Apperceiving Duality and Being Self-Aware: The problem of the world is distortion of meaning

Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guharoy: Tapoban Katha

Distortion of meaning is the real problem of the world. This is specific to the states of the mind, that are, continually fed by the information coming through the sensory apparatus. To be precise, pure consciousness has nothing to do with it, it is the apparent self (the Ego-sense or ‘’I”) trying to grapple forth whatever coming its way and trying to generate meaning out of it. So, strictly there are no states of consciousness but states of the mind which uses this consciousness reflected in the mind and identified with the ego-sense. The subtle bodies in the human persona have subjective experiences (touch, taste, smell etc.) and these experiences are dual in nature. The very basic structure of experience tells us that knowledge via experience is split into the subject/object or knower/known binary. The knowledge that comes in is processed by the mind to further generate meaning and tag that in the memory for later usage and retrieval. The associations that the individual self uses to make yes/no type value judgements are mostly based on cultural and socio-economic conditioning. Today, digital social-media is also playing an important part in disseminating information that attracts or detracts clusters or groups of people. As I said, ‘’pure subject’’ or the Witness Consciousness is not involved in making any judgements or cognitive-decision making process, it only ‘’shines’’ forth thereby giving the intellect (buddhi), the mind (manas) and the sensory-apparatus an access to consciouness reflected in the mind which the Ego then transmits through the connective conduits till the tip of our fingernail. To the pure consciousness or Sat-Chit-Ananda there is no inner mental world or outside physical universe, no subtle or gross- all these appear in it as transitory objects and are impermanent.  Lack of understanding about our fundamental reality is the root cause of all these problems in the world. What does this lack of understanding mean? It is very simple and profound – we don’t know or recognise who we are and that’s the central problem. We don’t understand that we are the pure consciousness (Brahman/Atman/Sakshi) where the universe with its manifold realities appear and dissolve. Pure Consciousness is always unchanging, its intensity is never increased or decreased, it’s like the screen where pictures are projected which keep changing. The witness is beyond space-time, causality, but, interestingly in and through it as manifested reality which we identify with.  

So, what is the problem of the world in simple terms?  


It is the most fundamental problem. All other apparent problems of existence and survival are linked to it.  

What is the solution?  

Only by KNOWLEDGE can IGNORANCE be removed!  

What Knowledge? Does knowledge about gravity waves or quantum information in the black holes remove our IGNORANCE? Does KNOWLEDGE about capital markets and AI powered advanced healthcare remove our ignorance?  

The answer is NO.  


How can we get that knowledge?  

Through the process of Vedantic Self-Enquiry we can only intuit WHO WE ARE!  

If you try to know it, it becomes the known or object and loses its pure subjectivity .  

If the SELF is known, the problems of the world will be greatly reduced RIGHT NOW!  

How? Will earthquakes stop or Tsunamis end? Or diseases disappear? 

No, they will keep appearing but having known the Self our REACTION TO ALL THESE WILL BE VERY DIFFERENT .  HUMANITY will react like ONE UNIT and there will be TRUE LIBERTY, EQUALITY AND FRATERNITY.  

Sri Krishna and Arjuna, Mahabharata

We will enjoy the differences knowing they are apparent and there will be one great human song of TOTAL LIBERATION.  

Our ways of life will change? Yes, drastically…..there will be a paradigm shift in how we look at the WORLD. We will continue to use technology for the betterment of humanity but since we are aware that it is one Consciousness appearing as many, our ethics will improve, our compassion will shine.  

Can we do this perspectival change?  

It would mean going back to the Upanishads and the Bhagawad Gita……and re-live the truth or wear the truth in our sleeves.  

Is it possible?  

Yes, we are the PURE SELF whether we know it or not – right now! We have to recognize it. When the mind is pure or in a state of no-mind, the self-reveals itself without doing anything (Swaprakasha). The body doesn’t get MOKSHA. Neither the subtle bodies, they drop off once knowledge is dawned upon, and you stay in your OWN GLORY forever. Sat-chit-ananda is no quality, qualities belong to the states of the mind. Sat-Chit-Ananda is Existence-Consciousness-Bliss, it is the substratum of all realities ontic or epistemological.  

That knowledge or understanding is AWAKENING or ENLIGHTENMENT – all the great sages and saints talked about it in the past, they exemplified it in their lives….Buddha to Kabir to Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananda and many others have followed the same path. THIS IS THE SUNLIT PATH BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY THE LIGHT – JYOTIRO JYOTIH – THE LIGHT OF LIGHTS – it’s our inner light, of what we are… 






Shiva Art Showcase – A Perspective from Art, Science and Spirituality

I have received some artworks from friends who are doing research on Shiva Consciousness from different perspectives. I am showcasing some of these works but I will add more works as they come along.

