Post by Amritha Varshini on Aug 3, 2013 14:01:11 GMT 5.5
1. Who am I?
The gross body which is composed of the seven humours [dhatus], I am not; the five cognitive sense organs, viz. the senses of hearing, touch, sight, taste, and smell, which apprehend their respective objects, viz. sound, touch, colour, taste, and odour, I am not; the five cognitive sense-organs, viz. the organs of speech, locomotion, grasping, excretion, and procreation, which have as their respective functions speaking, moving, grasping, excreting, and enjoying, I am not; the five vital airs [prana, vyana, samana, apana, udana], which perform respectively the five functions of in-breathing, etc., I am not; even the mind which thinks, I am not; the nescience too, which is endowed only with the residual impressions of objects, and in which there are no objects and no functioning's, I am not.
2. If I am none of these, then who am I?
After negating all of the above-mentioned as "not this, not this", that Awareness which alone remains – That I am.
3. What is the nature of Awareness?
The nature of Awareness is existence-consciousness-bliss [sat-chit-ananda].
4. When will the realisation of the Self [one's true nature] be gained?
When the world which is what-is-seen has been removed, there will be realisation of the Self which is the seer.
Post by Narayanaswamy Iyer on Nov 23, 2013 8:29:10 GMT 5.5
When you "remove" the world, which still persists and exists despite your delusion, you remove yourself, leaving a void - not "awareness" which disappears along with the "world" (and YOU with it). So this is just the rambling of a self-deceiving loner who cannot cope with reality. The Paramaathman and the Jeevaathman remain as part and parcel of the divine "world" which you seek vainly to deny. The eternal truths of the Vedams remain, the piety of devotees remain, the rules of good human conduct remain, the assurance of moksham for those who live and speak the truth, practise dharmam (as commanded by the Vedams), remain. The nihilist denier of reality remains (till certain death claims him).