Thursday, May 04, 2006

Panchadasi-Chapter 1-Verses 6 and 7

Hari Aum

Prostrations to my Guru. Prostrations to All.


sa bodho vishhayaad bhinno na bodhaat svapna bodhavat.h .
eva.n sthaana traye .apy ekaa sa.nvit tadvad dinaantare .. 6..


maasa abdaa yuga kalpeshhu gat aagamyeshh vanekadhaa .
nodeti na astamety ekaa sa.nvid eshhaa svayaM prabhaa .. 7..

The Consciousness (in the deep sleep) is indeed distinct from the object (here ignorance), but not from itself, as is the Consciousness in the state of dream. Thus in all the three states the consciousness is the same. It is so in other days too.

Through the many months, years, ages and world cycles, past and future, Consciousness is the same; it neither rises nor sets; it is Self-revealing.

In each of the states the Consciousness perceives the corresponding object of the state, in waking state the external objects of the world in dream the objects of the dream and in the deep-sleep state it is ignorance, the Consciousness is different from the object which is been illumined. But the Consciousness that was present in the three states is one and the same. It is the same Consciousness that was responsible for illumination of the objects during the waking state, during the dream state and during the deep-sleep state. From this it can be concluded that the Consciousness which exists all the three states in a day is also present in other days, through months, years, ages and forever. Here Vidyaranya explains the Existence nature of the Self.
He then explains the nature of the Self. The Self neither rises nor sets. This means there is neither beginning nor end for the Self. Thus it is the very nature of the Self that it exists forever eternally. The Consciousness is Self-revealing, which means it doesn’t require anything external to reveal its presence, it shines by itself.

Prostrations to all

Hari Aum



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