Hinduism defines the unchanging, infinite Being with the help of these three syllables.
It is popular jargon amongst students of Hindu philosophy and science and preachers alike.
The unchanging being is called Brahman in the Vedic texts. It is the cause of reality. The entity that binds the universe into a whole.
The concept of Brahman has been discussed in both Dvaita (dual) and Advaita (non-dual, preaching the existence of One Super Soul) schools of Hinduism. It has also been found in Buddhist, Jain and Sikh texts. It is derived from the root “Brh” which means to expand. Brahman is beyond gender and signifies the Supreme Self.
In Hindu Science (and I call it science for good reason), it has been proved that there must be a cause to the entire universe. Wait. That’s logic.
So, according as this logic, the universe must come from somewhere. As Carl Sagan has famously called us human beings “a speck in the ever expanding universe”, I see sense in the belief that the root of the universe must either be beyond understanding or detection.
Instruments which are bound by laws of classical physics cannot detect something beyond the reach of classical and thus it is realised and proved through metaphysical concepts and experience. The entire universe, as we know it, is made of strings. Hindu Science, as mentioned in the Vaisheshika, explains the source of energy of these vibrations to be Brahman.
Brahman is thus the subtlest existing form without a boundary. It is formless but is the strongest force ever imagined.
So Brahman exists. If it exists, it is true. It is Sat.
In the trio, Chit is the consciousness.
Strings have created conscious beings like us, right?
SO, Brahman must have the quality of consciousness since it is empowering everything.
The character of consciousness is also embedded in us. Obviously. We’re all conscious beings. Everyone will consent to that.
This is the second part of the trio. When we look at consciousness, it is that which takes away the character of being unconscious beings that know or experience nothing of their surroundings. Consciousness itself never changes. It is absolute and as I’ve already mentioned, can be connected with Sat.
Ananda can be translated to bliss. It is the quality of fullness of life and gives us the ability to fully experience and understand ourselves and the world around us. It is not just a quality, but in fact, the basis of life.
Let me explain how.
We are able to function properly when we are at peace or are joyful. So does the universe. The cycle of life and birth is in ananda or a state of eternal bliss. However, this cycle is not bound by space (or Akasha element). It is beyond space and exists in a field that transcends sound or thought. So, all that there is, all of creation, is in ananda.
It is, thus, the basis of life.
Thus Sat Chit Ananda is Absolute Consciousness Bliss. It describes each aspect of our being. It is that which we are made of, that in which we exist and if chanted, it can help us resuscitate from our state of ignorance that we are just mortal beings bound by the body. Remember, we are conscious beings existing in ananda.
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