1.25 In Supreme Being the seed of omniscience is unsurpassed.
Omniscience is a fascinating word. Two of its meanings include infinite awareness and Universal knowledge. This sutra invites the question, is all-encompassing, pervasive awareness possible? From the ground of your own being you can start exploring the meaning of this word by contemplating, how do I know what I know? Of course, this implies that you are already clear on the distinction between what you know and what you think you know. Remember that mere access to information is different from knowledge. If you ever get subtle helpful hints that provide insight or clarity, where do these hints come from? How do you actually perceive them? How do you distinguish between an idea and true insight? Do insights have specific mental, physical and emotional signatures? How does your conscience expresses itself to draw your attention to something specific?
When you are deeply relaxed, when you feel love, joy or gratitude, what dimensions do these embodied experiences stem from? Might it be possible that there is an ever-present all-encompassing field where all aspects of life, in all times and places, exist as potential or as manifestation? Is there something underlying all your thoughts, emotions, feelings and memories? Rather than using these questions to create internal arguments, use them as points of entry into contemplation, to live with each question and notice what unfolds. One approach is to find a comfortable and relaxed position and then to formulate the question with the true intention of wanting to know the answer directly, through your personal embodied experience. Stay with the question for a while, allowing the answers to brew in your deep calmness and silence. Then, when you are ready to finish this exercise, silently repeat the question to yourself as an invitation to be with the question as you participate in your life. Notice if there are subtle and not so subtle answers – emerging as synchronicities – as your day progresses.
As you create a ground of openness within you through these questions, remember that life is flowing through you right where you are, all the time. Just as you are not compartmentalized into discrete segments, you are also not isolated from life. In fact, just like every single living being, you are an individual manifestation of life, interrelated, interconnected to all that is, all that ever was, all that ever will be. Then, does it seem viable that infinite awareness and Universal knowledge are possible?
As usual, one more way of exploring the meaning of this sutra is by chanting it.
You can choose to chant it in its traditional form with some of the words coming together:
1.25 tatra niratiśayaṃ sarvajñabījam
तत्र निरतिशयं सर्वज्ञबीजम् ॥२५॥
Another option is to chant each word in the sutra individually:
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