CHIT (CONSCIOUSNESS) “IN ATTEMPTING TO COMPREHEND THE ‘VEDA, EVEN THE HIGHEST INTELLECTS ARE ONLY BEWILDERED.” (Shrimad Bhagawatam)

The essence of the philosophic wisdom of the East flows from one great source, and it is the Adwaita philosophy as formulated on a logical and rational basis by the greatest of Eastern philosophers, Shri Bhagawadpad Shankaracharya. The claim of Adwaita is that it brings about the annihilation of the intrinsic ignorance (ajnana), which manifests itself in the erroneous perception of Reality as names and forms in. the ever- changing appearance called Sansara (the world), and thereby loads to the freedom, eternal bliss and enlightenment of the soul.

The philosophy of Shri Shankara is mainly epistemological and ontological, and its pivotal doctrine is the reality of Consciousness and the pseudo-reality of the world. In the following pages we have attempted a rational discussion of the nature of Consciousness (Chit) based on the dialectics of the great and renowned disciples of Shri Shankara. A careful study of it will help all students of philosophy whose goal is Self- Realisation.

All is Brahman. The Self, vaguely expressed as “I”, is the real support of God and the Universe. The eyes of man make the rainbow and its colours, which otherwise are mere vibrations. Is there such a thing as music external to man’s ears? No; there are vibrations in the air, and the self weaves them into notes and symphonies; there will be no sound in the absence of any ear to hear it. Similarly there is no taste in any fruit unless the mouth tastes it, there is no fragrance in a rose unless the subtle part of the rose enters the nose of man and creates—an irritation which he -calls a sweet smell, The hardness and softness of an object is not inherent in it, tub is a creation of the feeling of touch. Pleasure and pain are likewise creations of man’s mind. The world is within the mind. In truth all is Rama, the substratum Consciousness. Thy own Self is Rama, O friend,’ Kham Brahman.

Consciousness, Brahman and the Vedanta

Brahman and the Vedanta. Vedanta is a system of thought and an art of living. It has an ideal, a system of logic which examines the ideal, and a discipline-which is essential to the realisation of the ideal. Its philosophy in the form of speculative thinking is not...

Consciousness, Self as the Unchanging Witness

SELF AS THE UNCHANGING WITNESS. Reality in the personality of man is called Self or Atman. Reality in the universe is called Brahman. In man the reality is pure Consciousness. The succession of events in time is registered in human consciousness; but consciousness...

Consciousness, The Enquiry into Brahman.

The Enquiry into Brahman. Lord Russell holds that there is a reality which is hidden in each appearance. The Buddhist philosophers also postulated this view. Common sense also supports this fact. You look at a lake which is full of water and calm as a mirror. But in...

Consciousness, can the Self be known?

The Upanishad teaches that the reality behind all phenomena is one with the Self of man ; and it also teaches that this reality, is beyond the range of the mind. “You cannot see the seer of seeing, you cannot understand the understander of understanding,” says the...

Consciousness, Shri Shankara on Brahman.

Brahman (The Absolute) The opposite of the Absolute is the relative. "The relative" means, in a certain sense, that when you think or talk of it, you do so "in relation to" something. It is relational; it is like something, it is unlike another thing. "The Absolute"...

Consciousness, Shri Shankara on the Adwaita theory

The Adwaita Theory In his great commentary on the Prashna Upanishad, Shri Shankara defines and refutes successively the rival theories of Consciousness which were current at his time. His exposition reads as freshly to-day as at the time when he wrote it. These...

Consciousness (Chit)

CHIT (CONSCIOUSNESS) "IN ATTEMPTING TO COMPREHEND THE 'VEDA, EVEN THE HIGHEST INTELLECTS ARE ONLY BEWILDERED." (Shrimad Bhagawatam) The essence of the philosophic wisdom of the East flows from one great source, and it is the Adwaita philosophy as formulated on a...

The Consciousness in the Jiva is Kutastha

Jiva or the individualised consciousness, is composed, so to say, of the pure Consciousness - Chit - , which is non-dual, absolute, non-relational, all-pervading and all bliss, and the inner organ, called antahkarana, and the reflection of the Chit in it. The reality...

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