Pippalayana Instructs on the Nature of the Lord
“This Brahman never was born and never dies. He neither grows nor decays, because He is the Witness of the various states of all objects which are subject to birth and destruction. He is the Witness and Knower of the different states that affect the bodies, such as birth, growth, modification or change, decay, death etc. He is the one and the same conscious factor in the stages of childhood, youth, old age etc. He is an unchanging, undecaying, ever constant, self-luminous, pure consciousness. He exists always and everywhere as the mere indestructible consciousness or knowledge; yet like Prana the one real consciousness is perceived as many under the influence of the senses.
“Life pursues the Jiva through his various relations of wakefulness and dreams, whether in eggs or in the wombs or in the trees or in the drops of sweat. But when the action of the senses and egoism disappear, the Jiva attains his essential Satchidananda state which is free from any change, because his subtle body, the basis for attachment, affections, likes and dislikes does not exist. The only evidence of the existence of Brahman or Atman is the recollection or memory of bliss which you enjoyed in deep sleep when you have risen from sleep.
“When the senses and egoism vanish, the Jiva rests peacefully in the Kutastha Brahman in deep sleep. It is often said that this deep sleep is a vacant state or vacuum or a negative state. This is a mistake.Them an who rises from deep sleep in variably says,“Ienjoyed sound sleep.”Thisgoesto prove that in sound sleep also, there was a factor, Sakshi or silent witness in him, which enjoyed bliss and was ignorant of the cause of such bliss. From this experience of sleep you can understand clearly that the real nature of the Jiva is bliss and that he is unable to realise it, because his mind and senses lead him astray outwardly in a wild-goose chase.