[Advaita-l] How can Brahman/consciousness be all pervading including living and non living things?

Raghav Kumar Dwivedula raghavkumar00 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 17 22:10:14 EDT 2021

When you think of the word 'pervasion' with respect to inert objects, it
may help if you consider the following.

Vividly imagine a rose. This rose you imagine, is pervaded by your
(subjective) consciousness.  It is inanimate but is pervaded by
consciousness 'borrowed' from you. It is temporary. When you next imagine a
mountain, the rose goes away. But the mountain you are now imagining is
again pervaded by that same consciousness.

We can extend this observation and note that 'my' consciousness pervades
all objects imagined by me. Even inert objects imagined by me are pervaded
by consciousness. They have no separate existence apart from my conscious
imagination of them.

Now consider your experience of your dream. There are many inert objects in
your dream as well.

What is the stuff that dream objects that you experience in dream are made
of? What is the stuff that your own dream body is made of? Is that stuff
that dreams are made of, located at any particular place in your dream or
is it everywhere? Is that stuff that your dream is made of, separate from

You pervade your entire dream world of living and non-living things.


On Fri, 26 Feb, 2021, 10:07 pm Setu Srivatsa via Advaita-l, <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Hello everyone. Please accept my humble Pranams. I dont know how to ask
> doubts on this platform. But I have few doubts on Advaitha. Can you please
> help me.
> Brahman is defined as Existence,Consciousness and Bliss(Satchitananda).
> Aitareya Upanishad 3.1.3 says Brahman is consciousness and pure awareness.
> Isa Upanishad 1 says it's all pervading.
> 1)But how can Brahman or Awareness or Consciousness be there and be all
> pervading in Non Living things like Pots,Ornaments etc which have no sense
> of awareness or Atman?
> 2)How can Brahman be all pervading as Isa Upanishad says when it's just
> pure awareness ? It only exists individually as Awareness or life force or
> Atman in all beings. Atman is just awareness. I am not the
> body,mind,intellect. This same I is in all. How does that mean this
> awareness is all pervading???
> 3)What is the Sat feature of Brahman?? What exactly is that existence that
> is conscious of all things including non living things??
> 4)How to see one's self alone in all non living things which don't have
> Atman and in what sense the whole Universe is our body as per Brahma Vidya
> Meditations??
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