Friday, July 8, 2022

Chandogya Creation Myth


being alone (sat eva)—

this before manifestation (idam agre asit)—

one only, without a second

(ekam eva advitiyam)

~Chandoga 6.2.1


that conceives (tat aikshata)—

becoming many (bahu syam)—

projecting thus (prajayeya iti)

~Chandogya 6.2.3


note: incorporated into this myth is a refutation of non-being as the one without a second. it's asked in 6.2.2, how could being arise from non-being? so it is affirmed that being, indeed, is the one without a second. (and as it will be later confirmed, tat tvam asi, this is not some hypothetical conception but completely experiential.)

















Wednesday, July 6, 2022

In the Paraverse of Our Trimurti

Division begets division. It doesn’t matter what division. Division feeds the empire. Just take a side already.

Just being a person is a violent act. The war begins at one year old. War is the way of the world. Love is the way of the bird.

There are many names for love, including love, bodhicitta, and ananda. It’s just a quality of consciousness, like being or wisdom.

These qualities are best described as not divided, not nonexistent, and not unintelligent. Use positive words sparingly less you'll believe them.

Using such words in threes is not a bad idea either. That’s part of the power of three. Like the holy trinity, satcitananda, or the power of three.






footnotes 

1. it's the oldest trick in the book of conquistador. divide the one into two, and so on. the odds are so much better for the empire this way.

2a. conditioning is nothing but the art of division. 2b. true love is unconditional.

3. in my nonduality, compassion is like the via negativa of love. who are you?

4. if the first fall is conditioning, the second fall is believing in our deconditioning. say it, don't spray it.

5. if two is conditioning and one is belief, three is the sign of nonduality, is it not?












All Is Consciousness

All is consciousness. Many believe this to be true, but there’s only one that knows.

All is consciousness. Any change in consciousness is just a name.

All is consciousness. Prajnanam brahma.


Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Chinmayananda on the Vedic Path of Mahavakyas

The four great Mahāvākyas, found in each one of our Vedas, are as follows:

Lakṣaṇa Vākya - Prajñānam Brahma - Consciousness is Brahman. (Aitareya-upaniṣad. (3-1-3) – Ṛg-veda). 

Upadeśa Vākya - Tat Tvam Asi - That Thou Art. (Chāndogya-upaniṣad. (6.9.4 and 6.10.3) – Sāma-veda). 

Anubhava Vākya - Ayam Ᾱtmā Brahma - This Self is Brahman (Māṇḍūkya-upaniṣad. (Mantra-2) – Atharva-veda). 

Anusandhāna Vākya - Aham Brahma Asmi - I am Brahman (Bṛhadāraṇyaka-upaniṣad. (1-4-10) – Yajur-veda).


If one closely observes these four great formulae, we can see, in and through them, the entire system of the ‘Path of Meditation’ which Vedānta preaches. 

As soon as the student reaches the Master’s feet, he has to define what is Brahman, and this statement of definition of the Eternal Truth – Lakṣaṇa Vākya – is found in the Ṛg-veda where it says, ‘Consciousness is Brahman’. 

After this objective definition of Brahman, the Master turns to the disciples and directly points to their bosom and roars the truth, ‘That thou Art’, meaning that the Consciousness which is Brahman is not yonder there, somewhere behind the clouds, to be achieved at some time as a posthumous reward, but it is right here and now to be experienced as this Ᾱtman. This advice of the Master to the disciples – Upadeśa Vākya – is found in the Sāma-veda. 

Now, the student, having heard the definition of Brahman, having understood from the Master’s own tongue that the essence in him is nothing other than Brahman Itself, retires to the solitude to meditate upon this objective Truth constantly and single pointedly until he discovers for himself, ‘This Self is Brahman’. This Mahāvākya or major text, since it is the road to Realisation for the seeker, is called the Anubhava Vākya. This is found in Atharva-veda. 

Having decided for himself, from his own personal experience, gained during solitary and tranquil meditation, that this Ᾱtman is the Brahman, the student comes back to the Master. To the looks of enquiry of the Master, the boy answers with the cheer that beams out from his limpid eyes of peace and serenity that he had intimately experienced the Truth, and afterwards he is living constantly aware of the Truth that ‘Brahman Am I’. This major text, is, therefore, called Anusandhāna Vākya.

