Awareness and Consciousness
What do you do when asleep?
I am aware of being asleep.
Is not sleep a state of unconsciousness?
Yes, I am aware of being unconscious.
And when awake, or dreaming?
I am aware of being awake or dreaming.
I do not catch you. What exactly do you mean? Let me make my
terms clear: by being asleep I
unconscious, by being awake I mean conscious, by dreaming I mean
conscious of one’s
but not of the surroundings.
Well, it is about the same with me, Yet, there seems to be a
difference. In each state you forget
other two, while to me, there is but one state of being,
including and transcending the three
states of waking, dreaming and sleeping.
Do you see in the world a direction and a purpose?
The world is but a reflection of my imagination. Whatever I want
to see, I can see. But why
I invent patterns of creation, evolution and destruction? I do
not need them and have no
to lock up the world in a mental picture.
Coming back to sleep. Do you dream?
What are your dreams?
Echoes of the waking state.
And your deep sleep?
The brain consciousness is suspended.
Are you then unconscious?
Unconscious of my surroundings -- yes.
Not quite unconscious?
I remain aware that I am unconscious.
You use the words 'aware' and 'conscious'. Are they not the
Awareness is primordial; it is the original state,
beginningless, endless, uncaused, unsupported,
parts, without change. Consciousness is on contact, a reflection
against a surface, a state of
There can be no consciousness without awareness, but there can
be awareness without
as in deep sleep. Awareness is absolute, consciousness is
relative to its content;
is always of something. Consciousness is partial and changeful,
awareness is total,
calm and silent. And it is the common matrix of every
How does one go beyond consciousness into awareness?
Since it is awareness that makes consciousness possible, there
is awareness in every state of
Therefore the very consciousness of being conscious is already a
Interest in your stream of consciousness takes you to awareness.
It is not a new state.
is at once recognised as the original, basic existence, which is
life itself, and also love and joy.
Since reality is all the time with us, what does
self-realisation consist of?
Realisation is but the opposite of ignorance. To take the world
as real and one’s self as unreal is
The cause of sorrow. To know the self as the only reality and
all else as temporal and
is freedom, peace and joy. It is all very simple. Instead of
seeing things as imagined, learn
see them as they are. It is like cleansing a mirror. The same
mirror that shows you the world as it
will also show you your own face. The thought 'I am' is the
polishing cloth. Use it.