Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Intelligent Awareness

There is a disconnect in communication between the metaparadigms of scientific materialism (consciousness appears in the material universe) and intelligent awareness (the material universe appears in consciousness).

Intelligent Awareness is pure consciousness. Also the reflection of pure consciousness on a subtle body, as silent discriminating attention, is pure consciousness too.

A keen intellect and attentive mind is a silent intellect and a silent mind. An unclouded intellect and an unclouded mind is intelligent awareness.

The reflection of satcitananda is satcitananda unless you think about it. Neti neti is nothing but intelligent awareness. The intellect identifying with intelligence is all there is to jnana yoga really.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Jnana Maya Yoga


That chair is maya. That table is maya. A physicist will tell you they’re 99% pure space. In other words, they’re 1% form and 99% name. Maya makes you pound the table and feel it also. For the body-mind is 99% name as well.

The antahkarana (the inner instrument) is comprised of buddhi, manas, and ahankara (intellect, mind, ego). The ego and the mind have this symbiotic relationship born out of ignorance (avidya). Neither listens to the intellect, that reflection of pure intelligence (cit).

In jnana maya yoga, self-realization begins with intelligent self-inquiry. Self-inquiry begins with the satguru finally getting through, by means of instinct, intuition, or revelation. All are tattvamasi. Only the decibels differ.


In maya, there’s three bodies (causal, subtle, gross) and five sheaths. Of the five, the subtle body consists of vijnanamaya (intelligence), manomaya (mind), and pranamaya (life force).

On the other hand, the inner instument consists of intellect, mind, and ego. It appears ego is the mind usurping the life force.

In a functional subtle body, the mind provides the data, and the intellect makes the decision. And the life force moves the body in perfect nondoing. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Let Buddhi Be Satguru

Another name for intelligence, as in the cit (consciousness, awareness, intelligence) of satcitananda, is the satguru.

And yet another name for intelligence is pure intellect, which ostensibly is the reflection of intelligence upon the subtle body of maya.

And in neti neti, it’s that same intellect which deconstructs the edifice built by a sad, scared, lost mind so desperate for truth.

And after the edifice is deconstructed, it’s again that intellect which recognizes and identifies with that which is beyond (yet pervading) the conceptual edifice:

being-existence-presence, consciousness-awareness-intelligence, holistic infinite bliss.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Buddhi Yoga

2.48. Perform action O Dhananjaya, abandoning attachment, being steadfast in YOGA, and balanced in success and failure. Evenness of mind is called YOGA.

2.49. Far lower than the YOGA-of-wisdom is action, O Dhananjaya. Seek thou refuge in wisdom; wretched are they whose motive is the ‘fruit’.

Work done with a mind undisturbed by anxieties for the results is indeed superior to the work done by a dissipated mind, ever worrying over the results. Here the term, ‘Buddhi Yoga’ has tickled some commentators to discover in it a special Yoga as advised by the Geeta. I personally think that it is too much of a laboured theory. Buddhi – as defined in the Upanishads – is the determining factor in the ‘innerequipment ’; Nishchyatmika is ‘intellect’; Samshayatmika is ‘mind’. Thus when the thought flow is in a state of flux and agitated, it is called the ‘mind’. When it is single-pointed, calm, and serene in its own determination, it is called the ‘intellect’. Thus Buddhi Yoga means ’to be established in devotion to the intellect’. Being steady in your conviction, with your mind perfectly under the control of your discriminative intellect, to live thus as a master of your inner and outer world is called Buddhi Yoga. In Buddhi Yoga we pursue our duties without ever losing sight of our ultimate Goal in Life.

Bhagavad Gita (Holy Geeta) translation and commentary by Chinmayananda

Sunday, May 21, 2023

footnotes to the penultimate note


Intellect is reflection of light & intelligence is light. Pure intellect is intelligence.

Can’t clean the mirror—it's spotless. Clouds of thought aren’t on the mirror.

Light reflecting off the mirror is light. The sun reflecting in the mirror is not. It’s a cloud of thoughts.


Don’t throw away the baby of the intellect with the bathwater of the mind.

On the way, you can kill the buddha but not the buddhi.


A tree falls.

Earth is the sound.

The universe collapses.

The self abides.


Dreams are all about self-inquiry. The science of psychology has that much right.

In eka jiva vada, don’t you know that I’m loving you.


The world is a dream state. The dream state is essentially self-inquiry.

Self-inquiry is the stuff of maya. Self-awareness takes a universe.

Awareness is naturally self-aware.


Self-awareness is the manifestation of awareness.

