Consciousness is unmoving, One, and swifter than the mind!


Now, the fourth verse in Ishavasya Upanishad.  Please recite along with me:

अनेजदेकं मनसो जवीयो नैनधेवा आप्नुवन्पुर्वमर्षत् |

तद्धावतोऽन्यानत्येत तिष्ठत् तस्मिन्नपो मातरिश्वा दधाति ||

Anejadhekam Manaso Javeeyo Nainadhdheva Aapnuvanpurvamarshath |

ThadhDhaavathonyanathyetha Thishttath Thasminnapo Maatharishva dhadhDhaathi ||

 

Actually, the following verses enumerate the attributes, qualities which are special and exclusive to Eeshwara:

“He is Stable.  He is the only One.  He has Swiftness which surpasses the agility of the mind.  He was present before anything came into being.  He existed in the beginning.  He is the embodiment of Jnana, truthful knowledge, enlightenment, wisdom, erudition.  He is all-pervading, Omnipresent, Omniscient, and all-knowing.  He is beyond the comprehension of even the gods such as Indra.  He can overtake others who are running fast, even though he does not run or move himself a little bit.  And it is really relying upon his powers and authority that the various gods such as the Wind God are successfully able to do deeds such as producing rain and enabling mortal creatures to have life to live and bear the prana, the spark of life, and the vital winds that sustain life in a creature.” 

I have my own translation which I will share with you all.  Listen!

“It, Consciousness, is unmoving, One, and swifter than the mind.  The gods of senses cannot overtake and go beyond it as it has swiftly moved ahead.  Remaining situated, it outruns all the other running ones.  In it, the life energy moves and expands itself in space, supporting all activities.”

Come on!  In this verse, now the quality of Eesha is defined.  The quality of Consciousness is defined.  You may ask, ‘Why?’  Please understand, when something beyond your comprehension is being described, at least a few qualities which your mind can comprehend should be told to you, so that you can start meditating on it.  Or, when that experience happens, you can analyze whether ‘This is It’, or, ‘This is not’.  Even to do that process of “nethi, nethi”, “na ithi, na ithi”, you need to have a scale.

Please understand, here, the qualities of Consciousness, the qualities of Eeshwara are described.  I am using the word “Eeshwara”, instead of “Eesha”.  Please listen!  “Eesha” is Pure Super-Consciousness in its existence.  “Eeshwara” means, whenever Eesha is described in a method to reach him, or in a technique to reach him, or some form or some name, some quality attributed to him, “Eesha” becomes “Eeshwara”, understand?  Eesha becomes Eeshwara!  If you say, “Pure Consciousness”, it is Eesha.  The moment you attribute qualities – “swifter than the mind”, “gods of senses cannot overtake and go beyond it” – the moment you give these attributions, it is “Eeshwara”.  Now, in this verse, the qualities of Eeshwara are described, qualities of Eeshwara are presented.  You should know why.

One of the biggest crimes the Hindu society has done is, thinking the “peace of the Sathwa” as “laziness of Tamas”, and practicing the laziness of Tamas, thinking that they are in the peace of Sathwa, understand?  Sathwa and Tamas, both look same; but the context is totally different. 

The Sathwa, peace of Ramana Maharshi, and the laziness of the beggar lying outside Ramana Maharshi’s ashram, even though the actions look same, the context is different.

Listen!  Listen!  This is one of the biggest problems Hindu society is facing.  Even now, many of the so-called seekers cannot accept the way of life I am presenting, or the way I myself am living.  Continuously I am teaching and living “inaction in action”.  But lazy fellows, they will be “action in inaction”.  There will be so much of action inside, but outside they will be inactive.  Inaction can come due to various incompletions:  inability, does not want to take the responsibility, non-committal lifestyle and thinking and patterns, and 1001 reasons, laziness, vengeance and anger, hatred towards life.  Inaction can come due to ten-thousand incompletions.  All that cannot become Sathwa.

Listen!  Pure inaction out of Complete Completion, without any incompletion, only can be called as “Sathwa”.  And in that Sathwa, you may or may not even have action or inaction.  When the Completion is there, you are in the space of Sathwa.  You may even act to teach the world, to teach to others.

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About Sri Nithya Sadashivatmananda

Initiated disciple of His Holiness Sri Sri Paramahamsa Nithyananda Swamiji.