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Subramanian.R

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Panchadasi - (69)
« on: August 23, 2008, 01:04:42 PM »
The Chapter III continues....

Verse 17:- How can that, by which the whole universe is
known, be known by anything else?  By what can the knower
be known?  The mind etc,  the instruments of knowledge,
can their own percepts only.

Verse 18:-  The Self knows all that is knowable.  There is
no one to know It.  It is consciousness or knowledge itself
and is different from both the known and the unknown,
as also the knowable and the unknowable.

(Svetasvatara Up. 3.19;  Kena Up. 1.4)

Verse 19:-  How can a man teach scriptures to one who
is a man only in form but who is so dull as not to experience,
what consciousness is is every act of knowing a thing?

Verse 20:-  As it is shameful for a man to express doubt if
he has a tongue or not, as also it is shameful to say.
"I do not know what consciousness is.  I must know it now!"

(Bhagavan in Who am I?  "For Rama to know that he is Rama,
does he require a mirror?")

Verse 21:-  From whatever objects are perceived, dismiss
the objects and what remains, viz., the Pure Consciousness,
the Awareness only is Brahman.  Such an understanding is
called the determination of the nature of the  Brahman.

Verse 22:-  By dismissing the objective elements tht is the
five sheaths, what remains is the Witness of the sheaths.
That is the real nature of the Self, viz., Pure Consciousness.
Non existence cannot be attributed to it.

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.