The dream state is the manifestation of self-awareness.

Self-inquiry is the manifestation of the dream state.

Eka jiva vada is the manifestation of self-inquiry.

The Penultimate Note to Self

Individual consciousness is divided consciousness. Divided consciousness is samsaric consciousness. Samsaric consciousness is hell on earth.

Here hell is like the conceptual superimposition, and earth is like the substrate of absolute consciousness.

Without thinking about it, the clear mind of intellect automatically identifies with existence, awareness, infinity.

For the clear mind is exactly that. This reflection of light is nothing but light. I am that satcitananda.

Selections from The Bhagavad Gita ch-2

The unreal never is. The Real never ceases to be. The conclusion about these two is truly perceived by the seers of Truth.

BG 2.16

That by which all this is pervaded know to be imperishable. None can cause the destruction of that which is immutable.

BG 2.17

It is never born, nor does It ever die, nor, having once been, does It again cease to be. Unborn, eternal, permanent, and primeval, It is not slain when the body is slain.

BG 2.20

Weapons cut It not; fire burns It not; water wets It not; the wind does not wither It.

BG 2.23

This Self is said to be unmanifest, incomprehensible, and unchangeable. Therefore, knowing It to be so, you should not grieve.

BG 2.25

Some look on the Self as a wonder; some speak of It as a wonder; some hear of It as a wonder; still others, though hearing, do not understand It at all.

BG 2.29

~selections from The Bhagavad Gita as translated by Swami Nikhilananda

Friday, May 19, 2023

The Silent Self


There is no individual consciousness. Individual consciousness is just universal consciousness divided into name and form by the genius of maya.

And universal consciousness is the authentic expression of absolute consciousness in the language of maya.

It’s the silence behind maya that is brahman. And this silence is inside the outer self. And this silence is atman, the real self. And that atman is brahman.


Inner being is universal consciousness is blissful infinity is real silence.

Real silence is silent like ultraviolet and infrared light is to human sight.

Real silence may not be loud but it’s still deep.


Revelations are silent like lightning is silent.

Thunder isn't the sound of the lightning.

Thunder is the sound of a disturbed atmosphere.


Shankara: to embodied self, there's 3 states of the body—youth, middle-age, & old. As the 1st state is destroyed, the self isn't destroyed; as the 2nd state appears, the self isn't born. The self remains unchanged through all 3 states. Similarly, the self posseses the next body.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Metaphysical Contact

Metaphysical Contact

Reality can’t be intellectually described. Reality is not physical. Reality is metaphysical.

Reality is intelligent and self-revealing. Thus the intellect does not need to contact reality. Reality contacts the intellect.

The intellect cannot begin to describe this intuitive contact, but only identify with that reality. Prajnanam brahman.

One not only recognizes that awareness through the clouds, that being behind the body, that infinity beyond the mind, but suddenly sees — I am That.

Envisioning As It Is


Metaphysical contact isn’t alien contact. It’s self contact.

Kind revelations prepare thyself for something sudden.


Try not to fixate on any aspect. There’s plenty of space for awareness, existence, and holistic infinity bliss.

Not that there’s anything wrong with fixation. But it helps to call it what it is. Name your god.


Awareness isn’t some stale and sterile witnessing. That witness is pure existence as well as holistic infinity bliss.

And maya isn’t just illusion. Maya is intelligent illusion.


Maya is beginningless but not endless.

Thus sravana (listen), manana (reflect and confirm), nididhyasana (envision as it is).

Monday, May 15, 2023

Isvara the Metaparadigm


Consider universal consciousness is to isvara as the universe is to the universe. Also saguna brahman is nirguna brahman is an unspoken mahavakya.

The universe is a world of materialists, monotheists, and spiritualists. A monotheist thinks the universe is created by a god. A spiritualist thinks the universe is the god. A materialist thinks the universe is all there is.

But a certain kind of nondualist, knowing consciousness doesn’t appear in the universe but the universe is appearing in consciousness, adopts the metaparadigm of universal consciousness as its myth, names it isvara, gives it the power of maya, respects their potency, and dreams of samadhi.


Individual consciousness appears in universal consciousness—without this provisional understanding in your bones, there is no proper neti neti.

It's not just 'not individual consciousness', but it’s 'not individual consciousness, not universal consciousness'. That’s proper neti neti.

Individual consciousness does not appear in the universe. Individual consciousness appears in universal consciousness. There’s a chain of command with Isvara at the top.

Absolute consciousness does not absolve individual consciousness. Absolute consciousness absolves universal consciousness.

