The Self is the Same In All Beings
Know that anything that comes into being, whether standing still or moving, exists due to the union of the Field and the Field Knower.
“The union of the Field and the Field Knower” is a reference to a previous verse in which the Field Knower is said to be the Real You (a Divine Individual, purusha), and the Field is said to be the body (Nature, prakriti).
It is fair to say that both Prakriti and Purusha are God. All Divine Individuals are God. All of Us are God as both Purusha and Prakriti, the Seer and the Seen. We are each who we are as Individuals who can know, or see, Others like ourSelves. And we are each Individuals who can be known, or seen, by Others like ourSelves. All that truly exists is Us — All Is God.
To understand this, you must consider it in the context of The Absolute, that Reality in which there are no mirages, no things, and nothing going on but eternal bliss — imperishable Us in our natural state of divinity, eternal happiness and joy. From this Absolute God came spontaneous Creation. And so it is said, “All Is God.”
In the Absolute before Creation, once we each became aware of our existence, it was inevitable that we consider the possibility that we were not the only ones in existence. The process of making this discovery is the first cause of Creation, and is the first cause of our Liberation now. Now we must follow the string we unrolled behind us, back the way we came. When we finally get Home, one thing will be different: we will be conscious of it all. We will be conscious of our True Selves, and our relationship with eachOther, existing in mutual Eternal Love and Happiness. Because this is our Natural State.
When in The Absolute (before Creation) you perceived Another, you might either have accepted this Other or not.
Your first acceptance of Another Individual who also accepted You, united You with that Other. This first Other that you accepted is called Ishvara. This union brought about your coming into Being. There is no identifiable difference between you and Ishvara, and yet your sense-of-self is singular (asmita, ‘I am’).
The subtle, intuitive sense of this truth is what is behind your pursuit of a loving relationship in your life, a soul-mate if you will. One expects to find that divine one here on Earth, but it is already found. This divine one is within you as the witness experiencing everything, when all the while you have believed this to be you.
I am That I am
One who sees that Great Ishvara as the same in all beings, imperishable among the perishable, truly sees.
“One who sees that Great Ishvara as the same in all beings”
You see that everyone in a body is in the same situation as you: This Great Ishvara is the first Divine Individual in the Absolute that you accepted as the same as you, and who has also accepted you. Both are equally unlimited in their presence. This situation is the same for all embodied beings.
“Imperishable among the perishable” refers to You and your Ishvara as you really are: Divine Individuals that are imperishable, living as One Being that is perishable.
When you see that WHAT you really are is a Divine Imperishable Individual residing in a body, and that this situation with Ishvara is the same for all of us, you see Truly.
Every Divine Individual is an individual just like You.
Seeing this Great Ishvara as the same in everyone, one does not degrade himself and reaches the Highest State.
When you harm or degrade yourself, hurt or put yourself down, you do the same to Ishvara. Now remember who this is, and you will see how important it is that you become enlightened about this situation, so that you never harm or degrade yourself in any way. Ishvara, whom you love, is your ‘witness within’ who experiences everything you experience, and will also experience any harm you do to yourself or others.
Our attention is being called to how degrading or harming ouselves affects everyone else. Both you and Ishvara are also present in everyone else, so what you do affects not only Ishvara, but everyone else as well. By knowing and understanding this, you can reach the Highest State, the basis of which is the first Universal Spiritual Principle (the first yama), ahimsa — harmlessness toward all beings, including yourself, physically, mentally (not bearing malice) and emotionally (through speech). In this Highest State, one knows the Self to be the same in all Beings.
Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
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