The difference between observation and witnessing

Acharya Prashant
2 min readJun 18, 2020

Observation is one thing — it’s sensual, it’s mental. You can claim and talk as much as you would like about the faculty and the process of observation, but let’s not lay our hands on ‘Witnessing’.

The Witness really doesn’t even exist, and we least of all have the right to talk about the Witness.

But in the spiritual circles, the word ‘Witness’ is used so very liberally and so very casually. Everybody is talking about the ‘Witness’.

Those who gave us the word ‘Witness’ said, “The Witness is the supreme Truth — akathya (cannot be talked of), achintya (cannot be thought of), akalpya (cannot be imagined of).”

You will not be able to look at it, the tongue can’t talk of it, the mind can’t conceive it.

You must not even try to make it a ‘thing’ of your consciousness.

But the ego loves to play around with even the Sacred, the Sublime.

Truly, the ‘Witness’ is another name for the Absolute Truth. What do we say about that? Is that an object of description? Can we weave a fairy tale around the Truth? But we live in fairy tales. So in the spiritual market there are a lot of fairy tales, and we buy them most eagerly.

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