Consciousness becoming conscious
The first line of Dnaneshwari., a commentary on Bhagwad Geeta by Saint philosopher Dnaneshwara contains the word " swasamvedyaa" and " aatmaroopa." They are very eloquent and profoundly express the ultimate truth about creation and it's purpose.
" Swasamvedyaa" contains two parts- "Swa" and "Samvedyaa"
Swa means the self. The "Swa" in the term does not treat the " self" as a subject .
It indicates the totipotent, attributeless (tatva) , the unmanifest formless essence. It is a state of beingness, formless beyond any spatio-temporal grid. A "singularity"' with the potential to manifest . A quantum superposition.
"Samvedyaa "is a complex word that has shades of awareness ,sensitivity and compassion. Our understanding of this manifest world is based on a Cartesian duality . It is based on a subject object duality, and so our understanding of the word "consiousness" is the verb that links a subject to the object. I (the subject) am conscious of something (the object).
This term expresses consciousness as a qualia, between the subject and object. It would be incomplete to merely say "I am conscious" without a reference to an object.
" Swasamvedya" is the unmanifest essence becoming conscious of itself. Consciousness becoming conscious of itself. The quantum superposition collapsing as creation by emergence of an observer.The "big bang" becomes a manifestation rather than creation. The emergence of a witness. The unmanifest becoming manifest to become aware of itself. It is not a chronological event in space-time.Time and space are co-ordinates fabricated by the formless essence. The words eternal and immortal are relevant only in the construct of this spatio temporal frame of reference that is necessary for manifestation of a form. The form is a transient impermanent (anitya) expression of the eternal formless ( nitya ,nirgun , niraakaar )That could perhaps explain why scholars like Einstein interpreted time as a fourth dimension. Space time are perceptive threads to weave the fabric of creation.
In a state of formless awareness eternity has as much meaning as thickness has to a two dimensional shadow and immortality makes as much sense as a child of an infertile couple.
The " nothingness" or "shoonyavaad" refers to this unmanifest state where there is no subject object dichotomy. Who is going to be aware of what ? It literally means "No Thing", or devoid of subject and object.
For our understanding in a Cartesian space time frame, nothing denotes the absence of content in a containing entity.Nothing becomes a subject and containing entity the object.
This state of nothingness has no negative connotation but merely dissolution of subject object in formless consciousness. The perceiver of nothingness remains, with nothing to perceive. Satchitananda is the trinity of beingness, consciousness and bliss that defines Brahma. The state of bliss reaffirms a state of causeless happiness, that again transcends the subject object paradigm. Causality abounds in the spatio temporal distortion which breaks the symmetry of oneness into subject and object. Awareness, compassion and bliss ,in the self,of the self,by the self and for the self, best denotes the democratic matrix of monarchal unity. " Swasamvedyaa therefore represents blissful compassionate awareness that is entirely in the realm of non-duality, or Adwaita, that chooses to manifest as plurality. Experience of bliss , compassion and an impersonal awareness in the manifest duality are glimpses of the unmanifest unity.
Realisation is a state wherein consciousness becomes aware of it's own nature . Aatmaroopa. The elimination of this spatio-temporal parallax, induced by itself to experience itself.
Dr. Deepak M. Ranade ( the author is a consultant neurosurgeon- firstname.lastname@example.org)