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Practical Satcitananda


In speaking intuitively of absolute nondual brahman, some emphasize that essence of awareness, and some emphasize that essence of existence.

Awareness (cit) is the witness. Existence (sat) is the I am. Even bliss (ananda) is spoken for. Thus is the practical aspect of satcitananda.


A person is nothing but name and form which is nothing but insentience, acquiring its sentience from the substrate of brahman.

For beneath the conceptual superimposition is the witnessing awareness and the I am of existence. And ananda.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

So Self-awareness Appears


Both the dream and the dreamer are dreams. Only one dream per dreamer survives the night, by surviving the dawn.

This focusing namarupa of the mind survives the crash into the self-luminous ground of satcitananda.

Maya may have no beginning, but it’s not eternal. Brahman is. So self-awareness appears in awareness.


Here's all we can say. Maya has no beginning. Self-awareness, self-realization, ends maya. Is then self-awareness the meaning of maya? Who can say?

This is bhakti advaita. Isvara is saguna brahman. Maya is isvara’s magic wand. The universe is maya’s intelligent illusion. Lila is isvara’s intent. Self-realization is the end of maya. Aham nirguna brahmasmi.

People are not numbers. They're names and forms. Names and forms are insentient concepts. Concepts are superimpositions engraved upon existence-being-presence, consciousness-intelligence-awareness, holistic bliss infinity. As the substrate gives sentience to Michelangelo's David.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Our Apocalyptic Play


In the branches of this maple tree, beneath its namarupa, is brahman.

The tree itself is inert material. It, like the universe itself, is mere insentience of name and form

superimposed on pure existence, pure consciousness, pure bliss. Its apparent sentience is lit by satcitananda.

This evolutionary world is the work of maya: self-awareness is appearing in awareness.

The maple tree is playing its part in our apocalyptic play culminating in aham brahmasmi.


Atman is existence is being is presence is consciousness is intelligence is wisdom is holistic bliss infinity is brahman.

The mind is a subtle body and the body is an earthly body. Both are lifeless bodies. But the subtle body is reflecting brahman and the body-mind appears to be alive.

The four mahavakyas are the vedantic riders of apocalyptic self-awareness. Isvara wields that starting pistol. The big bang is like the voice of maya.

First, the proof of brahman is simply the existence and consciousness and infinity upon which a dreamlike proofless person wears its name and form.


That a dream character is asking for the proof of truth is the big joke.

What is the proof of a person is the obvious question, the self-inquiry, the who am I?

The principle of existence isn’t the proof of truth. It is the truth. The dreamstate depends upon it.

Existence-being-presence is the unborn sky in which the colors of spring, summer, fall appear and disappear.


beneath the namarupa tree,

satcitananda is sitting.

kill the buddha.

fuck isaac newton.

marry satcitananda.

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Ode to Isvara and Vishnu


In advaita, between samsaric delusion and nirvikalpa samadhi is divine imagination’s deep devotion to nonduality.

If brahman plus maya is isvara, then atman plus maya is divine imagination, vishnu.

If isvara is 'that' is brahman, then the divine imagineer is 'thou' is atman. To make a long story short, tattvamasi.


Divine imagination is the default imagination. Samsaric imagination is the faulty one. 

As there's no why to maya, divine imagination is to self-awareness.

It was the time of the wood frog in the year of the rabbit. Vishnu and Isvara are alright tonight.


Nonduality is nothing but divine imagination. Nonduality points to the nondual. Between divine imagination and nirvikalpa samadhi is non-abiding savikalpa samadhi. 

As divine imagination is the default imagination, nirvikalpa samadhi is the default samadhi. Brahman is default isvara. Atman is default vishnu. 

Isvara envelops. Vishnu pervades. The self-awareness of brahman requires an objective universe, isvara, and divine imagination, vishnu. What else is self-awareness but an appearance in awareness?


Some say jiva and some say vishnu. Both are figments of imagination. To be perfectly clear, vishnu is divine imagination, the default imagination. Jiva is faulty.

Maybe divine imagination is maya seeing through avidya. Maybe maya seeing through maya is samadhi. Excuse me while I savikalpa the sky.

Existence-being-presence—consciousness-intelligence-wisdom—holistic-bliss-infinity. Satcitananda for short. 

Paraverse Abridged 230428 - 230505


Light reflecting off a mirror is nothing but light, but the reflection of the sun in the mirror is not the sun.

Awareness reflecting off the mind is play of light, divine imagination, self-awareness.

The reflection of brahman in the mind is not brahman but samsaric imagination.


