The Upanishad use words like “this” and “that” to describe aspects of reality. For example:
Puurmam adah puurnam idam puurnaat puurnam udachyate
puurnasya puurnam aadaaya puurnam evaavashishyate
That is full, this is full. From fullness, fullness comes out.
Taking fullness from fullness, what remains is fullness.
– Shaantipaatha, Ishaa Upanishad
Often, “That” is taken to mean Brahman as it is indescribable with relative words. However, there are layers of understanding we can draw from this verse.
At first, “That” is infinite consciousness. “This” is the relative world. Both are full but they are a duality. This is the reality of well-established Self Realization.
Later, with the Unity shift, all This is recognized to be That. There is only That. All becomes one wholeness.
Or That is universal consciousness where This is the point value, the place we’re experiencing from. They’re not separate, just as a wave isn’t separate from the ocean.
And still later, That is Brahman. This may be seen as consciousness, arising out of That. The former This of the world is now seen as an uncreated appearance.
Too often the mind wants the “one right answer” when reality is many-faceted. It is so large and inclusive that the truth is everything at once; all perspectives of all beings in all time.
The fullness of reality isn’t known by one individual but by all of us together.
Last Updated on May 27, 2021 by Davidya