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Knowledge Realizes the Self
Terry: Hi, James. I had a question on the satsang that someone posted at the website:
“Knowledge itself realizes the self! And it does so in a very unusual way, by simply canceling or neutralizing maya, or ignorance. This way the self appearing as the jiva frees itself of knowledge and ignorance altogether. And it is not that you get something new or the knowledge/consciousness that you did not have – it simply happens that you have your ignorance removed. But not by you or the jiva, but by knowledge.”
My question is, how can knowledge realize the self? The perception of knowledge is through the subtle body, i.e. the mind, so it is the mind that realizes the self through knowledge. Knowledge has no independent existence since it is only a collection of abstract symbols.
James: Hi, Terry. Obviously, it doesn’t realize insofar as it is not conscious. This is just a way of saying that the jiva doesn’t realize with the knowledge it gathers from experience. It needs exposure to the teaching, and when the teaching is firmly established in the unconscious, the ignorance is automatically dismissed without the aid of a doer.
~ Love, James