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|| 4.02 | BRAHMAN AS CONSCIOUSNESS OR INTELLIGENCE ||
What is , then , the nature of this Absolute Existence ?
The inmost being in us , our own existence itself , shall solve the problem .
We find that we cannot make a distinction between our being and our consciousness .
To think of being as the real , and yet as different from consciousness , seems to be impossible .
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Just as we cannot deny being , so also we cannot deny consciousness .
We can deny the objects and states of consciousness , but we can never deny consciousness itself .
In every one of our attempts to do so , it asserts its existence before we even begin to think properly .
Consciousness is the most positive of facts , the datum of all experience .
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Consciousness and the Absolute transcends all limits of space , time and causality .
Consciousness is never limited , for the very consciousness of the fact of limitation is proof of its transcendental unlimitedness .
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This Universal Consciousness is not to be confused with the individual’s ego-consciousness .
Rather , it is Pure Awareness .
Ego-consciousness necessitates a modification in a certain fashion , and hence it is only a mode of becoming and not being in its Fullness .
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Consciousness in the sense of Reality does not imply that outside it something must exist as its object .
It is only in empirical cognition that consciousness needs an object .
In the highest condition , the existence and the content of consciousness are one and the same .
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The Absolute knows itself without any process of knowing .
Consciousness is absolute Intelligence , unlimited Self- luminosity .
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Even in all the states of waking , dreaming , deep sleep , swooning , etc , the Self ever remains as the indispensable and indisputable immediacy of Consciousness , a witness of all states .
Unaffected and unaltered , it remains in its purity , as the eternal principle in all states of experience .
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Ultimate Existence is identical with Infinite Consciousness and not individual consciousness .
The Real is Impersonal , and the individual is personal .
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" Brahman is Consciousness . " ( Ait . Up . III . 3 )
" This Purusha is Self-luminous . " ( Brih . Up . IV . 3 . 9 . 14 )
" The Self alone is its light . " ( Brih . Up . IV . 3 . 6 )
" Through what can one be conscious of IT by whom alone one is conscious of this everything ? Through what can one know the Knower ? " ( Brih . Up . II . 4 . 14 )
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