THE SUPREME BEING
SUPREME:In this chapter it is shown that the form of the Self is the form of God and He is in the form of ‘I-I’ The universal principle underlying the correspondence between the ideas ‘within’ and the objects ‘without’ is the true significance of the term ‘mind’. Therefore, SUPREME:the body and the world which appear as external to oneself are only mental reflections. SUPREME:It is only the Heart that manifests in all these forms. In the Core of the all-comprehensive Heart, that is, in the expanse of the pure mind, there is the self-luminous ‘I’ always shining. Because It is manifest in everybody, it is also called the 1 Omniscient Witness, or the Fourth State.The Infinite Expanse is the Reality known as the Supreme Spirit or the Self, which shines without egoism as the Consciousness within the ‘I’, as the One in all individuals. What is beyond the Fourth State is only this.Let it be meditated on,SUPREME: the Expanse of Absolute Consciousness which shines, all- pervading, within and without, the illumination of the Fourth State, like space which simultaneously pervades the inmost blue core of a luminous flame and the innate space beyond. The true State is that which shines all over, as space includes and extends beyond the flame. No heed should be paid to the light. Enough to know that the Real is the State free from ego. That everyone points to the chest when referring to himself by gesture, 1 Waking is the first state, dreaming is the second, and deep sleep is the third. Since pure Consciousness subsists during all the three states and also transcends them, it cannot strictly be classified along with the other three states, though it is technically called the Fourth State.28 Words of Grace is sufficient proof that the Absolute resides as the Self in the Heart. The Rishi Vasishtha also says that searching for the Self outside oneself, oblivious of its constantly shining as ‘I-I’ within the Heart, is like throwing away an invaluable celestial gem for 2 a sparkling pebble. SUPREME:Vedantists consider it a sacrilege to regard the One Creating, Sustaining, and Absorbing Supreme Self as the separate gods, Ganapathi, Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, 3 Maheswara, and Sadasiva.