board by board

how can I survive riding a lonely little boat with no oars and no arms”

So a spiritual aspirant may ask, “How can I be the infinite existence when I am so helpless, weak, and thrown about here and there by the winds of change?”

The only thing that can truly convince you to the depth of your Heart, is the Recognition of your own Beauty that the ancients called Sat-Chit-Ananda, the Pure Existence that is Self Existence, Self Knowledge, Self-Bliss, as One Homogeneous Whole with no differences anywhere.

Other things may be helpful. Reading the sacred texts, listening to the words of the wise, and meditating on them is all good. But the Recognition of Yourself as the Heart is the only thing that can convince you. Everything else provides only temporary solace.

Harsh K. Luthar

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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