Continued from: SILENCE IN THE WORLD LANGUAGE SYSTEM
Here, let’s see the basis and the beauty of silence as described by Adi Sankara. In the realm of epistemology, the three major concerns of thought are Man, Universe, and Ultimate reality or the soul or supernatural being. The search for the ultimate Sankara has made a confluence of the tradition of Indian mystics and yogis who propounded that the nature of ultimate reality cannot be described adequately through verbal imagery or language, that it is Anirvachaniya: indescribable, ineffable. It is beyond space and time, beyond sense perception, that mere reason cannot suffice. The mystical experience transcends linguistic expression.
Western or modern physics, which is supremely more theoretical and idealistic, is gradually appropriating Sankara’s doctrine of non-dualism (this is not monism but non-dualism as it presupposes the existence of another or presupposes duality) which can be summed up in this famous maxim Brahma Satya Jagat Mithya or can be termed in another way, ‘Brahman-existence-knowledge-bliss is real, the universe is unreal’. The ultimate reality transcends substantiality and causality. In the field of Astrophysics, Quantum physics, and Relativity the causal principle (the Newtonian cause and effect principle) is not obeyed. The dual nature of matter as a wave and a particle has proved the absence of substantiality.
In Cosmology the Big Bang Theory is the most profound explanation as of now of the beginning, the primordial moment, the primordial event in the evolution of the Universe is a phenomenon in this angle and context, more so in every context in the realm of human understanding and knowledge. To discuss of the birth of the Universe in a Big Bang from the Primeval Atom otherwise called the Hiranyagarva and its expansion to this day would be relevant for sure, yet the scope is too huge to discuss here.
Then as far as I see does it mean a person has to invariably and incessantly depend on speech and language to prove that he is conscious? But this, if not in full, is prevention. I may pretend to be unconscious, I may pretend to be another person, may pretend to be anything else. But I cannot pretend to be conscious. Why? The only reason seems to be that a person cannot pretend to be what he already and always is, naturally. Picture Credit: Amritapuri.org