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The apparently triple nature of Reality is asserted to be one in Truth .
" That which is Joy is the same as Being which is Life " . ( Chh Up . IV . 10 . 5 )
Non-existence is the existence of the absence of existence .
Existence is the substratum of all positive and negative entities .
Existence is a value which is always judged by a conscious being .
Though existence in itself is not a value , it is so in its " perceived " objective phases .
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The absence of consciousness nullifies all value , including existence .
Perception and the other ways of knowing are possible because of the Intelligence underlying the apparatus of ordinary consciousness .
Intelligence or Consciousness is non objective , and objectivity is a self-limitation of it through a mode .
Hence Consciousness must be limitless or infinite .
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" The Infinite is Delight . " All beings are " delighted " , because they " know " that they " exist " .
The Being of Reality consists in Experience , uncontradicted by transcendence and untrammelled by modification .
In this One Whole all appearances get fused , and they vanish into It .
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This Reality-Experience is one and attributeless , true to itself which is Alone , above thought , and above every partial aspect of being , but including all , none of which can be complete without getting itself merged in the fully real , which is the Absolute .
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This Being can only be One , because experience is always a Whole , and because dissatisfaction is the effect of a faith in all independent pluralities and external relations which endlessly contradict themselves .
The Absolute is experienced as the same Illimitable Immensity , even if it is approached in millions of ways .
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The Absolute does not act , as action is impossible without ego-consciousness which will be a discrepancy in the perfection of the Absolute .
Thought and speech are equally illogical conceptions in an absolute condition .
There is no comparison , no illustration , no form of reasoning that can determine the nature of the Absolute . The Real is supra-rational . It is experienced and not understood .
It is the most intensely positive Fact , nothing is truer than the Absolute .
Everything other than That is a cipher .
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It is spaceless and timeless , indivisible and undecaying .
It is , as it were , something in which the whole existence seems to be lost , but it is That in which everything is found in the hardest form of reality .
If the Absolute can be called Life , everything else is but death .
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It is beyond even the highest of the intellect — God .
It is not God , It is the essence of God , the highest of intuition .
It is the General Impersonal beyond distinction .
It is the Great Immobility whereby all is moved .
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" All things exist for the sake of this Infinite Self . "
" If we do not regard them as such , they would vanish for us . "
We love all things because we love the Infinite which we ourselves are .
In every act of mental love , the Infinite is calling unto the Infinite , which is in and for itself .
We do not love anything for its own sake ; we love everything for the sake of the Self .
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This Self is not anything that we know .
It is not even consciousness as we understand it , for consciousness in the ordinary sense is a fleeting phenomenon due to the entry of Reality in the elements which produce forms .
All that exists is the divisionless Reality .
" Such , indeed , is Immortality ", said Yajnavalkya .
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That the Self is of the nature of absolute Bliss is proved from the fact of Its being the eternal Consciousness which is self-luminous in nature .
There can be no imperfection in Consciousness .
It is clear that It is free from all wants , because It is absolute and includes everything in Itself .
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Pain is the effect of not having what is wanted or having what is not wanted .
Both these cannot be the case with the Absolute Consciousness , as It is secondless .
Therefore , pain is impossible in the Absolute .
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As there can be neither heat , cold , hunger , thirst , grief , delusion , ignorance , passion , disease , decay nor death in the Absolute , no pain can be conceived of in It .
The absence of relations with objective existence , the characters of asangata and kevalata , show that the Absolute is completely free from pain and grief .
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The psychological , the physical and the heavenly troubles cannot find a place in the Absolute because of the want of differentiation , external or internal .
Pain is the condition of a particular experience of an object or a state by an individual under certain given circumstances .
The Absolute , however , is neither one among the conditions , nor one among many planes , nor any individual .
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The Absolute does not experience circumstances or environments .
Its Experience is non-relational .
There is no such thing as a non-relational pain , as pain is an objective experience and hence relational .
Contact is the source of pain . The Absolute can have no contacts , and therefore no pain .
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