V Subrahmanian, Monday, July 25, 2016 3:12 pm

The S?tasamhit?-B?had?ra?yakopani?at (Part 4)

Part 4

Continuing verse 26:

The Upani?ad has shown that the Antary?mi is the unseen Seer, etc.

By saying so, the mantra ??????? ????????????? ????????? ????????????? ???????? (3.4.23) of the Upani?ad is alluded to. The Upani?ad makes a very profound instruction by pointing out that the Antary?mi, the inner ruler, is the one that is the true seer, hearer, thinker, determiner, etc. and He is not any different from the seer, thinker, etc. that the individuals think themselves to be. In other words, we consider ourselves to be the seer, hearer, etc. whenever such functions happen.  We also think, erroneously, though, that we are a finite entity performing the thinking, hearing, etc. functions. This error is what is corrected by the Upani?ad by teaching us that we are not any finite being located in the body, doing the hearing, etc. but the infinite Brahman that is what is actually hearing, seeing, etc. in all the bodies.  It is Brahman alone that is performing the role of seeing, etc. in all the bodies and there is no j?va who is distinct from It. This is what is taught in the mantra ?????????????? ??????? ?????????????? ?????? ?????????????? ????? ?????????????? ????????? ? ??????????????????? (3.4.23) (Other than that Internal Impeller there is no seer, no hearer, no thinker, no knower, he is your Immortal Internal Impeller) in conclusion. 

Objection: The j?vas who are sams?rins that experience joy and misery (in the states of waking, dream and deep sleep) are distinct from the Antary?m?.

The next verse comes in reply to this objection: 

Verse 27:

??????????????????? ???????????????????? ?

?????????????? ???? ??????????? ?????? ? ???

??????????????????? sun, moon, fire, etc. ????????? are absent ???? this ???????? O believers! ?????????????? as the witness of the mind ???? shines ??????????? by own shine ?????? alone

In order to impress upon the objector that the j?va is non-different from the Antar?ymin the section of the B?had?ra?yaka Upani?ad 4.3 called ‘jyotirbr?hma?am’ is condensed here. This br?hma?am deals with these aspects:

Asangatvam, unattaching nature, of ?tman: Even though the ?tman is present in all the three states of waking, dream and deep sleep, and is engaged in all transactions involving the body-mind-sense complex and objects, yet It (?tman) is unattached to any merit or demerit arising out of such vyavah?ra.

Svyamjyoti??vam, Self-effulgent nature, 

Nirati?aya ?nanda svabh?vatvam – the nature of being unsurpassed bliss and other such properties

Among the above, the ?tman’s self-effulgent nature, being the witness of the three states of waking, etc. is elucidated by the mantra 4.3.6 ??????? ??????? ??????????? ????????????????? ??????????? ????????? ???? ???????????????? ????? ?????????????? ???????????? [‘ “When the sun has set, Y?jñavalkya, and the moon has set and  the fire has gone out and speech has stopped, what serves as  light for a man?”  “The self, indeed, is his light, for with the self as light he sits, goes out, works and returns.”] Even when the external lights such as the sun have ceased to be, the ?tman remains as the witness of the mind, manas.  The Self does not need any external light to be luminous.  In such contexts, the word ‘luminous’ is not to be mistaken for any physical light. It is the consciousness that is meant. With this, the waking state stands explained. 

Verse 28

???????????????? ?? ?????? ????????? ?

??????????? ?????? ???????? ??? ????? ? ???

???????????????? on the mental activity ceasing ?? however ?????? its absence ????????? O foremost of Gods! ??????????? by the self-effulgence ?????? knows ???????? deep sleep ??? knows ???? that ??? too

In the dream state when the sense organs have resolved, the mind too ceases to take the external forms of objects and remains solely assuming the forms of the dream objects. Then the ?tman, devoid of any external luminous aid, witnesses the dream state. When, however, even the mind, just like the other sense organs, has lapsed into its cause, ajñ?nam, the ignorance that is of a positive nature (that is, it is not any non-existent entity like a hare’s horn) then, ensues the deep sleep state. The ?tman, by its native consciousness, witnesses this state too, which is marked by the absence of (activity of) the mind and other sense organs, and is of a completely ignorant nature. It is to be noted that the state of deep sleep is characterized by (1) the absence of any knowledge of both the outside world of objects and the internal dream world of objects and experiences of joy, sorrow, etc. and (2) the presence of bliss that is native to the sleep state. It is only because such a perception of this twin-aspect is had during sleep, does the person expresses, recalls, upon waking: ‘I slept happily, I did not know anything.’ This recollection proves that there has been an experience in the sleep state and that there has been a sentient entity that had the experience.

