Consciousness and reality


Q/A in Quora  /www.quora.com/What-is-reality-in-the-absence-of-consciousness?__snids__=1702272616

What is reality in the absence of consciousness?

I’m beginning to be convinced that in the absence of consciousness there is nothing. Can anyone shed some light on this?

Answer: (M) That is an impossible, or a self-defeating, question. If there were no consciousness in the world, you could not write that sentence. What is more, no communication would be possible (books, newspapers, radio, etc.). Still more, no life and no evolution of life, because life depends on communication of information (DNA, neuronal synapses, etc.), which derives itself from what is no less than a conscious universe. There is no need to believe in a personal (anthropomorphic) god to have this understanding or realization.

It is the same if we say, ‘absence of intelligence’. It is consciousness/intelligence which originates the universe and inheres in it. In Dante’s words, ‘l’Amore che muove il sole e l’altre stelle’ (The Love which moves the sun and the other stars) – and that is so because without love there is no life, Love being a synonym of Being and of Light. The supreme triad is, Being-Consciousness-Will, or Being-Consciousness-Bliss (or Beauty).

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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