Sensable to Self

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Dec 2017 10:40:58





By Vijay Phanshikar,

Om Namoji Aadya/
Ved Pratipadya/
Jay Jay Swasamvedya/

(Om, Salute to God the Original,
So Described by the Vedas,
The One who is Sensable to Self,
The One who is Self!.)

- Opening verse of
By Saint Dnyaneshwar,
written 700-plus years ago.

THE One who is sensable to Self!
The One who is Self! -- Aatmarupa!
Directly, Saint Dnyaneshwar enters the most sublime of zones of human existence, right in the first verse of his most critical contribution to human thought. Self!

That is near to us. And yet, that is so far from us. Something that is right inside us, yet something that is almost outside us. For, in the process of living, we have already forgotten that there is something inside us that is us - Self, Aatmarupa!

As he began his simplification of the message of Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta, Saint Dnyaneshwar, then in his early teens, saluted God the Original -- Om Namoji Aadya --and assured us further, ‘Don’t worry. The Vedas have said that this Original God is right inside me and is available to my finer senses. I can sense Him. I can feel His presence. For, He is nothing different. Because, He is me. I am Him!’

“Sensable to Self” is the key. Let us extend the meaning -- Self, Sensable to Self! But to make that possible, I must travel inward. I must give up my awareness of outward senses. I must assume a complete and sublime awareness of my inner being.
I. Self. Aatmarupa!

To the uninitiated, this is a difficult zone, of course. But, when one travels inward, when one starts sensing the inner being, when one realises that one’s senses -- taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing -- do not tell anything by themselves. There is something inside that receives the communication from the senses. That something inside, that zoneless zone inside one, gets the signal -- of life’s processes -- and helps one become aware of those nuances of living.

True, it is a zone beyond all zones -- the inner being where Self resides -- Aatmarupa! ‘As I calm my outward senses down, as I satiate their fundamental urges, as I start giving up my desires, as I become somebody without want, I become good enough to take a look inward. And this is a look without eyes. This is a process that is beyond hearing, beyond smelling, beyond touching. In that refined condition, in that state of statelessness, I realise the inner me --
the Self, the Aatmarup!’

This knowledge is the beginning of all knowledge. This is where all awareness begins. This is the zoneless zone where I KNOW myself -- Swasamvedya! -- sensable to Self, knowable to Self. This journey of discovery of self is what Saint Dnyaneshwar refers to as he launches his seminal magnum opus -- Dnyaneshwari!

Let us understand the word Swasamvedya. Let us delve deep into its nuances. Even as I say, that is sensable to Self, I am aware of the terrible limitation of the words. For, no word actually conveys what the word Swasamvedya actually means. Yet, as I delve deeper into my inner being, into that inner sanctum sanctorum of Atman, I realise that I am becoming aware of something very unique, something where the universe begins and where the universe gets absorbed.

This is not philosophy. For, countless unlettered men and women across the world have sensed this process that the word Swasamvedya expresses. Any person who acquires the ability to travel inward, anybody who learns the art of forgetting the outward, anybody who is in a position to turn his senses inward is also in a position to realise what Swasamvedya means.

As the young Saint Dynaneshwar started dictating his thoughts, he was aware of the ordinary people milling around him to listen to those golden words. He was deeply aware that he was transmitting the message of Lord Krishna to ordinary mortals who had every right to rise above self and understand what Swasamvedya meant. So, as he gave out the message in Marathi, he garnished it with superfine language that was intelligible to the common people.

So, when Saint Dnyaneshwar said, God the Original was Sensable to Self, the common people who thronged the temple in the evenings to witness something divinely unique, they realised immediately the importance of travelling beyond their mortal senses.
Only then can one get into the zoneless zone.