Artwork 1 titled ”Worship” – presented by Subhabrata Basu, Project Manager, T & D – done using Mobile Touch Pen

Worship by Subhabrata Basu Project Manager, T & D

Artwork 1 in the Slide Show Series titled ”Shiva Parvati” archived and presented by Dr. Somnath Bhattacharyya, Senior Professor and Founding Director of Nano-Scale Transport Physics Lab @School of Physics, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (From his collections)

Artwork 2 titled ”Churning of the Ocean” photograph, presented Dr. Somnath Bhattacharyya – Churning of the Ocean – traditional Temple Painting and Decoration

Artwork 3 Quantum Tunneling in Amorphous Carbon Systems by Dr. Somnath Bhattacharyya

Artwork 4 Spin Tunneling Through Superconducting Layer by Dr. Somnath Bhattacharyya

Artwork 5 Nano Crystalline Diamond Substrate – Knower and the Field Interactions by Dr. Somnath Bhattacharyya

Shiva Art Showcase Slide Show

Shiva Digital Art Showcase Sept 2020: The Beyond Duality Project

After having interactions with my friends, we have decided to digitally launch an art showcase on Shiva in the light of the Consciousness. Artists, Scientists and Designers would exhibit their works on what they understand about Shiva Consciousness based on their individual experience and research. The first sutra in Shiva Sutras of Kashmir Shaivism says ”Caitanyam Atma” – Consciousness is the Atman from the Adwaita (Non-Dual Standpoint) – this is the fundamental reality behind all experiences in the three states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep. Everything is consciousness, or, everything appears in consciousness as its contents (flower, mountains, seas, quarks, leptons, black holes, body, mind, time and space) but throughout the process consciousness remains free, pure and non-dual.

Art Showcase on Shiva


The Song of the Lord and the Way to Transcendence

Children Are Playing…

With a pure heart

And a silent a mind

Unto you in that widening space

Where you have become the Song of the Lord

Fluting the transient pulse in an eternal frame

That holds within it crimson sparrows and moonlit names

And many forests of sunshine bathing in the rivers that twirl and swirl

Every Crack in the Creek

With the clouds and the agony of thunder and lightning

With war and famine and pestilence and death

The lamp deep into your heart

Unhindered, by every crack in the creek

By every pore in the skin

The lamp Is overflowing with the milky ocean of love

Children are playing;

Milky Ocean of Love

The calves are dancing;

And rain falls softly like a song.

Did you gather the strength gained through patience?

Did you gather the universes in your fold?

And there’s no end in thy beginning I am told

When your blessing touches our causal self

May you take us through the untrodden path

Into that undivided wholeness of pure bliss

Where truly I exist

As pure being that I am

Where everything is not….

Where everything is naught…

And light that shines forever in the void…


Kalki Avatar Ink on White Paper


The In-ward Turn to Re-Confirm Who You Really Are…Ratha Yatra 2020 Towards A Deep Understanding of Sat-Chit-Ananda

Ratha Yatra 2020

Sat-Chit-Ananda or Existence-Consciousness-Bliss is the Nature of the Self

That’s what you Really Are

Once that is established as realization then the TRUE Understanding of Ratha Yatra will dawn in ….

Then Our Engagement with the world will subsequently change …

We will be One with Everything else…

We will be one with all sentient beings, One with the Universe

Service to the Nation, service to the world springs spontaneously from such understanding

That journey towards the inner-self is the TRUE RATHA YATRA

Here Ratha or Chariot is the body/mind complex which the charioter (Intelligence/Buddhi) drives towards Pure Consciousness -Existence-Bliss

This is the true sadhana or spiritual praxis of Lord jagganatha, Devi Shubadra and Lord Balarama

Then you are not seeking ananda but you are ANANDA itself

Then you are not seeking existence but you are EXISTENCE itself

Then you are not seeking consciousness but you are CONSCIOUSNESS itself

This merging back into the Self is not a process because there is no DOING involved here

It is a RE-COGNITION that you are the Reality of Everything

Everything exists from sub-quantum Planck length particles to macro-clusters like galaxies and giant black holes in YOU THE CONSCIOUSNESS

That is Sat-Chit-Ananda

What happens after the realisation?

Your engagement with the universe changes….things are no more separate but you are that Reality

You vibrate with all beings because all beings are in you the Consciousness

You have become all that or rather you appear as all that…

The difficult situation that the world is going through right now is slowly evolving us towards that DEEPER FUNDAMENTAL REALITY ….

