Rene Descartes is considered as one of the first Western philosophers to evolve a rational thesis regarding the exist-ence of God. He is also celebrated as a keen mathematician who developed a link between algebra and geometry, called the Cartesian coordinate system.
He made his famous declaration: cogito ergo sum which is normally translated as ‘I think, therefore I am”. It is a con-stant perception which one would like to term Awareness or Consciousness. The approximate translation would per-haps be, ‘I am aware, therefore, I exist’.
The key to the destruction of mind is Awareness. After withdrawing the mind from the outer world and from the body, after calming it and completely focusing it, if one can open the window to Awareness, the mind vanishes and one real-izes that one’s true identity is the Awareness itself. This nature of Awareness is Sat Chit Ananda.
It is the Awareness principle or pure consciousness, which stands as the everlasting, ever present witness to everything that is the true self. I am, thus, my Consciousness.
This is the universal truth which Descartes explored and what the Upanishads authoritatively expounds.
Let us dwell on this supreme truth at all times, and use our Mandir as the abode where this truth dawns on us.