This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The waking state or Vaishvanara

The first is called Vaishvanara, which means ‘that which is common to all men.’ It is described in the Mandukya Upanishad thusly:

The first conditions is Vaishvanara, the seat of which is in the waking state, which has knowledge of external [sensible] objects, and which has seven members and nineteen mouths and the world of gross manifestation for its province.[1]

Vaishvanara is also Universal Man, and although it includes various states of development, as used here the consideration is limited to one state only, that of gross manifestation, or the corporeal world. And since the corporeal world is the necessary point of departure for the human being, this state can be taken as a symbol of the whole of universal manifestation (understood inversely, as has already been mentioned). The whole of the corporeal world is therefore the body of the Universal Man, analogous to the body of the individual man, in the same way that in the West there is analogy between macrocosm and microcosm. Moreover, a secondary meaning for the the Vaishvanara is ‘that which is common to all men,’ and can be taken to refer to either the specific nature of the human being (the ‘human species’), or to the fact that all human beings, regardless of their potentialities and the degree to which they realize them, all participate in the corporeal state.

[1] Mandukya Upanishad 1.3.

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