Jnana Darsana / On Awareness
Awareness, though essentially one,
is known as conditioned or unconditioned.
That awareness which is free
of the ego-sense of "I am," etc.,
is the unconditioned.
That awareness which arises
as "I"- consciousness inside,
and "this"-ness outside
(accompanied by the corresponding
is known as the conditioned.
That awareness by which one experiences,
as pure witness, the non-Self
(such as the ego "I"-consciousness, etc.,)
is true Self-awareness.
The witness alone is the immortal one.
That awareness which is identified
with effects belonging to the non-Self
(such as the ego-"I" consciousness, etc.,)
When things are known as they are,
(as in perceiving the truth of the rope
beneath the snake appearance,)
that awareness is meaningful.
What is otherwise is meaningless.
When, by mere presence alone,
everything is illuminated by itself,
that is characterized as "awareness-by-direct-perception,"
or immediate knowledge.
It is also called "inner" knowledge.
That form of awareness which arises
by performing mental action on the possibilities
of co-dependent phenomena,
and thus inferring their common source,
is known as inductive knowledge.
On going near and recognizing
according to the pattern : "This animal conforms
to the description I have heard of a cow,"
such is called awareness-by-inference,
(or analogical knowledge.)
Awareness characterized as "I-Mine"
is called personalized knowledge.
Awareness characterized as "This-That"
is called sensory knowledge.
That awareness which is verbally expressed
as AUM TAT SAT (Aum, That is the Real)
and experienced as the union of the Absolute and the Self,
empty of functions like willing --
that is known as the ultimate knowledge.