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You Are Not an Object
Jan: Dear James, progress is fast now. Is this correct?
A. Enlightenment is for the intellect.
B. An enlightened jiva has ignorance during deep sleep like “normal” people because the intellect (enlightened or not) is shut down in that state.
C. Jiva’s knowledge “I am awareness” depends upon the intellect (A + B = C).
D. I do not depend upon anything.
How can C and D both be true? Because jiva’s knowledge “I am awareness” actually is the truth and the truth does not need anyone to know it. It is nice if somebody knows it, but it is not needed. The truth is the truth regardless. Conclusion: it would be nice, if Jan was enlightened, but he is a bit slow.
James: Jan is never enlightened. He will always be slow because he does not exist in awareness, only as an object projected by ignorance. If there is a Jan he is in the light of awareness, as are all objects. Jan is actually only a concept that you – awareness – illumine, i.e. know. You know Jan and Jan’s life. You cannot be an object. You are the knower of objects. Objects are you – thoughts in awareness manufactured out of awareness by maya – but you are not a thought. Jan is a thought.
All knowledge takes place in the intellect. When maya is operating on awareness, awareness knows objects. Where maya is not operating there are no objects and awareness knows itself – it is object-free.
Yes, the truth, awareness – you – cannot be known as an object. It is known by itself alone.