Vedanta: The Seer & The Seen lecture by Swami Sarvapriyananda

A lecture by Swami Sarvapriyananda of the Vedanta Institute on the difference between the Seer and the Seen, as expressed in the Drg Drsya Viveka.


Key Highlights of Drg Drsya Viveka – The Seer & The Seen

Core Principles

  • The Seer & The Seen are Different
  • One Seer sees Many Things (Seen)
  • The Seer is realtively unchanging – The Seen keeps Changing

Our Eyes

  • Forms and colours are different from the eyes.
  • One pair of eyes can see many things
  • Our unchanging eyes keeps seeing changing things

The Mind is the Seer / The eye is the seen

  • Our Minds are different from the Eyes
  • Our mind knows whether the (a) eyes are open or closed (b) if the eyes are working well (c) how the condition of our eyes change over time

The Witness (Sakshi) is the Seer / The mind is Seen

  • The Witness is different from the MInd (you can be aware of your thoughts, feelings, emotions)
  • The Witness is One / The mind sees many things (thoughts, feelings, emotions)
  • The Witness is relatively unchanging / The Mind is changing

You are not miserable, you are the seer of the misery in your mind. In the same manner, you are not peaceful, you are the seer of the peaceful state of your mind.


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