Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse 30
“That beyond which there is no higher bliss, which is of the nature of existence-knowledge, which is defined as truth and is perfect – that is the Supreme Self”. .
Here is not a definition but a partial description of the Supreme Self, Paramatman (God).
In what terms shall we think of Him or It?
It is a lower conception to regard Him as the Creator of the universe and Father of all.
The metaphysical conception of truth is personal and yet transcendental.
The first thing to be noticed is that the highest bliss, which man prizes more than any object in the world and which ‘ is the goal of his struggles in the realm of virtue and truth as in the physical world, is by nature the Supreme Self.
There are stages in pleasure, some being lower and some higher.
The refined man seeks pleasure in art, science and the practice of virtue, but the source of all bliss is the Supreme Self which abides in man.
Man does not run after what he knows to be an illusion.
He soon forgets a magic show which he has seen. Who tries to catch the end of a rainbow? Who wants to re-experience a pleasant dream? Man loves reality, and that reality is the Supreme Self.
Knowledge is the essence of life. It is not the knowledge of an object or concept, but it is that element in man which makes knowledge possible.
“Brahman is that which produces knowledge” is a dictum of the holy metaphysics.
Paramatman is not only bliss and an instrument of knowledge, but also truth. These are not borrowed qualities but are the very nature of the Supreme Self.
What heat is to fire, bliss, reality and knowledge are to the Supreme Self.
The lesson of the holy philosophy is that these three, which man loves more than anything else, are the nature of his own Self and are not to be found externally.
Let him look for great bliss, reality, knowledge and truth, through the telescope of his purified and restful mind, in his own Self.
The highest meditation is: “I am Shiva“, which contains within it the whole meaning of this verse.