Reality and intellect

S. V. Subrahmanian svsubrahmanian at YAHOO.COM
Sat Feb 9 07:09:21 CST 2002

> >In fact, if one analyzes this a little more in detail, the Self is known in
> >every cognition, for without the Self, there can be no cognition at all.
> Without the Self there can be no cognition - this is right. But that doesn't
> necessarily mean that the Self be known in all cognition. Electricity lights
> up a bulb, but does that mean you see electricity everytime the bulb lights
> up?

"Self is known in every cognition" is a very common usage in Vedantic
literature.  It means that the Self is available for being known in every
cognition ie., every cognition is an "upalabdhi sthAnam" - a place/opportunity
for recognizing the Self.


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