Bhajana

Satsang and Soul

Screen

If our attention were now to be drawn to the screen on which these words are written, we would experience the uncanny sensation of suddenly becoming aware of something that we simultaneously realise is so obvious as to require no mention. And yet at the moment when the screen is indicated, we seem to experience something new.

We have the strangely familiar experience of becoming aware of something which we were, in fact, already aware of. We become aware of being aware of the screen.

The screen is not a new experience that is created by this suggestion. However, our awareness of the screen seems to be a new experience. 

Now what about the Awareness itself, which is aware of the screen? Is it not always present behind and within every experience, just as the screen is present behind and within the words on this page?
And when our attention is drawn to it, do we not have the same strange feeling of having been made aware of something that we were, in fact, always aware of, but had not noticed? 
Is this Awareness not the most intimate and obvious fact of our experience, essential to and yet independent of the particular qualities of each experience itself, in the same way that the screen is the most obvious fact of this page, essential to and yet independent of each word?

Is this Awareness itself not the support and the substance of every experience in the same way that the screen is the support and the substance of every word?