Can Consciousness know the world without the body-mind?
Ektaji, is it true that the Awareness/Knowingness/Consciousness can know only until there is a body-mind complex?
Let’s use the example of space to help explain this.
Where is a building built? A building is actually built in space. The walls of the building apparently divide the space into rooms. In reality, is space divisible? No! It cannot be divided by walls. The walls simply have a temporary function of creating a so-called room. In reality, this function cannot affect space.
Consciousness is like space. The body-mind is like a room in Consciousness. This room cannot personalize or own the apparently-divided Consciousness. The only function of this room called body-mind is to experience the waking-dream world projection.
Adi Shankaracharya explains this by providing references to the sleeping-dream state. In the sleeping dream, there is an imaginary dream subject with a body-mind. That dream subject is the doorway or peephole to experience the sleeping dream world.
In the waking state, you-the-consciousness forget that you are like space and assume to be an individual room, an individual body-mind personality. You experience the world of people situations and things that appear and disappear through the limitedness of the senses of the body-mind. The waking body-mind-personality is the peephole for Consciousness to experience this waking dream world.
In summary, without the sleeping dream subject’s body-mind, you-the-Consciousness cannot experience the sleeping dream world. Without the waking dream subject’s body-mind, you-the-Consciousness cannot experience the waking dream world. There is no difference between the waking state and the dream state. Both are illusions, my dear!
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