By Dr. Dwaraka Nath on 01-09-2014
The witness, the observer, divides the world into subject & object, into witness & the witnessed. Therefore as long as there is a witness, duality will continue. Witnessing is the last frontier of the dual world, after which the non-dual begins. But one cannot reach the non-dual without being a witness. To be a witness means that I now give up dividing the world into many. Instead I divide it into two- the witness & the witnessed. And when I reduced the many fragments of the world to two, it will not be difficult to come to complete unity of the existence. When duality will disappear, when the observer & the observed will become one and the same, the unity in existence happens. If we succeed in becoming a witness we will soon have glimpses of one without the other, when there is neither the witness nor the witnessed, but only witnessing.
For example, if I love someone there is one who loves and another who is loved. But if love is real, then moments will come when both the lover & the loved one will disappear, and only energy of love will abide between the two, connecting them. There will be moments when lovers disappear and only love remains. These are the moments of ‘Advaita’, the non-dual, moments of unity- the one without the other.
In the same way there are moments of unity in witnessing too, when subject and object disappear and only the witnessing consciousness remains. It is like an ocean of energy bridging two formless entities- the witness & the witnessed- like two distant sea shores. The near shore is called “I” and the distant shore the “thou”, one is the observer & the other is the observed. Such moments will keep coming & going. And when this state achieves its fullness it will abide forever, and then even witnessing will disappear. Then we are settled in intelligence, steadied in wisdom. We are the whole, the awakened one.
In this next issue, let us discuss the Krishna & Arjuna as an example to understand this point. Namastey!
About The Author
Dr. Dwaraka Nath, who took his doctorate from Mangalore University in 2007 is a qualified healer in Naturopathy and Yogic sciences. The insatiable fire within, to exploit the good old Indian preventive health care strategies to its full, ended up in Mitran Foundation, dedicated to humanity.