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Panchadashi Lesson - A0205: Knower is Changeless

Panchadashi
Module - A
Unit - A02
Lesson - A0205: Knower is Continuous/ Unchanging
By Raja Subramaniyan

Transient Logic: Objects can be stated discrete / moving/ changing with reference to something (knower) that is continuous / non-moving/ unchanging.

Example: Thread is one continuous object that holds many discrete pearls. If the thread is discrete, it cannot hold the discrete pearls together.

Movement of the train could be experienced only with reference to the nonmoving platform.

An owner of a small restaurant opens it in the morning. Employees, customers and other vendors arrive and depart. The owner cannot report on arrival and departure of everyone if he has changed in between.

Statement 8: The knower does not change but the objects are changing.

If knower is also changing, it is not possible to perceive the changes in the objects. In order to observe a change, the observer needs to be changeless.

In the mind there are various thoughts that arise and subside. The knower of the arrival and departure of thoughts exists continuously without any break. If not, it is not possible to identify the arrival and departure of various thoughts.

The one, who is aware of the arrival and departure of all our thoughts, needs to be present all the time continuously. Otherwise, we will not be able to say, "It was in my mind. But now I am not able to recollect it".

One may have knowledge of cooking and knowledge of engineering. The knower of these two branches of knowledge is not different. Variation exists only in the object of knowledge and not in the subject.

Similarly, knowledge of one person is different from the knowledge of another person and the difference is only in the medium of knowledge (mind) and not in the knower. Knower is only one.

Statement 9: The knower is continuous but the objects appear/ disappear.

If the knower is also disappearing then someone else should be available to perceive the disappearance of the knower. However, it is already proven that the knower is only one. Therefore, it is beginning less and endless.

Example: In a drama, different actors come on the stage and go back. The light in the hall illumines everything on the stage. If there is no light, no actors can be seen on the stage. However, even if there are no actors on the stage, we still need light to know this fact.

Similarly, to comprehend the changing nature of the objects the knower has to be changeless.

To comprehend the appearance and disappearance of the objects the knower has to be eternally present.
Thus it is proven that knower is one, unchanging and continuous.
The equivalent words for 'Knower' are Observer, Witness, Consciousness and Awareness.

Summary:
Statement 1: In creation, there are many different objects.
Statement 2: The knower of these objects is different from the objects known.
Statement 3: What is known cannot be the knower.
Statement 4: You are the knower. (Observer/Awareness/Consciousness)
Statement 5: The knower is one but the objects known are many.
Statement 6: The knower is seen indirectly.
Statement 7: The knower appears to be different but in reality, it is one.
Statement 8: The knower does not change but the objects are changing.
Statement 9: The knower is continuous but the objects appear/ disappear.

Knower is the ONE.

ONE is the real meaning of the word "I", the knower.

I am the knower and I exist forever.

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