Shri Datta Swami

Jnana Saraswati – Parabrahma Sutras


122. Self-awareness means the awareness of primordial energy

मूलप्रकृतिरात्मा स्वज्ञानावशेषे।१२२।
mūlaprakṛtirātmā svajñānāvaśeṣe|122|

Self awareness means Atman and here the self is the primordial energy itself.


Atman is said to be self-awareness. Here the word self means the basic essential form of Atman, which is the all-pervading inert energy in the form of space called as primordial energy. Hence, awareness of space itself is self-awareness. There is no contradiction between self-awareness and the awareness of space because self means space, which is the primordial energy.


Inert energy that is doing the process of awareness can become the object of knowledge. Awareness is the process of knowing. It needs an object that is to be known. So when the basic inert energy or the primordial energy (space) becomes the object of the process of knowing, then that is self-knowledge, self realization or self-awareness. Here the object of the work is the worker; not the work. Work cannot be both the object as well as work. Work is the process and the worker is the entity doing it. You cannot call the worker as a process as well as an entity. The worker is different from the process. You are walking. Walking is a process. You are the entity. So, both are different. Thus, both must be different. The ‘work of work’ is a meaningless idea.

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