Self Reflection

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I wanted to write about Vivartavada theory which argues that Jiva (individual soul) is only a reflection ( Knowing aspect or Consciousness) of non-dual Brahaman (Only Knower) and hence can be said to be unborn and eternal, lasting as long as a reflecting medium (body/ subtle body/mind/seed impressions) lasts. The reflecting mediums are different and hence numerous Jiva like different shapes and sizes of pots reflecting (only one) Sun.

This does not deny the reality of world and Jiva (individual soul) but that all are a part of great and indescribable Unity. This ability to self reflect being a unique ability in us could be made use of in knowing oneself. I came across a very good Sufi article on it.

http://www.chishti.ru/sufi-self-reflection.html