Karma Yoga Sastra -Tilak
THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE ABSOLUTE SELF
But, if you consider the matter deeply, it will be seen that the organs do not perform the function of seeing external objects of their own accord, "caksuh pasyati rupani manasa na tu caksusa" — in order to see anything (and also in order to hear anything etc.), the eyes (as also the ears etc.) require the help of the Mind. It has been stated before that if the Mind is vacant, objects in front of the eyes are not seen. "When one takes into account this common experience, one sees that if the Mind is taken out of the organs, the dualities in the objects of the senses become non- existent to us, though they might exist in the external world, notwithstanding that the organs of eyes etc. are perfectly in order ; and it is easy to draw the inference that the Mind will in this way become steeped in the Atman or in the Atman-formed Brahman, and one will begin to get a visionary experience (saksatkara) of the identity of the Brahman and the Atman. That man who has attained this mental state by meditation, mental isolation, worshipping in solitude, or by intense contemplation of the Brahman, will not perceive the dualities or differences in the visible world, although they may be before his eyes ; and then he realises the form of the sole (advaita) Brahman of his own accord. In this beatific ultimate state, which is the result of the fullest Realisation of the Brahman, the three-fold difference, that is, triputi of Knower, Knowable, and Knowledge, or the dual difference of worshipper and worshipped ceases to exist.
References And Context
- (Ma. Bha. San. 311.17)