Tuesday, January 18, 2011

7. Consciousness as Seer

The differentiation of the seer (the one who sees) and the objects seen is called viveka. What is seen and who is the seer?

If the eye is the seer the objects around is the seen. Similarly, to the mind, the eye is seer and the sense organ of vision is the seen. For true consciousness, which is the seer, the mind becomes the seen. The true consciousness is the ultimate seer which experiences without the help of other entity, this true consciousness alone is the witness. Lamp doesn't need another lamp to prove its presence.

In darkness a beam of light is required for us to know if a person exists, but we need no light to know our own presence. Consciousness is self-aware of its existence. But this true consciousness has a reflected consciousness which is ego that is projected due to the reflecting medium called the mind. The mind is a subtle form of energy that has no consciousness of its own but acts as a conscious entity due to ego. This ego is limited consciousness and acts as the observer, knower and the experienced. Identification of the reflected consciousness with the world and getting attached to the likes and dislikes of it is called samsara. The only way to overcome ego is to shun doer-ship. The ego is the "i" ness present in mind where thoughts, feelings and experiences circle. Once this reflected consciousness is withdrawn from the mind and merged with the true consciousness -- then the non attachment to the body and the mind is achieved. We require a proficient guru and uninterrupted sadhana to know which this reflected consciousness is.

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