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|| 4.01 | BRAHMAN AS EXISTENCE OR BEING | CONT ||
" All creatures have Existence as their root , Existence as their abode , Existence as their sole support . "
All forms are shadows of Pure Existence which alone endures in past , present and future , while the shadows perish like bubbles in the ocean .
In the Real , existence and content are identical . Hence , everything is mere existence , which alone is real .
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" As birds resort to a tree for a resting place , even so it is to this Supreme Being that all here resort for their existence . "
" Not by speech , not by mind , not by sight can it be grasped . How can it be known except by admitting that it simply ' is ' ? " . ( Katha Up , VI . 12 )
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It is the hard Reality , " the great Terror , the raised-up Thunderbolt , through fear of which the fire burns , the sun gives heat , the wind blows , Indra showers , Death does its duty ! "
" The Brahmanas and the Kshatriyas serve as its meal , and death itself is its condiment . "
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" At the command of that Imperishable , the sun and the moon , the earth and the sky are held in their respective positions .
At the command of that Imperishable , the moments , the instants , the days , the nights , the fortnights , the months , the seasons , the years , stand differentiated in their own places .
At the command of that Imperishable , some rivers flow from the snowy mountains to the east , some to the west , in whatever direction each may flow .
Whatever great actions one does in this world , even for thousands of years , without the knowledge of this Imperishable , is finite .
Whoever dies without the knowledge of this Imperishable , is miserable . " ( Brih . Up )
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" This Imperishable is satyam , True Being . "
" Sat is the immortal and it is the mortal . Yam is that which holds the two together " . ( Chh . Up , VIII . 3 . 5 )
It rises above the mortal and the immortal , both of which are relative conceptions .
The highest is ritam and brihat , real and great .
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Being alone is the unavoidable basic experience , which is the fundamental concept in philosophy .
We can think away everything , but we cannot think away that we are .
Being is the very nature even of one who denies it .
All constituents of our thinking , all forms of existence , all modes of knowledge , presuppose being .
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Being cannot lead us to non-being , for , the moment non-being is known , it becomes being itself .
But being is not an object of our immediate empirical experience , for it is always a particular mode of being or , rather , becoming that is the object of our relative experience .
To us , individuals , there can be no such thing as experience of existence-in-general .
But eternal being is general or Absolute existence which cannot be confused or identified with becoming which is a process .
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Brahman is not a process or a collection of many particulars , not a multitude of many finites .
No amount of accumulation of relatives , however vast that may be , can make up the Absolute .
An aggregate of finites can give us a huge mass of finites , but not the Infinite — spatial immensity or vastness is not infinitude .
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The Absolute transcends all finites , but includes everyone of them . It does not become . It is .
Becoming is not completeness of existence , whereas perfect Being implies Fullness .
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The Absolute does not grow or evolve . It is not a process stretching beyond itself .
If it were so , the Absolute would be involved in space , time and causation , and would cease to be the Absolute .
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The Absolute is perfect Oneness and not a system of plural beings co-existing as reals with action and reaction among themselves .
It is not a complex mass of relations .
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If the Absolute is considered as a system , then its parts must be either identical with it or different from it .
If they are identical , their individualities are lost ; if different , the relation between them becomes unintelligible .
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The Absolute can only be Being free from all kinds of differences .
It must be Partless , Eternal , Homogeneous Existence ,
" One only without a second . "
Existence is the most universal concept which leaves nothing whatsoever outside it .
SOURCE | SATYAVEDISM.ORG