~Chinmayananda


from Vakya Vritti

‘Consciousness is Brahman’ (Prajñānam Brahma) is the definition of the ultimate Reality behind the ever-changing phenomenal world of things and beings. ‘That Thou Art’ (Tat Tvam Asi) is the teacher’s advice. The student in his seat of meditation realises subjectively in himself that ‘This Self within is Brahman’ (Ayam Ᾱtmā Brahma). Last comes the hallelujah that sings in the bosom of the now Liberated sage in the student and he in his sense of fulfilment and bliss immeasurable, confirms in a mad roar of joy and wonder, ‘I am Brahman’ (Ahaṁ Brahmāsmi).

~Chinmayananda








Saturday, July 2, 2022

Being a Quartet in B#


“Which by the eye is not seen but by which the seeing is seen.”

Which by the mind is not known but by which the thinking is witnessed.


The mind can only take you to the edge of the abyss

but only love can cross a paradox.


Not as much universal consciousness as omnipresent consciousness.

The universe doesn’t produce universal consciousness but the universe appears in all-seeing consciousness.


If the phenomenal body of the universe appears in the divisions of the mind, duality appears in omniscient nondual consciousness.

Wherever atman is brahman, but brahman isn’t atman, is maya.










Thursday, June 30, 2022

Self-Awareness in Spacetime

Self-awareness not only implies unawareness

but the temporary nature of this unawareness.

As if there is samsara

but one comes to nirvana through maya.

Like samsara is the space and maya is the time.

Like not only is atman brahman,

atman was never not brahman

and brahman is never atman.














Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Dances with Atman


There’s nobody but myself.

This is true for you too.


The cosmic egg cracks and there’s a mouth.

The mouth speaks and there’s atomic fire.


Nobody knows the samsara I have seen.

All myth revolves around yourself.


All words are my words, it doesn’t matter what you say.

I give them definition.


That’s why everyone is pointing at the full wolf moon.

End science.






Saturday, June 25, 2022

Beginninglessness


The beginningless is brahman.

In the beginning was atman, the self,

and it’s world of self-awareness.


In the beginningless, there is no beginning.

In the beginning was maya.

Right here, right now, atman is brahman.


Thursday, June 23, 2022

Nonduality


All appears in consciousness unless you think about it.

Consciousness minus thought equals absolute awareness.

In other words, prajnanam brahma.


Consciousness is primordial knowledge.

Thought is the stuff of dreams.

Belief is original sin.


Look, between self and self-awareness is a dream

because there is no difference between self and self-awareness.

Call this nonduality.











Mahavakyas 1: Prajnanam Brahma

Prajnanam Brahma (प्रज्ञानम् ब्रह्म) - "Consciousness is Brahman" (Aitareya Upanishad 3.3 of the Rig Veda)


This One is (the inferior) Brahman; this is Indra, this is Prajapati; this is all these gods; and this is these five elements, viz earth, air, space, water, fire; and this is all these (big creatures), together with the small ones, that are the procreators of others and referable in pairs to wit, those that are born of eggs, of wombs, of moisture, of the earth, viz horses, cattle, men, elephants, and all the creatures that there are which move or fly and those which do not move. All these have Consciousness as the giver of their reality; all these are impelled by Consciousness; the universe has Consciousness as its eye, and Consciousness is its end. Consciousness is Brahman.

(tr-Gambhirananda)


eṣa brahmaiṣa indra eṣa prajāpatir-ete sarve devā 

imāni ca pañca mahābhūtāni pṛthivī vāyur-ākāśa āpo

jyotīṁśītyetānīmāni ca kṣudra-miśrāṇīva 

bījānītarāṇi cetarāṇi cāṇdajāni ca 

jārūjāni ca svedajāni codbhijāni ca- 

asvā gāvaḥ puruṣā hastino yatkiñcedaṁ 

prāṇi jaṅgamaṁ ca patatri ca 

yacca sthāvaraṁ sarvaṁ tat-prajñānetram, 

prajñāne pratiṣṭhitaṁ prajnānetro

lokaḥ prajñā pratiṣṭhā prajñānaṁ brahma.


~Swami Gurubhaktananda