Nov 19, 2010
from TimesOfIndia Website
and the objects seen is called viveka.
What is seen and who is the seer?
Similarly, to the mind, the eye is seer
and the sense organ of vision is the seen. For true consciousness,
which is the seer, the mind becomes the seen. The true consciousness
is the ultimate seer which experiences without the help of other
entity, this true consciousness alone is the witness. Lamp doesn't
need another lamp to prove its presence.
Consciousness is self-aware of its existence. But this true consciousness has a reflected consciousness which is ego that is projected due to the reflecting medium called the mind. The mind is a subtle form of energy that has no consciousness of its own but acts as a conscious entity due to ego.
This ego is limited consciousness and acts as the observer, knower and the experienced. Identification of the reflected consciousness with the world and getting attached to the likes and dislikes of it is called samsara.
The only way to overcome ego is to shun doer-ship.
The ego is the "i" ness present in mind
where thoughts, feelings and experiences circle. Once this reflected
consciousness is withdrawn from the mind and merged with the true
consciousness - then the non attachment to the body and the mind is
achieved. We require a proficient guru and uninterrupted
sadhana to know which this
reflected consciousness is.
Then again, he saw the necklace, right there.
This time he was determined to get it.
He decided to plunge into the river.
Although it was disgusting, he plunged in and searched everywhere
for the necklace. Just then, a
sadhu who was walking by saw him,
and asked him what the matter was. The beggar didn't want to share
anything with the sadhu, thinking he might take the necklace and get
He had been trying to capture a mere reflection of the real necklace all the time.