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One alone IS.
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Mind is a most peculiar and powerful instrument in man. The power of creation remains as a seed thought in the mind. It is because of the mind principle and the mingling of the Chith and Jada, the creation happens. The scriptures talk about “Brahman” as the Supreme One in Hindu philosophy. The Brahman is unique and it is the only eternal principle, which exists for ever. Creations come and go like the pictures that fall on the white screen. Pictures are of temporary nature whereas the screen is the only unchanging base! Likewise, Brahman is the unchanging, ever existing base on whom; the creation is superimposed by the deluding mind. The mind hides the creator and superimposes the world over the Brahman. When the picture is projected on the screen, the screen is not seen and only the pictures are perceived. The pictures need the screen and not otherwise. Likewise, creation needs Brahman and Brahman exists independent of creation. In a way, we can term the “Brahman” as unconcerned, indifferent and mute witness. No reactions whatsoever. Reactions occur when there are two entities. When only one exists, where is the question of ‘reaction’?
Once Saibaba told a gathering of devotees, “Irrespective of events, I am happy”. There is a deep philosophical meaning to this statement. As mortals, we need events to pull on in this life. But God has no need for events. There is a period of ultimate dissolution of created world. The period may be many lakhs of years, yet the Divine is always in perpetual happiness. This is the main difference between the mortals and Divine. We need the external world, persons and events to pull on. We undergo three states in every day. One is waking state. The other one is dream state and the third one is deep sleep state where there are no dreams even. After waking up we remark that we had a peaceful sleep. Actually dream state is a disturbed sleep. The saints talk about a state which is called “Turiya”. This fourth state is beyond the waking, dreaming and deep sleep states. The happiness we derive during deep sleep can be known only after waking. But in the fourth state “Turiya”, we experience the bliss even while in that state.
Advaita philosophy stems from the fact of “One alone”. There are no two. If we perceive two, then Maya or delusion is in action.