These two verses provide a very short overview of the Vaisheshika Philosophy, one of the six dominant vedic systems of thought that have informed aspects of Hinduism over millennia. Rinpoche explains that it has been an important school of thought and here gives us an example of the Vaisheshika approach to establishing what the essence of consciousness or atma is, while at the same time we are given Shantideva’s refutation which argues for something beyond consciousness and the existence of the two truths, the relative and ultimate, and he makes clear the impossibility of a permanent unchanging state of consciousness.
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