Enlightenment, Self-realization, God-realization, Christ Consciousness…
There is no coming to be of the non-existent. What is not non-existent is Real. These statements are understood by Knowers of Truth*.
The subject is sat — ‘the real; truth, existence; that which is without change, that which really is’.
“There is no coming to be of the non-existent. What is not non-existent is Real.”
• What is not real goes through changes. What is Real never changes.
• The unReal never is. The Real eternally remains.
• With the unReal nothing remains the same. The Real is ever-existent without modification.
• The changeless is what exists and is Real. Anything that can change does not really exist so it is not Real.
* The Knowers of Truth are the enlightened ones, the sages, those who have reached this understanding through direct experience.
Understand that that by which this universe is pervaded is imperishable, and that no one can destroy that which cannot be destroyed but endures always.
‘The Real’ is given more descriptors — it is ‘all-pervasive’, unlimited, everywhere always.
Self-reference: What you really are has no limitations, is not located anywhere, is everywhere. You seem to have limitations and to be located somewhere, due to identification with the unReal.
These bodies, inhabited by the eternal, indestructible, immeasurable embodied one, come to an end. So fight, Descendant of Bharata!
“immeasurable” — all-pervasive and unlimited.
‘Descendant of Bharata’: Krishna uses this epitaph of Arjuna’s to remind him that, having come into being from an original state of ‘continuous knowing’ (Bharata), he already knows all this and just needs to realize it.
Self-reference: God is reminding you that you already know this for the same reason.
He who imagines the embodied one to be a slayer, and he who imagines that the embodied one can be slain, does not understand. The embodied one does not slay, nor is it slain.
Krishna subtly weaves in the reality of ‘non-doership’ here: What Arjuna truly is does nothing, so his arguments in previous verses have no foundation.
Self-reference: What you really are is invulnerable, and what you really are never harms anyone. This is the basis of the first yama, ahimsa (harmlessness). Hurting others doesn’t work and can only cause your own downfall, because it is not possible for the Real You.
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The embodied one is never born, nor does it die at any time. The embodied one is not a being, does not become a being, and will never become a being at any time in the future. It is birthless, eternal, and ever-existent. It is not slain when the body is slain.
How can anyone who knows this embodied one to be indestructible, eternal, birthless, and imperishable, kill or be killed?
Well obviously, this simply cannot happen. We are convinced!
Our bodies come into being, live for a while, and then they die, so by definition they are not Real, nor is anything in the world Real. If you don’t believe this, just try finding something that NEVER changes.
Self reference: The above verses suggest that what is Real is something that is constant. In other words, it is something that is always present no matter what is happening, what is going on around you, in the outside world or within. Think this over and look for this constant. Ask yourself what it is. There is an answer. It is below. Don’t look yet. Think it over and see if you can come up with the answer first, then take a peek.
In the unReal, the ‘relative’, everything is relative to and dependent upon everything else. The Real, the ‘absolute’, is unchanging, never-ending, true and constant existence. The relative (non-existent) describes what we are ‘being’, i.e., physical beings in a world of change. The absolute (existent) describes us as we really are.
Realizing this to be true, we can understand now, why polarizing opposites ultimately become neutralized, and why this is inevitable: they are unReal and we seek the Real. During the process, there is a state we can achieve in which opposites do not arise, where heat and cold, pleasure and pain, attraction and aversion, etc., do not arise and therefore do not exert any influence on us. This state is called Yoga (Union).
Namaste — I bow to the Divine One that you really are,
Self-reference: That which is constant no matter what, is YOU.
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