Verse 29:

??????????????????????? ??????????? ?

????????????? ????? ?????? ??? ????? ? ???

???????????????????? he who is devoid of arising and setting ??  indeed ??????????? self-effulgent ????????????? existent and non-existent ????? completely ??? always ??? he ??? knows ????? sole entity

The ?tman is present in all the three states as the witness thereof.  While the states themselves keep alternating, arising and giving place to the other state, the ?tman neither rises nor subsides. This characteristic of remaining always without any change is unique to the ?tman and is never applicable to the three states and the contents of the three states.  Hence alone this Self, the Eternal Consciousness, Self-effulgent, is the witness of the objective world consisting of the existent (in waking and dream where there is the manifestation of the name-form) and the non-existent (in the deep sleep where there is no manifestation but only the unmanifest, the seed of the world of objects). This idea is graphically depicted in the M????kya Upani?ad where the three states are shown as the cause (deep sleep) and effect (waking and dream) and the Fourth State, the Chaturtham, is transcendental to the three, untouched by the manifest-unmanifest duality. It is the realization of this State as non-different from oneself that constitutes the liberating knowledge. 

Verse 30

????????????? ?????? ?????? ??????????? ?

?????????? ? ??????????? ?????????????? ? ???

?????????????  as existent and non-existent ?????? to be known ?????? everything ??????????? O foremost of Gods! ?????? knower ?? alone ??? he ? not ? indeed ?? alone ?????? another ??? thus  ?????? well ???????? proven

Everything is known as both jñ?tam and ajñ?tam, ‘known’ and ‘unknown’. What is ‘known’ is the one grasped by a sense organ and then becomes a perception. That which is ‘unknown’ is one grasped by the witness, s?k??.  The former is some object that is manifest and the latter is ignorance, ajñ?nam. There is a pithy sentence that says: ‘sarvam vastu jñ?t?jñ?tatay? s?k?ichaitanyasya vi?aya eva.’ 

The ?tman is self-effulgent and hence without the need for any external illumining agency, it is the one that illumines all the three states of waking, etc. While the states themselves alternate, the Witnessing Self remains in and through the states without ceasing to exist.  For this reason alone the Self is transcendental to the three states.  In the final analysis, the knower, the Self, alone remains, exists and nothing other than it, even the ‘known’, the three states, do not exist, being of a variable nature. And hence alone they are mithy?, unreal. That which is inconstant has no existence and only that which is constant exists. The ?tman alone qualifies to be ‘existent’ while the an?tman, the non-Self, is non-existent.

Verse 31

??? ?????? ??????? ????????? ??? ?? ?????? ?

? ???? ?????? ?????? ????????? ? ?????? ? ???

??? thus ?????? duality ??????? by enquiry ????????? as Self ??? knows ?? he ?????? the jñ?n? ?  he ???? yog? ?????? always ?????? duality ?????? ??? though perceiving ? does not ?????? see

The purport of the B?had?ra?yaka Upani?ad mantra 4.3.23 ????? ???? ?????? ???????? ???? ?????? ? ?? ?????????????????????????? ???????????????????? ? ? ?? ??????????????? ???????????????? ?????????? [23. “And when it appears that in deep sleep it does not see, yet it is seeing though it does not see; for there is no cessation of the vision of the seer, because the seer is imperishable. There is then, however, no second thing separate from the seer that it could see. ] is stated here.

In the manner delineated in the foregoing, he who realizes the self-effulgent ?tman that is the witness of the three states and yet the one that transcends them as no different from oneself, is a yogi. Even though he witnesses duality in all the states, yet owing to the power of realization of the non–dual Self, Brahman, as oneself, he sees only the non-dual Self as the one underlying all the experiences of duality. He sees duality and yet does not see it. What this means is that the realization that the apparent duality, grasped by the senses and mind is actually only an object to the Self.  In other words, the Self is the witness of the entire gamut of seer-seeing-seen phenomenon.  The duality of the world is illumined by the Self. It is just like the duality of the dream is illumined by the Consciousness and is realized to be mithy? upon waking. In the case of the Yogi, however, even while perceiving the duality he knows that it is mithy?; he the seer alone is the Satyam.

Part 5 Coming Soon…


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