20th January, 1936
Mr. Prakasa Rao from Bezwada: Does not illusion become inoperative even before identity with Brahman results (Brahmakaravritti )? Or does it persist even afterwards?
Maharshi: Illusion will not persist after vasanas are annihilated. In the interval between the knowledge of the identity and annihilation of vasanas, there will be illusion.
D.: How can the world influence a man even after identity with Brahman?
Maharshi: First do it and see. You can then raise this question, if necessary.
D.: Can we know it in the same way as we know our identity?
Maharshi: Are you different from the mind? How do you expect it to be known?
D.: Can the full scope of the Chitta (Chittavilasa) be known?
Maharshi: Oh! Is this the identity of Brahman?
Ignorance vanishing, the residue reveals itself. It is experience, not in the category of knowledge.
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