Integration of Individual & Universal Consciousness

by | Aug 25, 2020

One who experiences the Universe within Self, and the Self in the Universe, is in tune with the Universal energy.

Isavasya Upanishad
(Texts from the Vedas)

 The Veda (meaning Body of Knowledge in Sanskrit both singular and plural) contains several epigrammatic truths called mahavakya, meaning great expressions.

All of them use the word Brahman to describe the ultimate Universal consciousness as the formless truth with no attributes, beyond the senses, infinite, eternal, and expanding. Quantum Science post-David Bohm sees the universe in a similar manner.

Alongside Brahman is the word Atman, representing the pure individual consciousness as a holographic sliver of the Brahman, Universal collective consciousness. Often the Veda refers to the Brahman as ‘That’ and Atman as ‘This’ or ‘Prajna’, individual consciousness or just ‘I’ or ‘You’ or ‘Self’, seen from the eyes of the enlightened seer. In the non-dualistic approach of Vedanta, the realization that these two are the same leads to the mindless state of enlightenment, Samadhi.

Buddha approached this concept as the Sunya, meaning void, and the Veda as Purna, meaning infinitely complete. Zero met infinity in describing the integration of the individual and collective consciousness.

I have translated the key mahavakya taking the liberty of calling the Brahman as the Universal consciousness, and the Atman as the Individual consciousness.  They all say the same: I, This, Individual consciousness, am That, Universal Consciousness.

  • Prajnanam BrahmaAitreya Upanishad in Rig Veda
  • Aham Brahma Asmi: Brihadaranyaka Upanishad in Yajur Veda
  • Tat Tvam Asi: Chandogya Upanshad in Sama Veda
  • Ayam Atma Brahma: Mandukya Upanishad in Atharva Veda

The Veda talked of no God. They spoke only of the Universal energy, consciousness, the infinite and eternal truth that resides in each of its creations. Unfortunately, the creations, at least the more ‘evolved’ ones, felt the need to re-create the creator in their own mold and invented Gods of their own in their own images. The Universe was fragmented.

Fortunately, science seems to finally meet spirituality. General Relativity Theory, Quantum Mechanics, neural networks, or biological pathways all indicate to the direction of a unified energy space within us and outside of us, both with identical components, all finally built on the substratum of energy consciousness.

The good news is that we can all access this. We don’t need to travel to the space beyond earth to find it. We can travel within and reach the same energy space. This too has been evidenced and practiced.

For anyone who wishes to touch another, influence, inspire, and benefit is when the other needs to travel inward to realize the inner consciousness. One can then easily with no effort, expand to connect, entangle, and commune with the other.

Ram Ramanathan
Ram Ramanathan


Ram is the Founder and a Principal at Coacharya. As the resident Master and mentor coach, Ram oversees and conducts all aspects of coaching and training services offered under the Coacharya banner.

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