IV 36 cic cinoti citam cetyam tenedam sthitam atmani
ajne jne tv anyadayntam anyad astiti kalpana (11)
Lord, the infinite consciousness is transcendental; pray, tell me how this universe exists in it.
O Rama, this universe exists in the infinite consciousness just as future waves exist in a calm sea; non-different in truth but with the potentiality of an apparent difference.
The infinite consciousness is unmanifest, though omnipresent, even as space, though existing everywhere, is unmanifest.
Just as the reflection of an object in crystal can be said to be neither real nor entirely unreal, one cannot say that this universe which is reflected in the infinite consciousness is real nor unreal.
Again, just as space is unaffected by the clouds that float in it, this infinite consciousness is unaffected and untouched by the universe that appears in it.
Just as light is not seen except through the refracting agent, even so the infinite consciousness is revealed through these various bodies.
It is essentially nameless and formless, but names and forms are ascribed to its reflections.
Consciousness reflecting in consciousness shines as consciousness and exists as consciousness; yet to one who is ignorant (though considering oneself as wise and rational) there arises the notion that there has come into being and there exists something other than this consciousness.
To the ignorant this consciousness appears as the terrible world-appearance; to the wise the same consciousness appears as the one self.
This consciousness alone is known as pure experiencing; and it is thanks to it that the sun shines and all beings enjoy life here.
This consciousness is not created, nor does it perish; it is eternal and the world-appearance is superimposed on it, even as waves in relation to the ocean.
In that consciousness, when it is reflected within itself, there arises the 'I am' notion which gives rise to diversity.
As space, the same consciousness enables the seed to sprout; as air, it draws the sprout, as it were; as water, it nourishes it; as earth, it stabilises it; and as light, the consciousness itself reveals the new life.
It is the consciousness in the seed that in due course manifests as the fruit.
This consciousness alone is the different seasons and their characteristics.
It is on account of this consciousness that the entire universe exists as it does supporting an infinite number of beings, till the time of the cosmic dissolution.