Definition of Consciousness by Upanishads


I will enter into the 8th verse of the Īśāvāsya Upaniṣad. 

sa paryagāc-chukram akāyam avraṇam asnāviram śuddham apāpa-viddham |

kavir manīṣī paribhūḥ svayambhūr yathātathyato-arthān vyadadhāc-chāśvatībhyaḥ samābhyaḥ || 8 ||

I will read out the translation:

Pure Consciousness is all-pervasive (like space) beyond the coming and going, absolute radiant and self-effulgent, un-embodied boundary-less whole (beyond subtle body), woundless, muscleless having no incompletion with the body (beyond gross body); Consciousness is the ever pure space devoid of the dirt of ignorance (beyond causal body), and is untouched by the delusion of incompletion; Consciousness is the all-knowing seer of all (past, present, future), the lord of all minds, Consciousness transcends all beings, Consciousness is self-existent by Itself with Its independent will and intelligence, having no cause for Its happening; it is Pure Consciousness, that from time eternal, has enriched the ages and each being, by ordaining desirable responsibilities onto them, as per their nature and space, and their actions and results thereof.

You need to read this translation again and again at least 10 times. You have to read this at least 10 times.

In this verse, Upanishads are declaring the quality of the Consciousness.

Please understand, you are given a direction, you are given right direction, that’s the right word I will use, or your manana, contemplation, for your internalizing. You are given a conscious direction. What you are supposed to do to experience the Ultimate Consciousness is described in this verse.

Pure Consciousness is all-pervasive. Even the moment you meditate, you just know. You are something more than the body, because all pervasiveness, the amount you can experience, only that much you can visualize. Please understand, physical things, for example this seat, this āsana, even if you don’t experience what it is made of and how it feels, you can see it, grasp it, but the more and more things become subtle, it’s the depth of your experience, how much you feel one with it, that much only you will know it.

For example, physical, I already gave the example. You don’t have to become one with this seat to see this seat or to use this seat. But a mental idea, you may need to become one with that idea to grasp the emotion and context behind that idea. Spiritually, how much you experience Oneness with that idea, that much only you will even understand it. If there is a thought or a poetry about love, it’s a thought. The level you experience that emotion, that much only you will understand those words uttered, the thought current. Otherwise you will be like – that day I shared the story of Shiva sitting with Vandi and eating the roadside idli, one of My Swami’s said the moral of the story is — “even Shiva at roadside idli, eating roadside idli is not wrong.” When you don’t understand the emotion, this is the meaning you will make for the words.

Understand, how much you are able to grasp, that much only you will be able to experience. That is the beauty of the definition of Consciousness by Upaniṣads. You can never make a statue out of what Upaniṣads declare as Consciousness. You can never act as if you grasped without grasping. No! You can never make a mantra out of It. You can never form a dead ritual out of Upaniṣads. Any ritual you develop out of Upaniṣads has to be alive. I tell you, that is why Āgamas are so alive, you can’t make the Āgamas dead. How much ever you try to kill them, again and again we will happen and make It as alive. Āgamas can never be dead. Nigama! Nigama means Vedas; Āgama means applied Vedas, user-friendly version of Vedas. Manual how to use Vedas is Āgama.

Please understand, Pure Consciousness is all-pervasive. Meditate on it. What is it all-pervasive? Is it Ocean? No. Even water is not all pervasive. Is it Air? No. Beyond the vāyu-manḍala, the air-field. It is not all-pervasive. Then what is the all-pervasive? Space? No. Like Space. Because even in our Space there are only some few billion planets, but Universe is much beyond few billion planets we have ever understood and imagined. Vyakta-avyakta manifest and Unmanifest; manifested and unmanifested. Vyaktā-avyakta, manifest and unmanifest. Meditate on it. Meditate on it. Meditate on it.

Pure Consciousness is all pervasive, beyond the coming and going, absolute radiant and self-effulgent, unembodied, boundaryless, whole.

I am not teaching you theology light; I am not teaching you even how to live. I don’t care about living, I care only about Enlightenment. Please understand, I am very clear, I wanted to be branded as “Other-worldly Guru.” It is all about beyond what you know as Life and Death! It’s all about Enlightenment, the other world, beyond. It’s all about beyond even what we know as Space. It’s all about Enlightenment, Pure Consciousness. Uncompromising Pure Consciousness.

Please understand, whether you want this or not is up to you, but if you decide to have Me as a Guru, then there is no question of compromising. If I am your Guru, be very clear, I am here only to teach Science of Enlightenment, I don’t care about the stupid “life.” I am not here to teach you living. I am here to teach Enlightenment. Sometimes I use the word like a ‘living’, also; but even that word, meaning of that word is – breathing Pure Consciousness which is beyond body and mind. It is never small letter ‘living,’ it is always capital letter ‘LIVING.’ Be very clear, I am not some stupid ashram where — “Oh! You learn little yoga, you learn little Vedānta, you develop your life, learn to love, laugh, smile, dance.” No! I am a clear monastery where Upaniṣads and Āgamas are Lived; where a strict celibacy is practiced! Where Enlightenment is not only the first priority, the only priority!

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About Sri Nithya Sadashivatmananda

Initiated disciple of His Holiness Sri Sri Paramahamsa Nithyananda Swamiji.