Sunday, October 24, 2010

Necessity of Contrast

“Spirit (or Consciousness) and Matter are, however, to be regarded, not as independent realities,” Blavatsky wrote, “… but as the two facets or aspects of the Absolute (Parabrahm), which constitute the basis of conditioned Being whether subjective or objective.”
“Hence it will be apparent that the contrast of these two aspects of the Absolute is essential to the existence of the ‘Manifested Universe.’”

Whenever something is manifest, it is your conscious observation through waking consciousness that created it. Everything is created within your own consciousness. As Enoch Tan says in his article ‘You create everything within your Consciousness’

“There is nothing that would appear in your physical reality unless it had already existed in your thoughts or feelings. You might think that it is some external action that produced the result, and so you go about trying to change it. But your external action would not have taken place if it wasn’t created by your mentality and emotions. If your consciousness was different, you would receive a different set of results even if you had taken the same actions.”

This same action that an individual takes is observation which remains unchanged but the resultant manifestations are different at different points of time. This can be compared to the conscious observation of a river by someone sitting quietly on banks. The act that the person performs is looking at the river but at every moment he sees a different attribute of the river; clear water, floating debris or a wriggling water snake but if we move beyond the sensory inputs to our pure conscious perception, the river always remains a body of flowing water. This unpolluted image of the river gets modified due to the contrast provided by the senses.

In Brahma Sutra, aphorism 5 says; “Consciousness, not matter, is the primal cause of the cosmos (Eekshather na asabdam)”.

One of the subjects or themes of philosophy which Brahma Sutra refutes vehemently is Sankhya, the duality of consciousness and matter, known as Purusha and Prakriti. We are usually prone to accept the Sankhya doctrine since we ourselves feel that consciousness is inside us and the world is outside. So, there is a duality. Then, what is wrong with Sankhya? Don’t you believe that the world is material in its nature and you are conscious inside? This is what exactly the Sankhya doctrine proclaims. There are only two things in this universe, consciousness and matter. But this can not be as if consciousness and matter are distinct, how can we make a conscious observation of matter? This is the classical mind-matter dualism.

Unless matter is a subset of consciousness, it is not possible to have any conscious perception of exterior material reality.

If one could take a picture of his objective circumstances and his subjective mentality, he would find that they would be identical. For one is the cause of the other. One is the image and the other is the reflection of that image. Cause and effect are parts of a complete whole. One is the inside and the other is the outside of the same thing. Cause and effect are but two sides of thought. Spirit is both cause and effect. God makes things through the direct act of becoming the things which He creates. This is what we do, for our thought becomes the thing thought of. The thought and the thing are one, in reality.

Though there is a necessity of contrast as internal and external during manifestation, in reality cause and effect are inseparable whole.

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