Satyam Jnanam Anantam Brahma (Brahman)

Science is slowly recognizing that there are as many as 36, if not, more, intelligent communicable civilizations in our galaxy alone….and there are trillions and trillions of galaxies in this universe and there are other universes as well

The name, form, function will vary but the substantial fundamental reality on which these universes appear, play around and disappear is ONE SAT-CHIT-ANANDA BRAHMAN and YOU ARE THAT




With that understanding of ONENESS, what comes out spontaneously is KARUNA or COMPASSION



To be in that understanding is STHITA-PRAJNA of Gita (One of Steady Knowledge)….in that UNDIVIDED WHOLENESS YOU SEE HOW THE THE DANCE OF FORMS APPEAR, PLAY AROUND AND DISAPPEAR….you enjoy the dance you become that dance though you are FOREVER STILL IN THE LOTUS OF YOUR HEART



The Supreme Poise of Entering into the ‘Maha-Yajna’: Culmination in the Satyam-Ritam Point of THE MAHA-SAMBHUTI


Lord Rama

”The Time (that has parts ) cooks all things

In the Great Self indeed,

But the Comprehensor of that (The impartite absolute Time)

In which time itself

Is cooked he knows the Vedas”- Maitri Upanishad

black hole quasar

What do you need to reveal objects?


What do you need to reveal light???


Consciousness is therefore the revealer of everything…

Only consciousness is…..

It is the existence and non-existence

All infinite possibilities are embedded in it…

The innumerable I’s are just One Realty

The grand orchestration…musical milieu of life and death

What is born and what is dying is the defacto object in the supreme consciousness

Body And mind have no independent existence apart from consciousness

they are reabsorbed back into it

space and time retracts back into it

You are that Svetaketu…

You are that Svetaketu…


”Cidrupashi Sada Saksi Nirapeksa Sukham Chara” -Astavakra

It is not now that you have become the Eternal Observer

After Enlightenment or Self-Realisation

You are always the supreme conscious observer

You are always the Changeless Being , THE WITNESS

And that which is impermanent, dying or born –

You have also entered into that making this apparent reality a show

Projected in the mind

YOU ARE without qualities (nirguna) and attributes

Your highest function is transmission of Prajna (Wisdom) and Karuna (Compassion)

As the river is dancing from the mountains to get immersed in The Great Ocean of Being

we are carrying in our heart the fire-crystals of immortality

that shines forth in the chalice of the sun

we are scripting new songs that the children will sing

in the Supraconscient halo of our integral being…

Shantih Shantih Shantih


157th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda: When Insight Evaporates in Words, Only Resonance Survives

Swami Vivekananda in Chicago 1893

Swami Vivekananda in Chicago 1893

one infinite pure and holy – beyond thought beyond qualities I bow down to thee”

Space, time and causation is like glass through which the Absolute can be seen; but in the Absolute there is no space, time or causation”
-Swami Vivekananda


Gita Jayanti Maha-Yajna 25th Dec 2019, Triangular Park, Kolkata


if all actions are performed with a sense of Yajna/sacrifice then there is chitta-suddhi or purification of the mind (*but if action is done spontaneously)

there is only an eternal remembrance of that One consciousness running through all manifested reality

name and form are burnt to ashes or consumed by the sacrificial fire

then being is becoming and there is perfect revelation of the luminous One- the Brahman



Mother’s House Bagbazar

it cannot be sought with effort, it reveals itself when there is fasting of the mind

if a nation and all its people understands this open secret of this transformation from a gross material and vital plane of consciousness to a more refined and subtle plane of consciousness which is based on sthita prajna (2nd Chapter of Bhagawad Gita) then there is true evolution here on earth….


Sarada Maa’s Ghat

Anyadeva tadviditadatho aviditadadhi

Itisusruma purvesam ye nastadvyacacaksire

That (Brahman) is different from all known, familiar objects; it is beyond even unknown objects. This is what we heard from the ancient ones (i.e., teachers), who explained it to us.