The four mahavakyas of the vedic revelation riding out of the silence: Prajnanam brahma. Tattvamasi. Ayam atma brahma. Aham Brahmasmi.

In the name of the play of light, divine imagination, non-abiding self-awareness, and nirvikalpa samadhi. Atman is not my self. I am atman.


The day dream appears powerful not for the mind (the hallucinating night dream is mind at its best) but for the substrate.

Memory fuels the sleep dream. Consciousness, the waking dream. The sleep dream is names and forms. The waking dream is names, forms, being, intelligence, bliss.


Waking state minus dreamstate equals turiya. As attention minus thought equals awareness.

Every morning, you awake but fall back into dream right away.

The mind has many dreams each night as body consciousness rests. During the day, it has one—consciousness is dream-consuming.

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Friday, May 5, 2023

The Hard Ground of Brahman

1. (the hard ground of brahman)

The waking state minus the names and forms of the dreamstate equals existence, being, intelligence, consciousness, bliss, infinity, reality, atman, brahman.

(Brahman has no attributes nor an actual name. This is why neti neti. Even the invaluable pointer, satcitananda, is to be understood as not non-existent, not unintelligent, not of samsaric suffering.)

Sleep without dream is deep sleep reads the Mandukya. But the waking state minus the dream state equals turiya. Like attention minus thought equals awareness.

This difference between the dream state and the waking state is exactly that attention brought on by the shock of reality, like suddenly crashing into the substrate beneath the wings of dreams.

2. (the hard ground of atman)

Every morning, you awake but fall back into dreaming right away. Make divine imagination your morning devotion.

The mind has multiple dreams each night as the body consciousness rests. During the day, it has just one—consciousness is dream-consuming.

While it's being cloudy, have faith in the sky. And on a sunny savikalpa kind of day, I am the brahman sky.

Atman is always the knower and never the known. The knower is the self and the known is the not-self. Another name for this not-self is maya

3. (the holistic bliss infinity)

In the dreamstate, saguna brahman is the highest god Isvara. This divine imagination is devotion to nonduality. Brahman plus maya equals Isvara’s universe.

If nirguna brahman without atributes + maya = saguna brahman with attributes, then attributes r maya. For attributes are nothing but names and forms.

Names and forms (namarupa) are nothing but appearances (maya) in sat (existence-being-presence), cit (consciousness-intelligence-wisdom), and ananda (holistic-bliss-infinity).

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Dreamstate Tractate Trifecta


The day dream appears to be so powerful, not for the mind’s performance (the hallucinating night dream is the mind at its best) but for the substrate upon which the mind’s names and forms are carved: existence-being, consciousness-intelligence, bliss-infinity.

Memory fuels the sleeping dream. Consciousness fuels the waking dream. The sleeping dream is basically names and forms. The waking dream is names, forms, being, intelligence, and bliss.

They say namarupa is the superimposition and satcitananda is the substrate. Thus the dreamstate is like a sleeping snake startled by the rope of reality.


The universe is the form of space and the name of time appearing in the unborn infinity of brahman.

The mind is living on borrowed sentience, and memory is living on that sentience of the mind. Sleeping, the mind still flickers, but memory is nearly unconscious.

In this current dream world, subsisting is being and money is knowledge. But desire is never bliss. Only unconditional love is.


In the unborn brahman that is I, a me is born. This is not sin city, it’s maya.

Desire is a new game every day! Love is game over.

Unconditional love is natural self-awareness.

Monday, May 1, 2023

May Day Mahavakya

May Day peepers—a younger character I once played thought they’re the sound of the land reawakening, and that nature in general is the transcendental reality, and not some social construction. Now there’s the four mahavakyas of the vedic revelation riding from out of the silence.

First, consciousness is not this finished product of the natural world, and although it’s a fact the social world appears in the natural one, that the natural world appears in consciousness is the truth. Aham Brahmasmi says.

Tat is that is isvara. Tvam is you is jiva. Since you're not literally god, the words are heard as stand-ins for their respective grounds. Brahman is the ground of isvara. Atman is the ground of jiva. Thus pure consciousness is the mutual ground. Tattvamasi.

Intelligence, wisdom, knowledge, consciousness—all are brahman. Prajnanam brahma. This self is the great one. Ayam atma brahma. In the name of the play of light, divine imagination, non-abiding self-awareness, and nirvikalpa samadhi. Atman is not my self. I am atman. Dot dot dot dash.


Then it was Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau, Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, Donald Hall. Now it’s Nisargadatta and the Drg Drsya Viveka of Vidyaranya.