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The mind is in wisdom

The body sleeps.
Consciousness never sleeps.
Wisdom is not in the mind.
The mind is in wisdom.
Consciousness is not an appearance.
The mind is an appearance in consciousness.
The mind is made out of consciousness
but not the other way around.
There are key understandings about consciousness
which must be realized and comprehended
in order to bring order to the mind.

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Posted by: Magdi Badawy
Created: December 9, 2022
Last modified: December 9, 2022

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4 responses to “The mind is in wisdom”

  1. Robert Caldwell Avatar
    Robert Caldwell

    I have been intrigued by the word “consciousness” and how it relates to the word “awareness”.

    I often see them interchanged.

    For me, it has been helpful to use the word “awareness” as it relates to “Self”, and “consciousness” as it relates to individual personality.

    For example, it is awareness that enlivens the personality via the “Source”, and it is “consciousness” once this awareness has enlivened the personality and ventured forth.

    Using these terms in this way, I am able to understand the 3 states of “AUM” as presented in the Mandukya Upanishad.

    1) The waking state has awareness induced consciousness that is outer directed.

    2) The Dream state has awareness induced consciousness that is inner directed, and

    3) The Deep Sleep state while still enlivened by awareness, has no consciousness per se.

    I am not saying this is, or is not, the way IT IS, because I do not know that.

    It has simply been helpful for me personally in creating a useful paradigm by using these 2 words in that way.

    Thanks. Love.

    1. Magdi Badawy Avatar
      Magdi Badawy

      Hi Robert,
      I guess there are many ways to cut the carrot. What matters is the liberating understanding, the liberating glimpse.
      The inquiry into reality, into the true nature of I, the true nature of the world body mind, the inquiry which brings liberation from the illusion of separation which plagues us is what matters.
      In my lingo, I refer to mind states as manifestation, as appearances. We do make a ‘conceptual’ distinction between waking, dream and deep sleep states, but such distinctions are pedagogical and do not exist in reality. We do make a distinction between outward directed and inward directed consciousness, but once again, such distinction have no reality.
      The liberating glimpse is in the understanding that there is one reality. The reality of consciousness/awareness, known by many names such as Brahman, the Absolute, God, Being, etc.
      I refer to the body mind as endowed with sentience (rather than consciousness).
      There are various degrees of sentience. Under anesthesia, the body mind’s sentience differs from the sentience when it is not under anesthesia. Irrespective of the sentience of the body, consciousness/awareness/reality remains unchanged, unaffected by the phenomenal realm. In the common lingo, people refer to an anesthetized body as ‘not conscious’. I refer to an anesthetized body as having a different form of sentience. The senses are dimmed down under anesthesia in order not to perceive the surgery.
      It seems that Nisargadatta makes a similar distinction between the terms awareness and consciousness, similar to yours. In my experience, this has led to much confusion given in many languages, consciousness and awareness go by the same word.
      Having said all that, the language which serves someone to arrive at the liberating glimpse is the correct language. Whichever form this language takes is of no importance except for pundits, which we are not.
      Much love.
      Magdi

  2. Ron Rubin Avatar
    Ron Rubin

    I also like to use the two words to make a distinction.

    In this I follow the pointers of Nisargadatta Maharaj.

    According to him,
    Awareness comes first (1),
    Consciousness arises out of Awareness (2),
    and finally my world arises out of consciousness (3).

    There can be Awareness without consciousness (for example in deep sleep, coma, etc.)…but there can be no consciousness without Awareness, and certainly no world.

    Of course words are just labels or pointers…
    they are not the thing itself…
    so use these words only if it works for you.

    I agree wholeheartedly with your statement:
    I am not saying this is,
    or is not, the way IT IS,
    because I do not know that.

    It has simply been helpful for me personally in creating a useful paradigm by using these 2 words in that way.

  3. Magdi Badawy Avatar
    Magdi Badawy

    Hi Ron,
    I am familiar with this model. In my sharing, I refer to the term awareness as an attribute of consciousness. Awareness as the knowing aspect of being. Wherever there is being, there is awareness and wherever there is awareness, there is being.
    In the Indian tradition, they refer to Sat/Chit/Ananda as the summation of the non-dual understanding. Awareness/knowingness is Chit and consciousness/reality/being is Sat.
    Sat/Chit/Ananda invites the understanding that awareness/knowingness and consciousness/beingness are not two.
    Again, all of this is pedagogical. The formulation that leads you to the liberating glimpse is the correct formulation.
    Much love,
    Magdi

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