Consciousness as used in Infinity in a Drop
author: Matthijs Cornelissen
last revision: March 5, 2019
NB. Internal links to the relevant chapters of Infinity in a Drop are still to be completed.
- Consciousness is awareness.
There is a transitive and an intransitive form of this:
one can be conscious of something, or one can consciously be something.
- Consciousness is power.
Cit is cit-tapas; consciousness is not only passive, but also dynamic:
it can reject, sanction and work to manifest something.
- Consciousness is the source of identity.
Consciousness is one with being;
we are our consciousness.
- Everything is conscious.
Consciousness is part of the very stuff of existence.
- Consciousness is capable of exclusive concentration.
Each centre of consciousness is at any given moment only conscious of a subset of all it could be conscious of.
- Consciousness is the ultimate source of all qualities.
There are many types of consciousness.
- Consciousness always goes with Joy.
- Consciousness always goes with Love.
(Love is the dynamic side of joy.)
- Consciousness is unitary.
Each centre of consciousness has at any given time only one consciousness.
Each centre of consciousness is in it's core still one with the original consciousness.
- Consciousness is transcendent, cosmic and individual.
Consciousness is none, one, all and many.
- Consciousness is both static (beyond time) and evolving (in time).
- Consciousness is (ultimately) free.
"Most bound most free"
All of the above follows directly or indirectly from the idea of saccidānanda as the ultimate nature of reality.
To understand how this conceptualisation of consciousness relates
to the way the term is understood in other knowledge systems:
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