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Difference between the witness and pure consciousness!

by | Oct 30, 2022 | Advaita, Atma Nirvriti, Atmananda, Awareness, Consciousness, Direct Path, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Sakshi Bhav/Witness


Didi, could you explain the difference between consciousness and pure consciousness?



Whenever there is an object to witness, then only the witnessing consciousness arises. The witnessing consciousness is called the witness in short.

Whenever there is no object to witness, the witnessing consciousness has no job to do. It collapses back. It sinks into itself. That is called pure Consciousness.

P.S. What we address as the ‘witness’, is called ‘consciousness’ by Nisargadatta. What we address as the ‘Pure Consciousness’ is called ‘Primordial Awareness’ by Nisargadatta.


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  1. Nehal Shah

    Thank you Ektaji. Follow on question, So, there are two side of the coin.

    1. Mindfullness: Where a witness observes an object. That object can be internal like breath, sound in ear, or observing the body. The object can be external, like being witness to our own every day activities.
    2. Abiding in Silence: Observing the silence and thoughtlessness.

    Is this correct understanding?

    • Gnyana Sangha

      Yes dear, spot on! 👍

      1] Witness is witnessing the world.
      2] Witness is resting in itself therefore no more called the witness but simply the awareness/consciousness.


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