[Advaita-l] Chidaabhaasa

Krishna Subrahmanian krishna.subrahmanian at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 20 23:35:42 CST 2011

Dear Members,

I read the following in a book called "Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharshi" published by Shambala Dragon Editions.  Can anyone help me understand what "Chidaabhasa" means?

Q:  How do the triple factors (knower, known and
knowledge), which are absent in deep sleep, samaadhi, etc., manifest themselves
in the Self (in the states of waking and dreaming)?
A:  From the self there arise in succession:  Chidaabhaasa (reflected consciousness), which
is a kind of luminosity; jiva (the individual consciousness) or the seer or the
first concept; phenomena, that is, the world.

Any help is appreciated.


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