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Shri Datta Swami

Jnana Saraswati – Parabrahma Sutras

 

    

66. The inert energy that remains in deep sleep is devoid of qualities


सुषुप्तिसिद्ध निर्गुणजडशक्त्यात्मा नित्यः।६६।
suṣuptisiddha nirguṇajaḍaśaktyātmā nityaḥ|66|

The eternal Atman or the inert energy that remains in deep sleep is devoid of qualities, which are properties of awareness.

Explanation:

The entity that does the work of knowing is the inert energy or Atman that remains in deep sleep. It is eternal because inert energy is never destroyed even in the final dissolution of the world. This Atman is nirguna, meaning devoid of qualities. Here the word quality is restricted only to the property of awareness and not a property in general. In deep sleep, awareness disappears and hence all its qualities also disappear. This inert energy which is left over in deep sleep, and which is devoid of qualities, is called as Nirguna Atman. Remember that the word quality here is confined only to the property of awareness and not to any inert property.

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