What we perceive as reality is an illusion (Maya, in Hindu philosophy).

"What is the truth concerning the things of this world, except how they are experienced in one's own consciousness? [3092] The mind only knows its own point of view, which it considers the truth." [5769]

"All this is but movement in consciousness. [11077] I, you, and all this world, are but consciousness." [4966] Like movement is inherent in air, thought is inherent in the mind, and manifestation is inherent in consciousness. Reality is consciousness. When one comprehends this, one is enlightened.

"When the infinite vibrates, the worlds appear to emerge; when it does not vibrate, the worlds appear to submerge. [1035] In truth, however, this world does not arise from the absolute nor does it merge in it. The absolute alone exists now and forever. [1047] Just as there is no division between a bracelet and gold, no division between waves and water, there is no division between the universe and the infinite consciousness." [1939]

"Why does this world appearance arise at all? There is no reason, even as in the play of a young child there is no reason or motivation. [13065] There is no meaning in all this" [13836] We attribute meaning to it.

"Brahman exists as Brahman in Brahman, just as space exists as space in space." [15368]

"Nothing has been created, nothing is lost." [15528] Similarly, Antoine Lavoisier states in his Law of Conservation of Mass in a chemical reaction that "in nature nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything changes."4

"The reality and the unreality of the world are two aspects of the supreme being. Even the concept of the supreme being is only a concept, not the truth" [15666]


"This universe is but a long dream." [1566]

Such is echoed in Schopenhauer when he writes that "It is the great dream that is dreamed by that one entity, but in such way that all its persons dream it together."5

Perhaps it would be helpful to consider the universe as being the thinking of the supreme consciousness, where all individuals are also thinking, or as an ocean where every wave is an expression of it, or simply as the eternal and endless space with all that exists.

"Everything is in consciousness; everything is consciousness. There is no world in Brahman but Brahman sees or experiences a world. This perception is not a fact or reality but just a notion. [12542] Just as the dream object is nothing but the consciousness of the dreamer, this world appearance is nothing but pure consciousness." [12568]

4In French, "Dans la nature rien ne se crée, rien ne se perd, tout change."
5In German, "Es ist ein großer Traum, den jenes Eine Wesen träumt: aber so, daß alle seine Personen ihn mitträumen." This thought comes from page 220, in the English translation by E. F. J. Payne, of an essay that Arthur Schopenhauer wrote called "Transcendent Speculation on the Apparent Deliberateness in the Fate of the Individual." The essay was published on Parerga and Paralipomena: Short Philosophical Essays Volume One. ISBN-10: 0-1992-4220-8.

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