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The Self Has No Location
Timothy: Dear Sundari, being a bit of a math buff, I recently came up with (or rather it came to me) the following illustration of the difference between satya and mithya. It might help some people to “get it” more easily.
A circle is defined as all points having the same distance to a centre point. Thus the circumference is dependent on the centre, but the centre is free of the circumference. It can stand on its own as a point without being the centre of any circle. The radius, the space between centre and circumference, is like the projecting power of maya. This also gives an interesting perspective on the “why” question. Being a self-sufficient point is quite neat, but also a bit, er, pointless. If I were a point, I’d rather be the centre of a circle than merely a point on its own. ☺ A well-known Dutch poet once wrote a short poem on a rainy day, saying that he was bored and wished he were two little dogs so that he could play together. Awareness manifests itself as an apparent duality in order to play. I know these are just playful hints instead of a cogent argument, but isn’t that the whole point? ☺
~ Love, Timothy
Sundari: Hello, Timothy. Your metaphor for satya and mithya works quite well, up to a point, except for one thing: awareness is the knower of the point, the space in between and the circle/circumference. Equating awareness to a point without a circumference is fine, but it also implies that awareness has a specific location, which it does not. Consciousness pervades all objects and exists whether or not objects are present.
Therefore your metaphor explaining the “why” maya exists and projects the world (or the space between and the circumference, as you put it) falls short. There is no “why” – other than ignorance being a power in awareness or it could not be unlimited.
For awareness there are no objects, there is only awareness; that is all it sees. Awareness does not get bored. It does not need the existence of objects to feel better about life or to “play with itself.” It is a nice idea though. ☺ Life in the apparent reality is a play after all.
~ Namaste, Sundari