Existence, Consciousness and Bliss

“The Unknowable knowing itself as Sachchidananda is the one supreme affirmation of Vedanta; it contains all the others or on it they depend. This is the one veritable experience that remains when all appearances have been accounted for negatively by the elimination of their shapes and coverings or positively by the reduction of their names and forms to the constant truth that they contain.” Whatever we try to say about the universe, this experience of the pure Existent (Sat), Consciousness (Chit) and Bliss (Ananda) is the ultimate real and enduring truth. We may regard the forms as transitory and illusory, but behind the forms is the immensity of the silent brooding existence that upholds and informs all manifestation. We may regard our human intelligence as limited and fallible, but behind this lies the infinite Consciousness that creates the stars, the atoms, and all of life. We may wish to escape the wheel of suffering and the links of the chain that bind us to a life of pain and disillusionment, but behind this is the Eternal Bliss that accepts all energy and manifestation with an equal and transcendent joy.

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Chapter 6, Man in the Universe

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