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JNANA YOGAM - 6.5.

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30/12/2017
CHAPTER- VI
6 -THE ABSOLUTE AND MANIFESTATION-5
(Delivered in London, 1896)

The one peculiar attribute we find in time, space, and causation is that they cannot exist separate from other things. Try to think of space without colour, or limits, or any connection with the things around — just abstract space. You cannot; you have to think of it as the space between two limits or between three objects. It has to be connected with some object to have any existence.

So with time; you cannot have any idea of abstract time, but you have to take two events, one preceding and the other succeeding, and join the two events by the idea of succession. Time depends on two events, just as space has to be related to outside objects. And the idea of causation is inseparable from time and space.

This is the peculiar thing about them that they have no independent existence. They have not even the existence which the chair or the wall has. They are as shadows around everything which you cannot…

JNANA YOGAM - 6.4.

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22/12/2017

CHAPTER- VI

6 -THE ABSOLUTE AND MANIFESTATION-4

(Delivered in London, 1896)

First, we see then that the question, "What caused the Absolute?" is a contradiction in terms;

and secondly, we find that the idea of God in the Advaita is this Oneness;

and, therefore, we cannot objectify Him, for we are always living and moving in Him, whether we know it or not. Whatever we do is always through Him.

Now the question is : -What are time, space, and causation?

Advaita means non-duality; there are no two, but one.

Yet we see that here is a proposition that the Absolute is manifesting Itself as many, through the veil of time, space, and causation.

Therefore it seems that here are two, the Absolute and Mâyâ (the sum total of time, space, and causation).

It seems apparently very convincing that there are two.

To this the Advaitist replies that it cannot be called two.

To have two, we must have two absolute independent existences which cannot be caused. In the first place time…

JNANA YOGAM - 6.3.

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15/12/2017

CHAPTER- VI

6 -THE ABSOLUTE AND MANIFESTATION-3

(Delivered in London, 1896)


But what Advaita says is that God is more than knowable. This is a great fact to learn. You must not go home with the idea that God is unknowable in the sense in which agnostics put it. For instance, here is a chair, it is known to us. But what is beyond ether or whether people exist there or not is possibly unknowable.

But God is neither known nor unknowable in this sense. He is something still higher than known; that is what is meant by God being unknown and unknowable. The expression is not used in the sense in which it may be said that some questions are unknown and unknowable. God is more than known.

This chair is known, but God is intensely more than that because in and through Him we have to know this chair itself. He is the Witness, the eternal Witness of all knowledge. Whatever we know we have to know in and through Him. He is the Essence of our own Self. He is the Essence of this ego, thi…

JNANA YOGAM - 6.2.

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07/12/2017

CHAPTER- VI

6 -THE ABSOLUTE AND MANIFESTATION-2

(Delivered in London, 1896)

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A stone falls and we ask, why? This question is possible only on the supposition that nothing happens without a cause. I request you to make this very clear in your minds, for whenever we ask why anything happens, we are taking for granted that everything that happens must have a why, that is to say, it must have been preceded by something else which acted as the cause. This precedence and succession are what we call the law of causation. It means that everything in the universe is by turn a cause and an effect. It is the cause of certain things which come after it, and is itself the effect of something else which has preceded it.

This is called the law of causation and is a necessary condition of all our thinking. We believe that every particle in the universe, whatever it be, is in relation to every other particle. There has been much discussion as to how this idea arose. In Europe, there have…