What does ‘seer’, ‘seen’ and ‘seeing’ have to do with ‘Enlightenment’ ?


We see two things in the process of ‘seeing’, the seer and the seen object.

Actually, what is happening in the process of seeing?

From the seer, consciousness takes a jump continuously to the seen, because it is not able to relax into the seer itself. Because of its restlessness, it gives life to the seen. The continuous jump that happens between the seer and seen – from the seer to the seen, from the seen to the seer, again from the seer to the seen and again from the seen to the seer – is what is SEEING. When the seer is not completely in bliss within himself, he starts becoming restless and jumps. When he jumps, he gives life to the seen. Because he gives life to the seen, the process of jumping becomes SEEING.

There are two ways to drop this process of seeing.

Whether you are stuck with the seer or with the seen, get completely stuck and you are enlightened!

Either the seer or the seen has to drop for the process of seeing to stop.

When the seen is renounced, it loses its power over the seer. There is no point in jumping because there is nothing to be seen. When there is no place to jump, the seer relaxes in the seer himself, then seeing does not happen. When seeing is not there, the seer is enlightened. A person who stops this jump by dropping the ‘seen’ is a renouncer, a sannyasi. He takes away all his desire to see things, to believe that any of the sense objects hold value for him. The seen becomes unexciting, and the jumping stops. He becomes enlightened through renouncing. This is true self-knowledge – Jnana . In the path of Jnana, the seer experiences detachment and a complete witnessing of life. In this way he tries to discover Reality. The main objective is the development of a sharp and pure intelligence through which Reality can be experienced. Adi Shankara, the great enlightened saint from India, walked on the path of Jnana and attained enlightenment. He created the most profound and sharp scriptures on Self-knowledge ever written.

On the other hand, when the seer himself drops, what remains is the seen, and again the jumping between the seer and the seen stops. Reality is seen. The seer becomes enlightened through devotion or bhakti. When the identity of the seer drops, dissolves into the seen, deep devotion to Existence happens! Everything becomes an exciting manifestation of Existence for him! His identity is no longer there. He merges into Existence itself. That is why enlightened saints like Meerabai from India, who went on the path of bhakti, were in a trance all the time, merged into the god consciousness, forgetting their own identity. She just sang praises of god and walked around on the streets with no self consciousness whatsoever.

So, in some way, either the seer or the seen has to drop. Only then the jumping between the seer and the seen will stop. When the jumping stops, the process of seeing also stops. Whether you are stuck with the seer or with the seen, get completely stuck and you are enlightened! If you are jumping between the seer and the seen, not relaxed in either, you are under the illusion of a separate existence of the seer and seen. This jumping is what manifests as your individual seeing. When the frequency of the seen is more than the seer, the seer can be changed or manipulated by the seen. When the frequency of the seer is more than the seen, the seen can be changed or manipulated by the seer.

As we said earlier, out of causeless, overflowing ecstasy, the wave of Creation arises in the ocean of Existence. The Divine, playing with its innumerable manifestations in innumerable universes, is called sustenance. Dropping from the play and relaxing into Itself is called dissolution. This is settling back into the Absolute state. Then for no logical reason, the play starts again. In this way, the universal Consciousness assumes innumerable forms, thus creating countless seer(s) and seen(s)!

This is the origin of the physical world.

source: Living Enlightenment

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