Who is Paramatma (the Supreme Self)?

Paramatma (the Supreme Self) is not the ego (Ahamkara), which is attributed to the word ‘I’. Hence, the author says that Paramatma is not the ‘I’ in ‘I’.  It is man’s own ego which makes him use terms such as ‘I’, ‘my’ and ‘mine’. ‘I’ am John. This is ‘my’ pen. This book is ‘mine’. The possessor-possession relationship is born because of the Supreme Self being covered by layers and layers of Maya, which is verily the energy of the Self. However, upon Self-realization, the Supreme Self completely engulfs this Maya and one’s ego. In Physics, this phenomenon is just like an object entering inside a black hole. Once the object reaches the event horizon there is no looking back, the black hole engulfs anything and everythingthat falls into it. But at the core of the black hole is the concept of singularity, where, as we know that even the laws of Physics stop working. Time ceases to exist when you’ve come face-to-face with reality, for the past, present and future all merge at this point. Time and space are after all man-made dimensions andarean illusion. At this point all doubts about one’s identity ceases to exist. This is when the Vedic Mahavakyas (great sayings) like these can be used: “AhamBrahmasmi” (I am Brahman), “Tat TvamAsi” (I am that – Brahman), “AyamAtma Brahma” (the Self is Brahman) and “Prajnanam Brahma” (Brahman is the supreme wisdom). Here, Brahma (not to be confused with Lord Brahma, one of the three principal Hindu Gods) or Brahman refers to the transcendent and ultimate reality – the supreme consciousness.

God is everything that exists as well as the invisible energy when nothing exists. God (Supreme Self) was there even before the big bang. But what is this God, which we are constantly talking about? God is the pure consciousness (ShuddhaChaitanya), something that every being is in its purest form, but it fails to realize this. Man is the doer of all deeds, both good and bad. He is also the reaper of the consequences of all his deeds. Good deeds lead to good consequences and bad deeds lead to bad consequences. The Supreme Self is a mere witness to all our deeds arising from ego. The Self is the all-pervading consciousness. It watches the ego-Self suffer but without the effort of the ego-Self, the Supreme Self cannot help it. Man must help liberate himself. Unless this urge comes from within, not even the Supreme Self can do anything. The moment man sincerely seeks the truth he realizes the truth. All he needs to do is ask himself this simple question: “Who am I?” Paramatma explains its true nature (reveals the truth) to the Jivatma. Among all beings, man has the most developed intelligence to transmit the divine consciousness in its complete form. That is why human birth is far better than animals or plants.

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