I-ternity Foundation – Centre for Consciousness Studies, Research and Training

Dr. Somnath Bhattacharya, Univ of the Witswatersand, Jo’burg and Dr. Sisir Roy, Senior Homi Bhabha Fellow and Visiting Professor,National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus , Bangalore – DISCUSSIONS ON QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT, COSMOLOGY, VEDANTA and SAMKHYA PHILOSOPHY OVER A CUP OF COFFEE


Dr. Somnath Bhattacharyya and Dr Sisir Roy discussing Quantum Entanglement, Cosmology, Vedanta and Shamkhya Philosophies Over a Cup of Coffee 



Nartakah Atma, The Soul Is A Dancer And Through Control Of The Mind Reality Is Attained: 117th Birth Anniversary of Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guha Roy



Parthasarathi, Gita Jayanti Festival, Kolkata 2019


Kali Da, Varanasi

when truth kindles love the Lila is forever an unexplained mystery

it is only open to those adepts who have drunk the original ecstasy

mind and body reverberates the dance

then everything is forgotten

nothing needs to be known

existence is a blissful song

it is an offering

and there is surrender

and a total sacrifice

there is yajna

encircled by the pattern of the rasa-dance

the setting sun across the Ganges

has poured the divine nectar

through the lyre and the flutes

They are hymning the coming of the Lord



Jim Morrison (Birthday 8th Dec)




Awakening is waking-up to what is HERE: Interoperability and the Cognitive Aspect of Space-Time Curvature

Mother and Sri Aurobindo Last Photographs by Bresson



I am interoperable in this vastness

Inside or outside the dialogue box

within the hidden layers of the neurons

or in the Hermitian conjugate of a quantum state

wherever awareness is, there is being

wherever there is being, there is awareness

not two but one

undifferentiated they are

an atom in the vast spectacle of this cosmic dance

is impregnated with the awareness of the dancer

at what depths are you gazing?

Bits comprise only the surface

the dome is the widening sky

the winds are blowing Her letters to the sea

In a long journey, the star hath risen above the Himavant

Does the space-time curvature signify only a cognitive aspect of being?



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The Independent State of Supreme Consciousness is the Reality of Everything – 1st Awakening

Caitanyamatma – The Independent State of Supreme Consciousness is the Reality of Everything – 1st Awakening – Shiva Sutras * The Shiva Sutras were delivered by the Lord Himself written on a rock edifice at the foot of the Mahadeva Mountain in the valley of Harvan in Kashmir to the great master, Vasugupta 


Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guha Roy 9th Dec 2018, Taragunia


In a state of pure bliss


Sri M Book Launch ‘Shunya’ in Kolkata 


The whole Being rejoices

Dances to the tune of the universe

Which itself He is

The mind and its fluctuations

Which have been the cause of the material existence

Have been transcended by an act of Grace

This is the highest abode of Self-Perfection

There are no strivings, no achievements

No goal no future no past

Only this moment of a pure subjective consciousness

Which is Independent (Swatantrya) of everything

Experiencing itself through many modes

In the dynamic tranquility of Oneness…



Press Release







  • Rent a Finn encourages travellers to learn true happiness from the Finns
  •         Visitors have until 14 April 2019 to apply to visit Finland


Helsinki 18 March 2019: Visit Finland is inviting people from around the world to experience how the Finns live in true harmony with nature through their new initiative, Rent a Finn.

This summer, Finnish citizens will work as happiness guides and welcome visitors into their homes, showing them how to connect with nature and understand the Finnish art of relaxation.

The application period for guests is open until 14 April 2019.

Studies show that nature can balance our minds and alleviate stress. Even a short walk in nature lowers your blood pressure and pulse while boosting endorphin levels. In 2018 the UN ranked Finland as the happiest country in the world*, thanks to its special connection with nature.

Heli Jimenez, Senior Director, International Marketing, Business Finland said: “Many travellers choose to visit Finland because of our uniquely peaceful nature and tranquility. The Rent a Finn campaign is in response to the global travel trend of living like a local, which is all about sharing genuine experiences with ordinary people.

”Pure nature is a part of life in Finland. We go outdoors in any weather, let our babies nap outside and spend a great deal of time in nature in general. Our happiness guides all share a certain awareness, a great love of nature and an appreciation for slow living.”

The Rent a Finn initiative has initially enlisted eight ordinary Finns to work as happiness guides for travellers. The guides, who were chosen from among hundreds of applicants, will welcome visitors for a few days and show them their own ways of relieving stress in nature.

Linda Räihä, one of the happiness guides, explains, “Time runs differently on our island. It seems to slow down somehow, and there is never a need for hurry.”

“There are many ways to connect with nature from working in your vegetable patch, boating, fishing, heating up the sauna or foraging for mushrooms and berries in the forest.”

The visits will take place during summer 2019 and will be free of charge for travellers.

The Rent a Finn initiative is being assisted by Hintsa Performance, a Finnish high-performance coaching company, who believes sustainable performance is created through a balanced lifestyle. Their methods of boosting human performance have been tested in organisations around the world, and their clients range from Fortune 500 leaders to Formula One World Champions.

