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That is why I say: Relatively 'I' am not, but the manifested universe is myself. V: I think I am beginning to get the whole idea. M: Is not thinking itself a notion in the mind? Thought is absent in seeing things intuitively. When you think you understand, you don't. When you perceive directly, there is no thinking. You know that you are alive; you do not 'think' that you are alive. V: Good heavens! This seems to be a new dimension that you are presenting. M: Well, I don't know about a new dimension, but you have expressed it well.
This must then be the answer. This unicity is what I am. But this unicity, this identity, this wholeness cannot know itself because in it there exists no subject as separate from an object—a position that is necessary for the process of seeing, or knowing, or cognizing. In other words, in the original state of unicity, or wholeness, no medium or instrument exists through which 'knowing' may take place. Mind cannot be used to transcend the mind. The eye cannot see itself; taste cannot taste itself; sound cannot hear itself.
The visitor then got up, paid his respects to Maharaj with considerably more devotion and submission than was shown by him on his arrival. He looked into Maharaj's eyes and smiled. ' •• 17 ========================================================================================================== Noumenon and Phenomena It was one of those mornings, perhaps a Monday, when there were only a few of us, the regular 'addicts'. Maharaj sat with his eyes closed, still like a statue. After some time he suddenly started speaking softly, so softly that we unconsciously moved nearer to him.