DAILY THEOSOPHY QUOTES
Friday 7th June 2013
“The great Advaitee thinkers of India have extended the same reasoning to other states of consciousness, and came to the conclusion that the various conditions of the Ego and the Non-Ego were but the appearances of one and the same entity – the ultimate state of unconsciousness. This entity is neither matter nor spirit; it is neither Ego nor non-Ego; and it is neither object nor subject. In the language of Hindu philosophers it is the original and eternal combination of Purusha and Prakriti. As the Advaitees hold that an external object is merely the product of our mental states, Prakriti is nothing more than illusion, and Purusha is the only reality; it is the one existence which remains eternal in this universe of Ideas. This entity then is the Parabrahman of the Advaitees. Even if there were to be a personal God with any thing like a material upadhi (physical basis of whatever form), from the standpoint of an Advaitee there will be as much reason to doubt his nominal existence as there would be in the case of any other object. In their opinion, a conscious God cannot be the origin of the universe, as his Ego would be the effect of a previous cause, if the word conscious conveys but its ordinary meaning. They cannot admit that the grand total of all the states of consciousness in the universe is their deity, as these states are constantly changing and as cosmic idealism ceases during Pralaya. There is only one permanent condition in the universe which is the state of perfect Unconsciousness, bare cidakasa in fact.
“When my readers once realize the fact that this grand universe is in reality but a huge aggregation of various states of consciousness, they will not be surprised to find that the ultimate state of unconsciousness is considered as Parabrahman by the Advaitees.
“The idea of a God, Deity, Ishvara, or an impersonal God (if consciousness is one of his attributes) involves the idea of Ego or non-Ego in some shape or other, and as every conceivable Ego or non-Ego is evolved from this primitive element (I use this word for want of a better one) the existence of an extra-cosmic god possessing such attributes prior to this condition is absolutely inconceivable. Though I have been speaking of this element as the condition of unconsciousness, it is, properly speaking, the cidakasa or cinmatra of the Hindu philosophers which contains within itself the potentiality of every condition of ‘Prajna,’ and which results as consciousness on the one hand and the objective universe on the other, by the operation of its latent citsakti (the power which generates thought).”
— T. Subba Row, A Personal and an Impersonal God
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