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APHORISMS ON AWARENESS

 

 

Awareness is the Self.

 

Thus, identifying individual awareness with universal awareness and

attaining divine bliss, from where or from whom should one get scared?

 

The Shiva Sutras

 

 

Every appearance owes its existence to the light of awareness.

Nothing can have its own being without the light of awareness.

 

Kshemaraja

 

 

Meditate on one’s own body as the universe,

and as having the nature of awareness.

 

The yogi is always mindful of that witnessing awareness which alone is

the subject of everything, which is always a subject and never an object.

 

The Vijnanabhairava Tantra

 

 

Having made itself manifest, awareness abides as both the inner and the outer.

  

Utpaladeva

 

The being of all things that are recognised in awareness

in turn depends on awareness.

 

Listen! Our Lord whose nature is awareness, is unlimited,

the absolute master of the arising and dissolving away of every power.

 

The Supreme Goddess is the absolute freedom of our own awareness which assumes these various forms.

 

The power that resides in the heart of awareness is freedom itself. The purpose of its creative activity is the group (kula)
- the entire range of experiencing subject, experienced object, and process of experiencing.

 

The Shastras (teachings) and Agamas (scriptures) proclaim with reasoned argument
that it [awareness] is free of thought-constructs [nirvikalpa] and precedes all mental representation of any objects.

 

Sri Abhinavagupta

 

Awareness is devoid of objects;

That is why it is called

Eternally free from bonds.

 

Mandukya Karika

 

 

The body is an awareness.

 

For seers, to be alive means to be aware.

 

There is something in us all that can witness with our entire body.

 

Carlos Castaneda

 

“… awareness qua awareness [is] not awareness as a topic within, or relative to, a context that defines it by confining it, as e.g. social awareness, physical awareness or awareness physically analysed … Rather, without trepidation, awareness ‘itself’ – awareness without confinement – is our topic; awareness without imposed limits as our ‘context’… Awareness as such is a truly primitive term, unlike ‘consciousness’ (with all its differentiated levels) which … always refers to being ‘aware-of-something’, of some content, as vivid or vague, sharp or dim as it may be. Awareness … belongs to no one exclusively, has no restrictions, derivations or explanations … just is. Awareness is a singularity beyond personality and impersonality – which cannot be contained, curtailed, expanded or transcended from ‘without awareness’. It is not as important to simply label this awareness with a word like God, the Absolute or what have you, as to submit and abandon yourself to this singularity of awareness … the awareness that runs through you as one person of a multi-personal universe of unlimited awareness … [This] ‘spiritual’ awareness cannot be locked up in churches, temples and mosques … from which imposing directives issue forth, nor can it thrive diluted as part of the mainstream culture it is supposed to be educating.”

Awareness ‘itself’ is going nowhere, is doing nothing ‘outside’ of itself, there not being anything outside: it belongs to no one exclusively, has no restrictions, derivations or explanations … awareness just is.

Awareness is a singularity beyond personality and impersonality – which cannot be contained, curtailed, expanded or transcended from ‘without awareness’.

It is not important to simply label this awareness with a word like God, the Absolute or what have you, as to submit and abandon yourself to this singularity of awareness …the awareness that runs through you as one person of an multi-personal universe of unlimited awareness …

Spiritual awareness cannot be locked up in churches, temples and mosques … from which imposing directives issue forth, nor can it thrive diluted as part of the mainstream culture it is supposed to be educating …

Michael Kosok - ‘The Singularity of Awareness’

 

“Now thinking which constructs a world of objects understands these objects; but meditative thinking begins with an awareness of the field within which these objects are … the field of awareness itself.” 

John Anderson (translator of Heidegger’s ‘Discourse on Thinking’)

 

 

The most fundamental scientific ‘fact’ is not the existence of a universe of things in space and time but awareness of such a universe.

We can no more explain awareness as such by any ‘thing’ we are aware of than we can explain dreaming as such by something we dream of.

Awareness is nothing in need of scientific ‘explanation’. For by its very nature it is no  ‘thing’, and thus not explainable by some other thing.

Awareness is not a ‘thing’ that can evolve from or arise out of an unaware or insentient universe of things. On the contrary all things in the universe emerge and take shape out of a universal awareness.

Everything and everyone is a portion and expression of the universal awareness that we call ‘God’. God is not a person, but all persons are personifications of the universal awareness that is God.

Everything and everyone is a shape taken by the universal awareness within that awareness.

Awareness is nothing enclosed within our bodies or brains. It is the very space within which we experience all things – including our bodies themselves. 

Awareness is everything. Everything is an awareness.

Peter Wilberg

 

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