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ekarshe

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Realization of the Absolute
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:44:08 AM »
Fully to realize the Absolute, as Bradley puts it, is for the finite beings impossible. In order thus to know, we should have to be, and then we should not exist. If somehow known or experienced in mystic experience, no description of It can be given in language, for, as we have already seen, all our terms are relative and incapable of giving an idea of what the hearer himself has not already experienced. Mauna (silence) would in that case be the inevitable course. Yoga therefore resorts to the method of denying what the Absolute cannot be.

A little consideration will convince one that all that we have noticed to be mere appearances cannot as such exist in the Absolute Reality, for they are definite forms that have a beginning and end, and even at the time of their appearance they are balance by their opposites existing also in the Absolute, both fusing into Homogeneous undifferentiated Whole ? The Brahman.

The Brahman cannot be called either of two opposites, because It is at the same time the other. No particular form, no particular movement, no particular individuality, no particular state, can be said to be existing as such in the Absolute, for there it meets also its opposite, its antithesis, its negation, and thus gets neutralized and fused, transmuted into the homogeneous undifferentiated Brahman.

It is only when we cease to be fond of particulars, when we cease to be interested in this or that, when our interests and emotions are universalized, when neither of the two opposites, of the pair of thesis and antithesis, enchants us, that we can have a mystic experience of this ever existing state. The very moment the finite being gives up, negates, forgets, ceases to pursue, intellectually, morally and emotionally, all that it makes it finite, the experience of Infinite dawns upon him.