TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0120 TO SEL0134

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TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0120 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

|| 2.02 | THE CRITIQUE OF DUALITY | CONT ||

Progress and downfall in life are not an actual process but an appearance of the states of the one Consciousness .

The form of the process of the world seems to be rigidly determined when looked from the point of view of the corresponding subjective intellects or the individuals in the same grade of reality , but it appears otherwise when we are open to the fact that the perceiving subjects are not made of the same processes of the psychological stuff , that all are not in the same grade of reality , and that cognising subjects are also infinite in number .

The form of the world has no authoritative existence and does not bear the test of reason .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0121 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

There is no reasonable evidence for the existence of an eternal plan and purpose underlying the evolutionary scheme of the world-process , except the fact that it serves as the required objective field of training and self- transcendence for individuals whose constitution is in consonance with the constitution of the world in which they find themselves .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0122 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

Truth being one , it cannot be classed as absolute and relative , except for the sake of human convenience and with reference to subjective changes .

It is a sanction of the inability to apprehend Truth , and is not valid with stricter and saner perception .

If the one is true , the other must be false .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0123 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

If we cannot experience the Absolute , we have to admit our defeat and ignorance , but we cannot thereby take advantage of our limited consciousness and try to prove that what we experience at present also is real independently .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0124 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

If Brahman has expressed itself as the world , then , the world cannot exist outside Brahman .

How can it express itself when there is no space for it to express or expand ? Even space is Brahman .

Expression or change becomes impossible .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0125 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

When space and time , the subtlest aspects of physical manifestation , are nothing but the being of the Brahman itself , it becomes difficult to imagine the expression of Brahman into a world of diversities .

There can be no diversity without space .

Change demands a spatial emptiness where changing subject is not .

It cannot be said that space at present is not Brahman but afterwards it will become Brahman .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0126 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

What is real , now at present , can never be changed subsequently .

If we are not Brahman at present , we can never be That at any time in future . A not-Brahman cannot be turned into Brahman .

Stone does not become milk or honey .

Becoming Brahman is only a consciousness of the state of mere " Be "-ness . And that Consciousness is never absent .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0127 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

When existence is undivided there cannot be a separation of things by space .

Creation , manifestation , expression , thought , are all in relation to the ego which has been tied fast to the feeling of separateness .

Absolute-Existence does not admit of differentiation of any kind . Name , form , action , change , are cast off as apparitions .

Nothing can be said about the Absolute , except that it " is " .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0128 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

Brahman which is the cause and the world which is the effect are basically identical , and hence change and causation lose their meaning .

The phenomenal world is caught up in space , time and causation , which scatter themselves without a past or a future .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0129 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

One thing is in relation to the other, and the world-process seems to be eternal .

An eternal multiplicity is an impossibility , and an individual cannot be an enduring being .

The world , thus , proves itself to be a naught and gives way to the being that is one and that does not change .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0130 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

Since samsara as a whole has neither a beginning nor an end , except with reference to the individuals , the ideas of a real creation and destruction fall to the ground .

Absolutism satisfactorily solves all the problems of life .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0131 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

The form of the world is the projection of the objective force of the Universal Consciousness or the World-Mind .

Everything in the world is a network of unintelligible relations .

Things are not perceived by all in the same fashion .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0132 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

The perceptions of a chair by many individuals are not of the same category of consciousness .

They differ in the contents of their ideas which are the effects of the particular modes of the tendency to objectification potentially existent in the individuals .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0133 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

The forces of distraction which constitute the individual consciousness are not of the same quality in everyone .

There is a difference among individuals in their perception and thinking .

It is impossible to have a knowledge of anything that does not become a content of one’s own consciousness .

Everyone is inside the prison of one's own experience and knows nothing outside one's consciousness .


TROTA | CHAPTER 2 | SEL0134 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

The world is rooted in the belief in its existence .

The form of the world changes when the consciousness reaches the different relative planes of the various degrees of reality .

When consciousness expands into the truth of Pure Being , the world discloses its eternal nature of Pure Consciousness alone .

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