Thursday, October 31, 2013

239. My understanding of the merger of SOUL with the SOURCE………..

   Aham-Soham-Dasoham (painting that decorates my room)

The word that is used by me in all my blogs to relate to Brahman is “ABSOLUTE” though it is not a proper word in English language; I have been using it invariably. What’s there in the name??? asks William Shakespeare, it does really matter if I am referring the Consciousness as “Absolute” then I would be concluding that there is no difference between Atma (Soul) and Iswara (Cosmos). Hence in one of my blog I have mentioned Brahma Chaitanya as “Absolute Consciousness,” Iswara Chaitanya as "Cosmic Consciousness,” Jeeva Chaitanya as “Individual Consciousness,” and Atma Chaitanya as “Witness Consciousness” to have a better understanding.

The Individual Consciousness (Jeeva Chaitanya) has its source and end in the Cosmic Consciousness (Iswara Chaitanya) and hence is no difference between them at the core. It would have been excellent if these two remained inseparable, then the individual would have had his divinity untainted. But unfortunately there is a third entity which appears here and makes the dimension trickier, which is the Body & Mind concept of an individual which is termed Jeeva Chaitanya (Individual Consciousness).

Venn diagram shows my understanding about our relationship with Brahma Chaitanya. For understanding I have Iswara Chaitanya (Cosmic Consciousness) as Circle “A” and another Circle “B” as Sakshi Chaitanya (Witness Consciousness) both the circles are present in the realm of Brahma Chaitanya (Absolute Consciousness). The union of these two circles as one could make it easy to merge with Brahma Chaitanya (Absolute Consciousness) which is at the outer realm.

When we were kids these two circles stayed superimposed over each other and it looked like a single circle and there was divinity but after the “I ness” emerged through the Mind & Body identification that is the Jeeva Chaitanya (Individual Consciousness) this caused a drift in the two circles and portion “C” was formed. Portion “C” is not a circle but it is an area which is there since the two circles namely A and B are drifting apart due to ignorance. We can reunite these two circles with the help of knowledge (Jnana) and get back the divinity that we had at our infancy.

The Cosmic Consciousness (Iswara Chaitanya) and the Witness Consciousness (Sakshi Chaitanya) are always very eager to merge with each other but our Body & Mind index creates Ego which comes in between. Basically, a Mumukshu (person seeking liberation) wanted to merge the two circles “A & B” but since the identification with body and mind is very strong it becomes tough to merge those two circles.

Advaita (Monism) preaches that with the knowledge (Jnana) of Cosmic Consciousness (Iswara Chaitanya) the Circle “B” that is the Witness Consciousness (Sakshi Chaitanya) can merge and become one with Circle “A” and eventually it can be come one with Brahman. In simple words with knowledge of Iswara the identification of Body and Mind vanishes and Self gets merged with Iswara and ultimately we have only one circle “A”. This is the concept of “AHAM BRAHMASMI” this give a ray of hope for an individual to do sadhana and become liberated in this life span itself.

Dvaita Siddhanta (Dualism) does not believe that Body and Mind concept can be handled by knowledge alone; it says the devotion (Bhakti) towards Iswara is the force that can pull and separate the Circle “A” and “B” apart and hence there is no chance of an area called “C” (body mind identification) at all in the first place. There is a space dividing the circle "A" and Circle "B" which is shown as "D" this space could be either Bhakti (Devotion) or Karma (Action). Selfless action and devotion towards Iswara with the involvement of body and mind does not allow Ego to emerge and hence there is no portion “C.” According to Dvaita there is no merge of the Witness Chaitanya (Jeeva) and Cosmic Consciousness (Iswara) at all and after the Prana Vayu ejects from the body the Individual Consciousness will attain the abode of the Sri Hari. Hence they say “HARI SARVOTTAMA VAYU JEEVOTTAMA Hari (Consciousness) who had resided in the body as the regulator leaves the body when the Prana Vayu (vital breath) quits the body.

This is my small step to project the way i have understood what the merger with Brahman is and how it is done by these two philosophies. If my understanding needs to be corrected please i request the great thinker to guide me to understand better.

Either ways both the philosophies are right in their statements and their ultimate objective is that the identification of Body and Mind has to be annihilated. How it has to be done by taking the path of Jnana or Bhakti is left to the seekers choice.

What say???????? 

Associated Links:::

Absolute Consciousness (Brahma Chaitanya)

Cosmic Consciousness (Iswara Chaitanya)

Jeeva Chaitanya (Individual Consciousness)

Sakshi Chaitanya (Witness Consciousness)

1 comment:

  1. have explained with the proper language of vedas.There is a source.Supreme consciousness From that individual consciousness got separated Because of the "I" ness and with the proper knowledge it can get dissolved.