The Rent a Finn website includes a test based on Hintsa’s methods. It helps you to see how balanced your life really is and offers advice for reducing stress and maintaining your mental wellbeing.

Annastiina Hintsa, Chief Operating Officer from Hintsa Performance said, “Our modern life is full of stimuli, and unwinding can be a challenge. Spending time in nature helps you reset and recover. Seeing where you stand is the first step towards reducing stress and creating long-term performance”.


You can apply for a visit with a Finnish happiness guide now at and for more information on Finland see


Global inquiries:

Hetta Huittinen, Head of International Media & PR, Business Finland,, +358 40,033 9597

You can download press images here. Remember to credit the photographer and source Visit Finland.

Rent a Finn

–        Rent a Finn is an experiment by Visit Finland, part of Business Finland, where ordinary Finns work as happiness guides for travellers visiting Finland during summer 2019

–        The application period for travellers is 18 March – 14 April 2019

–        Learn more and apply at


Visit Finland works to develop Finland’s travel destination brand, marketing Finland to travellers abroad and help companies in the travel industry go global. We cooperate with travel destinations regions, businesses in the travel industry and other export promoters and embassies, Visit Finland is part of Business Finland.

Business Finland is the Finnish innovation funding, trade, investment, and travel promotion organization, headquartered in Helsinki. Business Finland is fully owned by the Finnish Government. Business Finland employs 600 experts in 40 offices globally and in 20 regional offices around Finland. Business Finland is part of the Team Finland network. 

*UN World Happiness Report 2018

The Good Country Index 2019



Rent a Finn Happiness guides

Get to know them.



Esko, the Mayor of Rovaniemi, the hometown of Santa Claus, located next to the Arctic Circle in Lapland, spends most of his summers with his family in their summer cottage. It is probably the most traditional way for the Finns to enjoy summer days.

“I’m happiest spending time in nature with my family. Water in all its forms and fishing are also important to me.”



Hanna is an IT-marketing professional, who currently studies tourism economics. She is passionate about Finnish Nature and sharing it’s wonders to travellers. She lives in the Metropolitan Southern Finland, but has spent most of her summers sailing in the Archipelago and winters skiing in Lapland, so she is more than familiar with many wonders of Finnish nature. 

“Enjoying the sound of the waves and the beautiful sunsets on some deserted island in the middle of the sea is where I find my happiness from.”



Juho was born and raised in Japan. Today Juho, his fiancé Marjukka and their dog Dobby live in Kirkkonummi, near Helsinki. Juho is an urban farmer and he works in both digital media and health tech business. 

“Simple life in nature inspires me. I value experiencing nature through all the senses. Being present without making a sound or doing something physical in nature. Building a fire, breathing in the morning dew or feeling the soil under my feet.”



Katja is a social services student and a yoga teacher who lives in a very idyllic wooden neighborhood of Helsinki, called Käpylä. She wants to show her guests how to experience nature within the city limits. 

”Meditative moments in nature. Lush forests, calm lakes and saunas. Magical encounters with nature and wildlife, such as deer and birds.”


Laura & Joni

Laura, Joni and their dog Watti are an active outdoor family who live in Sodankylä,Northern Lapland. They take daily walks in the forest and spend their weekends hiking and bicycling in the summer and skiing in the winter. 

“We left Southern Finland to live closer to nature in Sodankylä. Our happiness stems from silence and nature’s constant presence. We enjoy the small-town atmosphere. We have our privacy without being completely isolated.”


Linda & Niko

Finnish couple Niko and Linda are living their life to the fullest in the middle of the Baltic Sea with their chihuahua Helmi. The couple used to live in the City, but went to the sea and Archipelago so often that they decided it was easier to move house. They currently live in Utö, the southernmost island of Finland. 

“Time runs differently on our island. It seems to slow down somehow, and there is never a need for hurry.”



Petri is a physiotherapist and a nature-lover, who lives with his wife Sini and their dog Ruu in southwest Finland, in a small village called Mathildedal. 

“A natural silence that enchants your mind. Being alone and present. Or a blissful post-sauna beer.”



Timo is from Lapland, currently living in Southern Finland, in a city of Hämeenlinna, with his wife Päivi and their dog Mosku. His work is very closely connected to nature, as he manages museums and exhibitions for the National Parks and Wildlife Service Finland. 

“The sounds of nature, tranquility and gently lapping waves ground me. I want to share this feeling of happiness with the world. There are so many fantastic places in Finland that only locals can show you.”



Mother and Sri Aurobindo, Lakshmi House, Kolkata