Thursday, May 04, 2006

Panchadasi-Chapter 1-Verse 5

Hari Aum

Prostrations to my Guru. Prostrations to All.


supt ottthitasya saushhupta tamo bodho bhavet smR^itiH .
sa ca avabuddha vishhayaa .avabuddha.n tat tadaa tamaH .. 5..

A person awakening from deep sleep consciously remembers his lack of perception during that state. Remembrance consists of objects experienced earlier. It is therefore clear that even in deep sleep ignorance is perceived

During the waking state, mind along with the sense organs act to get the knowledge about the objects, during the dream state mind acts and perceives the objects of the dream and it is understood that it is the same Consciousness that illumines the objects during both the dream and the waking state. In this sloka Vidyaranya talks about the deep sleep state. During the deep sleep state one doesn’t experience anything but pure Bliss. After waking up he says “I knew nothing while I was sleeping but I enjoyed the sleep”. Though there is perceiving of object like the dream or waking state, but one gets the knowledge of not knowing anything out of the experience he gets during the deep sleep state. Whatever we experience, stay as the knowledge in the memory and this experience of ignorance is also illumined by the Consciousness.
Is it the same Consciousness that was there during the other states?
Yes, because it is the same person who experienced the blissful sleep says after waking that he knew nothing when he slept. This is clear indication that it is the same Consciousness that stayed in all the three states.

Prostrations to all

Hari Aum



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