' Ramesh Balsekar commentary on the Ashtavakra Samhita '...


In these four verses, Janaka expresses the essential
understanding which has suddenly dawned on him, that
everything that is perceptible to the senses can only be an
appearance in mind (which is the content of Consciousness)
and therefore cannot have any other kind of existence.

Even more importantly, this "mind" itself cannot exist
independently for the simple reason that it is merely a symbol
for what we ourselves are, and thus cannot possibly be an
object to be cognized.

Indeed, Janaka has "magically"
realized that "I" is verily the mind and the Consciousness,
and that the phenomenal manifestation is merely the
objective expression of the subjective, unmanifest "I."

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