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glimpse of the eternal Thou, is greater for us than all
enigmatic webs on the brink of being.
Tina will, however, be opposed by the claim of the
other doctrine of absorption that universal being and
self-being are the same and that therefore no saying
of the Thou is able 1x5 yield final reality.
This claim is answered by the doctrine itself. One
of the Upanishads tells how Indra, the prince of the
gods, comes to Prajapati, the creative spirit, in order
to learn how the Self is found and recognised. For a
hundred years he is a pupil, is twice dismissed with in-
sufficient information, till finally the right information
is given him : " If a man, sunk in deep sleep, rests
dreamlessly, this is the Self, the Immortal, the Assured,
the Universal Being." Indra departs, but soon a
thought surprises him. He turns back and asks : " In
such a condition, O Exalted One, a man does not know
of his Self that 'This is I', and that * these are
beings'. He is gone to annihilation. I see nothing
propitious here", —"That", replies Prajapati, "is
indeed so ".
In so far as the doctrine contains an affirmation
about true being—however the matter stands with
its content of truth, which cannot be ascertained in this
life—it has nothing in common with one thing, with
lived reality; for it is bound to reduce this too to the
world of appearances. In so far, too, as the doctrine
contains guidance for absorption in true being, it leads
not to lived reality but to " annihilation", where no
consciousness reigns and whence no memory leads ; the
man who has emerged from this annihilation may
still propose, as representing his experience, the